The idea of project

The idea of project - Peace is not free

"Peace is not free” is an exchange of good practices project that will last 2 years. The idea of the project was born during a CLIL History lesson, when we were reflecting upon a sentence written on the wall near the “Korean war Veterans Memorial” in Washington DC.

The sentence is “Freedom is not free” and means that freedom is always the result of the sacrifice of many people. In the same way Peace is not free: the period of peace that Europe is now living comes from the sacrifices of million people who died during different wars.

Our project, will lead people involved through a historical journey in which they will deepen their knowledge about places related to war events, commemorating them through the analysis of poems, music and songs, meet people who experienced the war.

All these activities, will stimulate into the participants a new awareness of the value of the peace. They will also understand the motivations that compel emigrants and immigrants to leave their countries, escaping from material and immaterial wars (economical, racial and religious issues). If people, through these activities, understand the real reasons of migration flows, they could include them into their lives and everybody could benefit from that.


Objectives - Peace is not free

Our objectives are the exchange of good practices, the social and European cultural heritage, the social inclusion and the knowledge of migrants' issues. These will be achieved by the knowledge of past events through the study of historical places, songs and music. The project has been written in collaboration with our partners from Romania, Croatia and Spain. We met on eTwinning Forum.


Participants - Peace is not free

4 short term exchanges of group of pupils and school staff, 5 pupils and 3 teachers per school. The selection of pupils for the mobilities will be based on their interest in the project, on their personal involvement (immigrants) and on their skills.

Teachers have been chosen considering their knowledge of English, ICT practice and their social skills. In between the short term mobilities the school as a whole will be involved in the tasks. We will select not only pupils with good results but we will also pay attention to pupils from disadvantaged families as they are mainly subjected to early school leaving or ethnic or social discrimination.

School teachers will be involved in project activities by helping and supporting pupils to achieve all of the activities of the project workplan. Pupils will participate to project activities in school and other places like libraries, museums, historical monuments. The project information and products will be used in extracurricular and interdisciplinary activities. Pupils' age involved in our schools is from 3 to 20.

Other beneficiaries are teachers from other nearby schools who will participate to dissemination activities. They will use our project work in their school courses as teaching support. We will involve pupils' parents, local administration, workers in libraries, NGO's volonteers, local people interested in project activities.

Regular meetings will be held to inform parents about project activities and products, they will help teachers in the organization of activities and will also host pupils during the mobilities. Other local partners will take part to exhibition events of project activities which will be organized in school, local libraries, town halls and other educational institutions.


Activities - Peace is not free

Visits to places linked to war events that will be described in a brochure prepared before the meetings. The brochure will be the result of a previous interdisciplinary work of selection and analysis of relevant places. The pupils will work in cooperative learning groups using ICT. The brochure must be written in English, in order to improve language skills. Students will then “work” as touristic guides supporting the visitors during the meetings.

During each meeting the students will fulfill different tasks: logo contest in Romania, recital of poems about war and production of an e-book in Croatia, presentation of video interviews in Spain and finally,in Italy, students will take part to a music and song workshop.

They will also take part to a short cruise on a sailboat, they will create a presentation/video about the emotions lived throughout the two years project, finally they will enjoy a conclusive concert perfomed by the Italian school orchestra.



Methodologies and Impact

Methodologies and Impact - Peace is not free

METHODOLGIES:  Inductive and deductive method - Learning by doing - Cooperative learning and tutoring - Brain storming - Outdoor training - Problem solving - E- learning - Developing multiple intelligences

IMPACT: The outputs of the project will be shown on websites, local newspapers and television broadcast. We expect that all the stakeholders will have long term benefits from the work done. We hope that the new awareness acquired will have a positive influence on people's attitude towards inclusion, remembering that real inclusion makes people feel equal, valued and important within society.