The Friedrich-Schiller-Gymnasium in Marbach am Neckar is currently taking part in the Comenius Project “SOS Water”. The main aim of this project deals with a major environmental problem – water wastage. This project is carried out by 80 teachers and 800 students from partner schools, from different European countries (Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Romania, Turkey), who actively participate in this project, as well as the local communities, which help to improve an environmental problem, concerning water consumption in the surrounding areas.
We have already undertaken four Mobilities: The first one took place in Bulgaria, the second one in Turkey, the third one in Germany and the last one was in Romania. Before each Mobility we all have to accomplish several tasks.
Before we visited Bulgaria, we checked the water consumption of our own school. After that we thought of some ideas on how to save more water in our school. These ideas were then presented by each country. In addition, we improved this water saving plan by collecting the best ideas and optimizing our water saving plan. We started to create a multilingual “EcoDictionary” to ease the communication between the various countries.
In Turkey, we then expanded the water saving measures, to be able to implement them in a whole community.
Back in Germany, we analysed water, to qualify the water quality of our surrounding water sources. Then it was up to us to organise the mobility in our own country. This took place in Marbach, Germany from the 1st October 2012 to the 5th October 2012. We expanded the “EcoDictionary”. We analysed the water from our creek: the Murr. We did many experiments concerning the subject “water” and also learned different aspects and methods to analyse the water more precisely. Another main goal was to create an awareness of the problem, of saving water in the public.
Before we went to Romania, we had to do several things. Firstly, we had to create a climate diagram of Marbach am Neckar. Then we had to calculate the amount of rainwater that could be used to save on ordinary tap water. We summed up our ideas in a new water saving plan. This one was more precise than the others we had previously done before, as we had explicitly counted all the toilets, taps, black and white boards. We also updated our table on the water consumption.
In Romania we presented this plan. The other countries, presented a plan concerning water quality. Then, just as in Bulgaria, we collected the best ideas and completed the water quality plan. On this Mobility we also learned a great deal about the micro organisms which live in the water and what they can tell us about the water quality.
Our next and last Mobility will take place in Greece . This will probably prove to be the most important one, as all our ideas will be summed up and we will hopefully be able to see what we have achieved in this international project.
Comenius: Europe in the classroom
The Comenius Programme focuses on all levels of school education, from pre-school and primary to secondary schools. It is relevant for everyone involved in school education: mainly pupils and teachers, but also local authorities, representatives of parents’ associations, non-government organisations, teacher training institutes and universities.
Part of the EU’s Lifelong Learning Programme, the Comenius actions aim to help young people and educational staff to understand the variety of European cultures, languages and values. They also help young people to acquire the basic life skills and competences necessary for personal development, future employment and active citizenship. The programme addresses issues strongly related to current discussions and developments in school policy: motivation for learning and ‘learning-to-learn’ skills, key competences, digital educational content and inclusive education.\n
Comenius aims to:
- Improve and increase the mobility of pupils and educational staff across the EU;
- Enhance and increase partnerships between schools in different EU Member States, with at least 3 million pupils taking part in joint educational activities by 2010;
- Encourage language learning, innovative ICT-based content, services and better teaching techniques and practices;
- Enhance the quality and European dimension of teacher training;
- Improve pedagogical approaches and school management.
The programme is currently focusing in particular on:
- Motivation for learning and learning-to-learn skills;
- Key competences: improving language learning; greater literacy; making science more attractive; supporting entrepreneurship; and reinforcing creativity and innovation;
- Digital educational content and services;
- School management;
- Addressing socio-economic disadvantages and reducing early school leaving;
- Participation in sports;
- Teaching diverse groups of pupils;
- Early and pre-primary learning.