In 2013, the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) launched one of its most ambitious projects: Erasmus in Schools. The project aims to put Erasmus students in contact with Italian high school students in order to:
- to highlight the benefits of carrying out part of the studies abroad;
- prevent xenophobia;
- contribute to the development of intercultural competences;
- spread the idea of an innovative type of learning based on direct contact with different realities;
- making young people aware of European diversity as a resource to take advantage of.
For this project, carried out by all the local sections, ESN Italy has the opportunity to cooperate with the Erasmus+ National Agency / INDIRE.
With Erasmus in Schools, international students who are studying in Italy have the opportunity to organize lessons, conferences and meetings in schools, in order to share their culture and traditions and to pass on to high school students values such as European Union citizenship, mobility, intercultural learning and internationalization. For young Italians it is like being already in another country, through the stories of daily life, the language and the testimonies of international students. The task of informing and raising awareness of issues concerning the European Union will be entrusted to young trainers, ESN volunteers.
The fact that the meetings are held by ESNers, that is university students, represents an added value for the project, as they will be able to stimulate greater interest in children and young people.
The meetings held in the schools will be articulated in different ways depending on the class of reference. The purpose of the lectures will be to make students aware of their role as European citizens through an in-depth study of the history of European integration and the structure, tasks and functions carried out by the Community institutions. Everything will be enriched by the presence of international students who will interact with children and teenagers, thus allowing to get in touch with a new culture.
Experts in the field of human resources management have declared that international experiences are an added value to their curriculum vitae, as they help develop highly-demanded intercultural competences today both for European companies and for the public sector. To ensure that young people can seize the opportunities provided by the European Union and give greater guarantees to their future, ESN undertakes to start a constructive dialogue with them.
Do you miss your childhood or High School? If you want to show local kids and teenagers how beautiful your country is, join us in this amazing adventure, help them discover Europe with the Erasmus in Schools project!