Candle Wisdom is a project under the Erasmus+ program of Strategic Partnerships for Schools, linking schools in Latvia, Finland, Italy, Turkey and Portugal.
Digitalization, labor market, social and civic participation – all these factors require a major capacity to critically assess information in the context of an apparently infinite universe of available options. Good literacy skills are needed to manage our health, remain socially active and politically involved. Interaction is increasingly conducted through social networks, particularly among young people. However, good literacy skills are a prerequisite to be able to participate in this trend.
The goals of the project are the search for innovative methods that can be used to promote reading and writing skills in primary school children, exchanging experiences of integrating such methods in the curriculum learning process and raise awareness of the importance of these competences and their sectoral relationship with other crucial issues and capacities – such as logic, analytical thinking, communication, independent decision-making, planning, concentration, memory, etc.
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About 500 students will be directly involved in the project activities and nearly 2200 students will be indirectly involved. Of all participating schools, 50 teachers are expected to become directly involved in the activities and, indirectly, more than 192 teachers and other staff.
The project will consist of the following activities: initial meeting, five learning, teaching and training activities for students and teachers, and a set of local activities in each school – reading competitions, weeks of thematic literature, seminars, concerts, workshops, etc.
The main methodologies used to carry out the project will be: formal and non-formal methods, such as presentations, workshops, group work, gamification, active peer learning, discussion groups, study visits, outdoor learning through real experiences.
Additional emphasis will be placed on exploring multidisciplinary approaches – LTT (Learning, Teaching, Training) activities will be linked to school curricula, and the skills developed during the activity(ies) will increase student motivation to learn and help in the acquisition of the school curriculum.
The project envisages that schools will:
On a long-term perspective, the expected goal is to improve the overall level of literacy between youngsters living in all partner schools and their local communities. Schools will adapt the innovative methods learned during the project in their teaching/learning programs.