Nuestra Señora de Latas is a school located right next to the beach in Somo, Ribamontán al Mar, is carrying out a new project named Erasmus+ KA 229 under the title “Olas que unen y enseñan”.
The school is working in collaboration with another three schools around Europe that are also involved in this innovation project. Two schools are located in Peniche, Portugal and the other one in Sligo, Ireland. What unites this three schools is their passion for surfing. This innovation project is composed of several phases that will take part for almost two years.
It all started last year when Nuestra Señora de Latas school had to find another schools around Europe that shared their passion for surfing as this school is the leader of the project.
Once Peniche and Sligo decided to join the project, the process to decide activities and contents about what to learn, the project started. The meeting took place throughout Skype in English. Once the project was planned it was presented for its approbation. There were 209 projects presented for Erasmus+ KA 229 and Nuestra Señora de Latas school was the only one in Cantabria selected for the project.
A group of 40 students will go to Ireland for a week, they will spend those days walking around the city of Sligo, making new friends, improving their English, surfing and specially developing cultural activities. Another group of students will go next school year, 2020/2021 to Peniche. In both cases students of the four colleges will share all together their activities in Sligo or Peniche. Around May 2021 schools from Peniche and Sligo will come to Nuestra Señora de Latas school to spend a week and have a party to celebrate the end of the project, as well the new friendships that were made.
These journeys are just a little part of this project since during the next two following school years there will be carried out several activities, all of them turning around of this curricular axis and they will be worked by participating schools of this project. As well they will turn around to a series of curricular contents, for example….
- The environment (dune, vegetation, human uses, protection laws).
- The beach ( how it was formed, what is a limestone rock, what is a sedimentary rock….)
- Surfing as an economic activity (how to set up your own company, becoming and entrepreneur, calculating earnings, expenses, permissions, what number of students could I attend…)
The project was rolled out September 30th, 2019. Even though there is a long way ahead for these four schools, they deal with it with a lot of illusion and energy starting with the design of a logo for the project as their first activity.
By groups or individually they will design a logo in the subject of art. All of them will be exposed and voted, the winner will be one among the four schools.
This project is important because it gives the students and teachers the opportunity to meet people and get to know other cultures apart from theirs, becoming and open-minded and intercultural activity.
The project I have been writing about is similar to another one that is taking place in Andalucía also with Erasmus+ k229, in collaboration with schools in Greece and Italy because they have in common grapes and olive oil.
As the project “Olas que unen y enseñan”, these types of projects from my point of view, is a big change in education because kids get to learn amazing things at the same time they get out of the usual routine.
Having read about this innovation project, do you think is it a good idea? Would you propose it in your future school?
- CEIP Nuestra Señora de Latas (2019). Erasmus+ KA229.