International NORDPLUS project SURPRISE meeting other culture.
The project is submitted to the NORDPLUS Adult projects administration in February 28, 2016, and waits for approval.
The project is run by LATVIAN CHRISTIAN ACADEMY.
SHORT DESCRIPTION OF THE PROJECT:
Moving from agrarian society concerned with conformity, through an industrial society concerned with nationalism and uniformity, to present informative society concerned with diversity within a global context is on its way to the 21st century with a planetary worldview. This is a challenge for culturally sensitive and internationally focused educators with orientation toward the future rather than the past. The project is focused on integral role of communication and works for development of diverse teaching strategies designed to respond to each student as an individual.
Adopting truly global perspective allows to view culturally diverse students as resources who provide unparalleled opportunities for enrichment. It can be achieved by greater repertoire of approaches to teaching and learning to cope with varied styles of learning. teachers and students alike cultivate interpersonal skills and respect for other cultures. Teachers are invited to enable students to compare and contrast them with other cultures. The project is based on fact that in current European society individuality is retained and valued, a cultural mosaic created from millions of unique pieces.
EU is witnessing sudden and steep rise in the numbers of migrants. Consequently, the needs of the 21st century demand a citizenry that is culturally sensitive and internationally focused with an orientation toward the future rather than the past. The project deals with the problem of communication between representatives of distinct ethnic, social and cultural backgrounds which plays an integral role in the process of development of cohesion and the EU labor market.
The mere presence of an ethnically and racially diverse student population, due to legal, moral or social imperatives, does not make a school multicultural. A diverse classroom is the ideal laboratory in which to learn the multiple perspectives required by a global society and to put to use information concerning diverse cultural patterns. The project promotes (1) sensitivity to other cultures and racial / ethnic groups that are marginal to the dominant culture, (2) works for an entire paradigm shift, different mindset, which gives rise to a whole new way of seeing the world as inclusive, (3) brings a change in institutional and societal structures so as to create an environment (Baltic, Nordic) which is inclusive of all groups, is safe of differences and where everyone benefits.
Adopting a truly global perspective allows to view culturally and linguistically diverse students as resources who provide unparalleled opportunities for enrichment. The project responds to the need for greater repertoire of approaches to teaching and learning to cope with varied styles of learning. Teachers and students alike cultivate interpersonal skills and respect for other cultures.
The concept of diversity encompasses more than commonly accepted determinants of ethnicity and race; also cultural and socioeconomic factors play a large part in how a person interacts in society. The project works for development of the European society towards a society in which individuality is retained and valued, a cultural mosaic created from millions of unique pieces.