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Many Reasons to Believe

Poland Poland Poland

Poland / Portugal / Greece / Other

In the context of the European Year 2012, Many Reasons to Believe is a school team project launched in January 2012 which strives to promote solidarity and intergenerational learning, while raising social awareness and bringing generations together.

Currently established in 4 partner countries: Portugal (coordinator), Poland, Greece and Turkey, the project aims to promote volunteering among students, sensitise children to participation in social causes, develop solidarity in particular with people in need, develop creativity and a critical spirit, develop ITC skills and foreign languages, and use the English language to communicate online with other students from partner countries.

Each participating school can choose a series of activities in the following areas:

1- Social etwinning, which involves social activities such as visits to older people’s homes or schools for students with special needs, and cooperation with social and humanitarian institutions. Current activities carried out by students include entertaining seniors with song and dance, teaching new technologies to seniors, listening to their stories, as well as promoting active ageing in nursing home through simple sports, and traditional games.

2- Volunteering etwinning, which includes volunteering activities with non-profit organisations. Students are currently helping the Red Cross as volunteers and Food Banks Against Hunger.

3- Creative etwinning, which comprises previously agreed activities where the creativity of those involved is clear. Projects are to be published in Twinspace and on the Project's blog and evaluated by partners at the end of the project. 

By the end of the project in June/July 2013, the aim is for students to have created and developed solidarity nets, encouraging them in the long term to germinate into proactive citizens, and contribute to a fairer and more balanced society.

Many Reasons to Believe was awarded the European Quality Label on 19 October 2012, and was voted Project of the Year 2012 by the Alliance of Nations.

 
Promoter: Club E-Twinning Sardoal

The Agrupamento de Escolas de Sardoal has been developing e-Twinning projects in collaboration with other European schools since 2010, calling students’ attention to social solidarity and the development of volunteering.

 
Sponsor (s): LifeLong Learning Programme - European Commission
 
Website: http://manyreasonstobelieve.blogspot.pt/
 
Contact: Pedro Neves: geral@escolasardoal.com