We live side by side every day, yet we may not engage meaningfully with those outside our immediate circle of family and friends.
How can schools turn some of these fleeting interactions into sustainable connections, to foster respect, understanding and, eventually, celebrate diversity?
Community cohesion is what must happen in all communities to enable different groups of people to get on well together. This project places students as change makers @The Heart of Communities. We want them to be involved in the cohesion process by participating in conversation and influencing the outcome.
At HEC, we developed a model for this which proved to be successful across Tower Hamlets (2016-2018) and we are keen to develop it with secondary schools, across communities with differing needs, sensitivities and cultures across Spain, Italy, Finland and Turkey and enhance our model through transnational cooperation.
DECEMBER 2018 | Our 1st Transnational Project Meeting took place, 7 – 9 December in London. We gathered as a team to work on our project, covering a variety of topics and learning from each other!
@ The Heart of Communities focuses on Learner Led Active Citizenship Initiatives for Community Cohesion.
MARCH 2019 | Our first Teaching, Learning, Training activity took place in London, from 11 – 14 March. The learners from Finland, Italy, Spain and Turkey meet for the first time.
They had the opportunity to learn from each other and to work together on activities based on the SDGs. They also had the chance to learn about the UK, as they visited Tower Hamlets schools and they shared their ideas for Community Cohesion Projects.
APRIL – MAY 2019 | We are travelling to our partner for our Teaching, Learning, Training activities. Learners are developing their Community Cohesion projects and we are supporting them, working together and sharing ideas.
HEC is working with 4 European partner schools on this project, running from Sept 2018 until March 2021: