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School Museum as method to enhance
inclusion and motivation

ErasmusPlus-InServiceTraining

LISBON (Portugal)

31 May – 4 June 2021 (date to be confirmed)

Would you like to participate in this course
next school year 2020-2021?
Please make a pre-registration so we can keep you informed about this course.

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Content

CoLLABORATION

Local partners organize these international courses in cooperation with Eekhout Academy.
The hosting partner for this course is ALMADAMUNDO, in cooperation with Eekhout Academy.

AlmadaMundo
Praça Capitães de Abril 2ª-B
2805-111 Almada
Portugal
PIC 911640533
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WHAT

It is often difficult to integrate the personal, cultural or historic background of the student and his/her family into school life and learning process. Scientific research proved  that the student’s motivation is linked to his/her learning autonomy, competences and involvement (Ryan, Deci, Vansteenkiste).

Involvement is a double and active process. On the one hand the student has to be interested in what school life offers, but on the other hand the school must invest in a safe living and learning context where the student can express and develop his/her personality.

The concept of a community school museum allows the student the possibility to introduce his/her personal story into school life. By building a community school museum, students can track back the history of the local community and/or family and link it to the school.

A second advantage of the use of a community school museum is the enhancement of the social cohesion at school and the empowerment of the student. It allows to empathize with the history and evolution that people had to make in the past, to arrive at present day’s situation.

The method is especially used where language knowledge is a barrier. The community school museum helps language poor or non-native students to bridge the gap between their personal background and the average school situation.

Furthermore, the community school museum can help to overcome  tensions between groups of students and understand how enemy images can develop. The method was successfully used in areas that had suffered from war, civil war or long periods of instability, to create a renewed feeling of belonging together.

This course is the result of an strategic Erasmus partnership in which 9 partners collaborated during 2 years.

GOALS
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Gaining insight in the use of a community school museum;
- Being able to use the concept of community school museum to enhance the social cohesion and intercultural dialogue at school;
- Being able to use the concept of community school museum to include the personal,  familial or cultural history of the students into the school’s education context.


Example of programme


- Registration, course documents and ice breaking activity
- Course overview and course objectives
- Introduction to the concept of community school museum
- Pedagogical and didactical use of a community school museum
- How to build a community school museum
- Examples of good practice
- Visit to several museums (Lisbon and Almada)
- Exercises
- Presenting of own action plan for the implementation at your school/organisation
- Evaluation and certificates
- Follow up tasks and contact possibilities

A course day starts at 09.00 h and ends at 16.00 h, with a break for lunch of 1 h.
On Friday we end at 15.30 h, allowing participants to catch the last airplane.

During the course week, there is a free period for personal reflection and transfer exercises and a voluntary cultural activity.

AcQuired competences


- Gain insight and awareness in the concept of a community school museum (CSM);
- Understand the use of CSM to improve the social cohesion and empowerment of the student;
- Be able to use pedagogically and didactically the concept of a CSM;
- Be able to build a CSM at the own school;
- Learn about strategies to tackle / handle, implement and sustain a fair diversity policy;
- Pick up ideas from other countries which they can incorporate and transfer into their own practice;
- Write own action plan on the setting up of a community school museum.
- mproved knowledge of other European educational systems;
- Improved insight of differences and similarities between European countries, resulting in a better understanding and respect;

Feedback from participants

  • Really enjoyed it!!! I liked Joe’s good vibes and Wim’s authority.
  • It was a great course. I learned a lot and we got a lot of input to work with at school.
  • I would like to be informed on the coming courses. Such courses should be open to all administrative staff members in all schools.
  • Discussions, questions, games and exercises made this seminar interesting and useful.
  • Nice international colleagues!

Practicalities

WHERE

PORTUGAL - LISBON SOUTH BANK
The course is organized in the conference room of AlmadaMundo and the participants stay in a delightful 4 star hotel, both  located at the South Bank of the river Tejo in Lisbon. (12 km from Lisbon airport).
There is a very easy access from the airport. Public transport and taxis provide fast connection from and to Lisbon centre.

COURSE FEE AND FUNDING

COURSE FEE
- We offer a flexible cost structure, allowing you to select the package that fits best your personal or school situation.
- For a detailed explanation, have a look at our 'Cost Structure'.

FUNDING
- You can request an Erasmus Plus grant from your national agency which will cover almost all costs of this course.
- We can guide you through the process of funding and application. To do so, you need the make a pre-registration.
- After pre-registration, we’ll contact you by mail and provide the application help.

TRANSPORT

TAXI FROM AIRPORT TO HOTEL
- There is a taxi service at the airport that can drive you to the hotel.
- It's particularly difficult to leave Lisbon between 16:30 and 19:00 h and to enter Lisbon between 08:30 and 10:30 h.

METRO / AEROBUS , FERRY AND TAXI
- You can take the metro located at exit of the arrival hall of the airport and leave the metro at the terminus station Cais do Sodré.
- The Aerobus is another good way to travel from and to the airport. The Aerobus provides a connection between the airport and Cais do Sodré.    
- At the station of Cais do Sodre, you can take a ticket for the ferry boat to Cacilhas (south bank of River Tejo). During working hours, there is a crossing every 15 minutes. The ferry takes 12 minutes to arrive on the other side of the river.
- At Cacilhas you can take a taxi or tram for the remaining 5 km.

RENTAL CAR
- A rental car is not so expensive. Sharing a rental car with 3 other people for all transport during the course, can be cheaper than relying on a taxi.
- The airport is connected directly to the hotel by the Ring of Lisbon and the North-South Connection (Eixo Norte – Sul).
- Crossing the bridge, you have a marvellous view on Lisbon, the estuary and both banks of the River Tejo.
- Bring or rent a GPS.
- Check the prices of rental cars on the Internet.

Contact

Don't hesitate to contact us if you need more information on the content and the organization of the course.
We can provide support during the process, give some help and provide tips for the application documents, advice you on the European Staff Development Plan (part of the application) or your professionalization plan and help you after approval with the practical arrangements (e.g. information on travel and accommodation).

For more information, please contact Mr Wim Simoens, course director.