ASSOCIAZIONE CULTURALE SOCRATE SCUOLA EUROPEA
Children are happy to learn new things in a joyful natural way. This joy ends when lerning become "compulsory". But learning is impossible without emotions: children should love what they are learning or their school experience will be a time-wasting suffering. Why they should learn suffering what they can learn with joy, without competing one against the others? Joyschool Project has started to defend the “RIGHT TO JOY” of schoolchildren across Europe through a Network for Social Innovation
Corigliano d'Otranto, Italy
Joyschool is aimed at providing children with a joyful school time. Children must experience at school the natural joyful attitude that they have towards learning. The challenge is to turn school into a nice experience for every schoolchildren/boy.
A successful outcome for our Joyschool project would be to have established a pilot experience (Corigliano d'Otranto) in Italy and a Network for Social Innovation in Eudcation and children's rights across Italy and Europe to spread the idea of a joyful school in as much classrooms as possible. Ideally, schools from different EU Regions should call for adopting the Joyschool methodology (at least in some classrooms).
We have developed a clear methodology to provide children with proper education (EU Parliament Recommendation 18 Dec 2006 about the 8 strategic competences in education). This methodology is mainly based on cooperative learning, peer tutoring, self-evaluation (no votes/marks made by teachers), and no homeworks. We selected a pilot seat in Italy (Coriglian d'Otranto), where a buildig is available and a group of families are available to let their children live a joyful school experience by joyning the Joyschool pilot project. In the meanwhile, we will promote the project milestones through our website and trhough conferences involving all major stakeholders and target groups, with the support of the Apulia Regional Authority for Children's Rights and the NGOs federation CSVS.
Children are the core and the centre of Joyschool Project. The target groups are parents who are enough aware of limitations of traditional school paths and are looking for a European path in a joyful way of learning for their children. Stakeholders are represented by public authorities (including municipalities, regulators) and school authorities. The audience can be more widely considered as the general population.
Let's say that it is unusual a school where students are willing to go also during sunday and holydays: this is what is currently happening in our pilot experience. It is unconventional to attend a school where teachers have no right to "catalogue" their students through the mechanism of votes/marks; it is special a school where no homeworks are assigned because the vast majority of things are done in the class. It is unsuual a class where students are alloed to cooperate and become peer-tutors.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
Personnel (teachers): 60.000 Other Personnel: 10.000 Furnitures and supplies for the school and children wellbeing: 30.000