From Symbols to Symphonies

The Voyager Academy in Peterborough, England, I.E.S.Enrique Díez-Canedo in Puebla de la Calzada, Spain and Bischöfliches Albertus-Magnus-Gymnasium in Viersen, Germany would like to welcome you to the Erasmus+ project ‘From Symbols to Symphonies’ blog.

From Symbols to Symphonies (S2S) is a multi-lateral project based on the theme of “Sharing Heritage” as part of the European Cultural Heritage Year 2018. As the programme focus for the European Year is “Society in Transition”, the project reflects the ongoing and diverse social change in Europe by studying the theme of immigration on a European, national and local level.

During the project students will research the history and reasons for immigration in each of the participating countries as well as focusing on a particular strand of immigration which specifically applies to each participating school:
– The Syrian refugee crisis in Germany – the town of Viersen has received a number of refugees and the school is helping to support their integration into German society.
– North African immigrants in Spain – Badajoz is an inland, agricultural part of Spain with a number of North African guest-workers.
– European Immigrants in the UK – TVA is a school in Peterborough with very high levels of immigrants (well over 50%), mainly from Eastern Europe and Portugal.

The aims of the project are:
– To develop a balanced understanding of immigration and mobility patterns within Europe today.
– To develop an understanding of the reasons for increased mobility.
– To use music , poetry and dance to interpret the challenges and successes of individual migrants.
– To write and perform a short musical depicting the stories of 3 migrants.

The project aims to raise awareness of the European Cultural Heritage Year 2018 by focusing on individual stories set within the wider context of ‘Society in Transition’. It aims to give participants a broader understanding of the topic of immigration and to support understanding and community cohesion within the participating schools and their communities.

In the long-term it aims to provide resources and information about the topic of human mobility which can be used in future PSHE and language lessons in the participating and other institutions as well as to build long-lasting relationships between the schools and community organisations to promote community cohesion, mutual respect and the sharing of culture and experiences.

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