About the Project
Aims & Objectives
European Culture: A Contribution for a New Narrative of Europe, is the title of a cultural and educational Jean Monnet project that seeks to address a specific problem: the virtual absence of modern European culture in the school curricula at non-university levels of education in the region of Galicia.
In order to build a “Europe of values”, with freedom and human dignity as original benchmarks, it is necessary to introduce conceptual, procedural and attitudinal contents on European culture among the next generations.
To achieve this, we have designed four teaching activities targeted to non-university teaching staff in training, three research activities: two educational ones and one focused on cultural history, nine events which cover one of the three objectives set and twenty-two deliverables with their corresponding lesson plans for Primary and Secondary education.
With this project, we would like to contribute to the debate on the need to promote a new narrative of Europe which, without forgetting the importance of shared economic and geopolitical interests, will highlight the cultural elements that have been shaping the spirit of European men and women, conferring a differentiated identity throughout history. Europe doubtlessly has a past, but it must also be present and future. Thus, we focus our efforts on the new generations at school that will be called upon to lead the times to come.
The introduction of ten lesson plans in non-university curricula is our first contribution. In this case, we strongly believe the process is as important as the result, if not more. In fact, we want to involve the educational community in the broadest sense: students, teaching staff, regional educational authorities and grandparents.
University academia will not be left out; not only with the active participation of the teaching staff of the European Centre of Excellence of the Universidade de Vigo, but also with the organization of a workshop in which a large part of the main Spanish historians who study the process of European integration in its many strands will take part, reflecting on the role of Salvador de Madariaga and the whys to the deferral of culture as a binding agent of European unity in the birth of the Communities.
Arouse interest in the knowledge and development of European culture among the non-university educational community, as an underlying support for a stronger European integration, including students who have some degree of deafness.
Inspiring New Generations
To revive the role of people over 55 as invigorating agents of that European culture, providing their experience and their educational socialisation function towards the new generations
To involve university academia in research with the opportunity to deepen in the founding principles of the European spirit as established by pioneers of the last century’s middle years.
The indicators which will allow us to measure the impact of our project are the following:
10 Lesson Plans for Primary Education
App for Primary Education
10 Lesson Plans for Secondary Education
App for Secundary Education
Master's Degree Thesis
325 Students directly involved in development
40 Teachers directly involved in development
24 Education Centers directly involved in development
Regional Access to the lesson plans
European Culture: a contribution for a New Narrative of Europe aims to contribute valuably to the three specific objectives of the Jean Monnet Projects, albeit not to the same degree. In fact, this project will clearly prioritise the objective of innovation, as we will focus on the development and delivery of appropriate pedagogical content and new/adapted didactic material for the teaching of European Union issues at the level of Primary and Secondary education.
- Artistic heritage (architecture, sculpture, painting and performing arts).
- European ethnography.
- Linguistic and iconographic heritage.
- Religious culture.
- Popular culture from the point of view of urban occupations.
- Sport, with special interest in the sociological and anthropological impact of football.
- Urban leisure as a cultural phenomenon.
- Multiculturalism and interculturality.
- The main contributions of the European spirit to the field of natural sciences.
- The main contributions of the European spirit to the field of physics and chemistry.
- The main contributions of the European spirit to the field of mathematics.
- The main contributions of the European spirit to the field of applied sciences and their technical innovations.
- The great literary works that inform the European spirit.
- European children and youth literature.
- European popular literature from oral tradition.
- European folklore.
- Learning from history. Building peace in Europe.
- The European sense of freedom.
- The European concept of equity.
- The European practice of tolerance.
- The European commitment to human dignity.
- The protection of diversity as a motto for the European project.
- The different European legal traditions.
- The main contributions of the European spirit to political culture (liberalism, social democracy, but also fascism and communism).
- The rhythm of seasons in Europe.
- Traditional popular music.
- Contemporary popular music.
- Art music.
- Environmental culture in Europe.
- The European natural heritage.
- The European gastronomies and cuisines.
- The culture of fragrances.
- The main contributions of the European spirit to medical science.
- Orthopathy as a European cultural element.
- Economy and water ecology.
- The oceans and the European maritime culture.
- The cinema and European culture.
- Visual and dramatic arts in present day Europe.
- Audiovisual language in present day Europe.
- Creative industries and the future of Europe.
- ICTs and artistic creation.
- Financial culture in Europe.
- Markets and fairs as a cultural phenomenon.
- The technology of means of transport and media.
- The European dimension in the world.