I am delighted to be the co-ordinator of this Comenius Project.

The project was born in Venice in 1999 when headteachers Ragnhild Heggenhougen from Moss in Norway, Davide Castro Dias from from Rio Tinto in Portugal, Jarmo Pynnon from Pori in Finland and I were sharing views on integrating pupils with Special Educational Needs into mainstream education.

We agreed that this would be an excellent topic for a Comenius project. By the time we had arranged a planning meeting in February 2000 in Oporto to put together an application for funding Jarmo had been appointed to a new post but we had a new partner interested in joining the project. Representatives from Norway, Portugal and Scotland were joined by Santiago Rodríguez Sánchez from Galiza, Spain, to take part in our planning meeting in Rio Tinto.

Jarmo’s successor, Mauri Tall wished to continue Finland’s involvement in the project and a further planning meeting took place in February in Pori.

Our submission was successful! Funding was provided to take our project forward. Our project was then joined by a team from Thessaloniki in Greece. We are now six partners and have just returned from an extremely successful visit to Moss in Norway. Currently our pupils are learning traditional dances from partner countries and we look forward to the next meeting in Oporto in June 2001 to evaluate .


Anne Howitt, Benarty Primary School, Fife, SCOTLAND February 2001



"Integration of Children with Special Educational Needs into Mainstream focussed on Cultural Heritage"

Our project refers to cultural heritage, traditional arts and music.

This first year 2000/01 we have exchanged information and letters on ourselves, each school made a video to share a little bit of our national dancings and we are learning a national dance from each country. Pupil and teacher interaction between partner schools are increasing along the year and we will involve parents and the local community through a newsletter and an Open Day.

The second, 2001/02, will focus folk tales based on mythical creatures. Each partner to prepare a traditional tale and related artwork and music to be shared with all schools (video, audiotape, ICT, photographs and artwork). International Language Day will be celebrated on Sept. 26th.  Inter-school communication will continue (a higher level of e-mail communication among pupils at schools is desired) and some of the schools are planning to involve a few students in exchanges.

The third... it will come!

Here you will see our news, photos, etc. about the project.
If you are a member of any of our schools, give your coordinator or send here all what you would like to share with the others.
Go ahead through the links on the index and the other pages to know each country's contributions.

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