This project “Fears and Hopes of Young Europeans” of the Comenius Programme of the European Commission is conducted by students of the Carl-Benz-Gymnaisum in Ladenburg, Germany. Students are asked to visualize their fears and hopes, realize similarities and differences between the partner countries, and think about how negative emotions can be turned into something positive.
Setting the Stage
The Project “Fears and Hopes of Young Europeans” has been inspired by the art work “99 Fears” by Nedko Solakov.
By focusing on personal worries – from war, AIDS and plane crashes to writer’s block, infidelity and the size of one’s CV – “99 Fears” depicts the general free-floating anxiety of modern life in hilarious detail. These are the fears of an ordinary man but also those of an artist who grew up under communism, with all its repressions and deprivation, only to find a new set of apprehensions waiting for him under capitalism.
“99 fears” was shown at documenta 12 in 2007, a very high profile art exhibition that takes place every five years in Kassel.
The Carl-Benz-Gymnasium in Ladenburg, Germany is a senior high school for students grades 5 till 12.
The Comenius Programme is a European Union educational project. It concerns school-level education, and is part of the EU’s Lifelong Learning Programme 2007–2013. It aims “to help young people and educational staff better understand the range of European cultures, languages and values”.
Its name derives from the 17th-century Czech educator John Amos Comenius.
The program is focussed on several areas:
- the basic problems of learning motivation, and skills in learning how to learn.
- The key skills of Language learning, greater literacy, science learning, learning to support entrepreneurship, and the development of creativity and innovation;
- Digital educational, both content and services;
- Improving school management, of teaching, and teacher education;
- Reducing socio-economic disadvantages and discouraging early school leaving;
- Increasing participation in sports;
- Educating groups of students with diverse abilities;;
- Development of early and pre-primary learning.
The goal of the program is to have participation of more than three million students and teachers in international activities, thus improving mobility of students and teachers in the EU.
Initial project deliverables are an exhibition and a video / DVD or a presentation at a project meeting.
Project duration: First project deliverables are due January 31, 2013. Exhibitions will last from February 14 till March 31, 2013. Have a look at the exhibition in Ladenburg by clicking here.
Scope of the project on the i-Sparks platform:
i-Sparks provides project members a community platform where they brainstorm their ideas, challenges, questions or needs among project members, structure their ideas and thus develop solution concepts which they then build into concrete projects. Following the exhibition of 99Fears students will select those fears they want to develop solution concepts for. This will then be the base to build a concrete project which a) addresses a specific fear, b) outlines a solution and vision for a better future, and c) help participants to take the first step toward a better future.
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