“Highway to Health” is an Olympic journey through 5 countries to raise awareness of students in the field of health. Different key competences will be enhanced by sharing good practices and by learning from strengths of the 5 partnerschools.
Our strategic partnership is formed by schools from Belgium, Germany, Greece, Slovakia and Spain.
The three priorities of the project are the improvement in the acquisition of competences (i.e. digital, cultural, social…), working on inclusion and the awareness of our European heritage through the topic of health.
We will improve our skills setting objectives on five health aspects, our five Olympic rings:
- First ring: healthy physical activities - using digital competences
- Second ring: healthy environment - using cultural awareness competences
- Third ring: sustainable mobility - using foreign language learning competences
- Fourth ring: healthy food - using learning competences
- Fifth ring: mental health and well-being - using social and civic competences
Three of the schools have worked together in different projects and have learnt from each other to improve teaching and learning methods.
After an analysis of our strengths and weaknesses, we identified the need to continue our collaboration focusing on health and well-being. We agreed that we need to improve some health aspects related to our students’ routines.
One of the motivations to choose this topic is the diversity of the three partners which allows us to share good practices using several key competences.
To add a new dimension to the project we enriched our partnership with a school from Slovakia and a Greek school dealing with special needs students. These schools will enrich our partnership with their own fields of expertise.
Integrating diversity students will be an essential aspect of the project. The health topic is highly relevant and easily accessible for the diversity of students. Additionally we will focus on social inclusion in each of the meetings (integrating all students in the different activities).
We will also highlight our European heritage: Our Olympic journey on the Highway to Health will start near Barcelona - an Olympic city - and will end in the Greece, the cradle of the Olympics and the European civilisation. Our Highway will include stops in aspects that are related to our shared culture and values – sports, environment, mobility, food and well-being.
In order to achieve our aim we have established a defined pattern for each aspect we would like to improve:
Step 1: Preparatory work at each school on the aspect we will deal with in each meeting, shared online.
Step 2: Teachers and students (Olympic Health ambassadors) attend a learning event at the host school. They focus on the particular strength of the host school on the field of health and on a learning aspect (key competences). They participate in different training activities designed by the school and learn about good practices.
Step 3: Back to their countries ambassador pupils and teachers will lead follow-up activities at each school. Each school will implement the best practices learnt in each meeting.
As we accomplish each of the five objectives we will obtain a symbolic Olympic ring. All five rings will come together in the final meeting in Greece as we celebrate a Health Olympic day at an ancient site.
The project is meant to have a lasting impact on the participating schools. The best practices and activities developed at each school will be shared via website (Twinspace) as well as through other dissemination and communication activities - seminars and workshops.