Schools for Strategic Partnership

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

What is Erasmus+ and what is this project 2018-2020 all about?

Background of the programme
Erasmus+ is the European Union programme for education, training, youth and sport.
It runs for seven years, from 2014 to 2020, with organisations invited to apply for funding
each year to undertake creative and worthwhile activities.
Erasmus+ aims to modernise education, training and youth work across Europe. It is open to education,
training, youth and sport organisations across all sectors of lifelong learning, including school education,
further and higher education, adult education and the youth sector. It offers exciting opportunities for
participants to study, work, volunteer, teach and train abroad.
Stockholm international school have received funds for Erasmus+ twice. The first project was between
2014-2017 with 6 countries involved. And this current two year project  between 2018-2020 also involves
6 countries. The fundings are for Strategic Partnerships supporting organisations from across the fields
of education to develop partnerships, share best practice and work collaboratively to help improve
provision, boost growth and create jobs for the future. This Strategic Partnership activity is
Key Action 2 of the programme.

One of the goals of Erasmus+ is to improve the quality of services and human resources in the EU
and beyond through mutual learning, comparison and exchange of good practice.

This project ITOOLerance
it is crucial to develop the essential competences that young people need to have to be able to live and
co-exist without hate and violence. The idea of the project is to teach our students to use digital tools and
the virtual world to do something good and valuable for other people, to teach them sensitivity to the harm
and suffering of others, often the weaker members of the society, to shape positive attitudes of under-
standing differences, empathy and tolerance.

We assume that the fact that international cooperation makes that process more effective as the students
will consider the thematic scopes from culturally different perspectives and at the same time will have a
great opportunity to improve their language skills (not only English but other foreign languages as well).
For that reason it is inevitable to meet face to face, to get the real experience of other cultures, to feel the
atmosphere of international cooperation.

The way of reaching the goals is using modern digital tools like blogs, social media, interactive posters
and comics, multimedia presentations, films, 3D printers, elements of programming and coding in pre-
paring some project products as we chose achievement of relevant and high quality skills and com-
petences is the main priority of that project.

Another important reason of doing this project is mutual exploring the culture and tradition of partner
countries, exchanging of good practices in problem solving and cooperation keeping in mind our
diversity and differences.

Description of the first activity:

November 2018 - 5 -day meeting in Poland.
The following activities are planned:
Official meeting devoted to the cultural presentation of individual partner schools, official meeting the
representatives of local authorities.
Presenting the best project for a key ring from each school and the announcement of the results of the
competition for the best one.
Workshop - preparation of The code 'How to stop the peer violence
Studying about the geography, history and traditions, landscapes, culture and tourist attractions of
Students will participate in the lessons at school and spend time with other students, teachers, parents f
rom Poland and other students and teachers from European countries.
The students will be hosted by Polish families or in the hotels.

Before the visit, during the normal activities of the involved schools the following tasks have to be done:

Each partner school will run the classes on the programming projects for 3D printer and the students will
create the project of the key ring.
The most interesting project will be chosen as a logo of the project (online voting) and taken to present
on the visit.
In each partner school the teachers will run classes on the peer violence and they will bring ideas to the
Those activities combine with selected content of the core curriculum.
How is participation in this activity going to benefit the involved participants?
The participants of that visit will enrich their knowledge about people, history, culture and geographic
curiosities of Poland. They will learn the specifics of the work, the successes and problems of the partner
school and the Polish educational system. The teachers and the students will exchange knowledge and
experiences. Participants will increase their knowledge and skills in 3D printing, exchange opinions and
experiences on tools and technologies for creating projects for 3D printing and their use and sharing.
As a result of the workshops The code 'How to stop the peer violence ' will be prepared and the code will
disseminated on the Internet.
The students will have the opportunity to present their schools (also educational systems), regions,
countries, (culture, history, traditions, geography).
The students will have the opportunity to present the results of their work with 3D printer.

Cooperation in international environment let them develop their language competences, and shape
attitudes of tolerance to cultural differences. The participants will sum up the knowledge how to react to
peer violence.

They will also learn cooperation in group via project method.
They got the knowledge about partner countries, local regions, schools, its history, traditions, geography
and historical places.
The students will feel more self-reliance about their language and social opinion and they will find new
friends among students form partners countries.
They will also experience the learning in international environments participating on the lessons in Polish

The participants of the visit (local and from abroad) will learn from each other about their cultures and
traditions, history and geography.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Timeline for when to visit which country and the themes worked with at the time

The countries involved are except for Sweden: Portugal, Italy, Germany, Turkey andPoland. On each trip two teachers follow and five students.

The timetable is as follows:

October 2018, Poland
How to stop peer violence shown through creating a keychain of plastic using a 3D printer.

March 2019, Portugal
Interview series of people about what tolerance is for them.

June 2019, Germany
Different aspects of poverty.

October 2019, Turkey (North)
What are our differences? processed by creating a poster that is interactive.

February 2020, Italy
Disabled people - there needs and abilities viewed through an interactive comic strip with the theme "The Same". 

June 2020, Sweden
  "They were also children" short films about how elderly had it as a child as well as a visit an elderly home.

Motivation for the project from Stockholm International School

Let’s use digital tools to talk about tolerance
KA2 Cooperation for innovation and exchange of good practices – School Exchange Partnerships

The motivation why we wanted to participate in the project:
The theme of the project is very important to us. Since we are a truly international school with a built in diversity we have foster our students to be global citizens and we would like to hold workshops in that. We also learned from the previous project that it is in the meeting that people handle situations differently, no matter what the theme is, it is the travelling and meeting that results in friend building and in the long run peace. We also think it is important at our school to make it possible for all students, not only those who can afford a school trip to participate. We also want to continue with Erasmus+ as a window towards Europe since we have students from all around the world and this is a great way of learning.

For the first time in a project are we open up students homes for other students which will be very interesting and a big experience for our students who only speaks English and will have to be hosting other students in Sweden, making them feel Swedish. That was our experience from earlier projects where we had students from Austria, Kenya, South Korea that were referred to as Swedish. It made us realize that we are all humans and the rest is just labels depending on context.

Final post for Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

This is a final farewell to the project with 3 x R.

However, the blog remains because we were just notified of a new Erasmus + project. The Turkish school is involved also in this project. It feels extra fun because we never came to visit that school during the previous project. In view of the nice presentations that students and teachers made over their beautiful city in the northern Turkey, Anneli Thompson and I are looking forward to getting the chance to finally visit them.

That feeling is a good demonstration of that Erasmus + projects create bridges between people, friends for life and all spread in Europe and surroundings.

The common blog for the project was handled by Alexandra and can still be visited on:

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Reflection from Ms. Anneli

The Erasmus + project, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle trip to Romania started off with an unexpected student short in the early hours of the morning. We were forced to make our flights to Berlin and on to Bucharest without Giordan. We were met in Bucharest by our excited Romanian hosts whose remark, 'No problem!'(this remark would be heard many times over the next few days by our delightful hosts) regarding our dilemma of our missing student and sorting out pick up for late that evening.
Magura, the village we would be staying in with local families from the school, was a two hour rally drive from Bucharest. We would soon learn that the rules of the road are very different in Romania and we were in for a roller coaster ride...each time! As Mrs Umerkajeff was leading the trip, Mrs Anneli made the journey back to Bucharest at midnight, with a parent who spoke no English (Thank God for body language, drama skills and football as a topic) to pick up our missing link, Giordan! Better late than never!

The next few days were filled with touring the local school that was hosting this project in Romania. Our students, Axel Zimburg, Daniel Munyao, Yoonsik Kim, Alejandro Xirau, and Giordan Yates were wholeheartedly involved in the projects set up by the Romanian team alongside students from France, Turkey, Czech Republic, Poland and Romania. Although our students were not Swedish, we were representing Sweden as a nation which was pretty unique as SIS is! The students did activities such as create costumes and bags out of recycled material, rehearsed for a play about recycling (which they later performed with students representing the other countries), graffiti painted recycled plastic containers to decorate the representing nations and their flags across the school yard. Mrs Anneli, Mrs Umerkajeff and the students also took every opportunity to hang out with the others whether playing basketball, learning Romanian terms in exchange of teaching Swedish terms with the school kids and getting to know the other teams.

Alongside work around the daily Erasmus+ project activities, all of the teams were bussed around to various locations of interest. We got to walk along a Berca Mud Volcano, (, tour one of the royal palaces, Pelisor Castle ( (which was a great insight into the royalty of Romania prior to the rise of communism), the towns of Brasov, Sinaia, and many small villages and towns we drove through to get to the bigger towns, the monastery of Chiscau which led to the Bear Cave in the Apuseni Mountains. ( On our final evening, we even got to quickly walk and discover the castle in Transylvania, known as the Bran Castle or better known as the ‘Dracula castle’. (It is claimed to be one of many castles in that region that inspired Bram Stoker to write his classic novel). (  

Our Romanian hosts had worked hard to organise a week of activities and trips that would give us an insight into the history, the culture and the Romania of today. It was truly a privilege to be hosted by them and share these experiences with students and teachers from the other six nations.

As Mrs Umerkajeff stated in her speech to the Major of Bazau on our final morning in Romania.
‘As representatives of Sweden implementing this project of Erasmus+, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle , we have focused on the "joy of learning". Building bridges between people as something more than just an abstract metaphor. We have done this by meeting in one another’s environment over the past year through our trips to Poland, France and Sweden thus far. Being part of this project changes us forever. We must question our preconceptions about each other’s nations and cultures and we do that for sure by meeting in different places and discovering the truth for ourselves. During these days in Romania, we have encountered a beautiful country, but particularly amazingly sweet and welcoming students, staff and local families, who have embraced us with open arms. Thanks for inviting and hosting us.
La revedere! (Goodbye in Romanian)