The aim of this project is to inspire youth in researching their national heritage of art, sciences and sports, by recognizing it as European cultural heritage. In the discussions among several European countries about their national identity and the political debates about the power of Europe versus national parliaments it could be much more interesting to investigate which cultural values unite us, instead of divide or separate us. Art inspires beauty and brings comfort. This research might not only lead to more appreciation of various art forms among youth, but also to a higher awareness among our new young European citizens. One day they might be able to say as Erasmus once quoted in his Adagia: Quaevis terra patria – The entire world is my homeland.
Topics of this research are architecture, fine arts, design, fashion, film, literature, music, plays and dance; sciences, inventions and inventors; sports and athletes. Students will investigate which expressions of art, inventions and sports in their own country are well known throughout all of Europe. They will present their national art’s heritage with these representative examples and decide which art expressions – old and new – should be considered as their legacy of European art, sciences and sports. Also they will create and produce i. e. their own forms of youth art within the several disciplines. In cooperation with their fellow students in the participating countries they will experience the joy of creating authentic, new forms of art and expressing common cultural values of art together, that bind people.
The content of the project will be part of the curriculum in the second grade for students from 15 till 18 years old, not only during cultural school lessons like arts, but also during history, social studies, and languages in general.
The duration of the project will be two or three years, depending on the number of participating schools and during which exchange programs will take place in the several participating countries. International contact between teachers of the participating schools will be initiated by contributing to e-Twinning, the Erasmus+ international platform and community for teachers. A homepage and a forum ‘projectmadeineurope.com’ will be updated and adapted by the students themselves to achieve sustainable international communication between students from the various European countries.
The participating schools in this project are: