The purpose of this project is to help students coming from different cultural
backgrounds become aware of the fact that, notwithstanding our differences, we
can live together in harmony. It will take place in the second senior high
school of intercultural education. Our school is cross-cultural and the standard
curriculum is adapted to meet the specific educational and cultural needs of the
students attending it.
The purpose of the activities described below is to allow different peoples to
learn about other cultures, to exchange opinions, to co-operate in a web forum,
while simultaneously promoting their knowledge of creating a web page.
The project uses the power of technology to support knowledge about the
participants’ origins. A specially moderated forum has been created for the
classes that will participate.
Raising awareness of each other similarities can bring great benefits, increase understanding among people and provide opportunities for students to
interact with each other in a positive way.
1. Students will observe and record differences among their classmates while
participating in activities that promote thinking and enhance social skills.
2. They will understand the meaning of equality and its importance in their
3. They will be able to select and defend a symbol that they think best
describes their country.
4. They will develop a deep understanding of their classmates’ countries and of
their contribution to our society.
5. They will communicate their understanding of differences and the effects
differences have on our lives.
Duration of the project: Approximately 5 days.
It consists of a set of activities.
DAY 1 – the symbol
1. Students collect information through a websearch. First they select an image as
a symbol for their country. They have to focus on unique and unusual items of
their community. They prepare a presentation by selecting relevant information.
Outcome is a web page with the image and the description of the item.
DAY 2 – my favourite place
Students think of a place in their country that they particularly like. They
describe it with all the details that someone might need to form a picture in
his mind. They write down this information adding to the page they have created
with the symbol.
Think-pair-share. Individually, have students think of the many differences they
note among their classmates’ descriptions. In pairs, have the children share the
differences they thought of by writing them down in the webforum. As a class,
students will list all of the differences they came up with.
The students will then chart these differences. While charting these differences,
the teacher will point out that there are numerous differences among the class
and that each difference makes us unique.
DAY 3 - my place has its story
Imagine that your place could tell its story. What would it say? Add in your
country’s page a paragraph supplementing the phrase “Somebody that would pass
from….might not think that…
Think-pair-share. Individually, have students think of the many resemblances
they note among their classmates’ stories. In pairs, have the children share the
resemblances they thought of in the web forum. As a class, students will list
all of the resemblances they came up with.
The students will then chart these resemblances.
DAY 4 - the artists’ view
Select a work of art that has a connection with your country. It can be a
painting, a song. Add the image or the sound file in your webpage. Prepare to
present it in class.
DAY 5 - guided discussion:
Discuss the differences and the resemblances charted
from the think pair-share activity. Define the term “equality” and ask children
if these differences make one person better than another. Provide children with
hypothetical situations in which some of the class members were given certain
privileges that other students could not participate in because they were
different. Emphasize that although we may be very different from one another, we
are all equal and that we each deserve the same opportunities and privileges.
Reinforce what the meaning of equality is.
To go along with the theme of difference, children will be given the opportunity
to recognize and celebrate their differences (which include a tradition, family
vacation, or a special occasion). At the end of the week, culminating our
discussion on differences, each child will have the opportunity to share a
difference unique to their family. Conclude with a discussion celebrating our
Outcome is a page with all the countries of the students.
1. Participation in group discussions and service project.
2. Completion of web page and participation in compiling the information.
3. Written text describing the story of his/her favourite place.
Theresa Yiakoumatou "Labelled"
project in the European Commission's Netd@ys Europe 2003 initiative.