SMILE is an Erasmus+ project. In particular, it is a Strategic Partnership in the field of school education, involving organisations from 5 different EU countries (Italy, Greece, Rep. of Macedonia, Lithuania, Belgium). SMILE has been approved under the call for proposals 2015 of Erasmus+, the EU programme funding projects in all fields of education, training, youth and sports.
Erasmus+ Key Action 2 promotes cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices at European level. It aims at bringing positive and long-lasting effects on participating organisations and the educational system at local, regional, national and EU level.
The SMILE project aims to promote the use of Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) methodology in primary schools through the adoption of innovative teaching approaches and nonformal education practices, as well as to support problem-based learning.
SMILE will do this by developing a teaching methodology aiming to promote active citizenship and raise awareness among pupils on sustainable mobility issues in urban environments. For this reason, the bicycle is at the centre of this project, as an effective and clean mean of transportation and a powerful learning tool to be used in classrooms.
Through the sharing of best practices at European level and cooperation among partners, an innovative didactic method will be developed starting from the experience of “English Kitchen”, a previous successful project funded by Lazio Region and implemented in Roman schools since 2014 by ReBike ALTERmobility, the project coordinator.
The main product of the project is the SMILE toolkit, including a teaching handbook and all learning materials jointly designed and produced by partners. The project will also put the basis for the establishment of a European network of schools and civil society organizations willing to promote the adoption of CLIL methodology and sustainanility issues among the youngest generations.
The three SMILE pillars are: CLIL, sustainability, non formal education. In other words, SMILE means:
- teaching a foreign language through games and practical activities;
- competence development for both pupils and trainers;
- innovative and learner-centred pedagogical approaches;
- combining the study of a foreign language, with practical, entertaining and group-focused dynamics based on sustainable transport issues.