The main objective of SMILE is to promote problem-based learning and the adoption of CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) in primary schools through an innovative teaching approach and non-formal education practices.
As final project product, the SMILE partnership will jointly create a course aimed at teaching English while promoting principles of sustainable urban mobility among children.
The bicycle is the core of this course, as a powerful learning tool and an effective mean of transportation. By this way, the project aims at growing a new generation of active and responsible European citizens.
SMILE is the scaled-up of a previous project called English Kitchen, funded by the Lazio Region (Italy) and implemented in several public primary schools in Rome.
SMILE will create a didactic format in which English language and the principles of sustainability are taught in primary schools through nonformal education methods, creating a dynamic and playful learning environment to make the lessons more attractive. The SMILE toolkit will be usable both in public schools and in other educational contexts such as summer camps, after school sessions, etc.
A problem-solving approach will deal with real daily experience, like for example how to repair a flat tyre and knowing basic traffic rules. Learning a foreign language helps create a sense of community and the group activities, through diversification of the necessary skills, bring the pupils to put together their differences to get to a common goal.
Main Project Outcomes
The SMILE project is expected to create a stable network of public and private organisations cooperating at European level.
The SMILE network will create connections between civil society organisations and schools from al around Europe to exchange best practices on the theme of nonformal education and allow the sustainability of the project with the possibility of future collaborations and further development and extension of the SMILE toolkit.
The SMILE network will allow pupils who participated in the project and their families to stay connected to the partner organisations and participate in future activities.
A final event will take place in Rome by September 2017, in order to spread project results to a wide group of participants, including the classes that have been pilot testing the course throughout the project.