King’s Ely has secured funding from the European Commission and British Council to deliver ‘The Village’ – an Erasmus+ project involving King’s Ely and two of its partner schools, IES Andrés Vandelvira in Albacete, Spain and College Chaloupe Saint-Leu in La Reunion, France.
The aim of the two-year project is for students to explore the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations through the creation of a unique virtual city.
A series of physical and online activities will be carried out in each school to create the city, with its own citizens, education and political systems, taking into consideration the SDGs that will make their city environmentally friendly, poverty free and granting education for all.
Once travel restrictions have been lifted, there will also be exchange trips, enabling students to work together and learn more about each other’s languages and cultures.
It is a wonderful and unique opportunity for students from all three schools to work collaboratively, to improve their linguistic skills, to develop their IT skills and to foster a love for cultural differences and tolerance – Esmeralda Salgado, King’s Ely
Esmeralda Salgado, head of modern foreign languages (MFL) at King’s Ely, said: “It is a wonderful and unique opportunity for students from all three schools to work collaboratively, to improve their linguistic skills, to develop their IT skills and to foster a love for cultural differences and tolerance.
“During their visits to La Reunion and Albacete, once travel is permitted in schools, students will spend most of the time at the French and Spanish schools carrying out different workshops and activities for the creation of our virtual city. They will also undertake several day trips to emblematic historical or geographical places in the country of origin, in relation to the project.
“This is a project which echoes the King’s Ely MFL department’s mission to instil a love of language learning and to take languages outside the classroom.”
In 2019, King’s Ely won a British Council eTwinning National Award for its “outstanding contribution to international school collaboration”.
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