SWEETS’ TASTE ALONG EUROPE
ERASMUS + EUROPEAN KA 2 STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP
Norms, traditions, values, ways of life and concepts are transmitted only through socialization, being necessary for the integration of the individual into the groups to which he belongs. So, socialization is the process by which a child learns the thinking, norms, values, ways of participating in social life, rationalizing possible consequences, responsibility and ultimately learning to become more mature. Socialization influences personality, transforming it, shaping it and helping it to adapt. In turn, personality influences socialization, thus building a pre-existing exchange between the two.
In this regard, the partnership „SWEETS’ TASTE ALONG EUROPE” is aimed to facilitate the social inclusion by cooking for trainees and trainers, based on researching on various kinds of sweets and desserts from the partner countries, meaning traditional recipes, ingredients, raw materials, preparation, and cooking, etc. The participants will also exploit knowledge at the source, teachers will benefit from some training courses on personal development and social inclusion and students will experience socialization by acquiring- the ethnic/traditional cuisine and sweets eating habits from the partner countries, designed to stimulate their interest in learning and motivate them in continuing their studies, by experimenting sweet new experiences and approaches. Due to the fact that some of the project partners have experience and qualifications in this sector, the partnership will be a great opportunity for the participants to complete their professional training and their skills and abilities too, by taking part in practical demonstrations and experience exchanges during their mobilities in the participating countries.
Because by traveling, you can learn and socialize and as a result, you can make progress, the project aims are :
– increasing the social skills of students belonging to a target-group chosen from every partner by encouraging them to work in groups and by sharing results. Gaining experience and knowledge regarding the place of the desserts and sweets in modern and traditional cuisine, during the whole project we intend to multiply their chances to become active citizens of their countries and of EU. Students will research their own traditional sweets meaning by ingredients, tools, preparing, decorating, serving.
They will do an EU Sweets Booklet written in English and translated into all the participant countries’ languages with products’ description, recipes, and serving details.
– enhancing the teachers’ professional competence of setting-up and teaching by workshops on personal development and motivation. Every partner institution identified internal needs by analyses addressed to teachers and students. Teachers’ training will be done at the partnership level with the purpose of implementing personal development and motivation. The trained teachers will share their learning in their own schools during workshops. In each participant school. The target group will be composed of at least 50 students from each participating school. The students will be from 15 to 17 years old.
– decreasing the schools’ dropout rates by promoting learning to learn. Making together, at the partnership level a study of good practices in cooking and serving based on local techniques and traditions may keep students’ interest alive. They will take part in IT use activities. Every partner will make a short film on local sweets that could be included in a gastronomical route throughout the participant countries. They will draw together a Europe’s Sweet Map with marks on points of interest to taste local sweets and desserts. Each mark will link to the films made by every partner. Enhancing the students’ abilities to use specific ingredients and flavors to prepare sweets and desserts from partners’ countries cuisine may be realized during 1st BLM where they have to learn to prepare other country’s sweets. Before leaving, they will research the partner countries’ cuisines. Then, they will be taught by a chef from the partner institution, how to prepare and serve sweets. A commission of experts from the host country will award them a recognition of their social skills
Students (Ss) will:
– develop abilities in finding solutions as a consequence of applying new technologies to make traditional products as a means of socialization,
– improve the quality of the education by sharing best practices among partners,
– acquire new knowledge in becoming desirable and more self-confident by participating in practical activities such as preparing desserts
-enhance their knowledge on social inclusion of excluded teenagers as a result of self-alienation and group rejection
-improve their psychological and social skills
-upgrade their knowledge on non-formal activities meant to stimulate Ss’ motivation
– expand their teaching and mentoring knowledge and skills
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