February 2018: ERASMUS+ YOUP in ANGERS, FRANCE
From 18 February to 24 February 2018, a meeting of seven delegations from seven different European Countries took place at our school: Lycée David d’Angers, (LDA, the oldest classical Lycée of Angers, Pays de la Loire, France, founded in 1806, and still standing very well !), as part of the international ERASMUS + project entitled "YOUP (Youth for Europe): How to succeed in a multicultural Europe".
The topic of the French meeting was:
“How to learn in a cooperative mode about conflicts and their resolution?”
To work on that issue, the French YOUP team had set up a lesson plan for student and teachers groups (6 groups of nine to ten persons) coming from the seven different European Countries, for a meeting during five days, and working together using English as their working language. (See the Lesson plan in attached file)
Before the meeting:
- Each delegation had to work on a pre-normative research on both theoretical aspects and case studies about conflicts and their resolution, in order to prepare an exhibition on panels, on three different scales : on personal scale, a conflict the students have experimented in their own life and the way it has been solved, on their own educational institution scale, on their own national scale and on a brain storming, for the writing down of script ideas to stage a conflict situation and its resolution, in order to get ready for the final task, staging a 5 to 10 minutes long sketch on that topic.
On the First working day of the meeting, Monday 19 February 2018 – (the delegations had arrived in Angers the day before):
We had in the morning: Opening speeches, about welcoming everyone and presenting the working methods and goals of the week, as well as the excellence of the Erasmus+ program and the highest interest and necessity of the European Union’s integrating process, especially speaking about conflicts and their resolution. Then we had the setting up of the exhibition panels by each national delegation, the setting-up of 6 transnational groups for the whole week, each group including students and teachers. First task was to discover the exhibition panels, commented by a national of the group. Some keywords were written down on the notebooks.
Then, in the afternoon, we had the visit of the city of Angers : a City walk – 6 LDA student-guides took in charge their own group of about ten persons and led them through different places in Angers, where posted LDA students were giving some explanations centered on conflicts and their resolution (about different transport means, and the way the conflict between private cars and public means had been solved building tramway lines and leaving most cars out of the city center ; about the role played in the past in the resolution of conflicts, by the Church, or the Corporations, which both left some important heritage, and so on with some interesting visit points in Angers, like the Court house or the Town hall).
On the Second day, Tuesday 20 February 2018:
In the morning the 6 transnational workshops welcomed several participants (a French Armed Forces Commanding Officer, a Senior French Education Ministry advisor, a Mediator of the City of Angers, the Vice-Headmaster and one of the Principal Education Advisors of LDA) who presented their experience and professional expertise on the resolution of conflicts. Every teacher of the delegations had also had to get ready to present to their group a conflict they had been involved into, and the way it had been resolved. Between two external participants, they explained how they had dealt with conflicts in their teacher’s life. Then each group prepared a double restitution (oral and written) of one of the different testimonies, which they had chosen freely as the most interesting. Then, came the oral restitutions in cooperative learning mode (For details, see Vaduz YOUP Lesson plan).
In the afternoon of the second day, we had a Visit-Lecturing of the Castle of Angers and of the Apocalypse tapestries. It was a Visit and conference in English by a cultural mediator on the subject of the conflict and its resolution in the late Middle-Ages through the presentation of the Angevin fortress’ military architecture as well as the double theological and geopolitical interpretation of the conflicts in the scenes of the Tapestry of Apocalypse (14th Century).
On the Third day, Wednesday 21 February 2018:
Each transnational group chose a specific topic among the ideas prepared by every delegation before Angers’ meeting. Two professionals of the performing art were present to help the groups. Each group had first to write down the whole script of a conflict situation sketch, and then came the presentation by each group of at least the first scene of their sketch – the conflict - on LDA Odéon’s stage.
In the afternoon, we had a physical education special workshop, an Indoor football tournament between the 6 transnational groups, meant to show how sport can be used to channel and evacuate the tensions, to avoid conflicts or to solve them with fair-play, when played by the rules and in the right state of mind, and supervised by a professional as a referee.
On the Fourth Day, Thursday 22 February 2018:
We had a Journey to Normandy. It was an all day excursion to Caen’s 2nd World War Memorial and on a D Day landing beach (Arromanches), both meant to understand how conflicts can turn very, very bad, what’s necessary to put an end to them when they reach such a point, and the very reason why the European integration process is not an option for our generation and the following ones, but an absolute necessity.
On the Fifth Day, Friday 23 February 2018:
The working day began with the preparation, rehearsal and presentation of the “final task” on LDA Odeon’s stage: role-play for each group, in two scenes, a conflict and its resolution, including as much as possible of the practical and theoretical experience feedback of the week. Then we had an ending Speech, an evaluation of the week by students, and in the afternoon (free for students) the evaluation and assessment of the week by teachers. In the evening everybody had a goodbye party (everybody had to go back home the day after, Saturday 24 February 2018), with traditional food, goodbye and appreciation speeches, music and dance, and not a single trace of a conflict to be solved J