The TRACE project (Traditional children’s stories for a common future) presents a digital platform that culminates all the work carried out throughout this project and that has been conceived as a showcase through which to show the richness and diversity of the European Union through traditional children’s stories.
This platform contains the resources of an innovative educational method: workshops exclusively designed to promote children critical thinking, explore and design innovative ways of learning about the cultures and traditions of other European countries.
The digital materials generated during the project are in open access in the thematic TRACE Portal available for use in classrooms and activities with children from 6 to 12 years old, for all teaching and library staff who want to make the European cultures and traditions known.
The electronic platform is divided into several sections that give access to the selected and translated stories, to the files to carry out the workshops, as well as guidelines and orientations for teachers and librarians. These documents have been produced in English and translated into the languages of each of the partner countries (Croatia, Spain, Greece and Latvia). The goal is to pilot these materials in schools and libraries.
The story section is made up of several elements:
• Parallel text of the story in the original language and its translation into English
• Short story workshop with download (PDF)
• Children’s drawings created in workshops
• History translated into all partner languages and English (PDF)
• Electronic book in English language with all the stories used in the TRACE Project.
Tools such as TRACE’s allow progress towards a new type of education, which consists of providing students with a greater capacity for research, critical thinking and drawing conclusions, with the aim of stimulating the development of thinking and adoption of own ideas, the understanding of oneself and the society in which we live, and also of finding one’s own orientation in life and ethical values.
To guarantee the exploitation of these resources among professionals in the sector, several dissemination events were held in June in Croatia, Greece, Latvia and Spain, including the online course: “Working with multiculturalism and critical thinking from children’s stories” held last Tuesday June 22 by the Euro-Arab Foundation.
If you are interested in reproducing any of these workshops and accessing the files for teachers and parents in Spanish, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org