BIBLIOGRAPHY

To do our project we had to look for information, we will show you what we have found:
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These are the books the teacher gave us to look for information:
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And these are the web pages that we saw at home looking for more information:

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Here you can download the complete document

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To finish this project we are going to make a summary, that is a reflection, too.

Since its entrance in the EU 30 years ago, Spain has increased the levels of development that it had before being a member of this community. This is the result of an amount of activities that the European countries make: all must work, help and try to solve problems if they want to get their aims and be helped if they need it.

That is great, which means citizens want to preserve this union by doing things that improve our relationships and building a community where all of us (508 million people) can live in peace and freedom. Also by trying to fight against terrorism and making a European Constitution which collects these human values. However the EU is right now getting these aims thanks to the promotion of communication and the importance of an improvement in our quality of life.

Furthermore, Europe looks around its limits and works for others. For example, now we are looking for a solution to the refugees’ problem, and we don’t forget the differences between social groups, that are a priority for us. And we are also worried about the environment, because the EU thinks that must improve ‘green energies’ to reduce the pollution on Earth and to increase the well-known sustainability. In conclusion, we have to continue our effort on several topics like the mentioned before.

We think that these two sentences express our true opinion:

  • SPAIN, AND ASTURIAS, CAN ONLY BE BUILT FROM EUROPE
  • SPAIN, IN 30 YEARS, HAS PASSED FROM THE XIX CENTURY TO THE XXI CENTURY

About us:

With this project we have worked following a ‘Flipped Classroom’ methodology. We have worked inside our school, but also outdoors. We have worked individually and in group too, always with negotiations that allow us to get the aim, our personal aim: TO LEARN.

Learn what we are, learn what we have been, learn to help each other, learn our recent history, learn new ICT strategies, learn to learn the english language from a different point of view, learn to use this new English words, learn to look and investigate hardly through real sources. And, above all, learn that WE CAN DO IT.

What else have we learnt?

During all this time we have worked a lot and we have also learnt many important and interesting things about Europe. Some of them are written below:

  • European Funds (ERDF, Cohesion Funds, ESF, etc) -> Europe uses these funds to improve the development of the regions that need money to make new infrastructures for their citizens. They are so useful to preserve the environment and to reduce the economical differences between European countries. We have learnt that many things around us are financed by the EU. Most of us didn’t know this fact. Some examples in Asturias are the A-8 highway, the seaport of Gijón, the sanitation of our rivers… In Oviedo the Fine Arts Museum of Asturias, the Central University Hospital of Asturias and improvement in communication have been beneficiary of this funds.
  • Requirements to enter in the EU-> A country must have several democratic institutions, ban the death sentence, and accept the politics and the economy of the European Union if it wants to be a candidate to the entrance. Also, the country needs to have a good economy which allows citizens to compete with others economies and to buy in the common market.
  • European Commission -> It’s a group of people that works with the aim of improving the laws of Europe. The Commission makes rules to protect their citizens when the country can’t help them effectively. It also proposes the budgets for the EU and supervises the European expenses.
  • European Parliament -> Its job is to decide: about budgets, laws, expenses that the Commission proposes to this institution. People with their votes decide which people work in the Parliament.
  • Sakharov Prize -> The delivery of the Sakharov Prize started in 1985, in honour to the Russian scientist Andréi Sajarov. This prize is given to people who work for the Human Rights and the liberty. It’s known as the prize of the Freedom of Conscience.
  • Values of the EU -> There are many values that Europe wants to preserve and to share with other countries of the world. Some of them are: tolerance, democracy, justice, solidarity, equality between men and women, freedom, human rights, and human dignity. If a country wants to enter in the European Community must have all these values; and also Europe will punish the Members States which do not accept the values.
  • The Charter of Lisboa -> After many discussions to create a document that included all the values of the EU, it was formed the Charter of Lisboa. It changes the power of the Parliament, organizes the waste of money and controls how the institutions work. The main objective: increasing the importance of the citizens’ votes.
  • Only one market for Europe -> Products, services and money can go around the EU without any type of barrier, any tax. That makes lower the prize of some things, which is better for us. Also, it helps to keep a fair competition between European countries and, finally, it protects the costumers and the enviroment thanks to the transport and sustainability politics.
  • Students in the EU -> The most famous project for students in Europe is ‘Erasmus’, whose job is to allow students to go to a foreign country without problems. The word ‘Erasmus’ mean the free movement of students across the European Union, thanks to grants and exchanges. So European citizens can study where they want or need through the programmes that EU promotes.
  • Looking Ahead -> We have understood the importance of the huge European common project. Europe is a unique place in the world, without armed conflicts between member countries, with democracy and many rights and liberties for its citizens. We are very glad of participating on this project and we have realized that we should tell everybody the benefits of being in it.

But, what things have we learnt about life and work? Many, of course.

Life and work

Participating in this contest has been a great idea. Our teacher Carmen and the experience of working in group have taught us the importance of effort: we mustn’t give up because of problems, we have to continue, help each other and work. On this way, we would get our aims in life.

The necessity of getting agreements has shown us how to communicate better and to LISTEN to the ideas of other people, think about them and try to do a good work based on that. We have lived many experiences new for us, we have known many interesting things, we have met very important people from many kinds of jobs and we have spent a good time, in spite of problems and hard work.

Finally, we have learnt lots of things about computers and strategies to use ICTs. Getting a good knowledge about computers will increase our opportunities of finding a job in the future, which is really important for young people today.

So THANKS for all the things and values learnt.

DISSEMINATION

Just to let you know, you can find us in:

• An article in the section of last news in our school web page (http://www.iespando.com):

http://www.iespando.com/inicio/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=280%3Aflippando-with-europe&catid=79%3Ageneral&Itemid=109

• You can also find our blog mentioned in our school Magazine: PalPando Noticias. Both on paper and in digital format. However, you wiil have to wait, our school magazine has not been published yet. It will be published in May.

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Social networks:

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Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/EuroPando2016

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•Also you can find a report of our project in El Comercio, a local newspaper that it was published last Sunday.

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That article was published today in http://www.elcomercio.es/:

http://www.elcomercio.es/oviedo/201604/05/pando-estrasburgo-20160405173501.html

•April 18th, we are going to to have a talk with all the 4º ESO students in IES Pando, to inform them about our project. The talk will be at the auditorium where we will explain everything we know, what we have done, what we have learnt,…and we are going to do it in english.

If you want to contact directly with us you can write us an email to:

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europando2016@gmail.com

INTERVIEW WITH ANTONIO MASIP

We interview Antonio Masip Hidalgo.

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He is a lawyer  from Oviedo who has been Minister of Education in the Principado de Asturias Government (1982-1983), Member of La Junta General del Principado (1983-1987), Mayor of Oviedo (1983-1991), and also Member of the European Parliament (2004-2014)for PSOE.

We had the opportunity to ask him some questions during the meeting we had at the assembly room Europa Direct has in Oviedo. We want to express our gratitude for his nice and interesting talk.

 

For more information visit:

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/meps/en/28338/ANTONIO_MASIP+HIDALGO_home.html