Let's play the Fraternity card in Europe is a project implemented in France, Spain, Poland and Croatia within the Erasmus+ programme. It was originally designed in 2002 in France by the La ligue de L'ensignement and has since been conducted every year in France as an educational response to growing negative social trends including racism and exclusion. The project emphasizes the importance of coexistence of various ideas, religions, races, status groups etc. through an simple activity of sending messages of solidarity from school students to random people in their communities, resembling the idea of a 'message in a bottle'. Students are trained in critical thinking and photo analyses prior to writing their messages of solidarity. With their teachers they cover topics of discrimination, migration, poverty, volunteering etc. Recipients of the postcards are invited to share their response to the coordinating organizations - La ligue de L'ensignement in France, Centre for Peace Studies in Croatia, Foundacion Cives in Spain and Fundacja Szkoła z Klasą in Poland. In school year 2017/2018 approximately 150 000 pupils will participate in the project and send their postcards.
The basic idea – working on global issues with students and sending postcards with messages of solidarity to their local communities.
La Ligue de l’enseignement – France
La Ligue de l'enseignement is one of France’s largest organisations in non-formal education. Founded in 1866, it aims to guarantee access to education for everyone, regardless of their age, social and ethnic backgrounds. It further promotes a secular society, solidarity amongst citizens and active citizenship. The 102 federations of La Ligue de l'enseignement and their 30,000 member organizations carry out activities in the field of culture, education and lifelong learning, culture and media, social work, recreational-educational activities, environment and sustainable development, sports for all, international solidarity.
Fundacion CIVES – Spain
Cives foundation has worked for more than ten years towards the attainment of full citizenship in a Social and Democratic State of Law. Specializing in the promotion of the education in values, Cives Foundation is committed to education as a means to create citizens with solid democratic values based in solidarity, critical thinking, interculturality and tolerance. The fields of action are, on one side, teachers training on education for democratic citizenship and human rights and, on the other side, the promotion of European citizenship through initiatives that aim to bring citizens closer to EU institutions and contribute to the consolidation of a more participatory democracy.
CMS, Center for Peace Studies - Croatia
Centre for Peace Studies (CPS) is non-profit citizen association working on social change based on the principles of non-violence, peace building and respect of human rights, combining education, research, advocacy and activism. CPS is focusing on policy and activism based researches in the field of human rights, peace building and education; also works on promoting and supporting values of non-violence, justice, respect of human rights and acceptance/tolerance of differences.Centre for Peace Studies three main programmes: Fight against xenophobia, racism and ethnic discrimination; Peace education and promotion of non-violence; Promotion of social and economic solidarity and Human security programme
School with Class Foundation – Poland
The School with Class Foundation is an expert, non-profit organization, based in Warsaw (Poland). Our team is composed of professionals experienced in the field of education and managing innovative projects on the nation-wide scale. The School with Class Foundation was founded in October 2015 and is a spin-off of the biggest and one of the most successful educational programs in Poland run since 2002 by the Center for Citizenship Education and "Gazeta Wyborcza" (nationwide journal) - with over 8.500 schools, 100.000 teachers and a million students.
The purpose of the School with Class Foundation is: to support education tailored to the modern world, schools that are open and engaged in tackling social problems; to foster the development of 21st century skills in Polish schools; to improve the quality of teacher training and professional development; to increase the prestige of the teaching profession, highlight and promote activities of headmasters/ headmistresses, teachers and other persons acting to the benefit of good education in Poland and abroad; to equalize educational opportunities of children and youth; to strengthen the civic mission of the school, to build bonds between schools and local communities.