Results from survey on tolerance in Bulgaria
About 60 students took part in the survey on tolerance, doing the questionnaire in writing and recognizing the benefits of the project, its ideas and activities.
According to them tolerance means accepting differences and cultural diversities, patience, respect, understanding, appreciation, compassion, empathy, the ability to listen and be good, caring and helpful. Only four did not know the meaning of the word, of which two did not know whether it was something important and necessary.
One person has no opinion as to whether we need tolerance in everyday life .All the rest find it important, especially team members. They think we need it for a better and easier communication, for nurturing equality and respect and consider it the key to solving difficult situations, easing tension and restoring people` s trust in the good sides of human nature.
One third of all also find it a prerequisite for solving problems like crime, injustice and cruelty. They also think that without tolerance the human race is bound to become extinct.
Furthermore, 95% find the project ideas interesting, most of them especially interested in learning about other countries and cultures. All of them think that project activities and communication platforms provide opportunities for learning foreign languages. A few appreciate the opportunities for artistic expression, as well.
50 % find all project activities interesting and rewarding, providing many opportunities.35% are interested mainly in the forms of artistic expression. 20% are interested in making videos and ppt, using different ICT. 15% are interested in evaluation and organizational matters. 50 % of all are interested in the festival activities and 5% - in drama ones.
Two people have answered only one question. 95% would like to take part in mobilities and everybody wants to join meetings and festivities.
Students also think they will have definitely developed a more tolerant attitude to differences and diversities by the end of the project.
Expectations survey in Poland
Last week we conducted a survey among all students attending 1st and 2nd form of our secondary school to examine their expectations from the project.
35 students took part in the survey. Most of them (95%) think that TIME project is a great idea, 3 of them are not sure if our school will manage with it. None of them thinks of the project as useless.
The second question dealt with project aims. 20 surveyed perceived "Getting to know foreign cultures" as the most important aim. 15 students liked the objective of "Improving language skills". Only one student doesn't like any of the project objectives.
Six students admitted that the idea of the project has not been explained to them sufficiently enough. 22 of the people questionned already belong to the Comenius team, 7 would like to join and 6 are not interested.
Question number 5 dealt with students' expectations. 14 of them would like to improve their language skills, 12 students said that they want to develop their talents as well as gain skills that will be useful in their further education
This is how the lesson began on 16th September....
I. DEFINITIONTolerance is the appreciation of diversity and the ability to live and let others live. It is the ability to exercise a fair and objective attitude towards those whose opinions, practices, religion, nationality and so on differ from one's own. As William Ury notes, "tolerance is not just agreeing with one another or remaining indifferent in the face of injustice, but rather showing respect for the essential humanity in every person.
a fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward those whose opinions, practices, race, religion, nationality, etc., differ from one's own; freedom from bigotry.
The following announcement was made in the school website immediately after signing the agreement :
On 24th August our school signed an agreement for carrying out an action as to the Comenius sectoral programme with the Human Resource Development Centre in Bulgaria. This is a project coordinated by Head Teacher* Svetla Botova, a teacher in English .
* head teacher in the terms of career advancement in Bulgaria does not mean “principal”. Its meaning is similar to “chief in staff” but in education and is the 4th rank in the hierarchy from bottom to top.