Dear teachers and librarians,
This Guidelines for teachers and librarians are the part of TRACE Educational Package. It is a result of the first intellectual output of the project Traditional children’s stories for a common future – TRACE. The aims of the TRACE project are based on a European reference framework of key competences for lifelong learning. Through the project, we are contributing in raising awareness of the importance of Europe’s cultural heritage through education and life-long learning, supporting skills development, social inclusion and critical thinking.
Project duration was from 01-09-2018 until 31-07-2021 and it was carried out by six partners from Croatia, Greece, Latvia and Spain.
Guidelines are aimed to give you some new ideas and skills, collaborative and innovative practices based on our workshops, which you can use and adapt in your everyday work. Through this Guidelines we want to share our experiences and results of the project with teachers, librarians and educational experts, as well as with general public. Educational package with its innovative educational approaches will help teachers to imbed and improve the curriculum in their schools. For librarians it can be an opportunity to upgrade and improve their services for children. The educational system in the EU, including non-formal education, is committed to popularizing less-known EU writers and less-known EU traditional children stories. Considering that your daily work is based on working with children and for the children, your role in their life is irreplaceable because you are teaching them to understand the world they are living in, you are introducing them the other cultures and their traditions and last but not the least you are showing them how to use what they have learned and how to develop critical thinking. Only educated, self-confident and thinking oriented young people can change the world and make it a better place for further generation.
Why we choose traditional children story? We choose it because every traditional children story has some ethical lesson, they teach children about life, moral values, choices a person has in his life and through them children can get to know more about specific topics. Traditional stories, fairy tales are important part in the life of every child. They are also the natural way for thinking and rethinking about some ethical issue from early school age.
As well, we want to encourage children to read because by reading we upgrade and develop ourselves as persons and as participants in society. By encouraging reading we create a better reader, a critical reader, a person who thinks and express his own opinions and attitudes, and such a person can contribute to the development of society.
At the end, we have only one message for you – read them, use them and share them with others to the joy of all of us aware of the value of the knowledge-based society.