META – Minorities Education Through Art
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From January to April 2017 two primary schools "Montagnola-Gramsci" and "Agnesi" were involved in the piloting of the META methodology.

3th of April 2017, the UNIFI team held a focus group with teachers and artists who took part in the META’s activity in the School “Agnesi” in Florence.

The META project has been presented as a good practice of mainstreaming competences for global citizenship in Italian primary schools at the 36th GENE Roundtable, which took place in Bruxelles last 27-29th April 2017 and had participants from 22 differente EU member states.

Last Friday 7th of April, the UNIFI team held a focus group with teachers and artists who took part in the META’s activity in the School “Montagnola-Gramsci” in Florence.

More and more, education is recognized as a central challenge by civil society actors aiming to improve the chances of youngsters. One of these actors is the Berlin Network "Foundations and Education", created in 2016 on initiative of the federal association of German Foundations. Main aims are to strengthen the cooperation between different foundations and promote good practices (https://www.stiftungen.org/startseite.html)

The Spanish teachers and artists who have participated at the TTT in Brussels inform their colleagues at the Foundation Yehudi Menuhin Spain

On January 12th 2017 four artists, five Primary School teachers, three staff members of the Pfefferwerk Foundation have come together for a one-day training with Andor Timar (MUS-E president from Hungary) and Werner Schmitt from Switzerland (founder of the MUS-E program and president of MUS-E Germany).

META Project started on January 10th 2017, with an initial meeting between artists (3) and the management team of the Ceip Miguel De Unamuno school in Madrid. The piloting in Madrid is organized by the Fundacion Menuhin Espana for MUS-E Spain and monitored by the University of Florence in co-operation with the International Yehudi Menuhin.

The Fundacion Menuhin Espana- that is co-operating with the META Partnership – for the piloting activities with children has organized a practical workshop in Madrid at the Ceip Miguel De Unamuno school with teachers to experience the META artistic work.

An ad hoc training course is organized by the Pfeffer Foundation and International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation to support the new set up MUS-E Organization in Berlin and the participation to the META piloting activity. The training will provide a theoretical part to introduce the META project and MUS-E program to the German stakeholders. Workshops about META compentences will be attended by the artists and the representatives and teachers of the schools involved in the META project with three classes. During the last day the first focus group of artists ad teachers will take place. Mr. Werner , one of the funding fathers of the MUS-E in 1993, will be present to this training.

Eleven professionals with long standing experiences in mainstreaming arts in education participated in META ToT - Training of Trainers Course in Brussels, organized by the International Yehuidi Menuhin Foundation, from 23rd to 25th of November 2016.

An information meeting, with the participation of 50 teachers (41 female teachers and 9 male teachers) was organized in Madrid at the Ceip Miguel De Unamuno school  by  Fundacion Menuhin Espanato provide a deep understanding of the META objectives and aims to the  teachers  who will work in the piloting of META project in Spain.

On 7 and 8 November 2016 the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation has organized and hosted in Brussels the second META Partnership meeting. The project partners have discussed the progress of the implemented activities and the development of the META methodology.

The project "Minorities groups Education Through Art" is now online on the Erasmus+ Project Results Platform.

A description of your project, where applicable, has been published online at the following address: Project Card

On 7 November 2016 the  Fondazione Nazionale Carlo Collodi  has held  the META  internal  workshop during the second partnership meeting in Brussels.

Statistics on Literacy[1]:

  • Today, nearly 17% of the world’s adult population is still not literate; two thirds of them women, making gender equality even harder to achieve.
  • The scale of illiteracy among youth also represents an enormous challenge; an estimated 122 million youth globally are illiterate, of which young women represent 60.7%.
  • The 67.4 million children who are out of school are likely to encounter great difficulties in the future, as deficient or non-existent basic education is the root cause of illiteracy.
  • With some 775 million adults lacking minimum literacy skills, literacy for all thus remains elusive.

Children come to primary school bringing along thoughts and feelings, words and pictures, memories, ideas,  fantasies and fears. They are intensely curious about the world and the people they have met in their short, but intense, journeys. 

29 to 31 October in Catania was held the Festival of Youth Orchestras in Italy. 400 boys and girls have driven with their music and their energy the historical center of the city.

META project has been presented to more than 40 participants at the International Meeting on Adult education in Erasmus+ to promote intergenerational and intercultural dialogue to build a society of inclusion and integration.