The P.IN.O.K.I.O Project 

The project “P.IN.O.K.I.O.- Pupils for INnOvation as a Key to Intercultural and social inclusion” is a Lifelong Learning Comenius Multilateral project which aims at promoting intercultural dialogue and creativity against social exclusion. The project’s own innovative cline comprises the integration of literature or children’s stories from different cultures, school environments and curricula, pupils’/participants’ diverse family backgrounds, children’s creativity, as well as web 2.0 tools in order to create a methodology at disposal of teachers in nursery schools or primary schools.

This methodology is also focused on the development of some of the eight key-competences recommended by the EC as “those which all individuals need for personal fulfillment and development, active citizenship, social inclusion and employment” (Rec.2006/962/EC). The key-competences addressed in this project are: 1. Communication in the mother tongue; 2. Learning to learn; 3. Social and civic competences; 4. Sense of initiative and entrepreneurship; 5. Cultural awareness and expression.

The project is conceived to be implemented in a nursery or primary school environment.

The main focuses of the PINOKIO project are:

  • improve and develop transversal Key Competences in children, towards the promotion of intercultural dialogue and social inclusion;
  • promote pupils’ multicultural and intercultural competence by interacting with narratives;
  • promote children’s stories as an instrument of multicultural dialogue that aims to foster intercultural competences and social inclusion;
  • provide pre-school and primary school teachers with the necessary skills and innovative methodologies so that they can meet the development of the key-competences in children;
  • foster the sense of initiative and entrepreneurship as necessary skill also in view of entering and staying in the labour market when adults. P.IN.O.K.I.O. aims to develop skills such as pro-activity, ability of working in team, assess and take risk as part of European active citizienship;
  • think, create, edit and disseminate didactic materials bearing in mind the promotion of multicultural skills as well as of intercultural attitudes, and promote social inclusion;
  • foster school-family interaction (particularly regarding migrant families) via shared narratives;
  • enhance knowledge and awareness of web 2.0 tools as suitable instruments to reach the project goals, in the line with the intercultural dialogue and attitude underpinning the whole project.

P.IN.O.K.I.O.’s main innovation lies in the integration of literature (in a broader sense as the whole of the narratives that belong to a given culture or are shared by more than one culture) with web 2.0 tools, school life and school curricula, both migrant and local pupils’ families’ interaction with school environments, in order to foster intercultural attitudes in pupils, as well as in teachers and families.
The implementation of the project involved scores of schools and school teachers, hundreds of pupils, as well as many pupils’ migrant or non-migrant families, along with experts in different issues having cooperated with the schools. More details on the project can be found in the various sections of this website public part, while facts and figures are displayed at the sections Italian schools, Portuguese schools, Swiss schools, English schools , which host the School Data tables.

The P.IN.O.K.I.O. project website

This website is the common tool for all the institutions which took part in P.IN.O.K.I.O., as well as for all those involved or interested in it.

In its public area, it is intended to:
-    inform on:
•    the project general features, who the project partners are, their general activities, their tasks and achievements (see The P.IN.O.K.I.O. Project);
•    the European activities in which the project is involved, or that concern issues the project includes in its framework (see PINOKIO Project News);
•    the general outline of the project activities (see Activities: Work Plan, Training of trainers, Teacher training, Creativity Labs, Intercultural Workshops);
•    the schools selection taking part in the project by testing the P.IN.O.K.I.O. activities all school year long (see Participants: Italian schools, Portuguese schools, Swiss schools, English schools);
•    the outcomes of the project (see Achievements);
-    document the project making as well as the daily achievements of its activities and experimentations (see Newsletters, Blog, Facebook);
-    help piloting schools (especially teachers, yet also pupils) to share experiences both among schools themselves and with the site visitors, thanks to the Blog; this the place where people and activities from different schools all over Europe come together, being this an experience of European citizenship in itself.

In its limited access area - which is a Moodle-based Educational Environment - it serves to:
-    share project documents among partners, in a work-in-progress approach;
-    lead some teachers’ training activities in FAD format.

Web Project Manager: Ph.D Alida Favaretto

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