The students who are part of the Erasmus+ project are aged from 14 to 18. There are about 80 students who come from 4 very different countries and schools but the thing that connects them is the knowledge gained in English language. Students who come from Germany, Croatia and Spain are already familiar with the term EU and everything dealing about this organisation, and those who come from Switzerland are here mostly to learn and express their opinion about joining the EU. Students are going from country to country ( four already mentioned countries) for an exchange program and they are dealing with the EU, elections, fake news and they have lots of presentations and workshops. Also, one of the main goals of this program is to communicate and get along with people from different countries because they are your future and everything is in their hands.
Erasmus+ programme was established in 2014. Before it was known as ''Comenius''. The Erasmus+ project with the title “The Image of the EU in the Post-truth Era“ is a multilateral partnership, involving four countries: Spain, Croatia, Switzerland and Germany. This is a common project, which will be run as a cross curricular project. It is about developing media competences in the post-truth era and is thematically tied to the representation of the EU in the media in the view of the upcoming European Elections in 2019. By means of a critical, fact-based analysis of the EU the development of media competences will be facilitated in the end of the project.
The project encourages the students to think about the consequences of fake news and media manipulation.
Main goals of the project are to acquire skills and gain knowledge that enable them to act appropriately, autonomously, creatively and in a socially responsible manner in a media-based world. Importantly, the students should analyse the EU in critical fashion specially during the election campaign and recognize the importance of the active participation in the political process in the EU. The results of the project will be visible as a blog and also a video about the EU elections.
The EU had its beginnings in 1950, where the six founding countries Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands aimed to end the frequent and bloody wars in Europe. It started off with the managing of Coal and steel supplies but began quickly to grow into other economical directions as well. The EU's most important goals are to respect each other, to promote peace, security, freedom and justice but also to protect our environment and improve things like culture, techonology and scients. Additionally, the EU wants to be represented all over the world and spread our rich cultural and linguistic diversity. The EU consists of 28 different countries. The HQ is located in Brussels, where the official seats are hosted.