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Tomorrow is still in the making
so plant good seeds ... 

Since our last correspondence, our Grow from Seeds partners from Ireland, Germany, and France have been working extremely hard, and there has been much growth with regards to the aims and objectives of this cross European project. These are to address knowledge gaps, by using innovative methods and ways of outreach and delivery, to provide both pupils and teachers with new learning opportunities. Overall, the Grow from Seeds project aims to provide a programme designed to foster intercultural dialogue in Primary Schools, addressing European Parliament priorities to challenge extremism through social cohesion and inclusion, active citizenship, empowerment and participation of pupils.

Scroll down to see what we've been up to over the past few months. But first, we have a big announcement!

We are so excited to share with you all that our Grow from Seeds E-Book on Intercultural Education and our Grow to Show Play Handbook have been launched and are now available to read and downloadThese publications have been produced with the support of the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.
The Grow from Seeds E-Book explores the topic of intercultural education within a primary school setting in three countries: France, Germany, and Ireland. It represents one of several resources being developed as part of an Erasmus+ funded project called "Grow from Seeds" Intercultural Education in Primary Schools. 

The main objective of the Grow from Seeds project is to design an education programme that will provide new learning opportunities for teachers of primary schools and their pupils in the field of Intercultural Education. The "Context and Theory" provides an overview of intercultural education in primary education from the perspective of three countries: France, Germany, and Ireland. 
Click here to read and download the Grow from Seeds E-Book
The Grow to Show Play Handbook is one of a number of resources developed by the "Grow from Seeds" project funded by Erasmus+ and involving organizations from Germany, Ireland, and France. The Grow to Show Play Handbook is divided into two sections:
  1. The Grow Workshops - A series of workshops aimed to assist teachers and their students to explore, create and collect their own stories.
  2. The Show Section - An overview and instruction suggestion pack for teachers on how to transfer these collected stories into a show type performance.
Teachers may use the Grow to Show Play Handbook as an independent resource for creative drama purposes within the classroom with the creative play as a final outcome. Alternatively, teachers may elect to complete it as part of the collective project of the "Grow from Seeds" Programme. 

The programme and handbook use an Open Framework Pedagogy Approach, encouraging inclusivity in the classroom and providing teachers and pupils with resources and frameworks that explore social cohesion and social inclusion. 
Click here to read and download the Grow to Show Play Handbook
In September, Team GFS tested the Grow from Seeds methodology with a class of 25 students between the ages of 8 and 9 years at Primary School Les Fougères, Le Raincy (Paris, France). This was facilitated by Stivan Quatreville and associated artists; Bruno Freyssinet (Director and Pedagogue at La Transplanisphère) and Noémie Laurens (Pedagogue at La Transplanisphere). 
Grow from Seeds was delighted to partake in the first Erasmus+ Schools Week. This week long celebration of Erasmus+ activities, organised by Léargas, took place from 24 - 28 September across Ireland. 

As part of Schools Week 2018, students from Kildare Town Educate Together NS watched a play developed by GFS French partner, La Transplanisphère, and reflected on their Grow from Seeds play. You can watch the full interview below!
What a Team ...
Grow from Seeds held its third transnational meeting on October 4th and 5th at Ecole Elémentaire, Les Fougère, Le Raincy.
Again, HUGE THANKS to Team GFS: 
Gaiety School of Acting (Project Coordinator)
Plan International Ireland (Ireland)
Kildare Town Educate Together NS (Ireland)
Gilden-Grundshule (Germany) 
La Transplanisphère (France) 
Ecole Elémentaire, Les Fougère (France)
Students of Les Fougère, La Raincy presented their play to partners and stakeholders. The play is a culmination of the workshops that the students participated in during the testing of the Grow from Seeds methodology. 

The GFS Team would like to extend their thanks to the many guests that joined us on October 4th at Ecole Elémentaire, Les Fougère, for what was a very special performance, presented by the students of Les Fougéres, Le Raincy. Special thanks to:

Cécile Muller Thinnes, Vice Mayor of Le Raincy; Jean-François Chleq, Inspecteur de l’Éducation Nationale; Vincent Muller, Vice Director of Lycée Albert Schweitzer; Annie Daouphars, Literature Professor at Corot Middle School; Nicole Sowa, Teacher at Ecole Elémentaire, Les Fougère; and Dominique Di Ponio, Director of Ecole Elémentaire, Les Fougère

At the beginning of November, we kicked-off the Grow from Seeds testing with the 2nd class pupils of Kildare Town Educate Together N.S. The methodology used to deliver this education programme adopts multiple strands of creative drama (storytelling), visual arts and performing arts, which are highly motivating, multi-sensory and active tools.

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