Social inclusion

Our School is Cool

Interviews and exchange through video sharing about school for new students from other countriesies


Who is behind this?

Laura Cardoso e Cunha Tschampel

ADMIRA Associação para o desenvolvimento da região do Mira


Who is joining forces?

Espaço ST


Agrupamento de Escolas de São Teotónio



Idea pitch

Our school is really cool. There are students from 22 different nacionalities learning together. Many of the children bring different languages, religions, different cultures. One of the most basic needs is information. How does school work? How do I apply? What do I have to know on my first day? What do I have to bring everyday? These are some of their thoughts. What if we could share the view of children on these subjects to help newcomers feel more at home?

Where will your project idea take place?

São Teotónio, Odemira

What is the specific societal challenge faced by this region?

The need for workers in agriculture transformed the school in São Teotónio, Odemira. Portuguese students are a minority and the school is trying to deal with the integration of 22 different nationalities. Finding the first informations about school in a similar language is one of the crucial needs for foreign children.

Who are you doing it for?

The foreign children coming to São Teotónio will be our target group. But also the residents of São Teotónio who can share valuable information about how to manage daily life in the community.

How do you plan to get there?

Selection of target groups, problems and available resources

Building teams

Video interviews by the selected children with help from our monitors:
What problems do children face when they first come to school in São Teotónio? What ar theyr needs? How can we help gathering information about these themes? How can school inform best?

Video editing

Sharing and disclose

What are the expected results?

Success would be to share the problems children face, inform and help finding some solutions. The communitiy would have a medium to show to new coming children how to manage in a new school environment.

How does your idea strengthen active citizenship at a local and community level?

Those who have been in San Teotonio longer, more integrated, are natural guides and translators. Sometimes they communicate in English. We would like to organize interviews with young people living longer in São Teotónio and edit them into videos to share them with children coming from other countries.

Why is this idea important to you?

This project is part of our wish to connect the community, find solutions for some of the problems we face with simple ideas,

€ 9250,-

Total budget

€ 5000,-

Funding requested from Civic Europe

Major expenses

Interviews 1.000 €
Materials and office expenses 2.000 €
Coordination 750 €
Editing 3.000 €
Sound for 6 videos 5' 2.000 €
Sharing 500 €

What do you need from the Civic Europe community?

We would like to receive advice on how to help our community with intercultural and participation issues, how to use our available resources. Thank you!


Laura Tschampel

Idea created on May 27, 2020

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