This project has been carried out with the support of the European Community and
the Life Long Learning Programme. The content of this project does not necessarily
reflect the position of the European Community, nor does it involve any responsibility
on the part of the European Community.
EUMOF focuses on the development of a collection of folktales, educational material
and related pedagogical strategies that strengthen intercultural education and inclusion
practices, promoting the mobility of people, stories, languages, ideas and good educational
practices. EUMOF will compile versions of folktales that pertain to travelling to
“foreign” lands and encountering “different” peoples and cultures.
Travelling is a fundamental human activity that has been taking place for thousands
of years and for a multitude of reasons. It has always inevitably led to encounters
with “other” people and cultures. Folk stories about different aspects of travelling
will be grouped together, placed in different categories, and brought into dialogue
with each other.
Each partner will collect three such stories from their country, secure copyright
permissions for publication, have them translated in English and develop related
educational material. Partners will also have the rest of the stories translated
into their own language. This material will be published on-line, while some of it
will be published in print form as well. An audio-CD with narrations of the stories
will also be produced. All partners will contribute to the testing, implementation
and dissemination of the products.
The project will provide teachers (ages 9-12) with educational strategies and material
that will enable them to promote amongst their students an awareness of the importance
of cultural and linguistic diversity within Europe and of the need to combat racism,
prejudice and xenophobia. EUMOF will also focus on the improvement of early second
language learning, as well as the teaching and learning of basic reading and writing
skills. Through EUMOF, stories about travelling will travel, connecting teachers
and students around Europe and reinforcing a sense of a democratic European citizenship
that encourages tolerance and respect for European peoples, languages and cultures.