The project ‘ DIversity of CEramics – DICE’ is aimed to learn, develop and improve participants’ professional and transferable skills and competences. The secondary schools from Portugal, Latvia, France and the Czech Republic will cooperate in creating, designing and handmade manufacturing different kinds of products from ceramic clays. Since the schools prepare students for their professional career, the activities are focused on aspects of diversity in the ceramic production in the European regions with various ceramic traditions and roots.
About two hundred of participants (120 in international workshops) will be involved in the project, most consisting of students (age 16-19) and their vocational teachers who will plan, implement, produce, assess and disseminate activities and outcomes gained in the project. It is believed that the overall project team with the cooperation of the schools’ implementation teams and participants will be able to achieve the goals and fruitfully accomplish all the activities and products planned in the proposal.
Eight international workshops with different kinds of ceramic clays and approaches will be organized in the project. The host school which is responsible for preparation, organization and assessment of the workshop, will make a schedule combining visits of cultural institutions and regional companies as well as work on the products. The participants will introduce their ceramic traditions/history as well as curricula to the partners. Besides that they will design and manufacture ceramic products in the international team. In addition they will learn new techniques in practice by trying, doing and decisionmaking so significant in their future career. The contents of workshops depend on the host schools and they include different approaches to the clays like ceramic “sculptures” made from various casts, wall compositions of plates, using vegetables for making plaster moulds or making porcelain jewellery and traditional spa cups.
The activities in the project includes various kinds of work. On one hand, the participants will use IT tools (social networks, web research, presentations, videos and spreadsheet) for communication, work and presentation results of their outcomes using mother languages and English as Lingua Franca, on the other hand they will design, discuss different components of the procedure and finally handmade manufacture own ceramic products in national and international teams. They will learn how to cooperate, communicate, suggest solutions or defend own ideas and imaginations in order to produce outcomes usable for their professional lives (videos, presentations, a fictitious ceramic business) as well as goods for exhibitions and ceramic teaching/learning.
It is believed that the project will help students to improve and enhance not only their professional and vocational skills but also transferable competences so important for their employability or entrepreneurship. Moreover, it will make students aware of belonging to a ceramic community at a local, regional, national and European level. The examples of the best practice will be integrated into the schools’ curriculum so that have a long-term impact on preparation of present and future students.