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CULTURE
     
project 16 Short Stories - One Book
The concept for this project is to write 16 short stories by the students from Asia and Europe and will be published into an e-book. This project will provide the students the opportunity to learn about communication in English, learn about other cultures and use different genres in literature. The students will be communicating via Facebook, emails and Skype etc. during the implementation of this project. Another part of this project includes an International Friendship week (IFW) where the teachers and students have the opportunity to meet face-to-face. The stories compiled in this e-book will also be presented by the students to the host families during the IFW.


Project Co-ordinator: Mr Bent Gangelhof / Mrs Åsa Nilsson
 
 
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project Adventure into Architecture and Art
Each country has its own unique history in terms of art, architecture and design. We will unravel the stories about buildings, everyday objects, and pieces art to create a tapestry of interesting discoveries about our countries’ culture. Students can compare how each landmark, artwork or everyday item is different from country to country. They can discuss the evolution of design through photos, videos and drawings from a historical or a practical perspective and learn to appreciate its relevance in the context of their environment.


Project Co-ordinator: Mr Jouni Sarpola / Mrs Maija Ojutkangas
 
 
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project A View From My Home Window
Ever wondered how a particular neighbourhood scene changes over time? There are many interesting things happening around us if we observe closely. This project invites us to capture the stories that unfold every day, from just outside our windows. This is a creative challenge for students to actively observe their surroundings and document them for others to appreciate. Through their weekly posts, they allow other people to enter their world and have the opportunity to develop meaningful connections that go beyond the mundane.


Project Co-ordinator: Mrs Florika Kolbakova
 
 
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project Activist Of School (AOS)
The objective of AOS is to showcase the different types of school activities that are being held in Asia and Europe. Students document their school events (e.g. competitions, annual celebrations, field trips, school fairs, etc.) to create a library of photos and/or videos and exhibit them on the AOS website or Facebook page for others to see. Through the AOS platform, participating schools can (a) learn about each other’s culture and traditions, (b) appreciate the diverse culture of both regions and (c) discover the novelty of student activities being organised in other parts of the world.


Project Co-ordinator: Mr Khalid Mehmood / Mr Shafiq Siddiqi
 
 
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project Eco Trip Around the World
A trip around the world – where the rarest species of plants and animals live, where the richest natural reserves can be found, and where earth’s endangered species live – is the highlight of this project. Students will discover how these natural environments thrive and will study the different environmental issues affecting them. They will produce reports, presentations and share pictures, videos, drawings etc. using the internet and other different sources to create an interactive map of the world’s protected areas and where the rarest species of flora and fauna can be found.


Project Co-ordinator: Mrs Nelly Kostova / Mrs Miglena Zhecheva
 
 
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project Gift To A Friend
This project looks at the practice of gift-giving to compare the similarities and differences between Asian and European traditions. The types of gifts given by people on particular events reveal much about their culture and background. Studying the art of gift-giving helps people understand and get to know each other better. Students will communicate via social networks, and introduce the various gift-giving traditions in their countries. They can use pictures, videos, or drawings to present information. Some holidays and festivals are pre-selected as initial topics for discussion. Students will also participate in a role-playing game where they act as tourists in another country looking for souvenirs to give to friends and family. An exchange of ideas will be cultivated, and offer further insights into each other’s culture.


Project Co-ordinator: Ms Svetlana Dotsenko
 
 
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project Rhythm of Life
As the saying goes, “Music is food for the soul”; hence this project is all about music and the instruments used in creating music. Some musical instruments such as the piano and the guitar are common and known by people around the world. But there are other interesting and lesser known instruments used by people from different countries. These instruments come in different shapes and sizes, and can be played in different ways and for different purposes. By understanding the history and the origin of these instruments, we will help students to learn and experience the different cultures.


Project Co-ordinator: Ms Chua Bee Kuan / Ms April Huang
 
 
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project Magic World Tour
The project takes students into a journey of art, culture and history through shared video clips from Asia and Europe and exchange information on how to create a “globally-friendly” planet based on the perspectives they see. Through various social networking sites, students can view, discuss, and compare information about their communities and get to know other people’s cultures, history and artistic heritage from different parts of the world.


Project Co-ordinator: Mrs Maria Antonietta Sessa
 
 
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project Music in Our Life
This project aims to bring together music-lovers and discuss what type of music they are listening to and why. We’d like to know how music influences the lives of people and what particular music trends shape the different cultures in Asia and Europe. Monthly, tasks are posted on the project page for students to accomplish and expect to have conversations about. These tasks are intended to inspire creativity amongst participants and bring about interesting cultural encounters. The best works will be collected as the final project output.


Project Co-ordinator: Mrs Florika Kolbakova
 
 
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project Play To Learn (PTL)
Learning the traditional games of a certain country is an interesting way to understand its culture. PTL aims to gather several Asian and European students and have them exchange information about the usual games they played as children. They will share information about the object of each game, including the mechanics, number of players, or props that may be needed. Instructions for playing can be made through pictures, diagrams, or video. These will be collected and posted on the project page, which will showcase the traditional games for everyone to try out and appreciate.


Project Co-ordinator: Mrs Pham Ha Chau / Mrs Vu Thi Hong Khanh
 
 
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project Puppet: The Origin!
Asian and European cultures have their own unique form of puppetry. Through this project, students from different countries can explore their own puppet culture and share their discoveries with others. They can show how puppets in their countries are made, how is it like to play with them, and explain the general philosophy behind staging a show. Students can record a performance or create online events to generate more appreciation for this unique exchange of culture and tradition with other countries.


Project Co-ordinator: Mrs Audrey Monita
 
 
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project Rhyme & Rhythm
Music knows no boundaries as it transcends language, heritage and culture. Music can bring people together and form friendships. In this project, students will get to know each other’s cultures through conversations on songs and musicians, and through listening and creating music inspired by the music they like. By using different online music platforms like Ujam and Magix, students can attempt at creating music that is novel and creative. The final product would be the launch of a music DVD.


Project Co-ordinator: Ms Geeta Rajan
 
 
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project Sports – It’s a Pleasure!
We will explore the different aspects of sport and learn about the sporting culture of countries in Asia and Europe. To do this, students will be given monthly tasks like writing about their favourite athletes, creating photo stories on the Physical Education (PE) classes they have in school, capturing funny moments in sports, etc. There will also be discussions on health-promoting lifestyles, PE class activities, and sporting events they conduct in school. As a final product, a video reflecting the topics discussed during the 6 months of the project will be produced by the students.



Project Co-ordinator: Mrs Florika Kolbakova
 
 
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project Story Trees 2014
Story Trees is a collaborative story-telling project that allows participating students to use their imagination in creating different scenarios for every chapter that unfolds. An interactive plot develops as each scene branches out, like “trees” – offering a different twist to the story depending on how the students write it. How does it work? A story is started by a group of students, and each chapter ends with an option for the reader to choose a certain scenario or the other. The story is continued in the same fashion until it ends. The result is a story with a lot of possible endings.


Project Co-ordinator: Mrs Zsuzsa Szalayné Tahy
 
 
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project Traditional Medicine for Common Ailments
This project invites students to explore the various ways people from Asia and Europe treat/cure common ailments using traditional methods. The objective is to understand and appreciate traditional knowledge that has been effective at treating these ailments from generation to generation. Common cures can be collected for each ailment, including an explanation about their effectiveness – thus allowing for an appreciation of the scientific aspects of traditional medicine. As common cures may vary from country to country, it would be worthwhile to also document this and share them for everyone’s benefit.


Project Co-ordinator: Mr Rajendran K Sethuraj
 
 
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project UNESCO Village: ThumbsUp for SketchUp
Students will go on a learning journey to explore the UNESCO heritage sites in their country. They will research about the history, purpose, and influences of buildings and/ or landscapes and compare them with different countries, and discover how these sites reflect a particular country’s culture. They will also work on a 3D- model of these structures using the software called SketchUp, or have the option to create “miniaturised” replicas by hand. All building models will be featured as the UNESCO Village, and will showcase the different architectural styles of Asia and Europe.


Project Co-ordinator: Dr Eline Westerhout
 
 
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project Wear It Out!
Wear It Out! aims to create a deeper appreciation of traditional clothing as an extension of one’s own style and culture. A vast array of national costumes can be showcased from different parts of Asia and Europe in an online forum where students can interact with peers. Together they can learn how clothing styles have evolved throughout history and discus how it builds into their own identities. The project portal also becomes a venue for sharing insights and rediscovering local traditions.
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Project Co-ordinator: Ms Evangeline Lizada Manguilimotan / Ms Glecy Aileen Enriquez Gonzales
 
 
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project World History in Family Photos
The goal is to create a digital archive of contemporary history out of the personal stories and experiences of people – from everyday snapshots, curiosities, and trivia. The project website will serve as a repository of photos taken from the 1930s to the present. Each student will select a family photo taken in a given year and will write an anecdote about the photo and the persons in it. Students can supplement their stories with a description of trends, events or milestones that occurred in the same year the photo was taken. Each anecdote then becomes time-stamped with interesting facts such as scientific achievements, literary works, popular songs, movies, inventions, sport events, etc.


Project Co-ordinator: Mrs Daniela Ianni
 
 
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project World – My Point of View
Each month students will be given an assignment – a topic, a country, and a task to accomplish. The topics can vary from food, geography, history, famous people, etc. about Asia and Europe. The tasks can also vary from presentations, videos, posters, artwork, etc. Students will be asked to complete the assignments and these will get uploaded online, to cultivate comments and discussions. Finally, a “theme day” event will be organised about a country of their own choice. The theme day would include the topics dealt with during the previous months. This will be video-taped and posted on the project page as well.


Project Co-ordinator: Ms Florika Kolbakova / Ms Eleriin Käo / Ms Johanna-Liis Pabusk
 
 
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project World War II: Keep it a History!
Students will be working in groups consisting of members from different countries. Their task is to find out what role their country played during WW2. They can look at artwork, books, movies, etc. derived from this period, which will then be collated to produce an online interactive magazine. They will also develop a script for a video that features life during WW2, and combine it with an interview from someone who has experienced the war. The resulting video will be a collection of WW2 perspectives from the participating countries, and the lessons we can learn from it.


Project Co-ordinator: Ms Sarah Koopmans / Dr Eline Westerhout
 
 
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ECONOMY
     
project Business Strategy and Recession (BSR)
The BSR Projects looks at the effects of economic recession on two local companies run by young people. Students will assume the roles of business analysts and evaluate the two local companies as case studies. Along with other students, they will act out a mock “annual general assembly” to analyse the problems the companies faced, and will propose strategies to overcome them. From this exercise, students learn decision-making skills from real-life scenarios, come up with practical solutions and develop life-skills to prepare them to work in the global environment.


Project Co-ordinator: Mr Rajendran K Sethuraj
 
 
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EDUCATION
     
project Go 4G - Learning on the Move
The project will tap on the power of mobile technology to create “learning trails” for outdoor environmental education activities that will incorporate the appreciation of art, local culture, etc. as a teaching technique. A trail is created by selecting outdoor locations that are conducive for learning. Each location becomes a learning trail “pit stop” where a set of activities are conducted based on a prescribed objective and/or environmental theme. Completed trails may be shared to other students/schools or any person who downloads them on the Trail Shuttle™ app into their mobile device. Everyone can then discover learning journeys as designed by participating students.


Project Co-ordinator: Mr Tan Chor Pang
 
 
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project How Do You Do?
The project is conceptualised for students in Asia and Europe who wish to broaden their horizons by learning each other’s history and culture through the English language. It aims to provide the average learners with information on basic words and phrases to enable them to understand and equip them in conversing with the Asian and European Communities. A phrase book consisting of daily conversations will be produced.


Project Co-ordinator: Mrs Rika Rachmita Sujatma / Mr Haseon Hwang
 
 
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project iMagz - Making Myself Heard - Season 2
iMAG is an online platform for creative self-expression. It provides an avenue for students to voice their thoughts and opinion on a current topic that is close to their hearts. They can write poems, create presentations, posters, or produce videos and take photographs. Through iMag, they will know what others students their age are concerned about, find commonalities that would make relating to others easier, and help cultivate a culture of community. A magazine (print and electronic versions) compiling the works of the students will be published as the project finale.


Project Co-ordinator: Ms Geeta Rajan
 
 
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PUBLIC HEALTH
     
project Let's Eat: Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice!
Food plays a vital role in our lives. Yet, we pay much attention to what we consume every day. Through this project, students can have a better understanding about the food they eat. We will study the health and nutritional benefits of food. At the same time, students will also learn about the different types of food available in other countries. At the end of the project, participants will contribute in the production of an ASEF ClassNet recipe book and create proposals that promote awareness on healthy eating.


Project Co-ordinator: Ms Nur Aida Md Khalid / Ms Sushmita Dutta
 
 
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SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
     
project Disaster Prevention and Relief Team (DPRT)
A natural disaster is a sudden event that causes widespread destruction, lots of collateral damage or loss of life, brought about by forces other than the acts of human beings. In order to be classified as a disaster it will have profound environmental effect and/or human loss and frequently incurs financial loss. This project will help to identify real world problems and develop creative solutions to those problems thus instilling empathy. Furthermore, it helps students build creative, intuitive, trusting and collaborative relationships with others, integrating others perspective with their own. At the end of the project, the students will create a digital story of their work which will be share with their counterparts.


Project Co-ordinator: Ms Ammani Jeya Pirathaba
 
 
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project Environmental Education through Culture and the Arts (EECA)
The project puts together environmental learning to develop skills and values that allow students to re-evaluate their behaviours and their respective consequence on the environment. A guided discussion will have participating students converse, interact and think of ways on how they can utilise dance, drama, fine arts and music to create environmental awareness. Sample activities could include poster slogan contests, street dancing, mural painting, etc.


Project Co-ordinator: Dr Helen Balbas Aggabao
 
 
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project From Waste to Ways
This Project will gather students together to find and propose practical solutions for the environmental problems they encounter within their communities. An online platform is built to help facilitate the collection of ideas and allow students to choose the best solution suggested by peers from other countries. They also discuss why a proposed solution works for their communities or not. Through this project, students can tap into their creative side and get involved in creating solutions.


Project Co-ordinator: Ms Nur Illiana Mohamad Malek / Mrs Joanne Leong-Lee
 
 
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project Green Alternatives for Green Future
In this project, students will better understand environmental issues affecting their community, their country and the world. They will examine the impact of human activity on the earth’s ecosystem through observation of their daily lives. Students will produce drawings, pictures, videos, reports, presentations, etc. and will create a report using variety of media and tools to propose possible solutions. Through these activities, they will enhance their green thinking, sense of initiative, and creativity. More importantly, students will learn how to make the connections between the skills they learn in the classroom and apply it in the real world.


Project Co-ordinator: Ms Nelly Kostova
 
 
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project Green ‘ART’ Ventures
Green ART Ventures encourages students to discover the concept of being “green” through existing ideas and examples. They can get inspiration from magazines, artists, and projects from their own countries. From this initial awareness they are asked to go on a “green journey” to see how this concept can be applied creatively in their own backyard. A web forum will be created to capture their insights and discoveries and share these with other students. Together they will learn how to synthesize this information to come up with their own “green” ideas for implementation.


Project Co-ordinator: Ms Er Kia hui / Mr Kelvin Yew
 
 
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project Green Brigade: Eco-Heroes in Action
Modern day heroes are not just found only in science-fiction novels and films. They actually live amongst us. They can be the people that we meet every day, doing wonderful things for others in their own simple ways. This project will explore what modern-day heroism means, and will inspire students to take action by committing themselves to a worthwhile cause. The project will also take advantage of the open-source ELGG platform to create a multi-media website that will curate videos, pictures, presentations and allow them to interact with each other.


Project Co-ordinator: Mr Reynald Cacho / Mr Janos Blasszauer
 
 
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project I Love My Green, Green School
The project showcases the different types of nature conservation activities done in different schools. Each school will create a 5-10 minute movie which features “green actions” being done by their students. They will then share this information with the other members through a Facebook group, Twitter, and the project website. The students will evaluate and provide feedback to all the movies that have been produced. These movies will then be edited and combined to become one movie entitled "Start with Your School".


Project Co-ordinator: Mrs Intan Kandhi Sukmi
 
 
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project Let’s Do Something New
There are new and innovative ways on how we can reuse and sort rubbish, and this project will collect information how this can be done. Students will look deeper about the environmental impacts of garbage, and compare how countries are addressing these issues. Together they will discuss and analyse the effectiveness waste-reduction systems to come up with possible solutions. On the project Facebook page, new ideas for recycling everyday items will be posted, as well as other examples of creative recycling practices in their communities.


Project Co-ordinator: Ms Florika Kolbakova / Ms Herta Hiiend
 
 
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project My Travelogue’s Passport
Students will take up the role of travel writers and create blogs to record their experience. In multicultural groups, they can write articles and create features on the history and beauty of their chosen destinations, the local culture, as well as festivities and events. Bilingual/multilingual entries are encouraged. Then as a creative project, participants will design or build a prototype of their “dream travel destination”, by using recycled materials in creating a model. Possible dream “destinations” are allowed – fictitious or otherwise.


Project Co-ordinator: Ms Annie Teo /Ms Jessica Fu
 
 
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project Our Blue Planet
The students will work on how we treat the most important thing essential for all life - water! 70% of the earth’s surface is covered by water, but only 3% of the earth’s water is fresh – and human beings are reliant on this dwindling source. Participants will also gain awareness of how to preserve our precious water, and look into different issues on a global, national, and personal level. We will try to find the answers to the following questions: What is being done? What is the impact on plant and animals? What inequities exist regarding the availability/accessibility of water? These are some issues which can debated on, from which lessons and activities can be developed.


Project Co-ordinator: Mr Niclas Törnbladh
 
 
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project Recyle and Reuse
This project provides an insight into how recycling is done in other countries, and encourages students to think of practical ways they can do to produce less garbage. A Facebook page will be created so they can share photos/videos of recycling activities in their own communities. Another section of the FB page will display the students’ creative side, and will feature useful products they have personally crafted out of garbage. The opportunity to interact with other cultures, learn about recycling habits whilst improving their English and IT skills some of the many foreseen outcomes of this activity.


Project Co-ordinator: Ms Helene Tind
 
 
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project S3 – Snap, Save, Sell!
The project has three stages: (1) Students take a picture of a waste material they find in their communities and creatively post a write-up on the S3 website to explain the harmful effect that particular waste has on the environment. (2) A creative/decorative/useful item will be crafted using the waste product, and participating schools will think of ways how it can be recycled (3) Students will sell a number of the creative items they produced to raise funds for a certain cause. Through S3, students are made aware of everyday products that just go to waste, appreciate the importance of recycling, and learn how to channel their creative energies to raise funds for a cause.


Project Co-ordinator: Ms Sathiabhavani / Ms Azra Shazeaa Hairuddin /
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OTHERS
     
project Let’s Travel and Explore!
People travel for different reasons – for work, relaxation, adventure, etc. One thing that travellers need is a useful guide for their chosen destinations – a guide that would contain practical facts on culture, history, transport information, tourist attractions, lodging, food, and many more. Students will be making a customised travel guide that will cater to particular types of travellers visiting their countries. They will work in groups to research about a local tourist destination and come up with Top Ten Tips for different types of travellers: the backpackers, eco-adventurers, business travellers, adventure-seekers, etc. They will use a wall app called Padlet, where photos, text and video clips can be mounted to create the kind of travel guide the students have in mind.


Project Co-ordinator: Ms Felicia Tay / Ms Siti Aishah Zahara
 
 
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