On the 26th March, in the middle of the COVID storm, our principal Mr Garlati gave us the go-ahead to work on an application for an Erasmus + KA2 project amounting to the gigantic sum of 450.00 euros!
What a challenge was standing in front of us!! Everything had to be thought, organised and written within a month, only ONE month!! What’s more, when most European schools and offices were not operating because of the lock-down. Never surrender!!! We were strong-willed to pursue our objective, which originated from a light-bulb moment and a“simple” idea: the TM methodology was worth being shared with other European schools thus making it an example of good practice.
The project, named “ RARE R.O.U.T.E.S. - Responsible Original Unpolluting Travel Entrepreneurship for Students”, was quickly organised thanks to an extraordinary collaboration between ICEI, Betania, TO and an association of Monza that fosters those principles of sustainable tourism characterizing the policy of ICEI and AITR.
Finding our partners, that was a whole other story! It wasn’t so easy but as the saying goes “fortune favours the bold” and some schools from different European countries replied to our request of cooperation. We selected a school from Turkey Evliya Çelebi and a school from Iceland Keilir Academy, which was in contact with an important Tour Operator: Visit Reykjanes and with Reykjanes UNESCO Geopark. It may sound unbelievable: the partnership was founded and the application form was submitted just in the nick of time! FTO, IED and “StartUp Turismo” have also been included in the project as associated
Some months later we got the result: FIRST in Italy and funded for more than 415.000 euros. Mosè Bianchi High School is now leading a huge project which will be developed in the next 3 years in Turkey, Iceland and Italy.
If all goes well (we have already coped with COVID obstacles, what else can stop us?), in 3 years we expect the TM methodology to be acknowledged as good practice and to be extended to other European schools.
A warm thank you to those who contributed to making the “simple” idea such a great success and good luck with our job!
Read more about “RARE R.O.U.T.E.S.” on this blog!