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Media project takes Lincoln students across Europe

A group of Lincoln school students have completed a two-year long international media project which took them across Europe.

The 22 students from Sir Robert Pattinson Academy worked alongside pupils from Italy, Finland, Romania, Turkey, Poland and Slovakia to create newspapers and videos.

The EU-funded project, called TIME Comenius, is designed to create better understanding between European countries of each other’s cultures, languages and values.

Students and staff from each of the six schools involved travelled to each country to complete a series of media development tasks, staying with host families.

The final stage of the project took place in Lincoln, with 43 teachers and youngsters visiting the city to produce a final video report to summarise the programme.

The pupils have learnt interview techniques, production skills, the ethics of journalism, the latest media developments and writing skills.

Nadia Grishchenko, a teacher at Sir Robert Pattinson Academy who led the Lincoln team, said: “It’s been a fantastic programme which has not only taught the pupils 21st century media skills but has exposed them to different cultures, languages and experiences.

“The project has enriched the personal and educational lives of our students but also helped forge links between our school and potential partners in Europe.”

“We hope to develop these connections to continue the development of the school.”

Dana Moraru, from the Gheorge Lazar National College in Bucharest, who had the original idea for the project, said the work had helped build bridges between the different communities involved.

She added: “There were a lot of different approaches and points of view among the students but they have quickly learnt to overcome those differences of culture, nationality and language and have learnt to work together with understanding and tolerance.”