Our Project

The Crocus Project

Global Citizenship Steps in
Europe
Issue 1

There are schools from seven countries involved

The Crocus Project was created to remind peo-

in this partnership: Germany, Greece, Portugal,

ple that one and a half million Jewish children

Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and Ireland. The gen-

died during the Holocaust. The planting of the

eral objectives of these partnerships include

crocus bulbs in Galway was hugely symbolic be-

fostering the development of key competencies

cause Gemma and Maria from Catalonia, Nadine

including digital skills, promoting the take-up of

from Germany, Nikos and Iraklis from Greece,

innovative practices, promoting cross-border co

Carlos and Joao from Portugal, Maria and Marta

-operation, enhancing the continuing profes-

from Slovakia, Eva-Marie and Marita from Swe-

The Minister of Education and Skills, Ms Jan

sional development of teachers, and the foster-

den, and Margaret, Dan and Brendan from Ire-

O’Sullivan, visited St. Michael’s School to

ing of equity and inclusion.

land each planted a crocus bulb.

launch an Erasmus+ Project entitled, Global

Minister of Education and
Skills Launches Project

Citizenship Steps in Europe. Also present
were past pupils and Dáil Deputies, Derek
Nolan and Brian Walsh.
The Minister remarked, “I’m delighted to be
here in the company of two of your past pupils
who are members of the Oireachtas and TD’s
in the Dáil, Derek Nolan and Brian Walsh. I
know that they are thrilled to be back at
Global citizenship is the theme of the project.

school again.... It has been an absolute privilege

It is exciting and relevant to children, making

to visit this school and to see the best of what

learning more interesting and giving it added

I as minister want to see in schools, which is

meaning. It endeavours to empower pupils ena-

having opportunities to open your minds and

bling them to change things, and to learn that

learn in a way that involves learning with other

they have choices about how they behave.

people and learning about yourselves.”

Zakladna Skola, Kosice

Our Schools

Escola les Acacies, Barcelona

Zakladna Skola is a primary and lower secon-

These are seven schools involved in our two

This is a primary school in a working class

dary Roman Catholic school in Kosice. It has

year Strategic School Partnership. During this

neighbourhood in Barcelona. Students come

almost 600 pupils.

time we plan to integrate the topic of global

from various backgrounds including children

citizenship into all areas of the curriculum.

at risk of social exclusion from gypsy families

We will have a collaborative website dedicated

and immigrants.

to the project, and a two year calendar featuring the artwork of pupils from all countries.
St. Michael’s School, Galway
Santa Iria Vertical Group of Schools,
Tomar
There are 28 schools in our group in the
mun ic ipalit y
of
To mar :
fo ur teen
kindergardens, fifteen primary schools, two
basic secondary schools and one high school.

St. Michael’s is a boys’ school in Mervue. It
has almost 200 pupils from over 20 countries.

Björngårdsskolan and Storkyrkoskolan
Stockholm
Björngårdsskolan and Storkyrkoskolan are
two primary schools under the same management team in the city of Stockholm.
Storkyrkoskolan, with 172 pupils is in Gamla

Bielefeld
This school is situated in Bielefeld. Many of
the students are from foreign countries
(mostly from Russia, Poland, Turkey, Iraq).

1st Primary School of Avestochori,
Thessaloniki
The 1st Primary School of Avestochori is located in a small town 12km from Thessaloniki.
There are 252 pupils from 6 to 12 years old in
our school.

Stan or Old Town, Björngårdsskolan, with
355 pupils is about a kilometre away in the
suburbs.