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European Innovative Teaching Award

Bridge of Encounter and Understanding - Improving technical skills and intercultural competences through a practical building project

School: Max-Eyth-Schule Dreieich

Bridge of Encounter and Understanding - Germany

Topic(s) addressed

  • Collaboration between disadvantaged youth from two partner schools

  • Inclusive, integrated and sustainable partnerships

  • Creating an architectural design representing cooperation, science and Europe

Target groups

  • 6 participants with fewer opportunities

  • Students (IT students, language students, refugees) from different departments of MES and IES Pavón 


  • Engaging young people with learning difficulties in a highly motivating practical project. 

  • Applying an integrated multidisciplinary approach: linking maths, science, social science, arts, languages, and history in one practical project

  • Facilitating peer learning (students becoming experts in using their tools)

  • Producing eTwinning videos with the help of Spanish students (developing language skills, cultural awareness)


  • Extensive use of available school spaces in a cross-department approach

  • Involving students from other sectors of the school community

  • Going abroad to improve language skills and cultural awareness

  • Visit in a daycare centre for people with special needs to research possibilities for a project there


  • The teachers sought to expand the offer of international programs to an increasing number of learners with special needs (socially disadvantaged groups, migrants and refugees)

  • The project allowed teachers to cooperate in a new way across borders and rethink traditional ways of teaching, 

  • Technical instructors learned languages, language teachers developed technical skills and, instead of teaching isolated subjects, teachers focused on how they could contribute to the project in their area of expertise.


  • This project has had a major impact on our wider school community. 

  • We have expanded Erasmus activities to higher VET training and grammar school departments.

  • We are now sending instructors for training and job shadowing across the European continent.

  • We are increasingly implementing Erasmus objectives such as European Bauhaus, sustainability, and inclusion. 

  • We are exchanging our experience with schools around Europe while developing an urban farming project on our premises. 

  • Through this project, we have also gained new institutional partners (the centre for people with special needs)

Project category
  • VET schools
Project year
  • 2022



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