Birds Over European Skies – 2020-2023

Erasmus+ strategic project KA201



  • Colegiul Național „Simion Bărnuțiu” Șimleu Silvaniei, ROMÂNIA (coordonator)
  • Ekpedeftiria Vassiliadi, Thessaloniki, GRECIA
  • 5 Gymnasio Mytilhnhs, Mytilini, GRECIA
  • I.I.S. Mario Rigoni Stern, Bergamo, ITALIA
  • Anyksciai Distr. Troskunai Kazys Inciura Gymnasium, Anykksciai, LITUANIA
  • Zespol Szkol Lesnych, Ruciane Nida, POLONIA
  • Epralima – Escola Profissional Doalto Lima – Cooperativa De Interesse Publico E Responsabilidade Limitada, Arcos de Valdevez, PORTUGALIA
  • Akhisar Anadolu Imam Hatip Lisesi, Akhisar, TURCIA



The coordinating organisation has identified specific needs of its students in the field of natural sciences, irrespective of their study line. These needs emerged with the constant reporting using SWOT analysis, at the end of each school year, by the responsible for the methodological commission of natural sciences, that educational success in the field of Chemistry, Biology and Physics is low due to multiple factors which have to be addressed in different ways. Therefore the institutional development project of the applicant has established targets to improve educational success among students concerning these subjects. A first step was done in 2015 when the applicant has implemented a successful strategic project between six schools, fostering the study of the chemistry by increasing the role of experimental activities at this subject. The three intellectual outputs created are used regularly in the school and they bring added value to the pedagogical approach applied in the chemistry teaching. The school’s approach to foster education in the field of natural sciences is brought to another level with the current project, emerged after a need analysis documented for the management team.
In order to make operational the objectives addressing the identified needs in the yearly report, a questionnaire was applied to the students following the „natural sciences” study line in the school. The answers given revealed that in average a student can freely enumerate only less than 10 feral bird species existing in their region, out of 104 reported. Moreover, in average, they know less than one Latin name of the most current bird species existing around us. Giving them a list of 104 birds, common in the region, they are capable to recognize or they heard about less than 20 of the total number of species not knowing that there are different species of some common birds (3 types of sparrows, 6 types of thrushes, 4 types of herons, 7 types of tits (parus), numerous types of finches etc). Their knowledge about what each species are eating are very scarce and contextual thus very few interconnections are made concerning birds, bird habitats and the necessity of protecting them. Even less obvious are the students’ information about how human activities are influencing the different habitats and the bird life in general. The same questionnaire was applied in the partner schools for their students the statistics revealing the same needs.

All these observations highlighted the need of a deeper ornithological approach at the biology classes with the SECONDARY STUDENTS (who are the TARGET GROUP of the present project), not only for the sake of better knowledge of the avian fauna, but for knowing how this fauna is in relation with different habitats, other animals and plants and how the humans can influence different environments either leading to the destruction of habitats and the decline of the bird species relying on these or to the creation of different protection zones promoting birds’ thriving.



The diversification of the teaching approaches during the biology classes, in a cluster of 8 secondary schools, with focus on improved ornithological knowledge among secondary students by means of ornithological research activities and international cooperation, using pedagogical auxiliaries describing the European avian fauna.


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