University of Vilnius (Lithuania), one of the partner institutions of the Erasmus+ educational innovation project “Women’s Legacy: Our Cultural Heritage for Equity” since 2020, has organised a launching event. The event has taken place on October 24th, from 9:00 a.m., in the Library of the Information and Scientific Communication Centre.
It has been a point of meeting for many professionals in education, both from Lithuania and from other countries (Spain and Scotland, for instance), to become familiar with the five free, open access educational resources created by the project. In collaboration with the University of Vilnius, their implementation in Lithuania will allow for the recovery of Lithuanian culture and its introduction in the classroom, by including it in the curriculum.
FIVE INTELLECTUAL OUTPUTS FOR LITHUANIAN TEACHERS
The five intellectual outputs developed by the European Erasmus+ project Women’s Legacy are a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) course; a resource bank with activities, instructions and information; as well as three catalogues of musical, literary and artistic works and excerpts created by women.
The STEM training course, which is a 30-hour course, has been developed so that any educational institution can offer it to their teaching staff, adapting it to different levels and systems in education. For their part, 17 subject-related groups have worked on the resource bank, while three transnational groups have prepared the catalogues for musical, literary and artistic works by women.
All in all, Women’s Legacy’s five intellectual outputs are instruments for educational intervention that, by the hand of the University of Vilnius, will allow for the cultural recovery of Lithuanian works in different academic areas, and will complete the contents that have been traditionally taught at school.
TRANSFERABILITY AS A WAY OF WORK
One of the most important characteristics of all of Women’s Legacy’s lines of work is transferability. Thus, for example, the resource bank has been designed to be easily adapted into other languages and educational systems; the catalogues have also been devised so that they can be exported to the area of public cultural policies; likewise, the training course has been planned so that it can be reproduced in other subjects. With all that, the Women’s Legacy team continues working to coordinate the maintenance and expansion of the database and the catalogues, as well as to keep offering training to STEM teachers.
WOMEN’S LEGACY: AN UNSTOPPABLE EUROPEAN NETWORK
Women’s Legacy, the European Erasmus+ project for educational innovation, began in 2020 and it has a duration of three years. The project has nine partner institutions from Lithuania, Spain, Italy and Scotland. There are 24 teams, which come to 200 people in total.
Besides the University of Vilnius, some outstanding partner institutions of Women’s Legacy, a project coordinated by Conselleria of Education in the Valencian Government, are the services of Glasgow City Council, the biggest city in Scotland; University of València and IAL Nazionale (Innovazione Apprendimento Lavoro), the biggest Italian network of social enterprises in vocational and on-going training.
The other five partners of the project are El Legado de las Mujeres, a Spanish teacher’s association which aims to bring women to light in the contents of secondary education; Escola Sindical de Formació Melchor Botella de Intersindical Valenciana, and two secondary education centres: IES Benicalap in València and IIS Luigi Einaudi in Italy.
The project is still open to the incorporation of more people and institutions who are willing to participate in the study and the creation of materials and their dissemination. These materials will be made available to the general public. For further information on Women’s Legacy, check the official website www.womenslegacyproject.eu.