Poland, Kluczbork

Our school is situated in Kluczbork, a small town with about 26000 residents.
The school (general school complex) consists of two schools: lower secondary school and secondary school. There are more than 800 students altogether aged 13 up to 19 years old. We have students both from our town as well as from the nearby rural areas. In secondary school there are classes with major in maths, physics, biology, chemistry or history. In addition to the curriculum we organize a wide range of after-school activities to enhance students' knowledge and skills or help students with learning problems. The school employs 72 teachers.
Our lower secondary school (called Publiczne Gimnazjum nr 1) has enjoyed a good reputation in the local community for many years. Every year students perform very well during final exams or various competitions. In accordance with the curriculum, each student is obliged to take part in educational projects within their three years of studying. They eagerly participate in different projects, often on their own initiative. Projects concern different topics, which are often suggested by the students themselves, and develop their skills and passions. Apart from that, our students are a part of a national project “Keep Fit” aiming at promoting and implementing healthy lifestyle in students' and their families' lives. Moreover, throughout the year many students are involved in various charity events organised by a school charity organisation called “The Club of Eight”. 
In our school we have some students with behavioural problems. It is the consequence of economical problems in their families. They are left in their grandparents` charge while their parents work abroad, mostly in Germany and UK. The students are called European orphans and they are at risk of social exclusion.
Thanks to this project our students will have a possibility to find out more about their own community, hence their identity. They will be able to realize the importance of communication between people from different countries despite the differences. Moreover, they will become more open-minded and increase their awareness of other European countries (their cultures, beliefs and needs) and realize that the world is much bigger than their town. What is more, their will be able to improve their language skills and consequently they will be more motivated to learn foreign languages.