|Editor||A. Ross, Teaching Citizenship|
One of the main goals of including people with special needs is to give them equal opportunities in the process of education, in spite of their cognitive, physical, social or emotional characteristics. Cooperating in an international project is a way of achieving this goal. It is a new experience for them and gives them an opportunity to accomplish different projects which are common to others. There will be concrete aims for such projects, and they will have an impact on the participants and other interested parties: opening schools to the European idea, understanding the importance of everyone’s citizenship, promoting awareness of and for people with special needs, allowing co-operation between pupils with special needs from special institutions and pupils from ordinary schools, allowing pupils to present their hometown and country, and establishing and increasing partnerships between schools. The pupils of a special school in Strunjan (CUEVS) were involved in the Comenius school project ‘Look at me! Here I am. The natural and cultural heritage of my hometown’, in which they could translate and present their way of perceiving their natural and cultural environment. To achieve this aim they had to research their environment and learn to express their feelings, impressions and thoughts. During the project they built partnerships with pupils and teachers from all the partner schools.