Values through Proverbs!
(Scopriamo i valori attraverso i proverbi!)
The word proverb (deriving from the Latin "proverbium") is a sentence
which, in time, has become part of the national heritage through widespread or frequent use. Most proverbs express some fundamental
truth or describe basic rules of behaviour which are often closely related to those values we consider as the basis of our
"union", as the "marble pillars" of our personal and common beliefs and of our national and newly-born Constitution.
of cultures living close to each other often happen to present great aspects in common. At the same time, sometimes nuances
of meanings and understatements, characterize our countries. As it comes, proverbs happen to represent our unity and our diversity,
underlining the richness and uniqueness of our European culture.
Our Spring Day
A project from Italy!
My name is Noemi Lusi and I am the Spring Day in Europe Italian Pedagogical Advisor. I teach
English language and Civilization to 14-19 year old boys and girls at "I.I.S. Carlo Urbani" High School in Rome. As I was
debating with my students on the main values in class, they showed profound interest in European Union proverbs on them.
is the project I would like to carry out with you and with students of any age group.
Please send me a selection
1) 8 proverbs (one for each Spring Day 2005 value - Rule of Law, Human dignity and Human rights, Democracy, Tolerance,
Solidarity, Peace, Freedom, Equality) both in your own language and in English so that anyone can understand;
- an optional
image connected with each theme ( bearing in mind it is best not to send students photos for mutual safety reasons)
will put them online for you. It can be another way of greeting the new countries.
I'll be waiting for your contributions
and very glad to learn more myself and to share our experience and feelings.
Thank you in advance for your collaboration!