The aim of the project "Our Common Baltic Heritage" is to enhance knowledge and awareness among our students, and teachers as well, about the environmental issues which shape our common activities, to be passed down to generations to truly support sustainable development.

Students will have the chance to learn about wildlife conservation (animals and plants), visit National Parks, visit sewage plants, investigate the flora and fauna, do statistical reading and data creation, make a hydro map of the Baltic Sea, and investigate the importance of the sea salt levels in the Baltic sea. The goal of this new project is to build a closer relationship between Poland and Sweden, built upon our shared heritage with the Baltic sea. We use both Polish and Swedish perspectives to learn, from both our similarities and differences, how we can benefit from a healthy Baltic Sea.

The schools involved are situated in contrasting areas - Sundsvall in a small city in Sweden’s north, and Lodz in a large city located in the center of Poland. Students come from different backgrounds, but both share the desire to collaborate in this project to learn how we can better sustain the environment we share. We hope this will create better opportunities for the students and also the teachers to achieve future successes, both for the schools and the individuals involved, which will in turn have regional and national benefits. This project provides the basis for lifelong learning of sustainable options and methods that we can compare, develop, and better to ensure the protection and health of our environment.

The Baltic Sea has a unique biodiversity because of its shallowness, salinity and its location. The sea is very fragile and small changes can have harmful and even irreversible effects. The Baltic Sea is a major transportation waterway and also a significant fishery for Poland, therefore important to Poland's economy and way of life. Both of these nations see the importance and value of this sea not only as a unique sea but one that is key for our economies and cultures. The sea is not only important for our two nations but for many other European countries, which reflects our desire to contribute and learn more about the idea of European citizenship, of which the Baltic sea is a key piece. It is essential that students and teachers learn how to keep this fragile sea healthy and focus on its sustainable development for the sake of our countries as well as the many other European nations that share and rely on this body of water.

This project will also develop the linguistic and IT competencies of our students. These aims will be realized by active collaboration on work projects and exchange of experiences. Through the implementation of this project we want our students to get to know each other better and establish lasting contacts and friendships which will result in collaboration on common projects, works on Internet, and personal contacts. We also want our students to get to know each other's culture, traditions, and customs, not through the media, but through the exchange of personal experiences. Both countries want to educate here and now when it comes to our environment, so that our societies, both in their regional and global dimensions, can be sustainable societies in the fullest meaning of the word, through the development of an international mind set.

Implementation of the project will increase knowledge and understanding of our environment, the meaning of European citizenship, use of the Polish, Swedish, and English languages, knowledge and skills in geography, chemistry, math, biology, technical competencies, and instil respect for each other's cultures and customs. In addition, teachers who are a part of this project will be able to exchange methods for teaching foreign languages within and outside of a traditional classroom setting.

One of the aims of the project is to enhance the quality of foreign language teaching in both schools. The best way of achieving this goal is to collaborate with a school abroad. During this cooperation young people communicate in a common third language (English) and have the opportunity to learn the rudiments of their partner's mother tongue. Learning different languages is important for our students as it provides them with the knowledge needed during final exams as well as helps them be successful in secondary schools. Knowing foreign languages also helps people to adjust to new life conditions as well as to new communities. It also helps students connect with others from different European countries and helps develop a true "European identity" based on interaction, discussion, and learning from each other.

The Baltic Sea theme is also important for both our students and teachers to learn more about the nature we rely on, so we can help each other and our communities towards more sustainable developments. What individuals do in their daily life affects everyone in Europe. All participants will be more aware of cultural differences, but able to see that there are many more similarities and shared aspects between us. Pupils will broaden their horizons and aspirations by increasing their knowledge of Europe and its culture, creating the foundations of an active citizenship. They will improve their awareness of environmental issues and concerns by viewing how other young people live - locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. All the people will increase their knowledge of IT and the associated skills and techniques needed in today's fast paced and media-oriented society.