Students from Şcoala gimnazială “Grigore Antipa” Botoşani from Romania and Istituto Comprensivo Taddeo Cossu – Teulada from Italy were happy to see each other, ask about the latest news, discuss and express opinions about negative situations they encountered.
They talked about the causes of students’ leaving school early, ways of supporting students who suffer from social exclusion, ways of overcoming learning difficulties and helping classmates who face such problems, negative consequences of the social and economical context and ways of counteracting discriminatory attitudes among students.
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- The project we were involved in helped us discover the Turkish culture, traditions, specific food, the sky skrapers from Istanbul and Bursa, the ceramics exhibition in Izmick. We used English in communicating with all our partners. We made good friends and we keep in touch by facebook and email messages. The Turkish host families and the teachers were very kind to us. (Matei Iuliana – 8C, Anton Cosmin – 8B, Apetroaie Cătălina – 8B, Calistrat Emil – 8B)
- The time we spent at school Alt Bergueda in Spain during the Comenius project meeting in May 2012 was incredible. The teachers and the host families were kind and very hospitable. We visited monuments made by Gaudi (Sagrada Familia) in Barcelona, the Natural Park El Cadi Moxeiro in Baga.We made friends among the Polish, Lithuanian, Italian, Estonian, Spanish, German, Turkish students. The activities (workshops, documentary visits, learning folk songs and dances, sport competitions) we took part in were very attractive. Adrian Florariu (8C), Alexandru Arsinei (8A)
- We will never forget the project meeting we took part in the school from Batakai in Lithuania in September 2012. We saw many the interesting places that helped us know more about the history, the cultura, the folk art in the host country: the Pilute hill in Batakai, the Taurage Castle that hosts many museums, the 14th century Trakai, the huge Open Air Village Museum, the Amber Museum in Palanga, the rip by ferryboat at Klapeida, the resort Nida with specific fishermen houses, the highest sand dunes and the Solar Calendar clock. We were impressed by the folk songs and dances and we were overwhelmed by the warm atmosphere and the host people’s hospitality.(Cezara Andrieş and Dorina Mihai – 7A)
- The host families considered our arrival to be a special moment and helped us feel like home. We were impressed by the capital Tallinn with the Kumu museum, the towers and fortresses in the Middle Ages Old town, the TV tower with a splendid view to the Baltic Sea and the city as well as the HarbourMaritimeMuseum. We took part in workshops and had a debate about the way we integrate students belonging to minority groups in our schools. There were tears on our faces and promises to keep in touch when we left our Estonian friends at the airport. (Mihălescu Mălina and Luca Ruxandra – 7A)
A group of students from the Romanian project team participated in a debate with a museograph at BotoşaniCountyMuseum. They discussed about the Roman Empire (500 BC to 500 AD) that stretched from northern England to the SaharaDesert and from the Atlantic to Asia as well as about the things that the Romans gave to us:
- good straight roads connecting all parts of the empire,
- strong bridges and aqueducts,
- round-topped arches – which made the buildings solid and long lasting,
- new weapons such as catapults
- great writers such as Cicero and Virgil
- the Roman system of law, which many European countries still use today
Are young Italians very much different from the young generation of Lithuania?
According to our experience, when we were in Lithuania, we noticed that Lithuanian youngsters are all working. Even though they are not satisfied with their working conditions, they leave the houses of their parents and try to become independent in their very young ages. On the contrary, Italian youth is not hurrying to leave the houses of their parents. Here, in Italy you can find people in their 30ies still leaving with their parents .
Another difference, which is really important, is food. Lithuanian cuisine is pretty simple but with a variety of dishes. They eat rye, potatoes, meat, mushrooms … but they don’t have pasta or pizza… Well, they have pasta and pizza but they are not the same as in Italy.
On the other hand Lithuanian and Italian boys and girls listen to the same music. They love to be in company with friends, going out and having fun together. Even if Lithuanian young people don’t follow the fashion like Italian do, they have their individual style. And we like it very much !!
Rachele and Chiara
A group of students from Batakiai Secondary School visited the local Taurage History Museum „Santaka“ where discussed with a specialist of history about the impact of Roman Empire on Lithuania country. Students found out that the legacy of the Romans is extremely important. Many things that form part of everyday life were introduced or improved by the Romans. Over the centuries since the collapse of the Roman Empire, Romans ideas, literature, art and architecture have influenced many people around the world. Roman Empire played major role in spreading Christianity. Roman builders and engineers developed styles and construction methods that continue to be used. During the period of the Roman Empire amber became greatly valued and desired. In the 1st-3rd centuries there was an intensive trade in Baltic amber with Roman Empire and its colonies and this led to the formation of so called “amber road“. Amber was treasured and called „Northen gold“ in the Roman Empire. In times of the Emperor Nero (54-68 AD) the value of a small amber statuette was greater than that of a young healthy slave.
Some examples of things that Romans introduced and are still in use today: Leap Year, the calendar, Catholic Church, arch, dome, highways, aqueducts, sewage, indoor plumbing, thermal heating systems, cement and bricks, paved streets and pavements.
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On Thursday 10th January 2013 Lithuania and Poland held a video conference – online debates between the schools „Giving solutions to the youth’s problems“. Students shared their opinions about early school leaving, social exclusion, learning difficulties, social and economical problems and discrimination. Students were happy talking out that their schools are small and there aren’t very big problems related with social exclusion and discrimination. Both schools are situated in a rural region, in a village where morale among students tends to be higher than in big schools. Pupils are generally exposed to more opportunity to develop leadership skills in a greater diversity of situations. This promotes among students a sense of belonging, of pride in their community, their school, and themselves. Teachers are also more apt to know their students as individuals and to be familiar with the family backgrounds from which they come. As a result, students are likely to have better attitudes toward school and less likely to create discipline problems.