LLP Comenius Project “I know what VIOLENCE means and I have a SOLUTION”
PLACE:Osnovno Uchilishte Hristo Smirnenski-Haskovo(Bulgaria)
-Sharing materials and results ;
-Planning next activities and mobility ,according to the application form ;
-sharing short reports from each country on the following topics:
How the activities were organized
How many (and how) children involved
Impact of the activities on the children, teachers, institution, families, local community
European added value
Communication between teachers
Our second Comenius mobility took place in Haskovo ,in southern Bulgaria , not far from the borders with Greece and Turkey. Teachers from Italy,Germany,Turkey and Poland ,with a delegation of their students ,who played the roles of Comenius project ambassadors ,were hosted by the Bulgarian school from 16th to 20th April 2012.
From the very beginning this meeting was organized perfectly. At Sofia Airport the German,Polish and Italian delegations met each others and a bus driver was waiting for them to bring them to the hotel,in Haskovo. At the hotel ,the Turkish and Bulgarian teachers welcomed the group that came from the Airport .Also the students were warmly welcomed by their host families and their peers, with whom they had already in contact by Skype.
On Tuesday 17th ,the Bulgarian coordinating teacher,Radka Matanova,took us to school where the Headmaster ,Mr Venko and two lovely girls,wearing a traditional costume ,gave us a warm and friendly welcome , with a typical and wonderful cake together with honey.
We also had a coffee and other cakes at the staff room of the school with our Bulgarian colleagues.
Pupils and teachers took part in a meeting where it was introduced the host Country to the partners schools. They were welcomed by Bulgarian students who sang the European anthem .An Italian student read a message about friendship and no violence .All the coordinating teachers tought the word “welcome” in their different languages to the students.All of us were deeply impressed by the very friendly, well behaving pupils and the work they do about Comenius project . We took a lot of new ideas with us.
Each delegation has had a student as a guide to visit the school and classes .
Teachers had the first meeting about the project: they exchanged materials they did at school with all their students,like videos about ornaments and solutions to the violence,brochures,ornaments and logos.
After lunch,Bulgarian teachers setted up some interesting project activities for students , with the aims to build a common logo.
Students,wearing a white T-shirt played games in international teams ,in the Gym;they have also built, the long title of our project ,word by word,with real involvement and enthusiasm .
At the end of the lessons, teachers did a short walk around the town and in the evening they had dinner all together for enjoying traditional Bulgarian food and the pleasure of being together with colleagues.
On Wednsday 18th, teachers and students had a fantastic trip to Plovdiv,the most important city in Northern Thrace .It’s one of the oldest centers of European civilization-older than Rome and Athens. The town really was amazing! The coordinating teacher for Germany, came back to Stuttgart.
On Thursday 20th, teachers had a very interesting time at school,developing a project activities with students. Our Bulgarian colleague ,Sofia, introduced and led several learning units, on the contents of our Comenius project ,in a very interactive and exciting way. All students took a very active part in working in groups and individual activities.They were also involved in art workshop.
German teachers came back to Stuttgart.After lunch students and teachers met friends from another school in Haskovo.
After this ,the coordinating teachers presented videos about violence and solutions,made in their respective countries.
Later a professional trainer tought a Bulgarian folk dance to students and teachers !
In the evening all the staff had dinner together.What great and funny time!Unforgettable!
On Friday 20th, Polish delegation left Bulgaria in the morning.Waiting for their flight to Rome,Italian teachers and students visited Sofia,the Bulgaria capital city.It was a really nice surprise to discover the artistic beauty of this city, realize how different cultures and traditions live together , enjoy its romantic parks and green spaces !Before coming back to Istanbul ,Turkish students and teachers ,visited Varna by bus.Varna ,referred to as the marine (or summer) capital of Bulgaria, is a major tourist destination, business and university centre, on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast.
What to do from May to the next October, when the third meeting will set up in Stuttgart?
-To Set up music performances (traditional folk songs)May-June 2012
-To prepare a puppet theatre show research and analysis of famous comic characters from our respective national folk literature
-To Set up drama performances about “violence” and “solutions”
-To think about evaluation of the first year and propose concrete evaluation criteria to be spread among teachers, families and students .
So finally, dear friends from Haskovo, let me say thank you for your great
hospitality and for organizing this unforgettable meeting in your beautiful country.
Antonella Coppi (coordinator of Comenius project)