Friday, 16 December 2011

Comenius Meeting "BIH" in Trieste (2nd Day)

The next day, Wednesday 16th

...The second day of our trip to Trieste, when we left the hotel, we realised that we had to carry our luggage again, because we had to change it for a cheaper one. We called a taxi, and again something happened. The taxi driver made a mistake with the address we gave him and left us in the wrong place. The Italian secondary school "Liceo Scientifico Statale France Preseren" was not there. Then, we phoned our colleague and she told us that we were not very far away. Just at the top of the street. With our suitcases, hand luggage, laptops and other stuff, we started to walk up the hill. At the school we left our things in a secure place and finally we met everybody.

First, the Italian colleagues showed us around the school. It was wonderful and quite old, with large classrooms and not many students per class. Then, we went to the meeting room and the working session began. All of us were there: our host Italian colleagues, the Germans, the Czech, the Turkish, the Swedish and us, the Spanish. Then, we proceeded to officially inaugurate the "Believing in Humanity" project. The Italian principal, Loredana G. made a presentation of the history of Trieste and the characteristics of the city. Melita V. told us about the host centre, a bilingual Italian-Slovene school, and then a group of students came to tell us about their centre and learning experiences followed by a discussion with the guest teachers. At the end of the host school intervention, they explained the cooexistence in Trieste between Italian and Slovene, two languages, two worlds. Later, there was an exchange of dossiers and gifts among the partners.

Then, it was the turn of the Spanish delegation. Antonio Parra, project coordinator, presented the "Believing in Humanity" project and the "Solidarity Forever" project in which it is inspired. After that, it was me, Paloma PĂ©rez-Crespo, who explained the activities for this school year, and in more detail those of the first term; teachers´ students´ surveys to identify situations of inequality, childrens rights, gender violence... Then, Jose Angel Moreno explained things about the web and blog for the project.

Before finishing, we voted for the logo that will represent our project -the Spanish one was in the end the winner- and agreed on holding a solidarity festival - as we do every year - in every country in May 2012, and to hold the European Solidarity Festival, in June 2013, when all our partners will bring some students to Spain and participate in it with us, coinciding with the closure of our Comenius Project.

After that, we established the work to be done for the following months, the tasks to complete by the next meeting in the Czech Republic, in March, and some assessment aspects. Our colleagues made questions and suggestions and after then we, the Spanish delegation, as coordinator country, did an interview for an Italian TV channel. We finished this working session very late, at about 3:30 in the afternoon, with a well deserved, fantastic cold meal at the Italian school.

To be continued...

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