The purpose was to teach pupils to compare the best practical examples.The activities will have impact on schools involved in project and will contribute to raising schools’profile.Competences, information learned in this training will be integrated in schools’curricula.There were 5 students from Romania and 1 accompanying person,8 students from Greece,8 students from Spain.Around 20 teachers from Lithuania were involved,headmistress,about 200 students,15 parents,2 guides for outdoor activities,1historical expert,4 professional dancers,2 university teachers.
Welcoming ceremony was organized by Lithuanian students who danced traditional dances, played traditional musical instruments.These instruments were created by students.Students presented a play using interdisciplinary techniques:dance,song, musical instruments.Students took guided tour of school in grades 2a, 2b, spent a regular day at school,participating in 2 interdisciplinary lessons:ICT-history,English-biology.Students watched a video about host-school comparing their school fetivals with Lithuanian ones.Students participated in interdisciplinary workshop,created decorative candles using wax,napkins and flame,studying principles of Physics combined with arts.Students attended workshop in Lithuanian Minor Museum,history lesson about Klaipeda, and students responded to tasks proposed by historical expert.
Guided tour took place in host school for students in grades 3,4,they spent a regular day in Lithuanian school, participating in 2 interdisciplinary lessons: ICT-English; Biology-TIC.Students participated in workshop organized by professor Karrin Morrison from Klaipeda Language and Education Center on "Making thinking visible”,students worked using story "The enchanted forest" by Shirley Barber.Students went to an ethnocultural center and saw traditional Lithuanian clothes, musical instruments and were taught to dance traditional Lithuanian dances.Students from all partner schools learned traditional dances from their countries in order to make students aware of cultural heritage of each partner.Students took a guided tour of old town and learned about history and buildings of city, applying what they learned previous day, recognizing places and telling stories in their own way.
Students participated in workshop in interactive museum of Lithuanian sea in order to show how biology as outdoor activity can motivate students at risk. There were lessons outside school: in Nida, history lesson in Palanga to develop students' observation skills.Students learned about traditional Lithuanian fairy tales from Neringa,Raganu Kalnas forest,mythology of good and evil, how history influenced Lithuanians’mentality.In Nida,students discovered life of fishermen,history of Lithuania,also geography-Nida dunes,life of Baltic Sea.Students had history lesson in Trakai Castle comparing their own history and finding common elements.
Inclusion and integration it is not a pacific subject– first,students need to get aware of the fact there is a large amount of people NOT feeling they are part of a group.The sense of belonging is one of the most difficult steps,sociologically speaking,to promote inclusion and integration.So,our students benefited as growing persons from this awareness and became sensitive to the fact they can be positive and contributive citizens,recognizing differences but not discriminating their peers for being different.The sense of community was enlarged, and more people participated in the common life and in the several steps into building a resilient community,with place and tasks,duties and right to everybody.Social inclusion /integration is the essence of democracy.Teaching this,working this aspects with our students, helped them to become full time citizens, responsible for what is going on in society.The acquisition of this learning was evaluated through small-scale project assignments, which participants completed in groups. Given the non-theoretical nature of this training, participants were immediately able to use their new skills in their classrooms. It is quite clear that learners who were placed into this type of learning environment used their knowledge and skills-by thinking critically,applying knowledge to new situations, analyzing information,comprehending new ideas,communicating,collaborating,solving problems.
Upon successful completion of the training, participants received Europass certificates.