- Welcoming the delegation
- Tour around Vila Real
- Presentation of each school (students’ work)
– Students’ work (presentation of the results of
the questionnaire about prejudices)
- Visit to the Town Hall/ meeting the Mayor
– MUN conference (debate about immigrants)
-Trip to Parque Natural do Alvao
– Visit to Douro Patrimonio da Humanidade
- Farewell dinner
– Teachers’ meeting
- Official end of the meeting
See the presentation
During the period from 26th - 30th November 2007 three students and two teachers from our school participated in The Comenius Project Week in Osnabrück, Germany. Students and teachers from six schools (countries) took part in it, Germany being the host country, The Netherlands, Portugal, Poland, Sweden and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
On the first day the first contacts were made. Thanks to the German students who spent a year in America as a part of a student exchange programme and their ice – breakers we were soon relaxed, but gasping for breath. Then, each country presented their school and town. We were the first to break the ice.
In the afternoon session while the teachers were learning how to use e-journal, the students were preparing international food. First they did the shopping in the ethnic stores. At 6 pm dinner was served and we all enjoyed the food in high international spirits. There was only one problem. Who is going to was the huge pile of dishes?
The second day six schools presented the work they prepared. It consisted of statistics about the immigrants in each country and the life stories of the immigrants (why they are there, what their plans and interests are). At the end of the session all the results were compiled as a collage in order to be published in digital form. At 10 pm we all headed to the Town Hall (Rathaus). Thanks to the extremely informative tour guide we found out or revised many interesting facts about Osnabrück. For instance The Peace Treaty also known as the Peace of Westphalia was signed there in 1648 thus ending both the Thirty Years’ War and the Eighty Years’ War. In the afternoon we were compiling the results.
Early in the morning we went to visit the Felix Nussbaum museum. He was known mostly for his surrealist paintings. The museum itself was dedicated to his tremendous struggle during the most horrid period in the exile and the Holocaust (he was a German Jew). After the tour in the museum we had a workshop. We were given a task to choose one of his paintings and try to paint it the way we saw it. Everybody was immediately at hands.
In the evening we went to the famous Christmas market (Weihnachts markt). We could see plenty of stalls with all sorts of glistening and glittering Christmas decorations. Despite the chilly evening we were soon all indulged in the scene of abundance of lanterns, sweets, sausages and people drinking glue wine. Indeed a fine evening!
In the background you could hear a choir singing Christmas carols in the tower of
St. Peter’s Cathedral.
The day started with the exhibition of the paintings students had made the previous day. The students had to show the painting and state the reasons for choosing that particular picture. Soon after that the project work started. The students were put into different international groups and were assigned the work they had to do. The first group got the topic “The facts about the immigration”, the second group “The reasons for immigration” and the third one “The challenges of immigration”. In each group some students were doing research on the internet while the others were compiling the data and making posters on the given assignment. In the end they presented their work. After the project work we went to visit a bread factory with the hands – on session, baking our first cookie. We learned that the traditional German bread is made of different whole - wheat grains and sour yeast. In the factory we met a woman from Banja Luka who has been living there for 30 years. In the afternoon the students gathered in the sports hall to have a dance workshop. The dance instructor (of an immigrant origin) was trying to teach the students hip hop. After two hours of persistent work they were all synchronized?! In spite of painful muscles the whole group had a great time in the disco.
It was drizzling when we set off to Bremen. It took three hours to get to our destination (150 km). Bremen is an outstanding town mainly due to its architecture - the Town Hall which is protected by UNESCO since 2004, built between 1405 and 1410. Its distinguishing feature is Weser Renaissance façade. It is considered to be one of the most beautiful town halls in Germany. Some other remarkable sights are a statue of the Bremen Town Musicians, Market Square, Roland Statue and Schnoor Quarter (Bremen’s oldest district). Between strolling through the narrow streets in the rain and again eating delicious sausages some of us found a refuge in the Paula Modersohn-Becker Museum. There was the Paula Modersohn – Becker and the Egyptian Mummy Portrait exhibition. It is the first museum in the world dedicated to a woman. It was built in 1927. We arrived in Osnabrück at 6 pm. In the school a farewell dinner party was organised. Although hungry and a bit tired we were all sad and bid everybody goodbye with the wishes of seeing each other again on our next meeting in Poland (31 March – 4 April).