The first transnational project meeting was held in Vidin, Bulgaria from 19 to 23 November 2017.
During the first working day, the group of teachers, including 10 guests from the five partner schools, took part in a seminar on “How does the disappearance of traditional children’s health?”, Prof. Krasimira Kostadinova, MD from the Department of Child and Youth Health at the National Center for Public Health and Analysis – Sofia.
The second working day continued with the agenda of the meeting. The guests were welcomed at the school with bread and honey and specially prepared posters with a greeting “welcome” in the native languages of each country. We showed them the school. Primary classes prepared surprises – songs, figures in national costumes, as well as various athletes, small bottles with rose essence, which they gave to the guests. Mrs. Kolletka Pavlova and her 4th G grade presented the school, Vidin and Bulgaria in the Educational museum.
We also held the first kick-off meeting of the participants, led by the coordinator Mrs Barbara N’Sir, in the Interactive Training Lab.
We made important decisions at the meeting:
– Organize Logo contest in each school.
– Work together on the eTwinning platform: TwinSpace, invite and introduce the teams. Put the chosen logo (s) into the Twinspace. Periodically add and update workspace data.
– We have set the dates for the next blended mobility to Slovenia, as well as the related important information – activities, host families / hotel, etc.
– Preparing posters with national games and sports and then, at the beginning of March, arrange an online chat / video conference to share students’ experiences about the work (preparing logos / posters).
– Creating an official website of our project – buying a domain and creating the website. (deadline: January 2018).
– Creating the mascot. Each country will prepare the mascot design on paper and explain the material / shape / etc. during the visit in Slovenia.
After lunch we showed our guests the main attractions of Vidin – the Danubian Park, the Baba Vida Fortress, the theater, the main square.
The third day began with activities related to national games, sports and dances. Physical education and sports teachers and their students have shown mobile games that are played in classes. With the help of our students, who played in a dance club, we learned the guests to play traditional Bulgarian dances – Horo.
The afternoon was even more active – we climbed together along the Belogradchik rocks and descended deep underground in the Magura cave.
In the evening, declarations of participation were distributed, and all participated in a farewell dinner.
Here is the presentation of Assist. Prof, Krasimira Kostadinova, PhD:
Erasmus+ Project »National Games and Sports Bring Us Together«
REPORT ON »BLENDED MEETING OF SCHOOL LEARNERS«
Dates: from 19th to 23rd of March 2018
Venue: Gimnazija KRANJ, Kranj, Slovenia
The meeting in Slovenia, in Kranj, was the first meeting where students participated in a number of activities.
The blended meeting of school learners was organised by the secondary school Gimnazija Kranj, one of the partners in the Erasmus+ project »National Games and Sports Bring Us Together«. The school hosted 22 foreign students and 11 teachers from the partner schools: Bulgaria, Poland, Portugal, Romania and Turkey. 15 students and 3 teachers from Gimnazija Kranj were involved in the Erasmus+ project week. Ten of all the foreign students stayed with Slovenian families, the rest of them stayed in two different hostels.
The meeting began on Monday, 19th of March, with an opening ceremony: a short cultural programme, speeches by the headmaster of the school Gimnazija Kranj, Mr Franc Rozman, and the Polish coordinator of the project, Ms Barbara N’sir. To mark the main ideas of the project 3 videos were shown to emphasize how the students of Gimnazija Kranj participate in different activities on the days called »sports days«.
As it was the first blended meeting of school learners, so each participating country had prepared a presentation of a school, town and country where each of them study, work and live. It was the first information shared among students and teachers. Afterwards several team building games were carried out so as to get to know each other better. The afternoon activities were held outdoors, exploring the town Kranj, a visit to the underground tunnel and walking through the old part of the town.
On the second day, 20th March 2018, students and teachers gathered in the computer room to choose the logo of the project. It was a kind of competition where each student was to choose one of the logos that had been created beforehand, each country had sent one or two logos for the competition. The Turkish logo won and is now the official logo of the project.
One of the Slovenian students, Lana Kejžar, had a presentation on mobile applications related to sports and a healthy life style. These can be used by each individual to count and measure activities, calculate calories used in these activities.
The teachers and students of partner schools were shown around the school facilities (gyms, the teachers’ room, some classrooms).
One of the aims of the project is to learn about popular sports and the disappearing games in the six participating countries. These were presented on posters that the partners brought to Slovenia. The choice of these sports were interesting, especially to see that there are some games that in the past were played in all of the countries, and to realise that in all of the countries they are thought of as games that might disappear in the future.
There was an official reception in the Mayor’s Office in the afternoon.
The third day began with a visit to the gym lesson. The students and teachers could observe our regular students during the »relay« activities. After that the students had an activity in which they could express their artistic skills, they made coloured drawings of mascots. Each country created one, a student of each country presented it explaining its details. Each of the mascots had characteristics related to sports and some symbol of the participating countries. The Romanian team brought along not only the drawings, but two finished (sewn) mascots, one of these mascots was chosen to be the official mascot, but not named as »the winning« one, as we considered it is important to emphasize that in sports it is not important just to compete, but simply be cooperative and active. It was decided that the mascot stays in Slovenia till the next meeting in Poland in June, when it will be taken along with the Slovenian team to be »hosted« by the Polish team until it is taken to Romania in October this year.
On this day, after the mascot creation, the students were active in the gym playing different ball games (volleyball) and table tennis. In the afternoon we all took a walk, climbed to the top of the highest peak in Kranj, the hill Šmarjetna gora, and returned to the school on foot. The students just felt to play ball games in the gyms also on their return to school in the late afternoon hours. It needs to be acknowledged that the learners involved in this blended mobility proved to be real sports people.
Thursday, 22nd of March, was perfect for the visit to Planica, the place in the Slovenian Alps, where the ski-jumping qualification of the best world ski-jumpers began. For the participating teams it was a unique experience to enjoy in the atmosphere among the 13.200 spectators that gathered at the foot of the mountains on a sunny, but still cold day at the end of March. On the way back we stopped at Bled to walk around the town and along the lake.
The last day of the blended meeting, Friday, the students and the teachers were taken to the European House in Ljubljana. The aim of this visit was to broaden the students’ horizons and their knowledge of the European Union. Afterwards, we walked to the Ljubljana castle, enjoyed the views of the capital from the castle walls, then returned to the old Ljubljana to explore some of its streets and monuments and in the end visited the Museum of Illusions.
Friday evening was the time to round off the blended meeting of school learners by delivering certificates to all the people involved in the activities of the week. One of the Slovenian students taught the guests from the participating countries two simple Slovenian dances. Later it was amazing to see young people of six different nationalities dancing together in one big circle of friendship.
Despite the age difference among the students it could be said that the students enjoyed in the activities of this week, especially in those that involved sports. One of the observances of our, Slovenian, students was that they realised it is also important to be able to work, cooperate, with younger learners.
Throughout the week several teachers’ meetings were held to agree on important issues regarding the future work and activities of the Erasmus+ project »National Games And Sports Bring Us Together«.
Bernarda Kovač, Gimnazija Kranj, Slovenia
March 28th 2018