Second Project Meeting at Pobra Do Caraminal, by Kelme “Aukuras”.

International Erasmus+ project
“A Call From Schools: For The Less Destruction Let‘s Reduce The Consumption“
The Second Transnational Project Meeting on the 15th–19th May, 2017
in Pobra Do Caraminal in Spain


Kelme “Aukuras” basic school has been implementing a strategic partnership project for schools Erasmus+ “Call From Schools: For The Less Destruction Let‘s Reduce The Consumption”. There are 7 participant schools from 6 countries in the project: Turkey, Greece, Spain, Romania, Italy and Lithuania. The duration of the project is 24 months (up to 30/09/2018).

The purpose of the project is to learn responsible saving of the nature resources as well as to solve the issues of ecology while collaborating with other countries’ schools communities.

The participants of the project have held 3 meetings since the beginning of the project.

The first transnational project meeting was on 21-25/11/2016 in Konya, in Turkey. The representatives of the school went to the first transnational training, teaching and learning activities meeting which took place in Karditsa, in Greece on 13-17/03/2017.
The second transnational project meeting was in Pobra Do Caraminal in Spain on 14-19/05/2017.

The representatives of Kelme “Aukuras” basic school were the deputy Ieva Siliune, who is also the coordinator of the project at school, the headmistress Asta Zavadskiene, ethics (moral) teacher Vilma Vipartiene and IT as well as maths teacher Irina Kaspariene.

During the meeting participants of the partner schools visited Ies De Pobra Do Caraminal school where many activities related to the project have been done.
The goal of the project is to save nature resources and to reduce consumption, so the activities were related to the usage of renewable energy sources as well as environmental protection. Also the partner schools presented the newsletters where the accomplished activities at schools since the beginning of the project were introduced.

During the first day of the meeting the hosting school presented the peculiarities of the educational system in Spain as well as introduced Ies De Pobra Do Caraminal school to the participants from Turkey, Greece, Romania, Italy and Lithuania. During the excursion at school it was interesting and valuable to visit the laboratories of biology, chemistry, physics also to examine the stand of the usage and saving of three types of electricity energy.

Additionally, Spanish team members talked about the relevant problem regarding an unique forest, which is called Catasós, in Galicia. This woodland of the forest consists of various types of trees: beeches, oaks, birches, firs, corks, pines and many other.Strikes and resentment meetings are organized in order to save the forest as the huge electricity company wants to cut a part of the territory and build an electricity line.

Furthermore, the partner schools teams visited Sotavento experimental wind farm where had the opportunity to see and experience a living in the ecological house that uses nature sources. Modern, advanced technologies are installed in order to demonstrate the usage of the sun, wind, rain water in the daily routine, We had an opportunity to see the practical usage of alternative heating methods, consumption of water, electricity and heating also electronic gadgets which operate by using nature sources.

Moreover, participants of the project went to the municipality of Pobra do Caraminal to meet the mayor of the city Jose Luis Piñeiro García. Furthermore the mayor claimed that the problems of the nature environment are important and familiar to him as he had studying biology science.

After the meeting the participants of the project traditionally planted trees in the center of the city and the territory of the school.

Some educational – cultural excursions were organized during the free time. The participants went to the capital of the region of Galicia that is called Santiago de Compostela.

The city is known as a centre of pilgrim since XI century, in 2000 it was a cultural capital of Europe. The participants of the project during the sightseeing visited the most popular place – the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela that was built between XI – XIII centuries.

Also the City of Culture: a modern and sophisticated architecture complex of Galicia Culture and Entertainment that was created matching both – the heritage of culture, history and the researches done by scientists, development, production and consumptions – in order to the aims of culture.

The delegation from Lithuania enjoyed the educational cruise to mussels growing plantations that are in the bay of the Atlantic. A cheerful and temperamental guide precisely and in detail explained the way the mussels adhere to the ropes which are attached to the stationary or floating construction (a float) and vertically dropped into the water. The mussels are fully grown up in 12–14 months.

Finally the participants of the project admired the unique beach which is formed from the natural arches (the beach is officially named as Playa de las Catedrales). It is recommended to go for a walk and look around on the beach only in a low tide. The magnificent cliffs (that are over 30 metres), picturesque caves, arches of stone of the unusual beach as well as Natural Monument reveal a remarkable, outstanding view. During the high tide it is flooded by the Atlantic.

Moreover, we visited the remains of the village which existed 1000 years ago on the rocks of the ocean, tasted traditional meals such as paella (a stew of rice and sea food), gazpacho (a cold grated soup), tortilla (a cake of boiled potatoes and eggs).
The trasnational project partners meeting was finished by the ceremony of handing the certificates and Gala dinner.

During the last evening in Spain the participants remembered and shared their memories, experiences about the week in Spain.

Every school sincerely thanked the hosting country for the hospitality, congratulated with the successful implementation of the meeting.

Also, all the participants shared the memory gifts and souvenirs.

It is known that it is better to see once than to hear many times. During our transnational project partner meeting in Spain in Pobra de Caraminal we got acquainted with a foreign country, its people, culture, history, traditions. Also we deepened our teaching knowledge, gained personal English skills and experiences while communicating with colleagues from different countries. It is very useful and valuable as good practices abroad will be shared among colleagues at our school, town, district and it will be adapted to our daily work.

The new experience encourages us to improve, change the way of thinking and understanding.

Written by
Irina Kaspariene,
IT and Maths teacher
Vilma Vipartiene,
Ethics teacher

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