3rd transnational meeting at GALAŢI

16th – 20th October 2017

October 16th, 2017

Welcome festivity

The participants were welcomed with bread and salt, a traditional Romanian custom expressing hospitality, kindness and joy to greet guests and treat them as friends.

The students of the school together with our local partners offered the participants a short performance (two old traditional songs performed by the choire of the Theological Seminary of Galati and a suite of Romanian folk dances interpreted by our school pupils together with our younger partners who also accompanied the music teacher of our school).

The participants were invited to the conference room where they were officially welcomed by the headteacher of the school, Mr. Gelu Homner. In his welcoming speech he emphasised the significance of the Erasmus+ programme which gives the young people from all over Europe, guided by their teachers, the possibility to work jointly on a wide range of project topics of present-day importance. His urge was to promote among young people responsible attitudes in terms of protecting the environment and also a developed civic sense.

Welcoming speeches were also given by the Deputy general school inspector and the School inspector in charge with European programmes.

Short presentations about Romania, Galati and the Technical College “Traian Vuia” followed.  They were made by three of the students implied in the project and were accompanied by video materials.

Tour of the school

The participants divided into two groups made a tour of the school having the opportunity to meet students and teachers in the classrooms and talk to them. They also visited laboratories, cabinets, the school library, the boarding school, the Folk museum and the gym, different offices, such as the secretariat or the accountancy and the Eco greenhouse.

The tour ended with the planting of a tree by each team of partners in the courtyard of the school.

Presentations

After the coffee break, all the partners involved in the project delivered presentations. The Romanian team showed a video material containing the activities carried out during the first year of the project, the Turkish and the Greek teams presented the activities included in the Newsletter, the Italian team showed a fragment from a TV reportage referring to their school, and the Lithuanian partner presented some project activities included in the website of their school.

Next, the participants were invited into the physics laboratory where one of the Romanian students presented three models of Romanian households equipped with photovoltaic device. He described them, explaining the mode of operation and laying emphasis on the benefits of its use.

City tour  

The end of the working day was devoted to visiting the city. The participants stopped at the Natural Science Museum within the Botanical Garden, where they could see the exhibition of birds as well as the aquarium with various species of freshwater and seawater fish, some of them endangered with extinction due to uncontrolled pollution. Then they went to our school rugby stadium where they met the main rugby coach who gave them information about the results the school rugby teams obtained during the years and also invited them to watch a rugby 7 match.

The first day ended with having a bird’s eye view of Galati from the TV Tower.

 

October 17th, 2017

Visits to local partners

The day started with the visit to the “Pinocchio” Kindergarten, our local partner in the project. After the same traditional welcoming with bread and salt, the participants were invited into several classrooms, witnessing different activities the children were involved in. They socialized with our young partners, worked together on various topics and also enjoyed a short festivity, including artistic moments offered by children as well as a fashion parade of outfits made of recyclable materials. The visit concluded with the children planting flowers in the courtyard of the kindergarten.

The next visit was to the “Dunărea de Jos” University of Galati, the Engineering Faculty, the Department of Environmental Engineering and Security in Industry.

Here, following a short presentation of this Department in the Engineering Faculty, and the main activities characterizing it, the participants were engaged in some experiments related to measuring the level of pollution for air, soil, water and sound. In this respect, they visited first the mobile laboratory, well-equipped to detect the level of air, water and soil pollution in various places and at different times of the day, and comparing the results to other pollution determinations. They also made similar experiments using high precision devices in the fixed laboratory as well. The final results of these experiments are sent to local and national decision makers.

Cultural visit

After lunch, our guests were taken to a guided visit to the Lapidarium within the History Museum of Galati. Besides the prehistoric artefacts, dating back from the Palaeolithic and Neolithic ages, discovered on the territory of Galati county, the participants could admire the permanent exhibition “The traditional civilization in southern Moldova” which aims to render an authentic image of the Romanian folk culture and tradition from this part of the country. In addition, they had also the opportunity to meet four exhibitors of the “Spirit and Passion” exhibition, who gave information about their displays of paintings, sculptures, photography and military emblems from all over the world, the latest one being a former student of the Technical College” Traian Vuia” Galati.

October 18th, 2017

Presentations

Back to school, the participants were presented two video materials made by students in cooperation with their teachers. One of them was a warning letter of the young generation addressed to the older generation and to mankind in general regarding the endangered life on earth due to excessive pollution and uncontrolled natural resources consumption while the second one was related to Romania’s forests whose health is affected by various factors, such as: long dry periods (climate change), industrial pollution, abusive grazing, forest logging using improper technologies, etc.

Discussions on the project, Part 1

Afterwards, the coordinator of the project, Mr. Ahmet Çelik, invited the participants to draw some conclusions with respect to the way the activities planned to be carried out in the first year have been fulfilled. There were also discussions about the next meeting that is a learning/training activity involving students and due to be held in Italy.

Visit to the City Hall

Our guests were welcomed by the two deputy mayors of the city of Galati, Mr. Sorin Enache and Mr. Picu Apostol Roman who expressed the joy of having in their midst representatives of the European schools that are campaigning for a clean and healthy Europe and World, an issue of utmost and vital importance nowadays.

Visit to the Water Plant of Galati

Here, the participants were given information about the water from the surface source of the Danube which is treated and filtered before being pumped into the distribution network. They were explained the stages of water treatment: micro sieves for removing solids, facilities for the coagulation process, and two radiant decanters used for flocculation and sedimentation. At the same time, they could see the prechlorination and chlorination stations which provide disinfection of the water after filtration in the sixteen quick sand filters.

Cultural programme

In the afternoon the participants went on a boat trip on the Danube, the main European channel of communication for commercial transportation between the ports of Mediterranean, Black Sea and Central Europe.

Then, they visited the Village Museum-Traditional Household which restores the type of rustic house specific for our area situated in a generous space, Gârboavele Forest, a natural reservation of 219 hectares, hosting species of common oak, downy oak and scrubs. Here, the guests could notice the houses with a hiding place as well as various additions to the houses, shelters for the grinder, all offering a complex image not only of the traditional dwellings in the region but also of the social, historical and cultural context in which they appeared.

October 19th, 2017

Departure to Prahova Valley, Sinaia

Visit of GreenWEEE Company, Buzău

On the way to Prahova Valley, the participants stopped in Buzău to visit GreenWEEE, the biggest integrated treatment plant for electric and electronic equipment waste (WEEE) in Romania and one of the most modern in Europe.

GreenWEEE plant provides collection, treatment and recycling services, collaborating with the organizations for WEEE management, sanitation companies, collectors, as well as different companies generating volumes of electrical and electronic waste. After a brief presentation of the company, the participants set off on visiting the plant being given explanations related to the main steps of the treatment process: recovery – in order to verify if WEEE are still operational, dismantling in various parts, shredding and fractions’ separation (metals – non-metals, ferrous – non-ferrous).

Accommodation at Smart Hotel Sinaia

Discussions on the project, Part 2

After clearing up some financial issues regarding bills and invoices related to  subsistence expenses during their stay in Romania, the participants dealt with the next mobility, a learning/training activity with students which is due to be held in Italy.  First, they agreed on the dates of the meeting (12-16 March 2018), discussed about possible means of transport to take participants to the destination and also tried to make some suggestions about the way the host school should choose and plan each learning/training activity according to the title and topic of the activity mentioned in the timetable of the project.

Furthermore, since the Romanian partner, whose task is to draw up the project brochure, has not collected any material yet, except from Greece, they drew the attention of all partners with respect to sending the materials they consider important and worth being included in the final product of the project. They were also reminded to continue sending information to the Spanish partner for the website of the project.

 

October 20th, 2017

Cultural programme

The first part of day was devoted to visiting Peles and Bran Castles.

Located at the foot of the Bucegi Mountains in the picturesque town of Sinaia, Peleș Castle is a masterpiece of German new-Renaissance architecture, considered by many one of the most stunning castles in Europe.

On the other hand, Bran Castle owes its fame to its imposing towers and turrets as well as to the myth created around Bram Stocker’s Dracula. Narrow winding stairways lead through some 60 timbered rooms, many connected by underground passages, which house collections of furniture, weapons and armour dating back from the 14th to the 19th centuries. The castle overlooks the picturesque village of Bran, which offers an open-air Ethnographic Museum consisting of old local-style village houses complete with furniture, household objects and costumes.

Certificates of attendance

Ceremony of awarding the certificates of attendance to each participant in the 3rd transnational meeting held at the Technical College “Traian Vuia” Galati, Romania.

Farewell dinner

October 21st, 2017

Departure of participants

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