2021.10.27. - 14:19
October 4-8, 2021 the first international meeting of the Erasmus+ project entitled Healing the Earth with Learning Power (No. 2020-1-DE03-KA229-077384_6) of the Békéscsaba Center of Vocational Training József Zwack Technicum and Vocational School was held in Berlin, Germany.
This time, only the teaching staff participating in the programme met. The Zwack school was represented by 4 teachers: Lajosné Erdélyi, Angéla Zsilinszki-Kutasi, István Soós and Zoltán Békési. Their report on the trip can be read below.
We travelled from Békéscsaba to Berlin by car, so we arrived at our accommodation early in the evening, which was the Pankow Hotel.
After we took our rooms, we attended a joint welcome dinner at the hotel organized by the host German colleagues. At the end of the dinner, everyone was informed about the accessibility of the school.
The venue for the meeting was the Albrecht Haushofer Schule Berlin. The school is a modern institution with four parts. A chemistry room was set up for the conference. The hosts also provided the equipment and hospitality needed to start the project.
During the meeting, we had the opportunity to meet directly with teachers from the other five countries participating in the project - Spain, Turkey, Denmark, France and the host Germany. In addition to the school principal, the city management of Berlin and the city’s Erasmus project coordinator also honoured the meeting with a short visit for a greeting and joint photography.
We had the opportunity to see the school buildings and also visit some of the lessons, giving us an insight into the classroom activities of the local students. The school’s classrooms have recently been refurbished and their facilities have also been expanded with interactive educational technical tools.
Our hosts introduced us to three special students who had an immigrant family background. We had the opportunity to have a short round-trip dialogue with a Portuguese, a Ghanaian and a Nigerian student. They were really intelligent, open, involved, and answered the questions of our international teacher community brilliantly. Among other things, these were topics such as the differences between the education systems of their homeland and the country where they now live, and experiences in the host German school. The programme included a sightseeing cruise on the Berlin River, the Spree. The cruise showed a brief taste of the city's famous buildings and sights, and the guided tour of the curiosities.
On the last day, we continued to work in the hotel’s conference room. Participating countries presented their own schools here. An important part of the programme plan was the mobility schedule, the prior agreement of the venue and time of the next project meetings and the allocation of project tasks to be performed. The next meeting will take place in Turkey, our participating students will have to prepare a short project work in advance on the use of geothermal energy.
On the last day of the meeting, we had free cultural programme. That’s when we had the opportunity to really explore and get to know the city’s past and present life.
We closed the project meeting with a dinner with teachers from the six countries at a local restaurant. The next morning, we went home enriched with experiences.
Thank you for this opportunity to Erasmus+ programme!