From the 25th February to the 1st March teachers from partner schools in Turkey, England, Spain, Norway and Italy met in Ptuj- Slovenia for the 5th Teachers´ Programme Meeting. Teachers analysed the current status of the ECLIPSE progress and planned the next stages . Beside of that teachers visited OSNOVNA ŠOLA BREG where students and teachers welcomed them and introduced them to their traditions and culture.
Ptuj is the oldest town in Slovenia and its foundation sdates back to Roman Times it was then named Poetovio.
This time of the year was perfect to visit Ptuj and Slovenia because it's carnival time. Kurentovanje is one of Slovenia's most popular and significant carnival events.
Kurent (also known as korant) is the central traditional carnival figure in this part of the world, and the most popular and widespread traditional carnival figure in the areas of Ptuj. The present day kurent stems from folk tradition. In the old days, only unmarried men were allowed to put on the kurent costume, while today anyone, even a woman, a married man or a child, can wear it. In the lowland as well as the mountainous part of Haloze in the Ptuj area, the kurent’s role has always been to drive away winter by jumping from side to side, bell-ringing and rituals, which is why they are thought to have supernatural powers. In the country, the arrival of the kurent has always announced the beginning of the new life which comes with the springtime.