Meeting in Italy

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    Erasmus+ 2017-1-BG01-KA219-036348

    ERASMUS+ PROJECT MEETING   30 Sept. – 6 Oct. 2018, Marconia,  ITALY

    30  SEPTEMBER ARRIVING  – MARINAGRI HOTEL from GR, SP, BG, CY (students with families) CASE DELLA BASILICATA from HU

    1 OCT.

    09,00- 11,00 –Welcoming: songs and dances by the students of the primary school - Traditional dances – Official opening of the meeting.

    11,30 -  Setting the exhibition “RESPECT” (the drawings of the students)

    14,00 – Traditional food tasting time

    16,00 – 22,00 Visit to Pisticci the municipality of Marconia.

    2 OCT.

    09,00 – 11,00  Performance of the students based on poems,  slogans .

    11,30 - Monologue about bullying by an Italian student

    12,00 - Meeting of the coordinators about the project activities held by the coordinator Mrs Lorita Zaharieva

    16,00 – 22,00  Visit to Matera, The capital of culture 2019.

    3 OCT.

    09,00 – UNICEF workshop

    10,00 - Sport games

    15,30 - Project work together with partners: field work on the project topic. Interviews, questionnaires, observations,  video making and preparation of presentations

    4 OCT.

    9,00 -  Meeting of the coordinators about the project held by Mrs Lorita Zaharieva

    12,00 – Mural art laboratory for students

    15,30 - Project work together with partners. Activities about the topic Stop Bullying

    17,00 - Return to the hotels and the hosting families

    5 OCT.

    08,00 – AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL  workshop

    09,00 -  Short presentation about work done before Italy visit

    11,30 – Italian language lesson

    13,45 – Living to Metaponto station (Spain, Greece, Bulgaria, Cyprus)

    14, 32 – Train living to Rome

    20,34 – Arriving to Rome – Hotel accomodation

    6 OCT.

    10,50 – First group visit to Quirinale (SPAIN)

    11,10 – Second group visit to Quirinale (GREECE and BULGARIA)

    The partners from Cyprus are visiting the centre of the city: the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain, Piazza di Spagna. The partners from Hungary are living to Bari a

    Welcome speech for students and teachers of Erasmus+ project

    Welcome everyone to our town, Marconia and our second school, San Giovanni Bosco! The teachers and our children are very pleased to meet you, to become your friends and to have some fun together! We’ve organized some group-games because, as you already know, every game has got its own rules to be respected and the same we can say for the whole life! Only if we respect the rules and play together, collaborating and respecting eachother, we can win every game in our life and fight the violence! So, let’s play happily together and be friends for a better life! As Colin Powell said: “Children need to get a high-quality education, avoid violence and the criminal-justice system, and gain jobs. But they deserve more. We want them to learn not only reading and math but fairness, caring, self-respect, family commitment, and civic duty.” So, let’s have fun and stop violence! Annalisa Casiello

    Ταξίδι στην Ιταλία from SofiaKakatsi


    My experiences in Italy (by Soldán Szofi HU)

    When we arrived to Italy, I was very excited. Everything was so much greener than my home country, the weather was just perfect for the time of the year, and the flight was just fine. The first day was like an exploring day, we walked around the city, we visited a beautiful little church and ate in a small restaurant.

    The next day was a lot more exciting, we met the other kids from different countries. They all looked very friendly, we were very excited to meet them. We made a performance about our traditional hungarian game, that everybody enjoyed. We were very happy about our big success.

    Later in the afternoon we went to Pisticci with a bus. It was very beautiful, we walked a lot. We became very good friends with two bulgarian boys, we laughed and talked a lot together while we enjoyed the trip. We had dinner at a very nice place.

           The next day we had another dance “show” again. We made a performance about anti-violence, connected with a little hip-hop part. Everyone was very hyped, because we put a little popular dance part to it, that a lot of people know, and they noticed it. We watched the other countries performances, and we enjoyed them a lot. They were all very creative and fun to watch. My personal favourite was the greek one, because it was very well put together and it touched me a little.

          The same day we went to Matera for another trip, but it wasn’t as good as the other one, because it was raining. That’s why we went to a famous library, which has got a lot of old books and valuable things. Personally I didn’t really enjoy that day, because the weather ruined it a little, but it was fun because we we tried to get the most out of it. We played a lot of games with our bulgarian friends, and that was the day I understood the whole meaning of this program. It taught me that kindness and accepting is a lot more better and valuable than violence and bullying, because this way you can feel needed, and make a lot of good memories and friends.

    The next day we visited the other schools in Marconia. It was a very different experience for me, because the italian kids are a lot more opened than the hungarian kids. They were very friendly and happy to see us, and they even wanted to take pictures with us. It was very weird for me, because they behaved like we were some kind of celebrities. They wanted to go out for a pizza with us the same night, whitch we accepted. It was very fun, they were very chatty, even tough they didn’t really speak english. It was very fun to figure it out what they wanted to say, that’s why I think it was a lot of fun.

    On the other days we mostly stayed in the school because of the bad weather, but I enjoyed these days too, because we were able too spend it with our friends. We also made a mural painting together. I am very thankful for this amazing week, it was a very beautiful experience for me, expecially because I could spend it with my friends.    



    MY EXPERIENCE IN ITALY! (by Stavroula Kapsoulou CYPRUS)

    ERASMUS+ project 2017-1-BG01-KA219-036348            
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      Erasmus+ project took place in Marconia, Italy during the first week of October, 2018. The participating countries were Italy, Spain, Greece, Cyprus, Bulgaria and Hungary. The Cypriot teachers participants were Konstantina Peratikou-Ierodiakonou and Stavroulla Kapsoulou. The students participating from Cyprus were Maria Patsalidou, Maria Fouskotou, Despina Kasinou, Yiannos Stavrou and Andreas Ttani.

        On the arriving day (October 1) at the primary school Istituto Comprensivo Quinto Orazio Flacco there was a warm welcoming ceremony by the primary school students and teachers holding flags from all European countries. Also our hostess Mrs. Antonella Russo treated us with a special welcoming cake. Moreover there were welcoming songs and dances by the students of the primary school.

        Furthermore, each participating country presented some traditional dances and exchanged or explained traditional costumes to the plenary. Cypriot students explained that Cypriot costumes have a conservative character, but they are mainly known for the comfort, safety, beauty and grace they offered to those who worn it. They are handmade and the material used is a special type of woollen and woven fabrics. As always, there are some local variations.  The Cypriot costumes that everyone knows nowadays have been worn from the end of the 19th century until the early beginnings of the 20th.

        Our student Maria Fouskotou explained the women’s traditional costume, which is the most widespread female costume the “saya”, which was the outside part of the costume and is long with sleeves. Under “saya” they wear a long blouse and underwear and a belt with a buckle in the waist. Many times the costume was completed with a traditional fitter jacket called “sarka”. For the hair they use two hair scarves. The inside one to hold the hair tide and the outside one as an accessory. For shoes they usually wear boots or heels.

        Maria Fouskotou also explained that the men’s traditional costume has a basic part called the multi-pleated “vraka” which was made from a cotton weaved fabric and it was usually dyed at the local dye-masters in all towns. Alongside with “vraka” they wear a striped cotton shirt for everyday use and a silk one for Sundays or other festivities , a jacket , either with sleeves(called “zimpouni”),or without (called “gileko”),a black wooden girdle with red stripes and boots.

        We later had a meeting of the partners about the project which was held by the coordinator Mrs. Lorita Zaharieva regarding the evaluation, dissemination, coordination and planning activities. Afterward, the students visited classrooms of the school and talked with the students of the local school. Finally, we visited the picturesque Pisticci, which is the municipality of Marconia. It is a town commune in the province of Matera, in the Southern Italian region of Basilicata.  It's the fourth town of the region for citizen and the most populated of the province after Matera.  According to the tour guide it is known for being the production site of Amaro Lucano, one of the most famous Italian liqueurs.

        On the second day (October 2) the participant students performed based on poems, drama, tales and slogans with background music. Cyprus was represented by our student Despina Kasinou who sang a traditional Cypriot song “Triantafilleni mou” and by our students Maria Patsalidou and Maria Fouskotou who presented a Cypriot poem “Μην προσπερνάς” and its English translation “Do not be a passerby” respectively, while our student Yiannos Stavrou was escorting them playing the violin. This poem talks about the refugees of today who become immigrants to get away from war, famine, poverty and it gives a positive meaning to the youth that all these can change by individual assistance to the people in need. Further on there was a setting of the exhibition “RESPECT”, whereby all participating students decorated a noticeboard with their drawings about human rights and peace.

        In the afternoon we visited Matera, the capital of culture 2019, which was a fantastic experience. We also visited a library in Matera “Biblioteca Provinciale T.Stigliani” where students had a tour in the library and had the opportunity to see ancient typewriters and very old newspapers. Τhey also watched the use of an old gramophone where they listened to some classical music.

        On the third day (October 3) an Italian student presented a monologue about bullying. Also some sport games and obstacle courses were held in the gym whereby our students were happy to play sport games with students from other countries so as to make friends from other European countries. Meantime the participating partners worked together on the project topic displaying interviews, questionnaires, observations, and collages of the students.  Moreover, they worked on video making and preparation of presentations about the project visit. We later had a unique experience while visiting the nearby gymnasium Scuola Media Statale “Q.O.FLACCO”.  In this gymnasium our Cypriot students were very happy to share the experiences in Cyprus and talked with the Italian students. Surprisingly, they heard that a Cypriot student was very good at singing so they politely asked her to sing for them. Therefore, our student Despina Kasinou sang a different Cypriot traditional song in every classroom we entered. Even more astonishing was the fact that an Italian student wanted to sing together with Despina so they sang together the song “Hallelujah” by Alan Cohen, which was very moving.  Also the gymnasium organised some educational games promoting team work and friendship as well as non-violence.

        On the fourth day (October 4) there was a UNICEF workshop regarding non-violence among children. In addition we worked together with other partners on the project topic through interviews, questionnaires, observations, collages, video making and preparation of presentations about the project visit.

        On our last day at the primary school (October 5) there was an Amnesty International workshop in the hosting primary school. In this workshop a presentation was presented to us about amnesty and then there were games among students so as to capture the notion of bulling and the feeling of being secluded by their fellow classmates. Also, after the video referring to Malala, one of our Cypriot students Maria Fouskotou explained the fact that they had a Greek lesson about a girl “Vangelitsa” who had social seclusion by her classmates because she was different from them and finally found her way in life through music. Our student also mentioned the interviews they did to some immigrant students coming to Cyprus to avoid the war in Syria and how they want us to treat them as equals and not different and respect their culture. Moreover, there was a presentation by Mrs. Marta (the Spanish partner) presenting to us the program in the coming project in Spain about the peace booklet. Finally there was an evaluation and dissemination of the teaching and learning activities. Some of the students watched an Italian language lesson while our Cypriot students painted a lovely mural painting which is a piece of artwork painted directly on a wall. At noon we left heading to Rome carrying with us the most precious, impressive and memorable memories.

        On the October 6 we had a short tour of Rome visiting the Colosseum, the Vatican, the Fontana di Trevi and the Pantheon. We marveled at the wonderful historical monuments which have survived though time and couldn’t resist trying the delicious Italian ice cream.                  

     by Stavroula Kapsoulo   

    English teacher   

    October 2018      

    30/09/2018 1st day in Marconia
    01/10/2018 in Italy (HU)
    02/10/2018 In Italy (HU)
    03/10/2018 In Italy (HU)
    04/10/2018 In Italy
    05/10/2018 In Italy
    Traditional cypriot song. Day 2 in Marconia
    Cyprus in Pisticci
    01/10/2018 Child Right drawing
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