The Third Transnational Learning Activity focused on “Democracy, Environment and Art(s)”. The Work Programme, prepared by the host school, can be seen here:
Prior to the five-day Mobility, the participants prepared the material to be presented and shared it with the rest of their partners during the Activity. This preparation, in each school, involved research work, roundtable discussions and field trips. During the main activity the participants worked on how to build Democracy and Sustainability through different forms of Arts. Within this context the participants used their creativity and ICT presentation tools to share their work. After the presentations there was a short discussion between students and teachers so that they would find similarities and differences, in addition to identifying the positive elements and weaknesses in each country. For the Official Opening Ceremony of Erasmus+ Transnational Learning Activities in Mafra, the host school had prepared a theatrical performance of relevant national democratic personalities and actions that contributed to the establishment of democratic principles and values in the host country.
During the different field trips and visits, the participants listened to informative talks and participated in workshops, both in and out of school, thus having a hands-on experience of the way democratic values through Art(s) co-exist with the protection of Environment and Sustainability. The participants worked in groups of mixed nationalities, gathered and combined their experiences during the field trip activities and visits, recorded the results and created digital material that was presented by each group in a plenary session at the end of the last morning of the week. The specific digital material, in the form of videos, Power Point presentations, Prezi presentations, digital notice boards (Padlet) depicted their ideas, their thoughts, their knowledge and their feelings from this Transnational Learning Activity and was uploaded on the Project Blog and TwinSpace. The documentation of the activities was also uploaded. A Teacher Conference to discuss the work process and the results of the Transnational Learning Activity also took place, while both the participant students and the accompanying teachers were involved in an online Evaluation of the Learning Activity.
- twenty-one students from the host country Portugal (Alexandra Leite, Carolina Vítor, Catarina Ribeiro, Dinis Paço, Inês Capelas, Inês Ferreira, Jéssica Carrasqueira, João Inácio, Márcia Mouta, Marco Acúrcio, Margarida Santos, Maria Rodrigues, Mariana Reis, Marta Afonso, Marta Cabeça, Marta Fernandes, Marta Pinto, Marta Santos, Matilde Silva, Rafael Oliveira, Raquel Lopes) and six teachers (Ana Maria Marques Dias, Alexandra Bento, Guilhermina Galego, Jorge Rocha and Maria Jorge Rodrigues)
- seven students from Estonia (Eliisa Helene Mäeväli, Jaagup Martin Paenurm, Jan Philip Kivimaa, Juuli-Johanna Aaman, Maribel Uusmaa, Rosiine Kask, Ulna Semiletov) and two accompanying teachers (Kertu Priilinn and Piret Kukk)
- seven students from Finland (Axel Ålgars, Ebba Nord, Karolina Ågren, Maya Kronqvist, Nellie Höglund, Robin Uthardt, Saga Djupsjöbacka) and two accompanying teachers (Ulla-Maija Holmfors-Andtbacka and Ulrika Nabb)
- seven students from Greece (Aikaterini-Christina Patopoulou, Anna Tzirou, Antonios Vasileiadis, Eftychia Panidou, Ioannis Psarras, Olympia Papaefthymiou, Vaia Della) and two accompanying teachers (Efstathia Liakopoulou and Aikaterini Totska)
The students of the Professional Course of Tourism prepared a School Tour which gave the guest participants the opportunity to break the ice as they got acquainted to the school and in touch with the students, teachers and non-teaching staff.
The field trips and visits were carefully selected so that they would serve the purpose and content of the project and would be related to the activities that the host school commonly organizes in order to introduce and present Portuguese history, culture and local gastronomy and traditions.
The guest students and teachers also attended a Portuguese language lesson, which contributed to the improvement of the participants’ intercultural communication and understanding. This knowledge along with the extensive use of the English language was invaluable for all participants during their visits and field trips.
During the workshop “Turn trash from the sea into Art”, where the activity promoters pointed out the importance and the need to protect the Environment and the Seas, all participants created different objects from the trash collected on the beach so as to promote environmental awareness at the host school.
The participant students worked in groups of mixed nationalities in school classrooms and the School Library and, through this collaboration, they exchanged ideas and knowledge on how art activities and organizations foster Democracy and Sustainability.
A group photo at GAP – the Public Art Gallery in Quinta do Mocho, Lisbon
Further information, specially the Booklet about this Transnational Experience, can be found in our Home Page and in our Blog.
Mobility Booklet_11-2019 _Portugal.pdf