On September 1, 2019, the Erasmus + KA229 project “Intercultural Awareness through Photography” was launched at the Children’s Palace in Bacau. The students participating in the project are from schools located in Cyprus, Italy, Poland and Romania. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the implementation period has been extended for one year, with the project to be completed in August 2022.
The main objective of this project was to promote the intercultural development of students through photography, but also to develop their photography skills and knowledge of photographic and photo editing techniques so that the final product “pleasant” to the viewer’s eye.
It was also aimed at increasing the educational motivation of students attending the Bacău Children’s Palace seminars, improving the ability to understand cultural diversity and a sense of national identity in the diversity of European culture, and developing their English communication skills and skills. digital skills.
Between 12 and 18 July 2022 a working meeting was organized – in the Netherlands – the meeting place of the conclusion of this project, and the organizer of the learning-teaching-training activity is the Romanian School. The Taliban participated in the last project meeting: Grigoraș Alesia and Ungureanu Elena accompanied by Mrs. Nela Dumea and Diana Păduraru.
Students from the four partner schools were housed in different hotels in Amsterdam, and they would meet every morning to do European team activities, visit different places with influence on the learning activity and get to know each other better. They worked under the guidance of accompanying teachers in Rijsk and Vondelpark in Amsterdam, but also on the train on which they traveled to The Hague on the third day of activity. They made collages from photos taken at the museum, made collaborative documents with the help of different apps and made shared e-books.
The theme of this meeting was “European – How to live in a better Europe”. Students prepared texts about how to build a better Europe, in their opinion. “For a better Europe, we must encourage events that draw attention to the stigmatization of people with disabilities and help change misconceptions about people with disabilities in European society,” says Josefina Adamo, from Cyprus. Greta Ginstra, from Italy, also supports the fact that “I am proud to be a European citizen, because I have the right to freedom of expression and the right to live on the territory of any member state of the European Union.” The students participating in the commute prepared audio and video materials, learned photo editing techniques with the help of Photoshop and Lightroom applications, and watched two webinars prepared by the Romanian team. These webinars were obtained after completing two workshops for Romanian students from this project, the activities supported by the experienced Băcău photographers Nicu Chirobocea and Sandu Floarea Aceștia gave of their time and skills, providing information and practical examples for the curious. our students.
During the Dutch youth, students visited museums such as the Van Gogh Museum, where they were able to learn more about the life of the famous painter, and thus better understand his art. They were amazed by the interaction of NEMO Science and Technology Museum as they discovered more about physics, space, the human body, memory mechanisms, galactic explorations and many other fields through hands-on experiments and interactive psychological tests. The documentary visit to the Photographic Museum Hues of Marseille led to a deep knowledge of the role of the photograph when we are talking about a person’s biography or when we are documenting an event. The Art Museum “Mauritshuis” offered our students a juxtaposition of famous paintings, painted by famous painters of the 17th century, with photographs taken by contemporary painters on the same subject, hundreds of years later. To everyone’s astonishment, the emotion presented by the new contemporary picture was similar to that offered by the well-known famous painting.
The documentary visit to The Hague was an important point in our knowledge of Europe. Here, students from the four partner countries had the opportunity to cross the gates of the Peace Palace, which serves as the seat of the International Court of Justice, the main judicial body of the United Nations. They learned that there are other institutions in The Hague related to international dispute resolution, and the mechanisms through which they operate have been described. The Hague also has the Permanent Court of Arbitration and the Academy of International Law and a special attraction of the place is the Peace Palace Library.
The students also exchanged experiences about local games, as they each learned at least one game from the partner school. The participants will never forget the moments they spent together, during this week friendships formed that will last for years to come.
We can say that Erasmus+ is truly a life-changing and mind-opening program!