The teaching- learning and cultural activities that took place ,from Monday 18th to Friday 22nd March 2019,in Edessa,Greece, within the framework of the Erasmus + KA219 project "Manual skills in 3.o web age" 2016- 1-IT02-KA219-024618_4, at 4o Dimotiko Sholio Edessas ,were successfully completed.
6 pupils and 3 teachers from "Istituto Comprensivo «MARTIN LUTHER KING" Castelcovati -Italy and 2 pupils and 2 teachers from "Szkola Podstawowa im.Antoniego Kucharczyka" Paszkówka - Poland, as well as the Erasmus + group of Greek pupils and teachers participated in the 3rd short-term exchange of pupils and teachers in Edessa-Greece.
The aim of the exchange meeting was, among other things, to communicate and interact with the students and teachers and the local community as well as to get to know our town and the way of life in it.
On Tuesday, March 19th, students and teachers were guided around our school by students of year 6, took part in common experiential activities and games, creating strong bonds between them. Various workshops were also implemented ,involving pupils and teachers of all schools, reinforcing manual skills and thus contributing to mutual approach and communication.As a warm up activity, both students and teachers took part in a body percussion experiential activity where the human body was the original musical instrument. Using the body in this manner gave us a direct experience of musical elements and helped us internalize rhythmic skills.They also participated in the revival of the "Helidonismata" a very old custom related to the welcome of spring.Then, spring carols were sang by students and teachers in the streets around our school.We also made musical instruments from recyclable materials as well as Easter eggs with the technique of Decoupage.
There was also discussion about details and final agreements on the drama performance to be put on during the last short-term exchange of groups of pupils in Italy.
On Wednesday 20th March 2019, we were welcomed in the Centre of Environmental Education (EDC) in Edessa, visited the Open-air Water Museum,the Waterfalls and the Aquarium-Reptile House.The activities implemented there, included training about the environment, workshops and awareness-raising actions, while emphasis was given to experiential learning, the active involvement and taking initiatives.
On Thursday, 21st March, a visit to the Archaeological Museum of Pella was organized ,there our guests had the chance to discover and admire the uniqueness of the archaeological site and the great number of exhibits of the modern museum. Let us also mention the farewell dinner, where parents, students and teachers enjoyed traditional Greek dishes, met our warm hospitality and culture thus creating strong bonds of life-long friendships.
On Friday 22nd March, farewell was difficult. Students thanked the families who hosted them and considered them as their second family.
We warmly thank all the families of the children of our school who have hosted the 8 foreign students in their homes, demonstrating the meaning of Greek hospitality.
Finally, the visit of foreign students and teachers was completed by visiting the White Tower Museum in Thessaloniki where they had the opportunity to experience the history of the city and admire the splendid view from its top.
The taste that has been left to us from this meeting is that our efforts have been successful in terms of both pedagogical and cultural goals.