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                         2010Comenius Meeting in Latvia 21-26 November 2010


Comenius Meeting in Latvia 21-26 November 2010: Summary and Pictures. The 1st Comenius
Meeting in the 1st Project Year was in Latvia, at our partner school in Rudbarzi. It lasted from
21 November to 25 November 2010. All partner schools were participating in the Meeting. There
were 27 teachers visiting Rudbarzi at the meeting.
On Saturday 20 November Bulgarian partners arrived, and on Sunday 21 November, all
participants arrived in Riga and checked in at the “Old City Boutique Hotel” in Riga. We had the
opportunity to get to know the Capital of Latvia, walking around the City Center.
On Monday 22 November, we had breakfast at the hotel and travelled to Rudbarzi by bus which
was arranged by our host school. On the way we visited Oskars Kalpaks Monument. We learned
that he was the first commander of Latvian Armed Forces.
Lithuanian partners arrived to Rudbarzi. After checking in at the hotel “Kalnamuiza” at Rudbarzi,
we went to “Oskara Kalpaka Rudbarzi” primary school. They gave us a warm welcome. We had
lunch at the school canteen. The pupils prepared the performance with acting, singing and
dancing at the reception. There was a surprise for each partner; the Latvian pupils and teachers
had prepared a song from each partners’ country and performed them. That was really great.
Thank you very much.
In the afternoon we started the Comenius Project Meeting. This Meeting had an agenda of
important matters to discuss in order to get a good start and planning of the 1st Project Year.
All partner schools had participants in the Meeting. The Turkish coordinator was leading this
Meeting. The visit programme was presented by Dzintars Straus. Then all partners introduced
themselves and presented their schools presentations: number of students and teachers, age of
pupils, school subjects, timetable of classes, which foreign languages are studied, activities, the
surroundings of the schools. Gifts were exchanged. First ideas about the reasons of xenophobia
and the ways to overcome it were shared.
In the afternoon there was a dinner (assortment of Latvian homemade food) at the school hall.
Latvian teachers and parents organised that wonderful evening for us. Thank you very much for
this organisation and delicious food . Teachers from the host country performed traditional
dances. Also we had a homework for this dinner: presentation of one song and one game from
each country, involving in activities all partners. We demonstrated our traditional songs and
dances. That was a great experience and we got the opportunity to get better acquainted.
The morning started with project meeting on Tuesday 23 November. The main objective was to
review the appliance form of our project.

Meeting Topics and notes

Review of the work done until the moment by each participant.
Dissemination of the working programme of the first year.
Organising cooperation between participating schools.
General agreements about the proposed activities, objectives, methodology of the project.
Presentation of ideas given by the teachers.
Agreements on pupils’ involvement.
Presentation of the strategies of integration of the project into learning and other ongoing
activities in every school.
The Project Website.
The Project Logo.
The coordinator disseminated the working programme, and asked for partners’ suggestions about
the programme. Italian partners proposed to determine the dates and places for the meetings in
this course:
First meeting in Latvia: 21-25 November 2010
Second meeting in Italy: 13-18 February 2011
Third meeting in Lithuania: 26-30 April 2011
Fourth meeting in Bulgaria: 30 May- 03 June 2011
Fifth meeting in Poland: 03- 07 October 2011
Sixth meeting in Romania: 18-22 February 2012
Seventh meeting in Slovakia: 15-19 April 2012
The final meeting in Turkey: 20-24 May 2012
The coordinator said that she was going to prepare the work programme changing the dates and
send it to each partner by email. Each partner school has constituted a Project team, and
introduced themselves by email. Each partner school has started to organise exhibitions and
displays about the project for parents and members of the local communities. The partners
decided to establish email contacts between pupils to improvetheir motivation for learning
through direct contact with other cultures , picking up the languages of each other ,and for
building relationships with students in other countries. The importance of questionnaires was
mentioned. With the help of these surveys, students can communicate what their expectations
and interests are concerning the discovery of different European realities.
It was decided to hold the guest students in families of students’ of the host school.
As the project reflects the mission of our schools, it will be integrated into curriculum through
different classes (literature, history, religion, social studies, foreign languages etc).
The Project Website is going to be created by Peyo Yavorov Secondary School. It was decided
to load the documents of each school to the website. Also the website of each school should be
informed about any activity, meeting, teacher exchange etc.
The logo for our Project was selected. The pupils made drawings related to our topic
“Overcoming xenophobia”. Each country brought their selected drawings. At the meeting we
voted for the partners’ schools drawings. Latvian partner’s drawing was selected as the Project
logo.

In the afternoon there were guided tours in Skrunda town and Kuldiga town. We met Skrunda
local government council and attended the reception. In the evening all participants had dinner
together at Pagrabins Restaurant in Kuldiga. It was very nice and everyone enjoyed themselves.
On Wednesday 24 November, we followed our hosts to their lessons. Each participant attended
lessons according to their wishes, so we experienced a typical school day in Latvia. We asked
questions to Latvian teachers about their education system.
There was a guided tour of Rudbarzi village. Later there was a trip to Liepaja Town. We were
informed about Liapaja by our guide, and explored the natural and cultural heritage of Liepaja.
We visited Liepaja Secondary Art School. We had our lunch at Barons Bumbiers Restaurant.
In the evening, there was dinner and Latvian folk dance party at the Skrunda’s Community
Centre. Nearly sixty person from different countries, cultures held each other’s hand and
danced together. That was really an amazing party. The guests were also interviewed by the local
tv channel.
The final day of the Comenius Meeting was Thursday 25 November. We had the final meeting:
Discussion about the content of the following meetings.
Distribution of tasks of the first year.
Suggestions; in the First Meeting Feed Back Form, introducing a traditional recipe was
suggested, so we decided to organize International Gourmet Lunch in Italy.
Deadlines of the tasks:
Website is going to be created by Peyo Yavorov Secondary School till 20th of December.
Exchange of pupils’ emails till 10th of December.
Preparing a questionnaire for students of their awareness of other countries, the reasons of
xenophobia, their suggestions for defeating xenophobia by Oskara Kalpaga Rudbarzi and Gazi
Primary schools till 10th of December, and it is going to be applied in January at each school. The
results are going to be analysed in Italy to determine the subtitles of “Peace Book”.
After the meeting, we visited Milk Museum and then it was time to leave Rudbarzi Town, and
return to Riga. There was a guided tour in Riga.
We had our dinner at LIDO Recreation Centre and checked in our hotel.
On Friday 26 November, we returned to our countries with wonderful memories.

                                                             Thank you very much Latvian Friends

								
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