COMENIUS : a Lifelong Learning Programme
Building Bridges using the Five Senses
Our school has been approved and awarded funds to carry out this two-year project together with our partner schools from Italy and France.
The Project ‘Building Bridges Using the Five Senses’ gives students the opportunity that will not only allow them to rediscover the Cultural Heritage of their own country but also the traditions of other countries involved in this project.
Primarily, the students shall take part in various activities to become familiar and understand the meaning of being a European Citizen. Secondly, through the use of the five senses: sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste they shall learn to appreciate their Cultural Heritage, and see the way the other European friends view their own country. This will be made possible since they will have the opportunity to visit well-known landmarks in their own country, which might or might not be familiar to them. Through this formal, non-formal and informal learning, students will hopefully see their own country with a new outlook. Students could preserve these memories by putting the photos in an album.
Students will learn to prepare traditional dishes, both local and foreign, recipes that they might have either tasted or read about. From this experience and knowledge, students can also compile a recipe book.
Students will also have the chance to enjoy the environment, observe and smell endemic species typical of the country. Through conversations students from different countries will teach one another the important words making communication practical. These words or phrases would be compiled in a book entitled ‘My First Words Book’.
Finally, through drama, the students shall put up performances dealing with messages such as “Being Different is Nice”, “Saying No to Racism” and “United as European Citizens”.
Thanks to the project blog we envisage to share the above and encourage communication in English, the language of the project. Students and parents alike are encouraged to visit it to follow what is going on and most importantly to be active participants by leaving their comments. The blog’s address is http://buildingbridges-comenius2012-2014.blogspot.com/
Apart from the various activities held in and out of school, a small number of students will be involved in workshops abroad. One must understand that the effort and input that one gives to this project figure amongst the important criteria during the selection process.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.
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Comenius Meeting – San Andrea School – Update January 2014
During the first term of this scholastic year, San Andrea School welcomed a group of 43 teachers and students from France, Italy, Bulgaria and Poland. After the lifelong learning experiencefrom the previous visits to Challans in France, Pisa in Italy and Nikopol in Bulgaria, it was the turn of San Andrea teachers and students to welcome their partners here in Malta.
The main aim of the project ‘Building Bridges Using the Five Senses’ attempts to teach the younger generation, who very oftentake lifefor granted,to appreciatetheir life’s blessings.
Some of the students have never had the opportunity to travel,the countries involved in this project are a mere name they might happen to have seen written in books or heard of through the media, some are familiar with them through the geography lesson. Hence such a project opens new horizons for such students. Lifelong learning programmes such as Comenius, give the opportunity to everyone involved to understand what it means to be a proud citizen of ones’ country. Comenius helps all participants to realise that all countries and their people are different but it is this diversity that makes each country more unique and beautiful and yet similar in some aspects.
During the three day visit in Malta, San Andrea teachers and students did their utmost to share and enjoythe Maltese cultural heritage with their guests. Visits to Valletta and Mdina, gave the chance to both locals and foreigners to appreciate the historic and architectural heritage of the island. St. John’s Co-Cathedral proved to be one such unique experience especially with regards to Maltese artistic heritage. At the Malta 5D audio-visual experience situated in Valletta students and teachers alike travelled through time, experiencing 7,000 years of Maltese history in 25 minutes. The day trip to Gozo was a memorable one. A visit to the Ggantija Temples, a Unesco Heritage, was a must once in Gozo, whilst the visit to ta’ Kola Windmill provided some information about theethnographic heritage of the Maltese people. One cannot visit Gozo without tasting the Gozitancheeselet and the mouth-watering ‘ravioli’. The students savoured every moment of this lunch while enjoying the silent and pleasant atmosphere of the Medieval sister town of Mdina, theCitadelle.
The day in Gozo came to an end with breath-taking views of uniquegeological heritage sites: the Azure Window and the Fungus Rock in Dwejra.
On the final day, all students worked together in a culinary activity. They demonstrated how to prepare dishes typical of their region. Then they organized a get-together where they had the time to taste each other’s food and discuss the recipes of the respective countries.One had the pleasure to show our guests howsome of the local dishes and snacksare made such as ‘Stuffed Marrows’ and ‘Pastizzi’ amongst other delicacies.
All teachers and students have worked hard in the preparation of this visit. Our guest described their visit to our country on the project blog (http://buildingbridges-comenius2012-2014.blogspot.com/), as ‘A trip of a lifetime‘.This is undoubtedly satisfactory and rewarding. Comenius isa myriad of opportunities, many memories to be cherished, new friendships and a unique learning experience.
Marie Louise Kara – Project Coordinator