28th of March and the 3rd of April 2011
Between the 28th of March and the 3rd of April 2011, representatives of the European Comenius Project Life is a scene, let's create our play! attended the second meeting of the project, held in Cordoba, Spain. Our hosts were Cesar Morales Perez and other staff of the Bilingual College "Louis de Gongora."
The first day we visited Mesquite-Cathedral-Mosque of Cordoba which is a combination of a mosque and a cathedral dating from the 8th century. This impressive building stands witness to religious changes that met the city of Cordoba over the centuries. Today, the Mezquita is better known as the "Assumption Cathedral of Cordoba", the title of "mosque" is no longer commonly used.
Little Cordoba historic city center can be visited easily on foot. Entry in the historic center is usually the Calahorra Tower, a fourteenth-century fortress built to protect Roman bridge. Here, students and teachers have learned interesting things about the culture and traditions.
Parents and teachers have prepared our Spanish first evening dinner with traditional dishes.
The next day we visited the Arab baths, we have witnessed a sustained geography lesson in English and a French lesson.
On Wednesday, the third day of the project meeting, we visited the city of Granada, famous for the city of Alhambra. Alhambra is one of the most important monuments of Islamic architecture.. Alhambra comes from Al Hamra, "red" in Arabic, because it is color of the rock on which the palace is. Alhambra is a series of buildings in a fortress dominating the plain and the city of Granada, located in front of a neighborhood and picturesque Albaicin. From there you see the snowy peaks of Sierra Nevada.
On the fifth day of the meeting we visited the Archaeological Museum. On Friday, we took part in a thematic visit in Seville. Many of those visiting for the first time Seville are fascinated by the city you find step by step, huge open air museum, with a long history - more than three millennia - often eventful drama, but more interesting today.
During the visit of the Spanish project teachers and students were involved in various activities on the environment. Students along with teachers, prepared a play in which they talked about the problems facing the environment and their solutions. Students also have written and performed a questionnaire in which they talked about recycling, alternative energy use in the traditional exchange, biodiversity, air pollution and transport. Students made power point presentations that highlighted the main issues facing our cities. Activities and information received during this visit had been educational and very helpful for teachers and students. Students are generally interested in participating in activities that lead them to focus, to stimulate, to be creative and give them the opportunity to highlight the knowledge base.
During the visit, students were hosted by Spanish students’ families, which gave them the opportunity to practice and improve their language skills. This experience put them in direct contact with people with a different culture and civilization. Students improved their knowledge of intercultural education and communication skills which will assist them in personal and professional development.
The visit in Cordoba meant an opportunity to enjoy cultural and spiritual richness of the city that marked the history of Spain throughout the ages. At this meeting students and teachers have established good cooperation and friendship.
At the end of this visit students and teachers have acquired a different vision for the promotion of European education, broadening their horizons and improving their ability to communicate in a foreign language. You can be a modern and effective teacher without a European opening. This project would not have existed without the interest and financial support of the European Commission under the Comenius Programme, the Programme for Lifelong Learning. We believe that these experiences are role models for those who wish to complete applications to obtain funding from the European Union also educational collaboration projects with various educational institutions in Europe.