ERASMUS PLUS PROJECT MEETING in WARENDORF

Three and half months passed away until 7 partners met after Portugal in Germany again. German partners received guests in their Marien gymnasium. The students have been distributed to German families and had possibility to participate in the first lessons during the Erasmus plus week. Teachers and students from 7 European countries aimed to introduce the history  of migration in the 19th-20th  century in their countries and to debate about refugees’ and migrants’ reflections in the receiving European countries. French, Swedish and Hungarian teachers have moderated those interesting discussions. After 2 hours lasting workshops the moderating teachers Franck(France), Silvia(Hungary), Ragnar and Ann-Britt (Sweden) evaluated the work as very successful and useful for students. That was an interesting experience to listen to students’ attitude regarding migrants’ and refugees’ experiences in refuge countries.

According to the references of pupils they liked the workshops very much and would like to do it more often during the project meetings.

Another part of the program in Warendorf was devoted the museums and exhibitions which tell the story of emigration to the USA (19th-20th  century)(Hamburg) and migration in the German territory  in the Preusian museum in Warendorf. Migration has been a huge part of human beings’ life. The project participants could follow the preparation to journey to America, read emigrants’ descriptions of the long trip to the USA. Touching letters and records of emigrants couldn’t leave indifferent. Nowadays migration doesn’t differ from earlier journeys to a better life. The Emigration museum in Hamburg handed out special questions ref. the exposition and that was a good point to catch students’ attention to particular topics in the museum.

Erasmus plus project participants walked with the retired English teacher Suzan through streets of Warendorf and made acquinted with the history and present of the town. The meeting in the town hall with the mayor of Warendorf was a solemn event as well. The international project cought the attention of authorities and press. The habitants of Warendorf could read about the meeting of partners in Marien gymnasium in the next morning in the news papers. German coordinator Benedikta D’alo guided the guests in Muenster and showed the nicest parts of this as bicycle paradise considered town.

Every event comes to the end and this time all participants celebrated closing party at the Barbarossa café with concert of Syrians (father and son) and dancing. Being grateful to German  teachers Benedikta, Sabine and Inka, german families who made delicious food for the party Erasmus plus project participants are looking forward to the next meeting in Stromstad(Sweden).

Lithuanian project coordinator Meilute Balbieriute