Fourth meeting

The fourth project meeting with all partners took place in Erpeldange, Luxembourg from 15th till 19th of October 2013.

 

On the occasion of the fourth meeting in the running project teachers and students met in Erpeldange, Luxemburg from the 15th till 18th of October. The staff of “Schoulzentrum Erpeldange” welcomed their guests from all over Europe with a delicious dinner.

 

On the next morning the Comenius-partners started working straight away. At first the teachers visited the newly built rooms of the primary school and the kindergarten, while the exchange students attended the lessons together with their hosts. It was a pleasure for the youngest kids in the school-centre to welcome the guests in their house. They made plum-jam, muffins, sang, danced and crafted, so that the teachers finally had problems in carrying all their presents.

 

Later that morning the teachers were welcomed by the municipal administration in the castle of Erpeldange. Major André Bauler highlighted the importance of the project as it means a enrichment for all the partners, opening the doors towards Europe and allowing a gasp into different cultures and pedagogical traditions. School-inspector Gérard Roettgers described the huge variety of cultures in Luxembourg and the resulting challenges in school. Everyone agreed on how important the Comenius-work is to get to know other cultures and to develop tolerance amongst students. “Our students are the future of Europe”, contributed Günter Peifer, the leader of the project. He thanked the municipal administration and the school-inspector for their great support. Especially the attendance of the former major Francis Dahm made him really happy because Mr. Dahm is also a great supporter of the Comenius-project and also attended several meetings in Europe.

 

After having lunch the school’s canteen, the teachers started to work in the workshop, focusing on traditional clothing, dancing and singing. Furthermore tasks have been set and the format of the cultural atlas has been agreed on.

 

Afterwards everyone went to the hall, where the students presented their School Charta in a very illustrative way. In the evening everyone could enjoy typical Luxembourgian specialties in a restaurant nearby.

 

On the next morning the teachers continued working in the workshop. Then the Luxembourgian students proofed their abilities. On the schoolyard they carved “Traulichte” out of turnips, a tradition similar to the pumpkins on Halloween. A further class offered “Kochkäse” (special kind of spread cheese) on baguette and Luxembourgian mustard. Others recited poems in French and showed how you could use the internet in lessons in a sensible way.

 

While the students spent some time in their host families, the teachers went to Vianden to visit the pumped-storage-power-plant. The proportions of the reservoir and the immense power of the pumps impressed everyone.

 

In the evening a great show awaited all the teachers and students. The Luxembourgian hosts invited everyone to an international evening in the gymnasium. All partners contributed an act to the program: Turkish Hennanight, Czech dances and songs, precious Greek and Romanian traditional clothing or German majorette – the performances were as multifaceted as the Comenius partners are.

 

The Luxembourgian students also presented a huge variety of acts that made everyone in the audience clap. During the break the parents of the school offered a huge international buffet and several refreshments. The final performance has been a dancing show by a Portuguese folk-dance-group- There is a large number of immigrants from Portugal in Luxemburg. Everyone has been impressed by this great and well organized evening.

 

On the last day of the meeting teachers and students went to Luxembourg’s capital. Guided tours in several languages had been organized and the guides could tell lots of interesting details, for example on the church “Notre Dame” or the casemates.

 

While the students went back to Erpeldange to their host-families, the teachers went to Schengen in the border triangle of Luxembourg, France and Germany, which is an important place for Europe. In the “Maison de l’Europe” you could witness the history of Europe and of the Schengen Agreement. On the sculpture “E Schlass fir Schengen” now is hanging an engraved padlock, reminding of the visit of the Comenius-partners. Closely related to the Schengen idea of an open Europe, the keys have traditionally been thrown into the river Mosel.

 

The day as well as the project meeting had a wonderful end in the vineyards of Schengen. After winegrower Henri Ruppert showed his guest round he offered some of his wines for a tasting. After that he invited the teachers to have dinner in his imposing estate. From the terrace you have a great view on Germany, France and Luxembourg at the same time. Impressed by this scenery the teachers bided farewell to each other and to Luxembourg. But not for a long time….the next meeting in Greece will already take place in December.

 

 

 

Thank you to our friends in Luxembourg for organizing such a wonderful meeting! Villmools merci!

 

 

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