On June 18-22, Gedminai progymnasium team led by the Deputy Director for education Saulius Rudelis participated in the final meeting of Erasmus+ 2nd main action of general education sector interschool strategic partnership project “Active in NATURE, ENJOYING the NATURE!” in Norway – Engerdal barne-og ungdomsskole school. During the training activities, students attended non-traditional educational activities at school, the Blokkodden wildlife museum and the Gutulia National park. There they tested the project’s app for Android smart devices designed to know about each project country partner’s national park.
Teachers were acquainted with the Norwegian educational system, shared their best practices in organizing formal and non-formal education. They discussed teaching methods, forms for conducting the lessons, educational environments, reviewed completed works and presented final products developed for the project to the local community.
During the training in a multicultural environment members of the team consolidated the skills of cooperation, communication in a foreign language and were acquainted with Norwegian nature and culture.
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On April 18th, environmental education activities took place at the progymnasium. Docent Dr. Rita Nekrosiene and Senior Ecologist of the Seaside Regional Park Erlandas Paplauskis taught the students about “Preservation of the Earth in our hands”, “Ecological Problems in the Regional Park”.
6-8th grade students participating in the Erasmus+ KA2 Interschool Strategic partnership project “Active in Nature, Enjoying the Nature” taught 4th grade pupils on topic “Nature Teaches Us”.
The third national exhibition/mini training of educational institutions “Project Fair 2018. 100 messages to You, Lithuania” was held at Klaipeda Gedminai progymnasium on 2nd March. The aim of this event was to enable to exchange valuable experience of project activities, to present the benefits of projects to the community, to disseminate the contribution of project managers and participants to the improvement of education quality through the funds. The fair was attended by teams of preschool, general education and non-formal education institutions. Altogether they presented more than 80 projects of various levels. The innovation of the fair was a center of Education Exchanges Support Foundation. All interested persons could consult on the preparation, implementation and other relevant issues of the projects that were administrated by this fund. Our institution presented the ongoing “Erasmus+” program’s project „Active in nature, enjoying the nature!“, an eTwinning project “ANEN”
“Project Fair 2018” was a great way to know more not only about different project activities and opportunities, but as well as to get fresh ideas for future activities. We are thankful to active, creative students and teachers of the country, who shared, presented, surprised and proved once again, that Lithuania is being created by a great community of education.
On April 12 the 2nd republican exhibition of projects of educational institutions “Project Fair” was held at Klaipeda Gedminai Progymnasium, where teams of pre-schools, institutions of general education and non-formal education, Lithuanian Maritime Academy, community of Klaipėda University took part in it. There were even 83 projects presented: from a school to an international level. The project teams, the guests – the Education Exchanges Support Foundation, the representatives of the Education Department of the Klaipėda City Municipality Administration, the representatives of the Klaipėda City Educational and Cultural Center – and the visitors of the fair shared their best experience working on projects, presented their created projects, gained some interesting ideas and found partners for the new projects. Participants and visitors of the “Project fair” were able not only to get acquainted with the presented projects, but also to vote for the most favoured one.
According to the decision of the participants of the event, our Erasmus+ project “ACTIVE in NATURE, ENJOYING THE NATURE!” earned the nomination “For Environmental Education”
Participants and visitors of the event participated in creative workshops, lectures and seminars: they got acquainted with Europass documents, opportunities that are provided by Erasmus+, eTwinning, Nordplus programmes, also with steps of project preparation and implementation, IT tools for projects, the MozaBook program for interactive teaching and learning, learned to study creatively in with iPads in an iClass. Students improvised at the forum theater, met the enthusiast of the flying drones, tested woodworking machines, a virtualized (vCloudPoint) computer classroom, a 3D constructor and iMO-LEARN smart cubes.
On a homelike evening, 7th December, there was held a community evening “Seven miles of bridges” in our school. Participants of Erasmus+ Programme’s Strategic Partnersips Project „ACTIVE in NATURE, ENJOYING the NATURE!“,their parents and teachers did a great job answering questions about the culture and customs of partners countries. All the participants of the event checked their knowledge, found out some new things and definitely enjoyed the game. Everybody was awarded with sweet prizes and good mood.
On 23 November teachers Saul Rudelis, Gediminas Jonauskas Kristina Rudelienė, Asta Jankauskienė conducted a seminar “Team work – project’s success”. The teachers shared the project work experience: they presented the projects and successful stories of teamwork to their coleagues from other schools of the city. They aslo presented the tools for the project execution and for assessment of the impact. Our project “ACTIVE IN NATURE – ENJOYING THE NATURE!” – ANEN was also presented in this seminar.
The first learning, teaching, training activity with both teachers and students in this project was in Alicante from 1 – 7 May 2016. The Spanish team had planned an exciting week with lots of water activities, and the Norwegian team consistet in seven students and two teachers. They where really eager to participate in all the week program. The trip started with a warm welcome from our Spanish team. It continued with ICT-workshops and English lessons before we went outside and enjoyed both different outdoor activities and the sunny enviroment. The second day was packed with fysical activities and we tried different things like stand up paddle, kayak and volleyball. For the Norwegian team it was fantastic to spend a whole day on the beach. Then we went to Tabarca Island for two days, and our team spent the night outdoors. We got to try snorkeling, and again, enjoyed the beach. On Tabarca we got a historical sightseeing wich was very interesting, and we also had an art workshop where we painted on stones. The last day in Alicante we evalueted the trip, picked out a winner from the painted stones and said our goodbyes. What a fantastic week!
On September 26 th – 30 th , the team of Erasmus+ K2 for the 2 General Education Session of interschool strategic partnership project “Active in nature, enjoying the nature!” visited the French St. Gervais town’s school – Collåge des Ecrivains Combattants. During the teaching/learning activities, students took part in geography, chemistry, English, PE and nature lessons. Other activities took place in the wild. The participants were climbing „Clocher de Neyran“, biking 14 kilometres into the campsite where they styed over the night. A real test – kayaking in the mountain river was waiting after the campfire. Everyone wearing special suits and helmets was very eager to start kayaking as soon as possible, but it was not as easy as it seemed to be – everybody stuck among the stones at least once. Despite the difficulties, everyone enjoyed this activity very much. The trip to Montpellier also left a great impression. A challenge to try out sailboats, catamaran and windsurfing was waiting in the Lion Bay. On the last day, the pupils played games and then all the project participants and lots of local government and community representatives attended the school ceremony, during which the school was given the name of writer-fighters for freedom. Interesting activities ended with a general party for all the project participants and pupils’ parents.
The teachers were acquainted with the French education system, shared their best experiences in organising formal and non-formal education. They discussed the teaching methods, the forms on conducting the lessons, educational environments, reviewed done tasks, the issues of preparation of the final product and planned further project activities. The team members established collaborative, communication skills in a foreign language, familiarized French nature and culture in a multicultural environment throughout the week.