A new European experience for the opening of the school through Erasmus+ projects. Knowing a different lifestyle, meeting new people, developing communication skills in English, „enhancing” life skills in a new social environment, such as circulating by means of public transport, co-operation in groups, to have team spirit, to respect social rules, to express controlled emotions, to make decisions, to find solutions to concrete situations and self-management of resources are the objectives of the project meeting that had May 6-11 in Norway, Oslo.
Beginning in 2018 The Erasmus + Project „Fake News in a Fake News Age: Cultivating Media Literacy in the Educational Community” is at third mobility, in Norway. Dan Briana, Mocanu Bianca and Lovin Andreea accompanied by teaachers Blănaru Dorina and Dobre Viorica participated at this mobility.
Oslo has met us with cold weather and a mild snow, a quiet city where public transport (especially T-bans) bicycles and trotters are often used, with few cars and lots of greenery, and our hosts – Norlights International School – made us feel welcome and surrounded by welcoming heat. Located in an architectural heritage building, the school benefits from bright classrooms, spaces for all teaching activities, a teaching staff involved, and students willing to interact with guests coming from different corners of Europe.
Mobility was carried out respecting the Norwegian education system – pupils have to go outdoors outdoors daily and take excursions once a week.The indoor activities blend harmoniously with the outdoors: visiting the school, staying at the stadium, visiting the museums (Ski Museum and the Viking Ship Museum), Oslo City Hall, workshops at the school or in the newspaper „Aftenposten Junior” about the importance of combating fake news, meeting with a city hall official, visiting Oslo, Main Island, walking around the lake and ferry, preparing lunch at the picnic. All activities had one common goal – socializing, creating and developing social relationships beyond the phone screen, engaging students in managing their own emotions, self-learning.
„For me, participating in this mobility meant friends. We have discovered wonderful children – Aysegul and Sayantan (Norway), Kornelija (Lithuania), Gabriel and Bruna (Portugal) who are eagers to know more about Romania and who, like us, have uncertainties,” said Andreea. „My expericence in Norway was exceptional. I was hosted, together with Aleksandra, a girl from Greece, in a family already having three girls. I met a part of the family atmosphere, one as warm as the one in Romania, which made me feel at home ” Bianca said. „Through this project, at an early age, I had the opportunity to visit a new country with a culture different from ours. The meeting with Radhus (town hall), the Norwegian Royal House, the Fragner Park, and the Opera House taught me to better understand the cultural diversity. I was impressed by the calm of the inhabitants and their benevolence. I think I will also participate in other mobility, „Briana said.
Like any project activity, this ended with the handing out of the certificates of participation, the exchange of impressions and the promise of the reunion.
The next mobility will take place in Portugal at the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year, so that in March 2020 Romania will host.