Our Activities in Athens
Before the meeting, the Greek students started preparing to welcome their hosts. This is what they painted on the entrance walls to make them more beautiful:
On Monday, 6/5/2019 the hosting students gave all guest participants their name tags and their T-shirts with the project logo in the front and the word SUSTAINABILITY printed in all 6 languages in the back. Then they briefly presented the Greek culture https://drive.google.com/open?id=1iOVwWei6VcuGLRoQ-UCNCpUKS1-Zq-s37OUiLfRtRr8
the history of their town, Nea Philadelphia (which was established by refugees from Asia Minor and named after their town in Turkey) https://drive.google.com/open?id=1IniNkaVie-ZpvAdYyyqOrEPzBklyQ25xN9flaVBdQII
and the history of their school (and its previous cooperation with most of the other schools in this partnership) https://drive.google.com/open?id=1TST4L6VG9eVIu4DxCi6HNkphMMQlXOHybkE_JHNebyU
Then, we walked to the Local Museum of Migration focusing on the history of the first inhabitants of the town who were refugees from Asia Minor. We saw how different minorities coexisted peacefully in the Ottoman Empire and realised how much modern Greek and Turkish culture share and why.
In the afternoon, we were taken to the Museum of Ancient Greek Technology and Music where we were shown the most important ancient inventions and helped to understand how they worked and how they have contributed to modern technology. We also played music with replicas of the ancient instruments and some ancient mind games that were very challenging. https://drive.google.com/open?id=1FtP-b_MV6nUKp8u63DCoR77kbkZDGdlQ
Later we walked through the National Park known as the Botanic Garden to the Ancient Greek Stadium Kallimarmaro https://drive.google.com/open?id=1RKW9MSJCcdnWVEcEBQybtNZhxkpdWvVz
and were then taken to the southern suburb Alimos where we had dinner by the sea https://drive.google.com/open?id=1pwRLXhdKW–HPH1FguYhLVhyPG8I8eva
On Tuesday, May 7, we had our first language course in Modern Greek peer taught by the Greek students Chris, Orestis, Konstantina, George and Kostas.https://drive.google.com/open?id=1oswxPeCrYa3gYIt_db1M3hHnbtrpWtws
In the afternoon we were taken to the New Acropolis Museum where we made groups and were guided by the Greek students who gave us this worksheet to fill-in while viewing the most important displays and masterpieces there https://drive.google.com/open?id=1J__XPUbLgBZTJnck3rK9iBkOAUnyX6g-
Then we climbed on the Acropolis and visited the ruins of the Parthenon, the Agora and the other main sights of ancient Athens
Then we were free to roam in the historical centre and try the local cuisine.
On Wednesday, May 8, the Italian students Alice, Rosanna, Simona and Carmen taught us Italian, which was an unforgettable experience:
In the afternoon we returned to school to work on our common products. The Italian team from the Artistic school and the Greek students Alexandra and Nikolas who are fond of painting led an international team to cooperate in creating our artworks on Migration and the Glossary
There was a parallel workshop on Migration during which we shared our presentations and created our common presentation on our Migration Paths across our six countries
On Thursday, May 9, we had the most exciting language course in Spanish by Aurelio, Jose, Antonio and Sabin
We all enjoyed singing and dancing together
After the lunch break we made our final presentations on Migration and then held two parallel meetings for students and teachers in order to evaluate this meeting
In the evening, the hosts held a musical party at school where we played songs from our countries, sang and danced
As a follow-up we are organising musical performances at each school in order to play and sing our partners’ songs.
On Friday, May 10, we had a German course taught by Carla, Tobias and Volkan https://drive.google.com/open?id=1txtynWSwtzEKUa-jqedTJ3R82feV-ac_
and then had to say goodbye, which was very hard
For a summary of this meeting’s highlights, click here to watch the video created by the Italian team