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  • Dissemination - Latvia

    From the 22nd to 28th of January 2018, Sports High School in Targu-Jiu, as a partner in the strategic partnership, Erasmus +, entitled "Treasure in Language", participated in the fourth meeting dedicated to learning activities held in the city of Riga in Latvia. Our School representatives at this meeting were: students: Denise Alice Popescu and Daniela Cristina Brîncoveanu and teachers: Petroniu Maria Claudia (Deputy Director) and Mirela Maria Tamisi. The basic criteria for selection of students were previous activities in the project and readiness and motivation they showed in their tasks. 
    For a week, the host school offered participants a working agenda rich in learning and training activities. 
    This learning activity had the following objectives: discovery of cultural elements in Latvia (Riga), interaction of students and teachers by participating in joint activities (workshops, discussions on various topics, exploring places in Riga and Sigulda) so all partners to get a better understanding of the culture and history of the Latvian people; sharing experiences, challenges and knowledge on how effective approach to planned activities. 
    On the first day our hosts showed us the school. We were welcomed by the teachers and students of this institution and the headmastress welcomed us and introduced us to the history of the school.WeI were shown some artistic moments presented by the students of primary school and a group of high school students; then visited the classrooms, observing how they teach in this school. All visitors were integrated within classes. This was a very good way for many students to understand how to learn in other European countries. We also participation to various workshops (presentation of each group by creating a poster that was displayed on one of the halls, sports activities, making bracelets with traditional motifs in Latvia). In the afternoon we visited the Chocolate Factory where we had the opportunity to prepare our own chocolates. At the end of the day we went to the Palace of Culture in Riga, a special building in terms of architecture, where we saw a professional dance group dancing (Bitite). Before departure, a few members of this group taught us some of their dances. The next day, we visited Old Town Riga (Vecriga) with a guide who explained the history of places and their significance. Then we visited the Motor and Wars Museum. On the third day our learning activities took place near the town of Riga, Sigulda. We were involved in discovering the beautiful area in which many traditions, arts and crafts still exist. The place is also known for winter sports. Here we visited a medieval castle and the guide introduced us to local legends and folk tales. Near the castle we went into a craft center. We were shown the techniques and symbols used in making traditional objects (for the most part, adequate household wooden objects) and participated to a workshop where we learned how to make sticks/canes, traditional symbols of the village. On the fourth day, we visited Riga City Council. A guide showed us the building, then we met a representative of Conisliului to whom we had the opportunity to ask questions about the functioning and organization of the institution. Since Polish delegation was leaving a day earlier, here we were given certificates of participation in project meetings by the school principal host. Next we visited the National Library in Riga, a new building with interesting exhibits impressive; this visit cultivated the students’ desire to go to university for further training. On the fifth day, we conducted activities targeting the Baltic Sea, the Gulf of Riga, then we visited recently renovated Art Museum. In the second part of the day we had held the final conference of the visit and a festive meal where each group presented folk dances and national songs. 
    Participation in learning activities in Latvia had a major impact on all students. They were in direct contact with various elements of Latvian culture, which contributed to the acquisition of knowledge related to the host culture, encouraging also intercultural dialogue so that students can learn together in a European context represented by tolerance, diversity and mutual respect in contact with another culture. Students benefited from innovative education practice, making themselves an important human resource in promoting their future. Participating teachers at the meeting said the project had an impact on their attitude in relation to their educational activity. Collaboration with teachers from other countries gave them the opportunity to connect to the new European trends in education. Both students and teachers improved their communication, linguistic and digital skills; they also developed their teamwork spirit, adaptability to new situations, analytical ability and leadership skills. 
    After our returning ,we made an exhibition presenting these learning activities in Riga. Both students and teac

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