It has been an intense week. We have had the privilege of receiving 14 wonderful youngsters and 9 wonderful colleagues from Latvia, Poland, Italy, Turkey and Germany. We have been together in the woods, through medieval cities, climbed to ancient ages from the Iron Age. We have visited pilgrimage churches, museums and monuments. We have participated in an international seminar on migrations, led by Lund University and Malmö University, where our students have presented their work on the topic migrations. Our students have shown a very high level in their work to many teachers and researchers from all over Sweden.
As we all know, migration is the topic of „Global Learning for Mind and Heart” project this term. That’s why, we invited Mr Lazaros Panagiotidhs, who is a native-born Greek, but his private and professional life is divided between other countries: Poland and Holland. At first he spoke about the reasons for which he chose to emigrate. He talked about his impressions on his stay in Poland, Holland and Germany, where he had worked as well. The students wished to know if and what kind of problems he had with settling down and whether he found it difficult to make new friends and acquaintances. He was also asked about the differences between life in Poland and in Greece and what he missed the most living in a foreign land. Lazaros said that he didn’t consider Poland a foreign country any more. In his mind and heart Poland has become his second home, but he misses vegetables which in Greece taste and smell differently.️ At the end of the meeting Lazaros encouraged us to visit Greece which we hope might happen one day.
Our students prepared the project on the topic connected with migration. The project was called “From Eastern To Western Borders”. After the Second World War our region West Pomerania was populated by people from many different parts of the country, who were forced to migrate because of the wartime consequences and as the state borders were changed. This assignment allowed students to find out where they are from and arouse their interests in their ancestors’ origins and lifetime stories. Under the supervision of history and social studies teacher Ewa Kilian the students did the research among their peers and then presented the findings at the conference of European Heritage Days on 16th September 2017 in Siemczyno Palace. What is more, a special interactive map of Poland within the borders before 1939 was prepared and everyone could point out what town or village their grandparents or great grandparents were born. This project has definitely made us all realize that everyone may become a migrant even against their own will or wishes.