Students from Jaunpils Vidusskola, Latvia, showing their choreography.
INTERVIEW WITH MAREK HARAŃCZYK, DANCE INSTRUCTOR
He runs dance classes in Złocieniec Culture Centre every Monday and Wednesday at 7 pm.
- How long have you been teaching to dance and what made you start this career?
- My female friends of your age, it was back in time of secondary school and later on as well. My female friends wanted to dance very much but I like all boys at that time didn’t want to do it. Finally they managed to encourage me to do it. And later I joined a choreography school where I met my wife who was already a choreographer. And since that time we have been a couple in private life and partners in artistic and concert life.
- What type of dance do you teach?
- What I teach here is ballroom dancing, but the purpose is not to prepare my students for a stage or public performing. We do it just to have more fun, move better and spend time nicely. The first classes were the chance to learn some folk dance.
- What do you think about people who are taking part in the course here and what’s your opinion on the cooperation with your students?
- The cooperation is professional, it’s fantastic that there are people who are adults, people more mature and young people together here. Everybody has a great time and learns. The fact that these people are willing to do is wonderful. Unfortunately, nowadays it is often difficult to find a partner to dance, and it is a pity as in Złocieniec there have always been big traditions.
- Thank you very much for letting us carrying an interview with you.
- Thank you too.
This is the lesson plan for a project that takes place every year. It’s planned by our teachers from the Social Sciences department (Beate Tietze-Feldkamp amongst others) and helps the pupils to understand the way a business is built and financed.
Evaluation of questionnaires from Germany
Students from Vipan vocational secondary school complete a three-week internship in various companies in the Spanish city of Merida (the Roman city Emerita Augusta) in southwestern Spain. They are three electricity and energy students and two Commerce and Administration student. One of them, Dorotina, have you met earlier. Rolf, Tobias and I followed the first week to help them start. Now they are there themselves and are doing very well.
On 27 January our students took part in the show called “Old-Polish Sleigh Party” in the Złocieniec Culture Centre. The show was prepared by the Folk and Dance Group „INA” from Goleniów. It is one of the largest and most popular groups in the region. “INA” has also a long history of more than 20 years and many achievements. Furthermore, what makes it so special is the fact that it unites a few generations and creates a family-like atmosphere.
During the performance we a chance to experience the mix of wonderful music, talents, energy and colours. Firstly, the audience could see some traditional dances from different parts of Poland. Then we could learn more about old Polish traditions of spending the time of carnival, which was a sleigh-party. Dancing, singing, making toasts and sketches- they were all a part of traditional feasting at that time. What’s more, the audience was invited to take part in singing as well.
On 20th January the students from Złocieniec went on an educational trip to a nearby prison. It might seem a bit strange as an example of a work place but it was a great opportunity for young people to observe what kind of jobs are needed in such an institution. They could talk to people hired there including guards, social workers, psychologists, maintenance staff and ask them for their opinion on the advantages and disadvantages of their professions. The students had many questions, for example: “why did they decide to work there?, “how do they feel about their job”, “do they think it is safe?”. Unfortunately, according to the regulation we couldn’t take photo inside the building so here we present the one on the bus while travelling there.
Gimnazjum nr 1 im. Bohaterów Monte Cassino
Part 1 QUESTIONNAIRES ANALYSIS
Questionnaire for host parents
The questionnaire was answered by 10 parents, just as many as there were host families. All of them are satisfied with the fact that their children took part in the Erasmus + project. They agree that their son/daughter’s participation in the project has increased their language skills. All the parents see the benefits of hosting a foreign student at their home and agree that the contacts made during the project have influenced positively their attitude to foreigners. Finally, all the parents are definitely certain that they would recommend participating in such projects to other students and their parents. As far as question number 6 is concerned, the parents don’t have any comments or remarks on hosting foreign students during such school exchanges.
Questionnaire for teachers
The questionnaire was answered by 6 teachers. According to all the responders participation in Erasmus+ project increases fluency at communicating in foreign languages. The teachers also agree that participation in Erasmus+ project allows students to learn the cultures of partner schools. Moreover, they find that their motivation to use new information technologies in the classroom increases thanks to the project. In their opinion, the students could learn a lot about the countries of the partner schools and their cultures. All the teachers also agree that the school definitely benefits from its participating in Erasmus + project and hope there would be more projects like this in the future.
As far as specific expectations concerning the school participation in Erasmus+ are taken in consideration, the teachers look forward to establishing international friendships, exchange of experience that will last longer than the project period.
Questionnaire for students
The questionnaire was answered by 30 students. The first part of the questionnaire was to the students’ knowledge of the project, unemployment and students’ attitudes towards international cooperation and stereotypes. All of them are aware of the fact that the school taking part in the international project this year and 28 know the name Erasmus+. 93 per cent are certain that taking part in students exchanges is beneficial and 90 per cent agree that international projects help to speak better English. What is more, 93 per cent of students think that meeting foreign people is a positive experience. According to 73 per cent of the respondents unemployment is a big problem in our town and region, 10 per cent don’t think it is a big problem and 17 per cent simply don’t know. The students had a difficulty with giving the right the unemployment rate in the region. 97 per cent of the students agree with the statement that being active helps to find a good job. As far as the most common stereotypes about Polish people is concerned, the students answered that Polish people are seen as those who drink too much alcohol. 50 per cent of students don’t think that stereotypes about other nationalities are true, 27 per cent don’t know what to think about that issue and 23 per cent agree with the statement that that stereotypes about other nationalities are true.
The second part of the questionnaire was to check the knowledge of the partner schools’ countries. 93 per cent of the students know that the capital city of Turkey is Ankara. 97 per cent know the location of Latvia. The population of Sweden is known by 100 per cent and the population of Italy by 97 per cent. 97 per cent of the students know how many lands there are in Germany. 87 per cent of students were able to match all the flags of the partner schools’ countries to the right colours. Only 4 students had some difficulties with that task.
In conclusion, it is important to point out that vast majority of the responders know the school is taking part in the Erasums + project and view this project as beneficial experience. Furthermore, the survey shows that the students are aware of the unemployment problem and believe that being active is essential to find a good job. As far as the other part of the questionnaire is concerned, it must be said that the students know basic facts about partner countries.
Questionnaire for participants
Before the classes on entrepreneurship
The questionnaire was answered by 22 participants. None of them knew the term entrepreneurial, so nobody could present its definition or synonyms. However the term unemployment didn’t seem to cause such a problem as only 5 students didn’t give an answer about it. Almost everybody thought that it is it a serious problem where they live. Only in one person’s opinion unemployment seems to be a personal problem. Half of the participants gave the unemployment rate in the region and nearly half of them in the country. Yet, the majority of answers weren’t correct. 9 students didn’t know how to start to look for a job. The rest would check newspapers and the internet. None of the responders knew the term free lancer. The term social co-operative seemed familiar to 4 students only. 5 students thought they could run a business one day (among them one student would like to start a company abroad). 4 students decided that running a business wasn’t for them. The others weren’t certain. Half of the responders didn’t know what the best way to present yourself to you future boss is. However, the rest of them gave interesting answers such as: showing your abilities, being polite, confident and honest. Unfortunately only 5 responders knew their career predispositions. The most optimistic outcome of the questionnaire seems the fact that vast majority of the students said they were interested in summer jobs such as: working as a waiter, babysitter, distributing newspapers and leaflets. Only 5 students claimed that they aren’t keen on finding a summer job.
After the classes on entrepreneurship
The questionnaire was answered by 22 participants. Only one student didn’t answer give the definition of an entrepreneur. All the rest were able as well to give the examples of an entrepreneur from their community: people running local bakeries, small businesses and the company they visited during their educational trip. As far as the next question is concerned on the main difference between a company and a social co-operative, only one student couldn’t answer it. The responders underlined the importance for the underprivileged that a social co-operative creates. Almost all students, except one, could give the example of documents one needs to prepare to start looking for a job. The next question was about to give adjectives or example of what it means to be entrepreneurial in everyday life. Only 2 students failed to give examples. The rest didn’t seem to have any problems answering the question as they gave synonyms such as: creative, active, open, hardworking, loving what you do. What is more, only 2 responders didn’t know what is necessary to be prepared before starting a business. The next task for students was to decide if the following questions are true or false. The answers showed that the students could tell the difference between being an employee and being an entrepreneur: 18 students out of 22, which makes 82 per cent, understood that an entrepreneur is a person who creates a business and takes risks. Moreover, only one person didn’t know a free lancer term. 91 per cent understands that high unemployment rate is one of the biggest problems in every country and 82 per cent is aware of the high unemployment rate in the region. 12 students seemed to know their career predispositions (compared to only 5 students before) and what is more were able to give the examples: farmer, nurse, manager, programmer, dentist, psychologist, teacher. In the 10 responders’ opinions they could be entrepreneurs one day and another 4 students weren’t sure yet. Before the classes only 5 students considered such a career. Those who didn’t think running a business is for them, justified their view by pointing out that it would a very hard job, they don’t have managing skills.
Questionnaire for students, who take part in working meeting in Poland.
The questionnaire was answered by 32 participants. The first question was What did you like the most during the international meeting in the Project GLOBAL LEARNING FOR MIND AND HEART 2016-2019? The students gave many answers such as:
-everything was great,
-students and activities for them,
-people being so nice,
-that we can know a lot of new people and cultures,
-making new friends,
-trips and additional activities (fire, the afternoon at the Baltic Sea),
-using English for the whole week,
-learning new things,
The second question was to rate the organization of the meeting. 25 percent rated is as satisfactory and 65 percent rated it as high or very high.
The students were also asked to rate if their knowledge on unemployment, opportunities, existing factories, desirable skills what employers are looking for have increased. According to 31 per cent their knowledge is satisfactory and in the view of 62 per cent it is high or very high.
The next question was on learning the cultures and customs of the partner countries. 91 per cent of the students decided that their knowledge of these issues has increased. According to 97 per cent of the participants taking part in the project makes one more open to communicate with students from other countries. All students who were hosted by Polish families rated their hospitality as high or very high.
Objectives: At the end of these lessons, the students will be able to explain the terms “employment” and “unemployment”, they will have understanding about the national rate of unemployment and its types and main reasons, will be acquainted with the most required professions and skills in the national labour market, will have developed their speaking skills and cooperation skills.