Have a look at our video from the week in N.Macedonia from 4 November to 8 November.
The first LTT Meeting of the DIDLL project took place in Opshtinsko osnovno ucilishte Kocho Racin, Kratovo – in Kratovo, N.Macedonia from November 4th to November 8th. All the activities, accomadations and organization of the meeting were planned and established long before the partners arrived. All the participants arrived in Kratovo the day before the meeting started, except for the Spanish participants, who arrived on the first day of the meeting. Several weeks before the meeting took place the foreign teachers were asked to send detailed profiles of their students taking part in the mobility so that the Macedonian team could pair them up with partners who seemed to have the same interests and ages. On arrival the students were greeted by the partner families and taken to their homes and the teachers were taken to the hotel that had been previously booked for them by the host country. There were 21 foreign students arriving from Italy, Portugal, Spain, the Netherlands and Turkey. 9 foreign teachers and 2 foreign Principals took part in the LTT meeting in N.Macedonia: 2 teachers from Italy, 2 teachers and the Principal from Turkey, 2 teachers from the Netherlands, 2 from Spain, and a teacher and the Principal from Portugal.
On Monday 4th November, at 10:00, the meeting in the school building formally began. All the foreign students and teachers were welcomed into the host school in Kratovo by the Macedonian project coordinator and the Principal. The host students guided the guests on a tour around the school building. After, there were PPT presentations of the school, town and country by all partner countries.
After lunch all the teachers and students were taken to the local town hall where they met the Mayor who welcomed all the partners to Kratovo and gave a short speech on the importance of these international projects for both students and teachers. After the meeting, students were divided into mixed international groups and did a Treasure Hunt (they were given different tasks to do, through which they were supposed to discover some places of interest in Kratovo).
On Tuesday 5th November, the programme started at 8:00 in school. Students were explained how to do the Human Bingo (an energizer, for students to get to know each other better). Teachers had a management meeting during which they discussed in detail the agenda for the week, and the Italian coordinator outlined what needs to be done after the mobility.
After the energizer, the foreign students attended English, French and German language lessons. Next, Italy, Macedonia and Spain presented their online EFL games, that they use during language lessons.
After lunch, all participants went on a guided tour around Kratovo, and learnt about the history of the place.
On Wednesday 6th November all the members of the project visited the capital city of Skopje, and had a 3-hours long walking tour around the city which involved some of its famous monuments and squares ( Kale Fortress, the Old Bazaar, Macedonia Square, the Memorial House of Mother Theresa). After the tour, the participants went to the Museum of Illusions and Vero Shopping Mall.
On Thursday 7th November, the participants visited the Stone Dolls in Kuklica in the morning and heard the legend about this place. After, they went back to school, and the Turkish, Portuguese and Dutch team presented their online EFL games that they use in their foreign language lessons. Next, students were divided into 6 groups and they were asked to make posters on the following topics:
- How do I learn English the easy way?
- Online games for foreign language learning, yes or no? Which online games do you know?
After the presentation of the posters, the students were presented the Jeopardy Wall game. Students were then asked to discuss in their groups and decide what kind of online game they would like to create. After they decided, they started working on creating their games.
In the evening, the farewell party took place in a restaurant. There was a music band and the participants danced to different traditional songs from the partner countries.
Friday 8th November was the last day of the meeting. Students continued working in their groups to finish their online games.
Teachers had another management meeting, and the Spanish team explained in short what they expect from the other partners to do before the next mobility and what their plans are for the week in Spain. The Macedonian coordinator, explained to the other teachers what the procedure is to become an eTwinning school.
After the students presented their games, they were asked to reflect on the week and say what they have learnt/what they liked/didn`t like. Also, they were asked to complete the Google form for evaluating the week. Afterwards, they were doing some sport activities, before the farewell lunch in the school hall. The lunch consisted of home-made traditional food, prepared by the host families, and some of the school staff. There was an official ceremony during which the participants were given Certificates, and after, all the participants, as well as, host families, had lunch and danced to traditional songs.
All the activities that were taken out gave the participants the opportunity to practise the English language and engage in Learning, Teaching or Training activities. All the foreign students were hosted in comfortable accommodations and the families were caring and loving towards them.
The teachers stayed in a 3-star hotel within walking distance from the school and were taken to different restaurants during their stay where they tried typical Macedonian food.
As a whole the LTT meeting was a very positive experience and is to be considered an undeniable opportunity for students and teachers to become closer within the European Community and break down the ever decreasing barriers that once made each nation aware only of its own European identity.
After an accurate analysis of the areas referring to the Project, the Accommodation and the LTT activities, we can say that all the partners gave positive evaluations in every aspect of the meeting. The project was considered meaningful and worthwhile by the participants and the LTT activities were thought to have improved the level of English and the digital skills of the participants. All of them stated that the project made them aware of their European identity. The host families and accommodation were greatly valued by everyone and 94% of the participants intend to keep in touch with their partners.