How it all started in our school…

I. International Educational Fair in Bonn 1997 – we meet our future partners for the first time

  • Kepler –Gymnasium Tubingen (Germany): 1997 – till now
  • Lycee Notre Dame de Bonnes Nouvelles Beaupreau (France):  1997 – till now
  • Istituto Magistrale  “T. Stigliani”  Matera (Italy): 1997 – till now
  • Bernardinus  College  Heerlen (The Netherlands):  2001-2004
  • Eid vidaregaande skule Nordfjordeid (Norway):  2009 -  till now

II. Years and projects:

  • 1998-1999 “The history of 1870-1914 and the influence of this period on European unification”
  • 1999-2000 “The history of the XIX/XX century, The aspect of war in particular countries and the Jewish culture”
  • 2000-2001 “ The persecution of the Jews and other  minorities”
  • 2001-2004 “The Concept of time in different societies and cultures”
  • 2004-2007 “The Integration of different cultures and traditions as the means of creating European culture and identity”
  • 2009-2011 “Energy and Food as the challenge for young generation of the XXI century”

III. The summery of our current project

The topic of the project "Energy and food, challenges for young people in Europe in the 21st century" will explore different aspects of these two burning problems young people of Europe will have to face and deal with in their lives.
The project will awake the students' awareness of the problem and prepare them to take responsibility as well as to find solutions. As interdependence between European countries makes national solutions insufficient, the project aims at enabling the students to reflect the occurring problems globally and react on a local level.
Students will be working on the different aspects of the project in national groups, but they will also cooperate on a European level when working in multi-national groups to do field research on the aspects of energy and food production in two workshops and also in two students' meetings and when comparing the results 
of their work with their partners'. In the course of the project students will get into contact with institutes that do research on alternative energy and companies active in the field of alternative energy. Students will get into contact with local producers of food to talk about methods of production and energy balance.
The final plenary meeting will draw up a "charter of behaviour" that advocates a sustainable use of energy and food consumption. This charter will be followed within the partner institutions, given to neighbouring institutions and published in the local press, in order to initiate a public discussion.
Towards the end of the project there will be an exhibition of the project results at each school to which the respective communities will be invited.
In addition to that a documentation (website/ CD/DVD) of all the project activities and results will be produced and distributed to interested parties.

As the results of our research and the final products will be submitted to local members of the EU Parliament, - as done in a previous project - we hope our project will have an impact on decision making on a European level.

IV. Topics we are working on In the current project

  • Packing food and problem of recycling
  • Artificial additives in food
  • Regional food
  • Slow food / fast food
  • Biologically grown food
  • Genetically modified food
  • European norms in food productions and distribution
  • Well-balanced diet
  • Taste awareness
  • Food in the family budget
  • Eating disorders- allergies, bulimia and anorexia
  • Regional and cultural eating habits
  • Different ways of food production in participating countries
  • Individual forms of diets and consuming habits and the consequences on environment

  • Alternative transport for saving energy
  • Natural resources of energy
  • Wasting energy
  • Changes of climate and consequences of energy (food) production
  • How to save energy at school, home, on a personal level
  • Companies active in the field of alternative energy
  • The application of renewable forms of energy in participating countries

  • The present day importance of food and energy and the extend within the areas you are affected with


    Workshop on Energy in Norway

    Between 20.03 - 27.03 four our students had an opportunity to go to Nordfjoreid in Norway to take part in a workshop on renewable sources of energy.  Our students prepared interesting presentations and showed them  to students from France, Germany, Italy and of course Norway.

    They also worked in international groups on different tasks. First they were to find how much energy is used in an average household in all the participating countries. They also carried out a questionnaire in Norwegian houses asking people questions about the kind of energy they use in their households. Then they compared and presented the results. 
    Another task was to create a page of a newspaper from the year 2070. Basing on the predictions they were writing articles about energy problems they expect to find in the future newspapers.
    All the participants were  shown Fjord Varmer, a system which uses water from the fiord to warm houses and  institutions in the town of Nordfjordeid. This innovative system makes it possible to save 50-70% of energy from the power plant.
    The students were also shown two films “The age of stupid” and “Home which were devoted to the problem of overexploitation of Earth’s natural resources.
    During the workshop the students have learnt a lot about renewable sources of energy and exchanged their ideas about the future of our planet, but they also had a lot of fun getting to know students from other European countries, spending  some time outdoors skiing and sliding down the mountains or talking about less serious matters during informal evening meetings.

    Here are the opinions of our participants:

    Robert Pieluch, kl IIb 

    “Going to Norway was for me an unusual experience. The way the workshop was carried out was a bit different from what I had imagined.  I thought it would be some sort of conference during which together with other participants we would be discussing the problems of energy we have to face nowadays. Instead of it, we worked in small international groups forming  e.g. a small editorial office. Despite this difference I liked it a lot there. It was very important to me to be able to exchange my opinions with the peers from other countries and to see that we really have a lot in common despite language or cultural differences. It was also a very good possibility to practice my English. And this nature… simply spectacular. I believe that such projects are really needed because they allow us to broaden our horizons and experience something new and valuable.

    Michał Bernet, kl II g

    “It was great in Norway. The country is really nice, the views are beautiful, there are many fantastic glacial landscapes. Norwegian people are cool. They are very friendly and nice. I stayed with Martin, we played the guitar Hero all the time. I liked Norwegian food, because I like fish, and we had fish for breakfast every day. Once 
    we had very sweet  Norwegian cake, it was really good.The school  in Nordfjordeid is  new and modern. There is an opera house and a cinema inside. In each classroom you can find modern equipment. School, like the other houses, is heated by Fjordvarme, the new, Norwegian, renewable warming system. Comenius project is great, because I have met teenagers from Norway, Italy, France and Germany. I’d have never met all these people if I hadn’t taken part in the project.”

    Roland Suchy, kl II g

    “Comenius project is a great possibility for people who love travelling - like me. I couldn't miss such a great chance to spend a week in Norway. I was really delighted when I was told that thanks to a couple of hours spent on working I would be able to have a wonderful adventure. Apart from having seen a breathtaking countryside of mountains and fjords, we also met very nice people although we were a bit different (for example extrovert Italian and peaceful Norwegian), we enjoyed spending time together - no matter where it was: at school, at a party, if we worked, played games, went skiing or sliding. We still keep in touch, because international connections are always interesting and useful. I have to admit I'm a bit jealous of people who go to France in April. Certainly, they will have a great time, too”

    Justyna Winter, kl IIk

    “For me Norway was a completely new adventure.What I saw  there, in whole compensated me the long journey. Culture, customs, people everything was new and totally different from what I had expected.In the center of my attention weren't the fiords, but how we can  use their power to generate energy. I'm thinking here about the Norwegian school, which is warmed with the water from the fiord saving about 60-70% of energy that it would have to take from a power plant. We should remember, that the Comenius project it's also education by cognition, exchange between cultures and customs. It's not only a good chance for meet new, wonderful people from different parts of Europe, it's a chance for young people to acquire
    ecological knowledge.”

               Description of the Comenius  project  2009 - 2011
    ‘Food and energy as a challenge for the young generation of the XXI century’

    I. The work on the project  ‘Food and energy as a challenge for the young generation of the XXI century’ started in September 2009. Many Students in our school prepared a lot of very good and creative projects.  Four of them were chosen as the best ones and their authors went between 19.03 - 27.03 for a workshop to Nordfjordeid in Norway to present their projects  and get to know the results of work in other countries whose representatives also came to Norway with their projects. Our school was represented by Justyna Winter  2h who prepared a project on natural resources of energy in the form of a book and transparencies. Robert Pieluch  2b/3b who had a  power point presentation  of alternative fuels for cars. Roland Suchy and Michał Bernet  2g/3g   went to Norway with  a power point presentation of Sources of energy In partnership countries. A week in Norway left not only the memories of the stunning views we could admire but also gave the participants a possibility to learn a lot about alternative sources of energy in the use of which Norway is the world leader. A very spacious and modern school in Nordfjordeid gets hot water and heating from the heat pump which uses the water from the fjord to heat not only the school but many public places in the town.

    II. The next big event in our project took place in France. Our French partners organized a big meeting to discuss the results of the projects and let the young people know more both about food and energy in France. The meeting took place on 24.04-1.05 2009 in Beaupreau. Our school was represented by ten students who prepared the following projects:
    1. Mateusz Przybyła 2g/3g – Sources of energy In partnership countries-powerpoint
    2. Anna Świerczyna 2c/3c – Eating habits In the World -film
    3. Paulina Helińska 2c/3c -  cuisines of our 5 countries - poster
    4. Katarzyna Trzcińska 2c/3c Eating habits In the world - film
    5. Martyna Jończyk 2g/3g – Eating habits and disorders powerpoint+poster
    6. Klaudia Kostyra 2b/3b – Cuisines of the Word -powerpoint
    7. Dorota Samborska 2g/3g – the cuisine in the project  countries+ posters
    8. Magda Chodorek 1b/2b – A diary – eating disorders -powerpoint
    9. Joanna Zubik 2g/3g – Eating habits and budget - powerpoint+poster
    10. Magda Komorowska 1h/2h -Silesian cuisine -book +poster

    The students spent two days in the school presenting the results of their work and working in international groups discussing and comparing problems  in their countries. Students visited places in and outside the city and met people who work on food and energy in Beaupreau. On the third day we all set off to the picturesque island of Noirmoutier. We stayed in a hostel where we not only continued the work on the project but also socialized in the evenings. During the stay groups of students were sent to different places to see how people deal with food and energy on the Island. They saw among others: an oyster farm,  sea salt production, a company which produces natural manure or a plantation of potatoes which are grown in sand. After they came back they reported to the others what they saw. All the students had also possibility to try all the delicacies of French cuisine. Our dinner tables were full of sea food and vegetables.

    III. After coming back we worked again on the projects and in the second year four students were chosen to go for a workshop to Matera in Italy. Between  13-20.02.2011 they took part in the workshop devoted to food. Four students who represented our school with their projects were:
    1. Katarzyna Podraza 1g/2d – Polish eating habits (survey+CD)
    2. Patryk Bolumiński 1d/2d – Energy In Poland In numbers (CD)
    3. Nina Jaros   - 1b – Agriculture in the 1960s and 2010 (Paper work +CD)
    4. Anna Kawalec -1b – Food in the 1960s and 2010 (CD)

    In Italy we were quests of Istituto Magistrale T.  Stigliani. At school students were working on the possible problems with food in Europe and around the world. In the international groups they tried to come up with solutions to the problems. On one of the days  we went to an ecological farm were students could see traditional ways in which food was prepared and try to make real Italian pasta by themselves. We were also taken to an institute in which people work on genetically modified plants and listen to an expert who explained pros and cons of growing such kinds of plants. In Matera we also visited many interesting historical places. Students were shown the living quarters  of peasants who lived mostly in caves. They learnt a lot about the ways they grew their crops and prepared their food.

    IV. The last meeting in the two-year project took place on 8-15.05.2011 in Tubingen in Germany. Students whose projects  were chosen for presentation in Germany were:
    1. Magdalena Chodorek – Power Plant In Opole (video film, CD presentation)
    2. Paulina Klimontowska – Power Plant In Opole (video film, CD presentation)
    3. Małgorzata Wojcieszak  - Saving food and energy (CD presentation)
    4. Marek Janeczek – Saving food and energy (CD presentation)
    5. Bartosz Poskart – Agriculture yesterday and today (CD)  
    6. Anna Jabłonka – Alternative ways of energy production (CD)
    7. Justyna Kotynia – Alternative ways of energy production (CD)
    8. Paulina Tietz - Growing Vegetables and fruit/Home made food (album)
    9. Patrycja Szecówka – Growing Vegetables and fruit/Home made food (album)
    10. Marta Grochowska - Genetically modified food (poster)

    In the school of our German partners all the countries of the project presented the results of their two-year work at an exhibition which was open to all students and parents. We were received by the Mayor of Tubingen who  told the students how important it is to take part in such projects getting to know each other and try to solve problems together. Later students were divided into international groups and visited ten places in the city - companies, canteens, new districts and discussed the ways people dealt with energy and food there. After two days at school we went to a hostel in Black Forest. On the way we stopped in an open air museum where students walked around with a guide who was telling them about life and work of peasants in the old days. In the hostel students continued their work in international groups presenting reports from all the places they went to and new approach to the problems of food and energy they encountered in the places. They also presented the projects they brought from their countries. On the last day all the students worked on ‘Charter of behaviour’ gathering all their experience in the field of energy and food and coming up with ideas of how to behave more reasonably while  using and producing energy and how to improve our eating habits. The Charter will be sent to local Mps in Brussels . If anyone would like to get to know more about the results of our projects you can visit European Shared Treasure in the Internet. If you write the title of the project you will be able to browse through all the projects which were created by students from all the countries which were taking part in the project.

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