The Julio Antonio Institute launches the LIRA project thanks to an Erasmus + grant

On the 27th, 28th and 29th of January, the students and teachers of the 2nd year of ESO carried out the first Online Mobility, which included, among other activities, video calls to get to know the students of the partner institutes of the project. Origins of the project During the 2019-2020 academic year, Neus Jornet, Mireia Simon and Marta Montagut, all teachers at our institute, developed a collaboration project between centers at European level, which they called LIRA: Living In a Rural Area, ie “Living in a rural area.”

This project, coordinated by the Julio Antonio Institute, is based on the exchange and cooperation of students and teachers between four institutes from all over Europe with the aim of promoting the values ​​and knowledge of life. in small and traditionally rural towns, far from large metropolises. Once the proposal was drafted, an Erasmus + scholarship was applied for through the Spanish Service for the Internationalization of Education (SEPIE). The Erasmus + scholarship The Erasmus + program supports education, training, youth and sport in Europe.

The LIRA project has received the approval of both SEPIE and the Erasmus + program and in this way has been granted to our center (as well as to the three partner institutes), an economic subsidy that will cover both the travel expenses of the students and of the teaching staff as all the costs arising from the organization and management of the project. The LIRA project Living In a Rural Area is the result of the joint work of four European institutes (from Spain, France, Portugal and Slovakia) that have in common the characteristic of being located in small towns in rural areas, and that want to make their students value this identity trait instead of feeling it as a disadvantage.

Thus, the main objectives of the project include valuing the richness of the territory and improving English language proficiency as well as digital skills and teamwork. Our partners are the Marcel Pagnol Institute in Noyen-sur-Sarthe (France), the General Serpa Pinto Institute in Cinfäes (Portugal) and the ZS s MS Dolné Oresany in Dolné Oresany (Slovakia). The duration of the project is two academic years and is aimed at students who are in the 2nd year of ESO this year 2020-2021.

The activities The project consists of synchronized monthly activities involving students from the four countries, which have a strong practical component and connection with the local community. For example, in November, students from here and there prepared an oral presentation in English to present each of the villages where they live. The goal is to highlight the culture, heritage, traditions, sports, gastronomy and local products, in short, the lifestyle of each territory, as well as to exercise active citizenship, which in this case involves get involved in improving the quality of life in our area. Visits to local entities and companies, the elaboration of typical recipes, the creation and design of materials, the practice of sports in nature, etc. are planned.

All tasks and materials are shared through a common online platform called TwinSpace, within the “eTwinning” portal. In addition to these monthly activities, the project envisages four international exchanges of students and teachers: one, now in January (Spain); the second, in May this year (France); in November 2021, the third (Slovakia) and the last, in April 2022 (Portugal). In each of these mobilities, 8 students and 2 teachers from each center travel, a different group on each occasion. However, all students in the 2020-2022 class are involved and involved in the project. The first exchange was to take place this past week; our institute was supposed to host 24 students and 6 teachers from the three partner countries but the current circumstances of the pandemic have not allowed it to be done in person.

Anyway, at least I didn’t go down without explaining myself first. Traveling from this first meeting has been replaced by group video calls that have allowed us to face each other and begin to relate. Outings in the area have been replaced by visits by experts and workshops, thanks to which we have been able to learn and get to know this region better where we live, without leaving the center. The workshops So, on the 27th, 28th and 29th of January, the students and teachers of the 2nd year of ESO have carried out all kinds of workshops, of which you can see a sample in the photographs. With the Google Tour Creator application and synchronizing the classrooms by video call, on the first day we did a bit of virtual tourism around Móra d’Ebre. On the second day we experienced the Miravet pottery tradition in the first person thanks to the clay workshop. On Friday, the main focus was on visiting the exhibition on the juniper oil ovens of Riba-roja d’Ebre, excellently presented by the Friends of Riba-roja Association; it was one of the most enriching activities, as most of us were unaware of the existence of such a close historical heritage. Finally, over the course of three days and in turns, the class groups raided the high school courtyard to draw and paint on one of the walls the European flag and the logo of the Erasmus + program, thanks to which all this adventure is being possible.

To reflect on and publicize all this learning, at the end of the workshops the students created cards with inspirational drawings, phrases and writings that can now be seen in the “Erasmus Corner”, located next to the high school auditorium. Thanks to the participants We would not want to miss the opportunity to end this story by congratulating the boys and girls who are taking part in this project. From the first moment they have worked with great desire, they have contributed ideas and suggestions; in short, they have been fully involved. Boys and girls in the 2nd year of ESO, we congratulate you on your work and encourage you to keep your motivation and enthusiasm alive until the end. After all, you are making this project a reality!

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