The project  promotion started  with its presentation at the Teaching staff  Council on 2nd September 2013 and continued  all through the month within the parents`class meetings.Parents were asked to fill in questionnaires in order to evaluate their availability and willingness to participate in the activities. Students were also presented the topic of the project and were asked to be part of its unfolding.The target group was selected on the basis of the questionnaires filled by the students.



The first activity of the project was the power point presentation of our school and town. This presentation ,along with those made by partner countries will be the starting point of getting to know each other at our first meeting in Jumilla , Spain in October.Read more...



First project meeting 6th – 11th October 2013 in Jumilla , Spain. Our school was represented by Mrs.Dorina Miclaus and Mrs.Marieta Chirileanu ,both teachers at `Avram  Iancu` School ,together with Mr.Ioan Marian Pop the school`s headmaster.

 We began the first day of the programme with a visit at the "Infanta Elena" School where we met with students and teachers, both during classes and during breaks and learned details about the history of this school, about its specific, about the most valuable work aspects of this institution and about future projects they intend to approach and the expected results. This school unit prepares both middle school and high school grades and the latter are the professional classes that prepare mechanical craftsmen in profile on one hand and, on the other, the theoretical classes for students who want to pursue university studies. es for students who want to pursue university studies.

During the other workshop activities in the coming days we debated issues expected as results of carrying out the project activities in general, and in particular, the impact on young people, seniors, and community. Furthermore, the exact dates for visits and the number of students and teachers participating each time were established. Details about the activities that must be completed by the next meeting, which will take place in Romania, between 20th to 24th January 2014, were also tackled. The significant information about the drawing contest "Draw your grandfather" and the creation of the logo (which will be selected at the meeting in Romania), as well as the necessary pattern to design the international calendar at the end of 2013 were discussed.  -break'> 



On the agenda of the project reunion was the meeting with the mayor of Jumilla in the beautiful City Hall building. The mayor, who greeted us warmly, was very excited about the theme of the project and wished us success in its implementation. During a working visit in the city of Murcia,  the capital of the region, we were welcomed by  the regional education authorities in Murcia where, after a brief greeting, we attended a presentation of Comenius projects at  the regional level, with direct reference to our project.  The power point presentation was made in English by the overall responsible for education in the region, while other leaders from various areas, including EU-financed projects, were attending.


The meeting of Jumilla had a cultural component too, as targeted by the project. As such, our Spanish colleagues took us on a walking tour of the city of Jumilla, with visits to the theater and the castle.  When we went to the downtown area of Murcia, we managed to see the cathedral, extraordinarily beautiful, and the Romero theatre. Everywhere, the beauty of the buildings and the kindness and hospitality of the people impressed us; the fascinating landscape left unforgettable memories in our minds.


The objectives set at the first project meeting, namely: mutual knowledge of partners, identifying similarities and differences between the host country and educational partners, determining how cooperation between the partners will take place and their role and, surely, planning for the first year of the project were all successfully achieved.



On  25th October 2013 we launched  the competition aimed at creating the logo of the project, in our school.The logo must bear the slogan `Share wisdom and life` and also the flag of the European Community including the flags of the participant countries in this project , Spain , Poland , Turkey , Hungary ,Italy ,Lithuania , Sweden and Romania. The winning logo to become the project`s logo will be announced at the partners`next meeting in Romania.



1st November –the drawing contest `Draw your grandfather` started. Students in our school have to draw their grandparents with their different living styles. The students` works can be drown , painted  etc. on A4 paper sheets , landscape mode. The best works will be selected and displayed in one of the Comenius panels. The first  two best drawings will be included in the international calendar to be issued in December 2013 ;  the calendar will contain the two best drawings of each of the partner countries. Our two best drawings will be seen on the Comenius site of the school.



Thursday 5th December 2013 the best drawings to enter the `Draw your grandfather` contest were chosen and sent to be printed in the international calendar which will issue by the end of this month.  Alexandra Vata , a primary school student (4th grade) and Oana Corpodean( 7th  grade) were the winners . We congratulate the girls and  print their winning drawings !  Read more....



At the beginning of December 2013 our students`winning drawings were selected (`Draw your grandfather ` contest) and forwarded to the Swedish partners in order to be published in the international calendar issued in December.Copies of this calendar are to be seen in every classroom. Read more...  



15th January 2014 the best drawing for the project`s logo in our school , was  selected . Oana Corpodean`s work (7th grade) was chosen to represent us in the final choice of a logo along with the works of the students of the other seven countries.Congratulations to all our students on their endeavour and involvement. Read more... 



The second meeting within the project took place between 20th – 24th January 2014 at Avram Iancu School in Baia Mare. 18 teachers and 10 students from the partner countries were present.(Spain,Italy,Poland,Lithuania,Sweden,Hungary and Turkey)

The activities in the agenda ranged from evaluating,monitoring and planning activities (workshops) to meeting and talks with local partners especially grandparents or seniors who represented different professional categories ( administrative staff , artists ,some members of the  Honorary Council of Baia Mare).


There were also cultural activities (stipulated in the project) which were meant to offer a most eloquent image of the specificity of the Maramures county ,its traditions and customs but also its historical landmarks (Stephen`s Tower, The Baia Mare painting school,mining and mineral ores).


Taking into account that most of our partner schools are high schools, and wanting our guests to have a view of the organization of the  educational system in Romania (similarities as well as differences),we included a visit to` Mihai Eminescu` National College in our agenda,as well.The visit also contributed to a dissemination activity of Comenius projects undergoing in both schools.

Partner students were accommodated at families and had various activities with their respective host families. In the mornings students would have common activities with the students of our school or join in activities organized especially for them.All these had aimed at interacting as much as possible, using English as much as possible and making long lasting friends.There were` team building ` activities , sports ,craftwork and origami workshops , visits to museums , meetings with ONG ~Team for youth~volunteers and seniors at the `Rivulus Pueris` multifunctional centre , our main local partner for the volunteer activities within the project.


The general logo of the project was chosen : the Italian partners`drawing was considered the most representative one.This is to be posted on all  partner schools sites and on all the project materials.  



On Wednesday 12th February , in the presence of Mr.Pop Ioan Marian, our school master,there was a touching meeting between Mrs.Dorina  Miclaus ,the project manager and the members of the Comenius project on the one hand, and the parents and children involved in the project, on the other hand.The meeting aimed at disseminating  the activities taking place  during the week 20-24th January ,and ,of course,sharing impressions ,drawing conclusions following this unique experience for all of us. 

In order to communicate better teachers,parents and students some photos were shown as `ice-breakers`.The positive aspects were mentioned , among which : respecting schedules ,the variety of activities , the responsabilities taken by each one involved ,the excellent communication between  all the participants ,the colleagues` support.

The students in their turn talked about the special moments spent with their foreign colleagues ,they made friends,they interacted – more or less in English – but all understood how important learning English really is !



25th February 2014  - the starting point of another contest within the project I lived itGrandparents,students as well as former teachers at this school were also present.


The life stories were listened to with great interest by the students who took notes,asked questions in order to write essays about the  life experiences/stories they had just listened to and which will be part of another Comenius activity. Three of the best written essays will be translated into English and posted on the international site of the project while all the other essays will be found on the Comenius site.


The seniors`stories told about the joy and pride of being grandparents ,about education and especially about history (World war II); students could find out how it used to be back then from several points of view. Photo album



The third Comenius meeting took place on the 7th April in Plunge ,Lithuania. Mrs.Dorina Miclaus and Mrs.Sonia Corpodean represented our school as project coordinators along with two students from our school Roxana Bolchis (8th A) and Iuliana Buciu (8th B). They were all warmly welcome. 

The agenda of activities was scheduled for teachers and students separately. Teachers`activities were mainly workshops meant to discuss and evaluate the already done parts of the project and ,of course,to plan ahead for the next meeting in Hungary. Also,when visiting  the school in Plunge, we participated in a nice artistic show suggestively entitled `Comenius Eurovision` put up by the highschool students – everybody was impressed!  Then we had a guided sightseeing tour of the town Klaipeda and met the mayor of Plunge who mentioned all the developmental projects the region is involved in. 


We had the chance to taste traditional Lithuanian dishes , visited museums (of masks  and science). The visit to the library in Plunge, set up in a beautiful building in the city park near the Oginski palace, was also impressive. The students` agenda was also intense with lots of interesting activities aimed at getting to know each other as efficiently and as relaxing as possible. Our girls were delighted . `I am amazed at Lithuanians and their country. The people I met there were very kind and friendly ,what  I appreciated the most , was their determination to do things well and in a pleasant way ,too. I`ve made a lot of new friends ,teachers too,among them.  I am so happy I had the opportunity to take part in this project !  I think it`s the best experience I`ve had so far ! (Iuliana Buciu 8th B) 

Roxana about Comenius Meeting in Plunge, Lithuania

The journey to Lithuania might be, by far, one of the most interesting and mind changing experiences I had ever had. There was not even a minute given for standing and doing nothing because our schedule was so full with fun and distracting activities including funny games, interesting trips, museum visits and so on.

Most of all, those who had never left their native country were then able to enjoy interacting with different people, and that means a different way of thinking, a different way of acting and, of course, a hole different language. For me, it was all a new kind of sweet mess because I have seen there more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen. I had also found out that my conception about everything was so wrong and travelling helps me discover that. 

To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries. I've always enjoyed traveling and having experience with different cultures and different people. But it's also a wonderful thing to be able to benefit and enable research, not only in our country but around the world. One of the things that I have learned by going to and back from Lithuania is that you know more of a road by having traveled it that by all the conjectures and descriptions in the world. 


In the afternoon of 31st March 2014 , the Village Museum hosted a group of students and their grandparents …to play ! Mrs.Delia Suiogan ,an ethnologist was invited to monitor children and grandparents` games and later on, to explain them, as well. 

 29th April 2014 –a group of 17 students accompanied by Mrs.Luminita Balan and Mrs.Dorina Miclaus visited the `Butchers`Tower` where Mrs.Oana Lesiu  guided  them through the craftsmen`s workshops. For two hours ,the students were shown  ,then let to practice different crafts (pottery, embroidery, weaving, making necklaces ). 


The third part of the activity `GAMES , DANCES , CRAFTS ,took place at the `Rivulus Pueris` centre on 6th May 2014  and focused on dancing.As in the first two parts , main actors were invariably the seniors who had to teach children some dances  from the time they were young. 

One of the grandfathers , Mr.Augustin Tohatan  told the children about dancing as fun, both back then and nowadays.While in their youth people favoured the tango and the waltz , young people today prefer  more rhythmic dances ,group dances ,still good ways of socializing. 

As a demonstration , grandparents taught the children present the tango and the waltz speps. The latter,in turn,taught their grandparents the `Brasoveanca` and ended up dancing together.  


All of these wonderful moments were captured in a photo album.(Published in the Romanian part)



  In April 2014 ,the project blog was created by the Swedish partners. The blog will contain opinions , photos taken of volunteer students participating in various activities organized together with  seniors from special senior facilities selected as partners in the project by each participating school.


In order to be able to carry out these activities , our school  signed partnership agreements with `Rivulus Pueris`Centre  and  an assistance for seniors Centre `Solidaritatea sperantei`,both in Baia Mare.The blog can be accessed here : :


Since the blog  stands for a common result with the other partners , all the materials posted on it are in English.Reports on students` activities from our school  can be found on this site , on the volunteering page.



The fourth  Comenius reunion took part on 26th May 2014 in Szentendre , Hungary .The participants of our school were Mrs.Dorina  Miclaus ,the project co-ordinator, Mrs. Marieta Chirileanu ,member of the project team as well as 7th grade students Dora Dobrican (7th A) and Brianna Precup (7th B).


During the five – days visit ,  workshops  and  snapshots of Hungarian culture,traditions and customs  history and modernism , made our stay  a worthwhile  experience.

The workshops aimed at evaluating  the unfolding of the activities highlighting the results and also  discussing the details of the reporting form of the first year of the project.(viewing the fact that some of the partners are part of such projects for the first time including our school).The latest  results of the project were evaluated : the albums about `Games,dances and crafts`and also the approach of the Comenius site format of each school. 

As for the cultural dimension which every partner prioritised ,    the visit to Szentendre  also includedevents and activities to help us grasp what Hungary has best to offer in terms of culture,tourism and mostly as a place where traditions and customs are carefully preserved and passed on .The agenda of the visit was on the whole the same for teachers and students.        


We were warmly  welcomed at the school by  students and teachers alike, while a group of kindergarten children performed  some traditional folklore dances and games.The students were holding maps ,flags and tourist highlights of each of the seven visiting countries. Later, we had a friendly and informal meeting with the mayor of the town, who took pride in speaking about the town of Szentendre, „ the town of painters”. We visited the Museum of Ceramics „Margit Kovacs”, which is considered tobe one of the most beautiful and valuable museums in Hungary, a symbol for the town of Szentendre, where art has its home.


We had study visits in Esztergom,where we admired the biggest basilica in Hungary and one of the biggest  in Europe.  In Visegrad  we walked through the town, then we participated in an interactive way in a very spectacular and funny tournament. The students went hiking in the mountains of Visegrad, more exactly at Dobogoko, where they experienced  high levels of adrenalin during a couple of rounds of bobsleighing.


The students also experienced an amazing outing at the Skanzen Outdoor Museum, where they were presented different traditional crafts and old village games once played, as to have an idea of the villagers life in the past.

The teachers on the other hand, had a „history lesson” on countryside dwellings according to social rank. We also visited an exhibition dedicated to  the the animals of the yaer- the sheep. Several countries joined this Europena project ( Lithuania, Poland,Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary)which aimes at celebrating these animals throughout the year. Thus,  many of the activities at the museum  stressed the importance of protecting these animals.

 Szentendre being situated very close to Budapest (15 km), we could spend a whole day in the capital, visiting the Buda Castle, the St. Stephen Church,  the Parliamaent ( both outside and inside), as well as a boat trip along the Danube, with a panoramic view of this beautiful city. We appreciated our Hungarian colleagues’teamwork, who guided us and were very good hosts.


 „My name is Brianna Precup” and I took part in the Szentendre reunion in May 25-30. There I met very special people with whom I keep in touch today. I made new friends, I learned that if you speak English you cand manage in any situation, I learned many new sthings, I experienced new dishes/foods, I visited tourist highlights that are among the top of places to see in Europe and in the world. The tourist town of Szentendre, welcomed us with open arms; here we had the opportunity of seeing that even in a vocational school  you learn how to be a responsible person, that even in a room with five girls you can have fun and make new friends from different countries. I really enjoyed the way they welcomed us, everything that they had planned for us, everything that we visited, and everyone I met. At first I didn’t feel quite at home, but when I  realised what they had planned for us and that it was Thursday and that on Friday we had to leave, I became very nostalgic.

I am glad that I had the opportunity to participate in this visit; for me it was a wonderful experience during which I enjoyed myself, while learning a lot of new things and earning more self esteem. At the same time it became clearer to me why these projects are important, how they can help you to keep an open mind  and develop on a personal level.

Student’s impressions after the visit to Hungary ( Brianna Precup)

Dora about Comenius Meeting in Szentendre, Hungary

The time spent in Szentendre was one of the most beautiful experiences in my life, having met a lot of nice people and seen a lot of beautiful places, even though it was a pretty short period of time. We had arrived by car Sunday morning, and went to the teachers’ hotel before we could go to the hostel we would stay in. The view from the terrace was breathtaking, hills lining up in the distance, combining various shades of green under the clear blue sky. After a short while, we were taken to our hostel, and later on the Polish and Italian girls we shared a room with arrived too.

The first day was a “get to know the city” day, because after the school visit, we were given a quiz paper based on monuments and various locations around the city. After turning in the quiz, we went to dinner and then home.

Tuesday had been a long day. We went to a trip to Visegrad, where the teachers and the students had been separated. We went to a kind of rollercoaster after a long walk in the woods, which was pretty fun. I also managed to get a few gifts for my friends that day.

On Wednesday I didn’t feel well, so I missed out on what I heard was a nice day. They went to a Village Museum, and got pizza later on. I was told what happened, but I wasn’t actually there, so I don’t remember everything as vividly as I remember the activities I had taken part in.

Thursday was the day I liked the most because of the visit to Budapest. After seeing the Parliament Building from a cruise on the Danube, we actually got a small tour inside the building itself that had me learning a lot of interesting things I had no idea of, but I’m glad I got to find out about. We were also given a little time for ourselves in a mall, but the time was so short, we barely had any time for anything. The farewell dinner was heartbreaking, but I’m glad I got contact information from a few of the people I had befriended in these four (or five) days.

And so it ended. Friday found its way to us very quickly and there was nothing I could do about it, or any of us. The morning was occupied with shopping around the city, with all the little shops and nice merchandise. It passed as quick as the wind, and the realization that everything was truly over came to me when we saw the Polish girls leave, one hour before we did. I wish I could take part in more of this kind of activities, because not only did I meet all sorts of people, and learn about different cultures, but I also learned about myself. It was all really fun, and also unique. I still keep in touch with a few of the people I met there.



The fifth Comenius reunion took place between 21st – 26th September , in Lund ,SWEDEN.Our school was represented by  three teachers : Dorina Miclaus , Luminita Balan and Smaranda Petretchi as well as one student : Alexandra Gorduza ,7th grade B. 


The programme started with the visiting of the host school which meant all of its 10 buildings. We entered a few classrooms while classes were going on – students are trained for trades like builders, carpenters, painters and plumbers.We then visited another wing which trains disabled people , the sportsgrounds  the kitchen as well as the canteen where the food is prepared by students supervised by teachers and where teachers and students alike  have lunch .


Everybody was impressed by the school facilities and their advantage on the students behalf. The school itself illustrates in fact the high living standart of the Swedish society and as such the importance given to education in general  is well highlighted in their slogan : ``Sweden starts in school``. This is reality not merely a slogan.


On the first day of our visit we were at the Town Hall where the mayor (Mrs)welcomed us with champagne and cookies wishing us a pleasant stay in Sweden. A power point presentation of the history of Lund followed, its major projects especially those aimed at increasing the number of working places for the community.


On Monday afternoon visiting students and hosts accompanied by teachers  left for a chalet in the forest nearby where they spent the night. The outing reached its goal in creating a more relaxed environment/atmosphere for the students in order to interact and get to know each other.

Tuesday started with a workshop – we planned the activities for the second year of the project , we checked future mobilities , the volunteers` blog and everything that needed to be done until the next meeting in December , in Italy.


In the afternoon we went sightseeing in Lund (together with the students)also known as `the town of ideas and creativity`.


Visiting the `Kulturan` museum we were given a wonderful presentation of a short history of the development of the Swedish society  and how  the early awareness of the need for education for the masses had such an impact on the quality of life in general as well as on each and every individual.

The tour of the cathedral in Lund began with the presentation  of the clock in the church , a major tourist attraction .The guide told us many things about the construction and historical evolution of the building and also the story about its patron, monk Laurentiu …

In the afternoon the students returned to school  to see various presentations of their respective schools. After that they took part in a history lesson dealing with the first universal voting (the theme was suggested by our hosts inspired by the voting they had the previous week).

Wednesday was dedicated to visiting Skane. Our Swedish colleagues wanted us to have a clear image of what Skane is. So, we went to Osterlen to the famous Neolithic site reminding us of Stonehenge, in England, the charming Ystad with its clean, narrow streets and perfectly  preserved old buildings ,flowers everywhere. We passed several villages, very different from ours and what I noticed was the sense of unity and measure in everything  from the size and colour of houses to the life space so elegant and nice, discreet – lack of the need to show off, to impress. A space of normality, I would call it.


On Thursday we went to Malmo by coach and toured it by car as it was raining. The one stop we made, though, was at Calatrava`s famous building called the Turning Torso,a residential block of 150m in height which dominates the city and we took some photos.


Crossing the famous  bridge linking Denmark to Sweden, we went to Copenhagen ; here we spent a few hours ,watched the changing of guards at the royal palace , walked along the seashore passing the statue of the little mermaid. We had lunch at a restaurant nearby and we returned to Lund only to get ready for our last dinner together in Sweden and get our certificates of participation.




Alexandra about Comenius Meeting in Lund

Hello! I'm Alexandra. I'm a student at „Avram Iancu” School, Baia Mare and I am going to tell you about the activities I took part in within the project reunion from Lund, Sweden, between 21st and 26th September 2014.

First of all, here are some things about the host family. The student I stayed at is a 19 year-old girl, who recently graduated highschool at” Gymnasieskolan Vipan”. Her family was very welcoming and their house was beautiful.

My first impressions about Sweden and Lund were great. Everything seemed to me overwhelming: the landscape –very clean and well organised, the people – well educated and pleasant and the history of this amazing country - abundent in surprising events and accomplishments.

 Monday, 22nd September

On the first day we went to school to meet all the students who came here and the host students. A teacher presented us the whole school and told about its history. Then, we went to the City Hall. There we watched a presentation about Lund and the history of its University and educational institutions. Further on, we went to school and had some team work activities with the students involved in the project where we talked about the countries we came from.

Later in the evening, we went to the Skrylle naturreservat ( The Natural Reservation from Skrylle), where we stayed all the night in a cabin in the wood. We made a bonfire, we ate and then some local people came with us on a little "trip" to present us the surroundings. We saw some old beach remains and the road through the forest.

Tuesday, 23 rd September

The next day, after we woke up, we had breakfast and turned back to Lund.

As it was designed in our schedule, we reunited with our teachers and went on a visit to Lund Cathedral and Lund University. Both are very beautiful. We not only saw unique things such as the clock in the cathedral, but also found out lots of things about the history of these cultural edifices. After that, we came back to school and made our presentations about the Comenius Project activities - helping old people through volunteering activities, teaching them or learning from them activities. In the evening we all went to the bowling club.

Wednesday, 24th September

  The bus took us all – students and teachers – to Skane, a beautiful region, where we saw the countryside, the beach and the Ales Stenar ( Ale's Stones ) which is something like Stonehenge in England. It was an opportunity to notice how different the landscape is here as compared to our country, not so much from the geographical point of view as for the manner they build and organise their living place. We stayed there till evening.

Thursday, 25 th September

The bus took us to Malmo, then to Copenhagen. We crossed the bridge between Sweden and Denmark. In Copenhagen, we saw a beautiful Cathedral, the changing of the guard at the royal palace and lots of sights of various colours and dimensions which, altogether created an unforgettable image of this famous capital in Europe.. After we had some free time to sightsee around we had lunch and left back to Lund.. In the evening, all the students went to the Laserdome in Malmo. Late in the evening, we packed our bags.

Friday, 25th September

We left Lund in the morning when the host teachers took us to the airport. We arrived at home during the night.

So... This are a few thoughts about my experience in Sweden. I'm very happy that I met all those lovely people. Sweden, in my opinion, is a country which is worth visiting because it has a lot to offer. This experience not only brought me happiness, but it also helped me gain new friends, more self-confidence and more determination in what I feel I have to do from now on..

I have understood that such projects are a means to develop on a personal level and that I shouldn’t ever miss such occasions.



On 16th October 2014, volunteer students from `Avram Iancu`,  together with their teacher, Mrs. Daniela Florian, met a group of senior ladies, mainly, at ``Rivulus Pueris ``Centre in order to teach them how to use mobile phones.

This time ``I teach you`` meant the students who explained to their ``pupils`` how to save a phone number or a photo in the phone.


Another group of volunteer ``teachers`` showed the seniors how to create a facebook address and how to accept friends in such a type of communication.


Last but not least , other volunteers explained the steps in creating an address and password for e-mail communication. 


Then, grannies read the online local paper , learned how to find information they need ( or library timetables) , they communicated by e-mail or on facebook with the volunteers present.


In the end they exchanged addresses and congratulated our students on their seriousness and patience! Students on the other hand felt proud to have been of use .



On Thursday,23rd October 2014,a group of 11 students from Avram Iancu School, Baia Mare, members of COMENIUS project `I teach you, you teach me: share wisdom and life` together with grannies Ileana Lung , Rodica Zainea , Suzana Chereji  and teachers SoniaCorpodean,  Marieta Chirileanu and Dorina Miclaus ,took part in a genuine activity ,that is a cooking lesson at North University canteen. 


This is the third activity within our project in which seniors share their knowledge and experience with the students after LIFE STORIES and GAMES ,DANCES AND CRAFTS. This time, the children were guided step by step in cooking three dishes : a STARTER –FILLED EGGS , A MAIN COURSE: CABBAGE ROLLS and a DESSERT : ANGEL WINGS. 


For this, the children teamed up in three groups according to the number of recipes, washed hands, put on their aprons and followed the grannies` instructions. It was very nice watching them so focused on what they had to do, also very responsibly and how happy and enthusiastic they were of the result!


Pictures were taken during   the preparations of all the three recipes in order to have the power point presentation of the whole activity. Read more...


Our activity was also registered by the local media.



The sixth Comenius meeting took place in Bosa , Italy from 1st to 5th December 2014. Our school was represented by three teachers , Dorina  Miclaus , Daniela Florian , Marian Ioan Pop and by two students as well , Razvan Mociran and  Victor Rohian both 7th graders.The programme started with the visit to the Instituto D`Istruzione Superiore  `G.A.Pischeda` in Bosa ,our partner in the Comenius project. We were warmly welcomed by our Italian colleagues , by the staff and the students too.


The partners introduced themselves then Mrs. Rosela Uda took the floor followed by the project leader Mrs.Giuliana Demurtas , the town mayor and also the parents committee representative. All of the above highlighted the importance of projects and their contribution to the students `development as European citizens open to multiculturalism , to understanding and acceptance , to communication and cooperation. This school has been involved in projects like this for more than 15 years and has had the chance to benefit from them.

After the official opening of the reunion we toured the school to find out more about its profile ; well, the partner school in Bosa is an equivalent of a highschool in Romania only that the former has a theoretical section as well as a vocational one where students learn to become cooks or farmers. And for this the school  administers a quite large piece of land  which the students cultivate and which produces actually , the school managing thus to have its own revenue. The school consists of several buildings , one of them is the farm at about 25 km from Bosa.Students are taken there according to well-established schedules in order to practice.

While the partner teachers were visiting the school, students, guests and hosts took part in activities designed to get to know each other and to actually communicate in English. 


After lunch we all went on a study visit organized by our hosts so that we learn more about  Sardinia , what makes it unique. We headed towards Ulassai admiring the rough scenery along the way .Once there we visited the wind mills site ; we were given a most interesting presentation of the importance of  aeolion means from an economical and ecological point of view. 


After lunch at a local restaurant , we visited the ``grotte su marmuri`` cave ,famous all over Sardinia for its spectacular formations within   and  their impressive dimensions.


To my surprise the stalactites and stalagmites here are not made of ice like everywhere else but from various types of rock. We returned to Bosa by evening.

Wednesday morning  was entirely dedicated to workshops. The first one dealt with the activities prior to the Swedish meeting and also with the ones to be done until the visit to Turkey. The two meetings with the grandparents were talked about (grandma`s recipes and children teaching grandparents how to use the internet, mobile phones).

Also we discussed about the second international calendar 2014 and the activities to be organized in January and February 2015: the second meeting means that students teach grandparents to use the computer and the mobile phone  and the grandparents , in their turn , teach students proverbs and sayings often used in their youth.


The second workshop focused on the new Erasmus projects , a possible partnership proposed by Martin Martinez from Sweden .

Meanwhile our students went to classes to see how teaching is done in Italy.After lunch , teachers and students alike went on a guided tour of Bosa ( visit to Malaspina Castle , the old cathedral in Bosa , a photography exhibition illustrating the activities of the Navy in this part of Sardinia.


The study visit we took on the last day of the project reunion we saw some locations representative of Sardinia but also of the host school. In the morning we set off to Santa Maria  to see one of the famous nuraghi ( pre-historic round towers conceived as shelters in case of danger ) that are scattered all over the island .On this occasion we reached the farm administered by the school in Bosa where students practice to become farmers.We had lunch  right  there and  we ate traditional Sardinian dishes.


In the afternoon we went to Alghero to visit the old town , beautifully preserved ,full of traces speaking about the culture and civilization that  left a significant  mark on this region a long time ago.


In the evening  we returned to Bosa where  we had the festive  good bye  dinner teachers and students together . Certificates of participation were handed out  and thanks were addressed to the hosts  for the warm and friendly welcome we all experienced during our stay.

As can be seen ,  the programme of the visit to Italy was a very dense one , with fruitful debates , constructive discussions , very interesting and instructive  study visits for everyone .The Italian  partners`  dedication to activities meant  to the development of their school and implicitly of their students  could be seen all along our stay in Bosa. The results of their work are also  visible in the matter-of-fact , casual way in which the students engage in conversations  or interact with anyone without  getting nervous or inhibited but also  in the knowledge they acquired  and the ability to get the most of their experiences.

The second international calendar of the Comenius project was issued  in December 2014.It was designed  by the Swedish partners, again , based on the photos  sent by the schools involved .



The activity Computer lessons with grandparents   was  set up forthe second time within the project  on January 22nd 2015.  10 volunteers – students at Avram Iancu School ,5th , 6th and 7th graders took part in this together with their grandparents.


The seniors present learnt how to surf the internet (GOOGLE) , how to make an e-mail address  and how to use the FACEBOOK socializing network. This meeting started a debate on the pros and cons of computers in today`s world as far as children are concerned. Conclusions  drawn  in the end admitted that the technology of communication is an absolute necessity to be known by people of all ages. Nevertheless , the use of computers should be restrictive lest it should result in physical or mental health issues.


Seniors were invited ,at the end , to share impressions  about the activity. A nostalgic moment   ended  the activity  i.e. a power point presentation on `CHILDHOOH` in which grandparents  found themselves while their grandchildren wondered at the beauty of the  simplicity in their grandparents` childhood. 

All the seniors present were awarded diplomas of honour  as a token for the special way they engaged themselves in this activity supervised by prof. Daniela Florian and Sonia Corpodean. Photo album



The lessons on computer and mobile phone, organized by students of the target group with grandparents who have chosen to participate in our project ended with a photo album, as the outcome of these activities. Entitled "Grandparents and grandchildren: past - future", the album contains a significant number of images  taken during two lessons held in different locations and dates (see reports published on the website). We congratulate both grandparents - for their quality of motivated disciples at these lessons - and students, who have demonstrated their abilities of being good teachers. The album can be viewed here Photo Album 



Time is the greatest teacher, another Comenius project activity that took place on 27th January bringing seniors and volunteers together once again: seniors told life experiences which the students listened to and resumed in a proverb/saying. Mrs.Dorina Miclaus , the project leader highlighted the most important activities unfolding and mostly the effect these meetings have on the  students and adults  directly involved in the project.


Mrs.Elena Munteanu  set forth the theme of the activity Time is the greatest teacher, time seen as experience .From among those present,  Mrs.Maria Tarta presented a drawing –hill – valley on the blackboard as symbols of the rise and fall in the growing process to become  an adult , a drawing having the following proverb as illustration There are successes that humiliate you and falls that raise you: FAILURE  TEACHES  SUCCESS.


Some seniors then talked to the students about the beauty and wisdom that lie in proverbs , their meanings often hidden  .  Mrs.Aurica Stiru and Mr.Augustin Tohatan  suggested  other proverbs to interpret: MONEY CAN BUY ANYTHING BUT  NO MUM AND DAD. Mr.Tohatan helped children understand the meaning of this proverb insisting on what can / can`t money buy. THEY MUST HUNGER IN FROST THAT WILL NOT WORK IN HEAT / AN IDLE YOUTH , A NEEDY AGE  , a proverb found in literature (the ant and the cricket) that can also be attached to people , careless students who postpone doing things at the right time and find themselves in trouble .

WHILE THE GRASS GROWS , THE HORSE STARVES  - this proverb refers to our expectations from others ,the grass symbolizes information, knowledge ,material expectations.

DON`T  CUT DOWN THE WOODS TO CATCH THE WOLF – the meaning of this proverb is very simple. You don`t need to destroy an institution , a family or a friendship for a single person or a group that harms the nucleus from within , like mice do in different   spaces  other than their own.

A WISE HEAD MAKES A CLOSE MOUTH / HASTE MAKES WASTE  / HE IS BETTER TO SAY NOTHING AND BE THOUGHT A FOOL THAN TO OPEN  HIS MOUTH AND REMOVE ALL DOUBT  - variants of the same proverb that says that it`s better to think carefully before acting.

EAGLES EAT NO FLIES / MOUNTAIN FEARS NO SNOW   were other proverbs that brought about interesting talks related to life experiences.



In conclusion, the activity was both relaxing and interesting for all those present:  Leaflet  



The seventh Comenius project reunion took place between 9th – 13th March 2015 , in Denizli,Turkey.Four teachers represented our school : Dorina Miclaus –project leader,Daniela Florian ,Elena Munteanu and Sonia Corpodean.No students participated in this reunion since our Turkish partner school has turned into a primary school after applying  and being accepted in the project, thus being unable to involve students in the project .Consequently neither of the other schools – ours included – brought students along.


On Monday we visited the school where we were warmly  welcomed by the young pupils waiting for us together with teachers and parents , in the school yard.The school`s dancing team presented a short display of traditional dances ; the school is very keen on preserving  customs and local culture.We then entered the school only to watch the younger pupils perform – they had to `judge` a girl`s behaviour who was careless of her school things and destroyed them without hesitation.The children impressed everybody present with their matter-of –fact conduct / acting and were much applauded .


Discussions followed about the Turkish teaching system , the project reuniting us all. Mr.Fulgencio Garcia ,the Spanish leader of the project wanted us to tell him about the unfolding of the activities and accessed the school sites to check the results presented on them. It was agreed that by the end of the month ,  the leaflet  containing the interpretation of proverbs and sayings –activity that took place in January –should be ready.

Later,in the workshop,the ERASMUS  + project proposition forwarded by our Swedish colleague Martin Martinez was discussed.Countries expressed willingness to participate in it.

Between 2 – 4 pm we met the county`s governor  , the town`s mayor as well as a representative of national education. After speeches from the three officials ,we presented our respective schools and thanked them for their  warm welcome in Denizli.This time also the children were in the spot light : they danced one of their traditional dances in their spectacular costumes.We recognized them in the slides presenting the Turkish school !


After 4pm we were invited to visit `the Balci Mansion`, a very beautifully renovated  and  preserved house built a few centuries ago , in the representative local style. There, local people , eager to learn and especially to preserve customs , come and study ottoman ,a language no longer spoken in order to be able to read the Coran . Women ,on the other hand come here to acquire the technique of applying  colours and shapes on different fabrics thus giving them a unique value.

We were allowed to give it a try , several more `courageous ` colleagues created some  samples on paper to take home.

On Tuesday morning we left for Efes.

First stop was at the trains museum in Camlik where we learnt how the museum came into being ,details about  different exhibited  types of trains ,mainly about the train that president Ataturk travelled by through the country.

Next we went to Virgin Mary`s House where she is said to have sheltered together with Joseph,the apostle after the persecution following Jesus ` crucification.This  dwelling is a pilgrimage site which no Christian passing by ever misses.



After lunch  we went to the area where the ruins of the old city of Efes can be seen : overwhelming sight !  These ruins stretch out quite impressively , some in a fairly good enough shape  to convey the grandeur of a long gone world , even to this day! A few examples , Hercules ` Gate ,Traian`s Fountain , Hadrian`s Temple , Celsus `Library  but especially the Great Theatre are unforgettable.

Sirince , a place with special magnetism ,not only because it is so picturesque ( built more vertically than horizontally) but also because of the variety in forms and shapes as far as tourists are concerned : products you can find here in shops , range from tea made locally and 100% natural , wines , flavours , jams , varieties of honey , spices , coffee ,  fruit ,olive oil, Turkish delight , halva ,  to jewellery , fabrics,souvenirs etc.

The day ended with a walking sightseeing tour of the charming town of Kusadasi and once again we understood why this part of Turkey is so  appealing to tourists. Turkey has a lot to offer  indeed !

On Wednesday morning we left for Pamukkale.On the way we stopped at Kaklik Cave ,a place where travertine is hidden under the ground ,together with the miraculous water , warm and full of minerals which –upon falling down – created this wonder Roca of the purest white ,here and there  coloured in green or blue depending on the containing minerals.

After the cave , we saw the old Roman ruins of the ancient town of Laodekia where , along with a very passionate guide , we learnt a great deal about the history of the town , its importance during the ancient times and also about how it was related to Christianity at its starting point.

In the afternoon we went to Hierapolis ,an old town whose fascinating history was revealed to us by the same enthusiastic and well – trained guide. We could see , at a distance , the hallucinating  white of travertine at Pamukkale.We crossed   the `snow mountain` - that`s how it looks from a far , barefoot  stepping on the cold stone and in the warm water creek carved into the rock all along our way. It was a unique experience which ended another wonderful day !


On Thursday morning we visited the Ethnographical Museum Ataturk where exhibits belonging to Ataturk as well as life scenes / snapshots reflecting the evolution (in time) of the Turkish people `s  occupations.There are rooms in this museum which housed the president for a short while , therefore the authorities decided that the museum should bear his name.


The next stop was at the Ragged dolls Museum ,initially scheduled for Monday.We were happy we didn`t miss seeing it as it was extremely impressive starting with its history : a very enthusiastic primary school teacher had the idea of creating dolls (with her pupils) out of extra fabrics / textiles in a workshop she set up for this purpose. The resulting dolls were meant to illustrate aspects of Turkish life (marriage , meals in the family , working the land , cooking , children`s games  etc ). Some of the dolls are legendary figures like Nastratin Hogea  who we saw in the museum riding a donkey , his back forward.


After lunch we set on a walking tour passing by the town`s symbol : the famous statue of a rooster ! We ended up at the Yemi Camii mosque.According to muslim customs , we took off our shoes and put  scarves on our heads.The inside of the mosque seemed a bit smaller than expected but beautifully made in specific muslim style ; we liked mostly the patterns on the walls with nice colour combinations , also the impeccable cleanness . 


Our visit ended with the” music lesson” at Merzci Mill , a kind of equivalent to our  people` s folk art  school only that , here , it is located in what used to be a former mill a century ago.People interested in learning to  play musical instruments come here either as a hobby or  in order to study for a future career in this field. We were presented a few  traditional musical instruments with a few samples of music played  so as to have a better  idea about the typical sonority of Turkish folklore.

During the good-bye dinner at the hotel restaurant certificates of participation to this mobility  were handed out , hosts and guests expressed thanks .

(prof. Dorina Miclaus)



On 27th January the following activity  : `Time , the greatest teacher` took place in our school. Seniors had to teach students once again and suggested  a debate on proverbs that guided them  from youth to adulthood. This activity can be found on the site and here  we Issue the leaflet of the proverbs discussed and analysed  together with the students.

The leaflet has been translated into English, as to make it known to partner schools and as it is required in the project. Read more



The following teachers from our school were assigned to participate in the final project reunion DORINA  MICLAUS , LUMINITA  BALAN , SMARANDA  PETRETCHI  as well as two students Iancu Sabo and Tudor Mateian (6th grade B).

The programme in Poland started with a succession of activities that took part in the school.First of all we were invited to the festival hall to watch a short play in English , performed by the school children ; after that we had a tour of the school – an old but well kept building – nicely disposed.


We found quite a few similarities  in terms of organizing school  , the problems teachers face : lack in discipline , no motivation to learn , disorientations as far as decisions for the future are concerned. Our partner school which initially had only primary and  lower secondary schooling has been supplemented with an  upper secondary component so there are three distinct teaching cycles in the same institution.

I noticed an interest in finding alternative methods of teaching , apart from classroom activity. In this respect ,  the school has a room where the students can relax by `creating` lego replicas of real life , for instance , `mystic towns` , different towns. We visited a room where students learn to target fire – an activity both relaxing and exciting , which  partner teachers and students alike wanted to experiment.



After the tour of the school ,students were invited to sit a few classes  with their Polish colleagues , while teachers had their first workshop. Discussions focused on the evaluation of the activities taking place in Turkey i.e.the proverbs leaflet and also on volunteering . Each of the partners had had good and not so good experiences , dealing with cooperative grandparents and less so .


Since computer lessons with grandparents have come to an end ,volunteering activities are also close to the finishing line , we talked about the results of these activities : the two photo albums to be made . Also we reached an agreement as to how the film about `Grandpa`s corner` was to be made .Fulgencio Garcia, the project leader , suggested slides in case the film was too complicated to make.

We were reminded that the project ends with an exhibition which displays all the results along the unfolding of this project.

After lunch and after the second workshop , our students and the Polish ones went to the lego room in order to build together different imaginary buildings .

As for the final report,the project leader informed us about the tasks to fulfill , he explained how to write the report and what we need to insist upon : we are to spend all the money and have the necessary proofs of how we spent it ; after receiving the password from the national agency  we have to attach to EST site all the activities and their results.

 At 5pm , we went on a walking sightseeing tour of Krosno.


On Tuesday we visited Cracow , former capital of Poland , famous for its many sites that are part of UNESCO patrimony : Wawel Castle , St.Mary  Basilica , Kazimierz  and , of course , the old part of town. We arrived in town at noon and started with the visit of Wawel Castle , the old residence of Polish royalty , until a fire destroyed it and consequently the royal family moved to Warsaw which has been the capital city of Poland ever since. The visit was guided and the detailed information we got was meant to offer an overall image of a very troubled period in the history of this country. Our students had the opportunity to see how the Polish look upon their history and their personalities , with great pride and veneration. 


At 4 pm we continued our visit in the old part of town , with St.Mary Basilica , the opera house the square and the Barbican Wall, Kazimierz and Florenskaia Street. We were impressed by the beauty of the buildings , newly renovated , by the elegance conveyed by passing down old traditions  ( like the one of going downtown by horse and carriage) and last but not least by the impeccable cleanness of every corner. The town  abounds in visitors and has a powerful cultural atmosphere  carefully preserved from ancient times. Cracow is also a university centre and as we were told , the majority of its population are students attending the many faculties here.


On Wednesday morning we left the hotel – together with the students- and went to Lancut to admire one of the most beautiful castles in the region ,famous all over Poland for its superb interiors and an extremely interesting collection of carriages (pulled by horses) preserved from times when they were the most used means of travelling that could be afforded especially by the wealthy people. Once more , our Polish colleagues wanted to give us a sample of what was and what Poland still  is in its very essence : a beautiful country with a huge history and an impressive cultural patrimony. It`s not only the castle that overwhelms you , but also the surrounding gardens that stand comparison with any English park , the castle `s orangeyard with plants , small animals well cared for , floral displays that give colour to every corner ,the green of the grass and  ivy . All these are  impossible to forget !


At 3pm we left Lancut and headed for Rzeszow for a walking visit. Here also we found the same care for beauty although the town is industrially developed , its surroundings hiding rich gas and oil resources

On Thursday morning , after breakfast , we went to the glass factory which made  Krosno  well-known worldwide. The glass made here can be found in shops all over Europe and also overseas under the form of glasses , lamp shades , dishes and pots , paintings – and – ornaments. Many school activities are organized here , the factory has workshops where students can experiment together with very `patient` teachers. Some of the seniors involved in project activities were former workers here. 


What impressed us the most is the fact that the factory is not an ordinary one , apart from these workshops for experimenting , there are exhibitions which display different exhibits  made of glass combined with other elements : glass and light effects , glass and special inscriptions , glass of different colours and surprising shapes. It was a unique experience .



At 12 pm we went to the Town Hall to meet the mayor of Krosno.We were warmly welcomed and  then informed about the local Town Hall  intentions regarding the developing of the town as well as the importance of developing  education  in the schools in Krosno .The mayor considered our project as very useful both because of its theme and of the cultural exchanges it implies. He also asked us about where we were coming from  and imagine our surprise to find out he had been in Baia Mare and  had co-operated with our town hall.


We had lunch in a restaurant near Krosno  , in Iwonicz Zdroj , a resort destined to people suffering from certain diseases. After lunch we walked around this small resort  and visited a centre for senior citizens where students from our partner school had organized volunteering activities during the past two years.

We got back to the hotel in the evening just in time to get ready for the farewell dinner at 7pm. It was very nice because everybody was present , teachers and students alike and also the host families. The students (especially the girls) had a `special moment ` for us all : a short dance they had prepared in secret with their sports teacher. It was a lovely surprise! Certificates were handed out to teachers and students .

On Friday morning , after breakfast, the students left for the school to see power point prsentations of the other partner schools. It was a useful exchange of information  and a chance to practice English in a more organized manner.

The teachers met a group of seniors involved in the project ; communication was a bit difficult because none of them spoke English and everything they said needed to be translated. We managed to get a few impressions  which are very much the same with what we found out  talking with our seniors at home.They told us that they were happy to participate in these activities since they  know things which the younger ones don`t and they must find out. Also , we agreed upon the need of understanding between generations ,of respect and support.The project –they noticed-highlighted exactly this.

 At 2pm we had our last lunch with the Polish colleagues and students. At 3pm we left the hotel and headed back home.



Along the two years  time of Comenius project "I teach you, teach you me: share wisdom and life", dissemination activities with students participating in mobilities in  the project meetings from Plunge - Lithuania,  Szentendre – Hungary, Lund - Sweden, Bosa - Sardinia and Krosno – Poland were organized . Power Point-type presentations were made in front of  the colleagues from the project's target group, and other colleagues from school. The students presented, based on photographs, activities provided within the programme of each meeting, expressed their views about them and appreciated the advantages of involvement in such projects, among which: improving fluency in communication, visible gains in the capacity to interact and relate with youth from other countries, involvement in actions that " take you  out of school," substantial acquisition of information and knowledge about other peoples and other cultural spaces. Even  the air travel - which for some students was a novelty -  was mentioned.

Students who made presentations were: Buciu Iuliana (VIII B) and BOLCHIS Roxana (VIII A) for meeting in  Plunge, Lithuania;


Dobrican Dora (VII A) and Brianna Precup (VII B) for meeting in Szentendre, Hungary;

Gorduz Alexandra (VII B)  for meeting in Lund, Sweden; 

Mociran Razvan (VII B) and Rohian Victor(VII B) for meeting in Bosa, Sardinia;


Mateian Tudor(VI B)  and  Sabo Iancu(VI B) for meeting in  Krosno, Polonia.



On May 28th 2015 a group of students from grade VII B members in  the target group of the project, along with Mrs. Smaranda Petretchi, went to the Village Museum to achieve the necessary material for the movie "The corner of the grandfather “. The activity was meant to complete the image the students have made on how our grandparents lived, and which began with life stories ("I lived it"), continued  with experimenting games, dances and crafts, with cooking together and then sharing the wisdom of old proverbs and sayings, which were all learned from the grandparents. This time,  the teacher Smaranda Petretchi guided the students, who learned with this occasion, what kind of tools and utensils were used by our peasant grandparents and how. The short movie takes us back in time, in a space of simple life, marked by time horizons and sacred rituals, all placed between the two poles between which begins and ends human life: birth and death. We invite you to watch it here:  Movie 



On 17th June 2015, the final products exhibition achieved within the Comenius project "I teach you, teach you me: share wisdom and life" was held at "Petre Dulfu” County Library from Baia Mare;  it marked the completion of activities developed through this  project. Local community representatives, partners, parents, students and grandparents - members of the target group, teachers involved in the project as well as teachers and students of the school who did not participate directly in the project, were invited to take part in this event.


After a preamble made by the principle Ioan Marian Pop, who scored key moments in the project, the following took the floor: Mr. Augustin Tohatan member of the target group of grandparents, Dora Dobrican student, member of the target group of students and teacher Mrs. Daniela Florian, member of the project team. They all talked about their firsthand experiences with the activities, the positive impact they had on them but also about the personal development benefits that such approaches facilitate. l who did not participate directly in the project, were invited to take part in this event.


 Mrs Dorina Miclaus, the project coordinator, did a review of all the activities undertaken since the beginning of the project, focusing on the final results achieved after each of them. The final products that have been published (photo albums, life stories, the proverbs leaflet and the two calendars) were exhibited to be seen by everybody and then offered to partners, collaborators and grandparents from the target group of the project, depending on the activities in which they  were involved. They were viewed, too, on the Comenius website ( a result of the project, as well) together with other products which have  not been published: the presentation of the school and city, the designed winner drawings in the contest "Draw your grandfather",   the Comenius corner panels displayed in school, the winner drawing in the contest for the project logo , the blog  of the volunteers and the movie " The  Corner of the Grandfather”, the latest outcome of the project.

At the end of the activity, special thanks  were addressed to all those involved in the smooth running of the project, both partners an members   in the target groups, parents, staff, and students who responded to all requests currently received from teachers, to take part in voluntary actions and activities provided through the  project agenda.


They were awarded diplomas and offered published final products as a sign of gratitude and, of course, as a way to disseminate and popularize the project results. All the final products can be visualized on this site.