The Project Meeting in Naisai, Lithuania, started on 26th April 2011. Theparticipants were teachers from partner schools: Slovakia – 2, Turkey – 3, Bulgaria – 2,Poland – 3, Romania – 2, Latvia– 5 and from the host school Lithuania– 3.There wereno representatives from the Italian school. For the first time the students from partnerschools were present: Turkey – 2, Bulgaria – 2, Poland – 2, Romania – 1 and Latvia– 2.On the whole 20 teachers and 9 students participated in the meeting.
On 26th April we all met at the airport in the capital of Latvia, Riga, and startedour journey to Naisai in Lithuania by coach. In Naisai we met the families who offeredto accommodate our students. The children spent the rest of the day with their hosts..The teachers were taken to the hotel in Bubiai. We were greeted by the headmaster ofthe Lithuanian school Mr. Vytautas Simkus and had a welcoming dinner there. On Wednesday, 27th April, we went to the Naisai Primary School and metteachers and students who prepared a welcoming reception. Then we had a guided tourof the building, visited classrooms and observed the lessons. After the coffee break wewere invited to the Naisai Culture Centre where the students presented the LithuanianEaster customs and traditions. We were impressed by everything, especially by the egg
rolling competition. Then we returned to school and our students participated in Easteregg colouring activities where they learnt the old Lithuanian traditional methods. Theteachers started the work session. We discussed the following issues: completing theofficial website of our Project, presentation and exchange students’ letters about peaceand friendship, presenting national games, discussing the first online lesson “School life”between Bulgaria and Poland which took part on 18th April 2011. After the work sessionand the lunch at school we had free time in Siauliai city. The rest of the day we spent inthe Culture Centre with the students presenting the national games and enjoyingourselves. The following day was a very interesting one. We went on a guided trip toVilnius. The capital of Lithuania is a very beautiful city. We also visited amazing
Trakai castle and Kernave. We returned to our hotel late at night tired but full ofunforgettable impressions! 29th April was a working day. The students enjoyed themselves in the paintballclub and the teachers had their second work session. We discussed the following issues:new ideas concerning our Project, the next meeting in Bulgaria and organization ofComenius Day in all partner schools. Then we went to Siauliai city and were receivedin the district local government council. After lunch in the local restaurant we visited avery special place in this region – The Hill of Crosses. Over 100 thousands of all types ofcrosses are gathered here – and people still leave them on this Hill. In the evening weparticipated in a very touching Mother’s Day concert and the farewell dinner duringwhich we thanked our Lithuanian friends for a wonderful and perfectly organizedmeeting.
Saturday, 30th April, was a packing and departure day. We went to Riga airportby coach, said goodbye to one another and left… only to meet soon in Bulgaria duringthe next Project Meeting. See you soon Comenius friends!