3-Meeting in Bolaños de Calatrava – Spain

Project Meeting Comenius
“C.A.R.S: Cars Are Really Super"
- Bolaños de Calatrava 3rd– 8th November 2013

Within the Comenius Project “C.A.R.S.” Cars Are Really Super, the third project meeting took place at the
“Instituto de Enseñanza Secundaria Berenguela de Castilla” Bolaños de Calatrava, in Spain. The headmaster Mr Salvatore Indelicato, the teachers Mrs. Silvana Raccuia, coordinator of the project, Mrs. Antonina Calanni , Mrs. Daniela Contrafatto, Mr. Renato Bonaccorso and the students Antonella Demetrio (5 A Inf), Giovanni D’Agata (5 a Ch), Alfio Faro (4 C Inf) e Daniele Piccolini (4 A Ch) took part in the meeting.

Italian, Dutch and German delegations were welcomed at the Spanish school by the teachers and the students with great enthusiasm and cordiality.
The mobility was an opportunity to exchange teaching experiences and to illustrate the work done by the students of the various schools through videos and PowerPoint presentations on the following topics: “Road safety”, “The European road rules “, “The environmental impact of cars “and ” the Eco-friendly cars. “

The teachers also planned the activities for the final meeting that will take place from 12th to 16th May 2014 in Netherlands.

Even the local administration of Bolaños de Calatrava welcomed the European guests, in fact, the Mayor met the delegations of the several countries at the Town Hall, highlighting the importance of the project both in relation to cultural exchanges, and for the relationships that is possible to establish between the teachers of the participating schools that permit comparisons of teaching methods and collaborative interventions.

The kind Spanish colleagues helped us discover the monumental and historical beauties of Bolaños de Calatrava, Almagro and Cidad Real, located in the autonomous community of Castile-La Mancha, scenery of the literary adventures of Don Quixote.

In this area of the Spanish hinterland we also visited Toledo, a World Heritage Site, with its cathedral and its “Alcázar”.

The discovery of the territory then continued with a tour in Andalusia, Granada, famous for its impressive Moorish fortress “the Alhambra” full of decorated palaces and surrounded by a wordeful green park.

During the meeting everybody communicated only in English, particularly significant factor, as it allowed students to understand the importance of the English language as a vehicle of culture, dialogue and debate.

The experience has been extremely positive also from the point of view of personal growth since it allowed our students to meet and to feel close to boys and girls who live in countries with different cultures and languages​​, overcoming prejudices and cultural and language barriers.

The meeting was attended by the representatives of the following schools:
1) Istituto Tecnico Industriale “S. Cannizzaro
(Coordinator) Catania Italy
2) “Kaufmaennisches Berufskolleg Oberberg” Gümmerbach Germany
3) “Instituto de Enseñanza Secundaria Berenguela de Castilla” Bolaños de Calatrava Spain
4) “Friesland College” Leeuwarden Netherlands

Silvana Raccuia


Photos by Renato G. Bonaccorso