The Transnational Meetings

The Second Short-Term Joint Staff Training Transnational Project Meeting

Visit of the partners of the project Creating Spaces for Activity in Poland

Workshops, project meetings, but also time for sightseeing and integration. This is how the visit of our project partners from Turkey, Greece, Ireland and Portugal went. The next meeting will take place in June on the Greek island of Corfu.

An important element of each project cooperation is joint work and team integration. Implementers of the Creating Spaces for Creativity project have already had the opportunity to meet in September 2021 in Malatya, Turkey, which resulted in the development of a large part of the results of the 1st and 2nd project. In Poland we focused on improving the already developed results and planning further activities. Teachers also participated in a TV workshop in the Banach Studio.

The project involves teachers of schools, including teachers of the Banach High School in Chorzów, who, through training and exchange of good practices at the international level, together with academic staff of the University of Silesia in Katowice, will develop innovative solutions promoting the development of creativity at school:

1. a practical handbook for teachers: “How to teach creatively?”                  

2. a practical guide for students – “How to learn creatively?”

3. recommendations and good practices – “How to create creative spaces at school?”

During the visit, there was also time for trips to interesting places in our region. We, the organisers, were particularly keen to show our guests unique tourist attractions. The biggest impression on our guests made a trip to the underground Queen Luisa Adit in Zabrze. Under the supervision of a great guide, we went both on foot and by water. Then we visited the Museum of Metallurgy in Chorzów – a new, well prepared point on the Industrial Monuments Route. We had interviews with our partners to learn about reflections on meeting whichis available here.

Some of the foreign teachers visited the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum in Oświęcim. On the last day of our stay we took a walk around Cracow visiting Wawel Castle, the market square with the Cloth Hall and the Kazimierz district.

We tried our best to accommodate our guests. We prepared… a wardrobe of winter clothes, which the teachers from Madeira, Portugal, were happy to use. Everyone enjoyed Polish and Silesian dishes specially selected and ordered for the occasion.

Two more meetings await us this year – in June in Corfu, Greece, and in September in Cork, Ireland. The last project meeting will take place in Madeira, Portugal, but that is not until February 2023.

We are now starting work on the 3rd project outcome – How to create creative spaces in schools. Recommendations and good practices.

Project partners Creating Spaces for Creativity:

Fundacja Rozwoju Edukacji SPATIA (Poland)

Malatya Bilim Sanat Merkezi (Turkey)
Edmund Rice College (Ireland)
CulturePolis (Greece)
Escola Básica e Secundária Padre Manuel Álvares (Portugal)

IX Liceum Ogólnokształcące w Sosnowcu (Poland)

The idea behind the project is to create a space for creativity and learning in times of pandemonium. How to learn, how to teach and how to prepare space for learning to be creative and interesting. The project involves teachers from schools in Chorzów and Sosnowiec, academic teachers from the University of Silesia and representatives of schools in Ireland, Portugal, Greece and Turkey. The results of the project – lesson scenarios, handbooks and collections of good practices will be made available to school teachers and students free of charge.

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