23th – 28th APRIL 2019
KA2 – Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices

The second transnational meeting of the Erasmus + KA2 project “Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices” was hosted by Ady Endre Secondary School.

4 principals and 17 teachers represented the 5 participating schools in this second mobility. This was the first meeting where students also actively participated in the programs and workshops  following the goals and guidelines  which were stipulated  on the occasion of the first mobility held in Santarem, Portugal last fall. Altogether 24 students arrived in Debrecen: 6 from Portugal, 7 from Transylvania, 5 from Sicily and 6 from Calabria.
On the occasion of this meeting in the capacity of being the main coordinator we did our professional best to meet all the requirements of the project and facilitate „cooperation for innovation and exchange of good practices” at a high level.In the course of the programs and workshops organised for the teachers and students  we managed to learn from each other, exchange ideas and further develop international cooperation.

After the arrival of the participating groups on the 23 April students of Ady Secondary School organised a program for the guests.Students were put up by host families, since it is of utmost importance that in international exchange programs students should get to know the everyday life of the host country, familiarise with its culture, customs, traditions, thus become more tolerant and responsive. We have already received a positive feedback in this regard, since friendships were made, sometimes even special bonds were formed with the host families.
On 23 April the teachers participating in the mobility also met in a welcome dinner, which was a relaxed meeting where we could also discuss the weekly program ahead

We organised three excursions for our guests:to Budapest, Hortobágy, Eger and Felsőtárkány. We aimed at getting them acquainted with the respective legends of Hungarian poets, authors, saints, as well as showing them the beautiful Hungarian landscape and our rich cultural heritage.
Our students introduced the sights to the guests in English in the course of each of the excursions including the one in the capital city.The programs of the week and the excursions were organised by Dr Edit Bagossi, János Jánosi, Rita Rácz and Zsuzsa Peternainé Juhász.

On 24th April all the guests and a group of teachers and students from our school travelled to Budapest.We visited some of the outstanding legendary sights of the capital city including the well of „gaffer Elek” in Döbrentei Square. Here we tried to invoke the intellectual heritage of Sándor Kányádi and Elek Benedek, who were the creators of the well.

Later we walked halfway up to Gellért Hill showing our guests the breathtaking panoramic view of the city. We walked along Váci Street and the Danube bank passing by the Parliament and Saint Steven Basilica, which some of our guests visited. We stopped at the Monument to the Victims of the Holocaust and the statue of Attila József. In the afternoon we visited Heroes’ Square, Vajdahunyad Castle, Matthias Church and Fishermen’s Bastion. Finally, in the evening as the highlight of our sightseeing we took them to the citadel to show Budapest at night. The beautiful lights of the Hungarian capital city captivated our guests.

On 25th April the principal of our school, László Türk greeted the guests in the building of Ady Endre Secondary School.Later we showed the school library to them.

In the meantime in the „podium” some of the members of our debate club, which had excellent results in various Hungarian and English debate competitions, had a workshop led by Péter Belinszky with the students.The festive opening of the second mobility started with the principal, László Türk’s speech,which was interpreted by Szilvia Drake in English. After that the musical adaptation of an Ady poem entitled I am your Silence was presented by Dominik Gyarmati from class 11. C, Olívia Ivett Katona from class 10. C, Lilla Hodik and Lilla Pajkos from class 11. B. After the „Ice-breaker” game conducted by Rita Rácz we gave our presents to the guests.Later on Viktória Pesti presented the results of the online tasksheets dealing with the Hungarian and Portuguese legends.She gave some useful tips to the students how to improve the results of their future online text comprehension task sheets.We also announced the winners of the online text comprehension competition from both legends.A student from Ady Secondary School and another student from Székelykereszttúr got a reward for achieving the highest score.

The first workshop was conducted by Dr. Edit Bagossi, Zsuzsa Peternainé Juhász , Rita Rácz and Szilvia Drake.The target languages were Italian and English.
The students formed three groups on the basis of their verbal skills.Those belonging to the WORD group could express themselves on the level of words, those who dared to conduct longer communication and could express themselves in SENTENCES belonged to the second group. Finally ,those capable of creating even longer TEXTS comprised the third group.
Students of the first group collected keywords to the Portuguese legend of Santa Iria and the Hungarian legend of the Golden Hind. Those belonging to the third group had to write a letter on behalf of the statue of Santa Iria to a stranger visiting the River Tagus and later from the point of view of the Golden Hind about the origin of Hungarians.

After lunch the festive opening of the second mobility started in the main hall of the Déri Museum.

Vice Mayor of Debrecen, Szabolcs Komolay greeted the audience.His speech was followed by those of Dr Andrásné Vántus, Deputy Head of The Educational Board of Debrecen and László Türk, Principal of the host school of the event. Szilvia Drake interpreted the speeches, Márton Karácsony served as the moderator of this part of the program.

After that students of Ady Endre Secondary School entertained the guests with their performance including a Portuguese song, an Italian poem and ballet as well as folk dances from Vajdaszentivány (Transylvania) and Nádudvar.

Blanka Sándor from class 11. C introduced our school with a PPT and she talked about the group of creative students presenting their works (illustrations, drawings). Dominik Gyarmati, who was in charge of the creative rewriting group, related their achievements. He summarised the plot of the new Hungarian and Portuguese legend giving details about the concept of the short story entitled Awakening. That is the new version of The Legend of the Miraculous Hind created by the students following the instructions of János Áfra, contemporary Hungarian writer.

Then students of the partner schools introduced their own respective countries, schools as well as their rewritten legends in form of short films, presentations, illustrations, drawings, poems.
In the rest of the afternoon the guests could see the Munkácsy Trilogy accompanied by a play of lights. They also participated in another workshop.

In the research room two creative groups of students in Déri Square four more groups worked on creating a blog, a short film, an interview about the importance of the mutual understanding, knowing our legends and those of other nations. The students uploaded their products in the formerly created online group.
The DTV broadcast the opening ceremony.

In the evening most of the teachers participating in the project and the principal as well as the vice principals of our school had dinner together.

The two contemporary writers, Humberto Duarte and János Áfra could meet in person on this occasion. They play an important role in instructing students how to rewrite their respective legends.
Meanwhile in the Great Forest the students participated in a program where they could get to know each other in a playful way.

On 26th April students had another workshop in the „podium” hall under the leadership of Dr Edit Bagossy.They played games boosting team spirit and finalised the creative working process. Meanwhile Arianna Sturniolo, a teacher from Calabria, had an eTwinning upgrading course for the teachers. The use of eTwinning is of utmost importance in our project for both teachers and students.
According to the original plan Józsefné Egri, eTwinning embassador was to lead this workshop, however, for technical reasons she could not arrive in time, so the Hungarian teachers’ team is going to meet her later.
Later on we took our guests on a sightseeing in downtown Debrecen.We showed them some of the iconic monuments and buildings of the „Calvinist Rome” including the Great Church and the Reformed College.They could climb up to the the tower of the Great Church. In the meantime we talked about the history of Debrecen, its coat-of-arms, some of the legendary sights of our city including the Csokonai Theater as well as distinguished authors like Magda Szabó.

After this program we set out for our trip to Hortobágy to get acquainted our guests with the atmosphere and the sights of the Hungarian”puszta” as well as make them try some traditional dishes typical of the region such as „slambuc”.

They went on a cart ride to see the flora and fauna of Hortobágy, could ride a horse, watch the show of the wranglers called „csikós”.

In the evening they could learn some of the traditional folk dances.We had dinner in the tavern of Hortobág, then the highlight of the evening was a performance on a shaman drum accompanied by singing. The cultural program was designed in a way so that our Portuguese, Transylvanian and Italian guests could have a better understanding of our story of origin and the legend of the Miraculous Hind.

The last trip of the second mobility took place on 27th April in Eger and Felsőtárkány. By this time some really strong friendships had been formed among students.

In Eger we visited Dobó Square and the Basilica. Our guests had some free time to enjoy the atmosphere of this beautiful historic town. Some of them visited the wonderful baroque church in the main square, others climbed up to the minaret. After that we travelled to Felsőtárkány to take a walk in the Bükk mountains and meet our legendary friends, the deer, the earthly representations of the legendary miraculous hind. It was a unique experience for teachers and students alike to feed the deer and mouflons with apples and carrots.

Meeting the deer as a totem animal and a symbolic representation of our legend inspired the students to prepare even more lifelike illustrations of the rewritten legend called Awakening in the oncoming e-book, the final intellectual-artistic product of our project. In the evening both teachers and students had their respective farewell dinner where they received their certificates and attendance register.

The Calabrian, Transylvanian and Portuguese group left on Sunday morning, the Sicilian group on Monday morning. Our students organised some optional programs for them on Sunday. All of our guests arrived home safe and sound full of good experience.

On the basis of the feedbacks we have received so far the Hungarian meeting had a profound impact on our guests.Their acknowledgement proved that it was worth putting all our efforts into the organisation of this program.The teachers became real friends successfully cooperating with each other, the students could also strengthen their friendship with each other and their host families.
The words of our Portuguese colleague, Pedro Vargas speaks volumes:

„ This is more than friendship. We have become a family.”

In the course of the second mobility in Debrecen we clarified the time of the next meeting to be held in Cittanova beginning with 23rd October 1919.
We also agreed that we share all the news, articles puplished in the press in our online group as well as on the respective webpages of the partner schools .
We are going to write a report as hosts of the second mobility.and publish it on our common webpage .We need the respective report sent by each partner school to be able to upload our summary on the Mobility Tool.We are going to submit the annual report to the Tempus National Agency by 30th July2019.
We are planning to compile a satisfaction survey for all the participants. All the students of Ady Secondary School participating in the program are going to write a report about their opinion regarding the weekly program of the mobility. They have to elaborate their contribution to the preparatory phase as well as the implementation of the program.