Geraardsbergen/Italy. The GO! Athenaeum Geraardsbergen has developed a strong tradition of Erasmus exchanges: every school year, the Atheneum sends many groups of students abroad to broaden their view of the world. Four students of the ‘5 Delta’ class kick off this school year. They went to Vasto in Italy to participate in an exciting exchange with the main theme climate change.
Hannelore Meganck, supervisor of the students in Italy and teacher in the Delta operation – the operation for the gifted – likes to talk about the adventure they are currently experiencing there: “With 5 Delta, we started a STEAM project last year in which we, together with five other countries come together to reflect on STEAM topics. With STEAM we focus on science, technology, engineering, mathematics and the aspect of language, art, cultural and behavioral sciences.”
‘In Italy the focus is on climate change. On Monday we already had workshops on ecosystems and an analysis of the climate. We also had a short informal Italian lesson. On Tuesday, after a guest lecture from a marine biologist, we started researching the impact of the climate on the basis of a research assignment in a nature reserve just outside Vasto. On Wednesday, we analyzed our findings from Tuesday. We will also take a look at the future. This by answering the question: What responsibility does humanity have towards the climate?. Thursday and Friday we will focus on the cultural aspect of the STEAM project. For example, we are going to visit Naples and reflect on our role in preserving culture in this metropolis.’, explains Hannelore Meganck.
During this busy week full of inspiring workshops, these students from 5 Delta also get a unique life experience in which they have to show a lot of independence. The GO! Atheneum Geraardsbergen is sending many class groups on an Erasmus adventure this year and is convinced that this internationalization contributes to the creation of global citizens with a critical but open view of the world.
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