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Second Meeting with the Spanish Teachers

Segunda reónuni

Today we have had the second Joint Working Group meeting in which all the participating schools of the Network Innovation Project have been represented: CRA La Huecha, Magallón-Maleján-Ambel; CEIP Pilar Bayona, Cuarte de Huerva, Zaragoza; CEIP Fernández Vizarra, Monzalbarba; CEIP Catalina de Aragón, Zaragoza; Compañía de María School, Zaragoza.

During this meeting we have analyzed the conclusions obtained after the last trip to South Africa and the meetings held there with the Mngani teachers from Mbuyisa Makhubu School, Zola Senior Primary School, Balmoral College, Kwapitela Primary School and Camanga Primary School.

First of all, we have reviewed the Calendar, as it was one of the most significant changes made with the teachers of South Africa. We have discussed the new proposal and the teachers have agreed with it.

We have also talked about the change of partnership for CEIP Pilar Bayona and CEIP Fernández Vizarra Schools that from now on will develop the experience along with Balmoral College (South Africa).

After that, we have discussed about some of the most important conclusions reached during the trip as a consequence of the meetings held there. These conclusions revolve around the role of the teacher and the development of a global thinking on the student. 

If we want to make this experience sustainable and long-run oriented, we must know how relevant the role of the teacher is. Each of them needs to ensure quality relationships with the teacher from the other country, fostering dialogue, trust and the exchange of ideas. 

Also, we have agreed that in order to foster a more global thinking in our students we must convey the work of writing the letters and the corresponding topics with the development of interdisciplinary projects in the classroom that favor the work of the child’s personality, their inclusive vision of social and cultural reality, and a greater learning about the other country.

With this objective, each teacher has proposed activities and resources to use in the English area or other areas such as Music, Arts or Science. Some of these activities revolve around the use of tales, artwork, songs, etc. from the country with which the exchange takes place. For example, the story «How many ways can you say hello» written by the South African writer Refiloe Moahloli, tells the story of a girl that arrives to a new school in South Africa and learns to greet in the eleven official languages of the country. This tale is very useful to work the concept of friendship, the arrival to a new school and the existence of 11 official languages ​​in South Africa. Students learn about the culture of the other country, while they realize how their friends face the same situations they do when they arrive at a new school and want to make new friends. Some concepts that feed their global knowledge and tolerance, understanding that their friends from the other country are children just like they are.

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