Joint Staff Training C3 in Romania
From 4th till 10th March there was a joint staff training of
teachers participating in the Erasmus+ project
“Nais (New Angles of good
practices on Inclusion for all Students)”.
Five teachers from Tukums Evening and Distance Learning
Secondary School Reinis Rukmanis, Linda Otto, Antra Brinkmane –
Brimane, Ineta Cerpinska and project coordinator Aiva Leitane
went to Romania.
evening of 3rd March we arrived in Arad in Romania
and met our project partners in the hotel. Warm greetings and
embraces were around. All the teachers were very glad to see
each other after again.
Day 1: Sunday, March 4th
Cultural program: visit to Timișoara
In the morning we went on an excursion to
Timisoara. Timisoara is the third largest city in Romania. A
multinational city with Hungarian, German and Serbian
minorities. Known as the first city in Europe and the second in
the world after New York, to use electricity to illuminate its
public streets. Today, one of the most economically prosperous
Timisoara abounds with churches of several denominations.
We visited he Roman Catholic Cathedral (Catedrala Episcopala
Romano-Catolica) and the Romanian Orthodox Metropolitan
Cathedral (Catedrala Ortodoxa Mitropolitana)
We walked aroud the Victory Square and went through the pedestrian
promenade, where we saw an amazing and unusual sculpture.
We tried delicious Romanian food at cafes in Timisoara. We decided
to try Romamian soups which were really delicious and similar to
our Latvian soups.
After the excursion in the evening we had Welcoming dinner in
Hotel „Aradul” where we were staying during the training.
We were pleasantly surprised at the peculiar way of serving the
2: Monday, March 5th
It was a very busy and exciting day. We were warmly welcomed by the
teachers and counsellors at Liceul Tehnologic Francisc Neuman
what was our project working place during this week.
During the meeting with pupils and teacher, we were surprised at
the positive atmosphere, high organizational level and school
This school consists of two buildings: Neuman building and Cicio
Pop building, where we were surprised about monumental and huge
buildings with big, light and simple classrooms.
One thing was really good and unique: ”the library on the wall”
(very big poster with books on the wall), where students can
take a photo of the book code and receive this book in their
mobile phones for reading.
The topic of the day was Profile of an inclusive
teacher so we visited the County Center for Resources and
Educational Assistance where prof. dr. Ovidiu Toderici told
us about this building and the work they do. We met the
psychologist Otilia Ardelean who tried to teach us an amazing
and simple, but a bit complicated dance which can be used to
help the studentsnot to be angry to each other. That was a very
interesting experience for us – adults.
Here, we also chose a gift for the spring festival.
We visited Teachers` House and „Rainbow” Centre where we
meet prof. Adela Redes – Director, who guided us through the
building. We got the positive impression about the teachers` job
here, because all the teachers and children were very smiling
and warmly welcoming us. What was a surprise for us? Three
teachers (with assistants) working with just about ten children.
In this regard, Romania is a step ahead of Latvia.
After official visits to educational institutions we had
Cultural program: guided city tour in the center of Arad.
The guide took us to the most famous places in Arad, the historical
center of the city with many interesting buildings.
Arad is a city of impressive buildings and architecture, with many
of the main sights located along the principal thoroughfare, the
broad, tree-lined street with trams running along it. These
include the impressive white City Hall Palace (1875), the Palace
of Culture (1911-1916), the neo-gothic and secessionist-style
Red Church (1906), the large, domed Roman Catholic Church
(1902-1904) and the neo-classical State Theatre (1874). Republic
Street (Str. Republicii) - Pedestrian Street with Art Nouveau
The guided tour around the city center was exciting.
Day 3: Tuesday, March 6th
The topic of Tuesday was Learning to learn, guidance and
personal development of students. The representatives of
schools prof. Aiva Leitane, prof. Olivier Paquee, prof. Gitte
Lenaerts, prof. Edin Kadic presented the guidance system at
schools, their teachers` hard and important role in children`s
education, motivation to learn and having the feeling of being
Then we had Eures - European Employment Services presentation about
EU aspects in career and labor market (Adriana Soneriu –
expert). We got a good overview of this topic.
After lunch we participated in the training session of types of
guidance services where we had to work hard: to remember our
own career planning: when was it started, did the career change
or not, how many times and etc. That was exciting for all of us.
During the project, various methods were used, such as group work,
thought cards, video and IT.
Day 4: Wednesday, March 7th
Wednesday started with the presentation of the
Erasmus+ project ”The suitcase, the map and the voyage of a
youth worker” where Lavinia Gană – school counsellor and
trainer guided us through this project. We fillded in some tests
and questionnaires and made sure we have chosen the right
career. The project platform based on Moodle was very
attractive. We got really interested in it and we would like to
introduce some possibilities intp our Moodle platform.
Prof. Camelia Avramescu’s training session made us be involved
very actively. After lunch we visited school workshops.
Coordinators had their meeting to plan the next project
activities and meetings.
In the late afternoon visited ”Integra”- association for persons
with mental disabilities where we watched string-puppet
Day 5: Thursday, March 8th
This special day - Women’s Day started very nicely: firstly
all the women of our team got the gifts from the only man in our team – Reinis.
After that all the women received presents at school from students.
We continuoed with training session: Career
activity planning – creating a lesson plan (design). This
session was held by Otilia Ardelean.
Groups got the tasks to plan the career of a student and present it
in an exciting way. It wasn’t an easy task because we all have
different students with different background and experience.
We had a presentation of methods, tools used in career guidance:
questionnaires and inventories on professional interests,
skills, multiple intelligencies, learning styles, where we got
big source of useful materials for our work at local schools.
Thanks for it!
We had delicious lunch at shool prepared by teachres.We were
able to try Romanian food (most of them home – made) which is
eaten daily in Romania ( including very huge bread and strong
drink). We all apprecited this opportunity.
At the end of the day we had dinner in „Euphoria” pub –
where we celebrating Women’s Day together with all teaching
Day 6: Friday, March 9th
The topic of day was Schooling - Career –
Globalisation. We listened to Cristian Ianoșdan – trainer,
we had round table discussion about impact of European projects,
trainings and mobilities on teachers and students.
After that we had a very interesting prof. dr. Franky Huysmans`s
presentation about guidance and personal development of students
who are from different countries and representing different
religions at the same school in Belgium. It was exciting to hear
how to deal with them and teach them with a lot of mutual
respect and tolerance.
The last working day ended with a partner meeting, when
everything was evaluated and planned for the next steps in the
During the award ceremony we received Certificates about
participation in this project. We also received Europass
In the evening we had a farewell dinner in the "Moara Cu Noroc"
restaurant in Ineu, which was very impressive with very
large halls and interesting rooms.
On Saturday morning, we went back to Latvia, taking home a
lot of positive emotions, new ideas for next project activities,
being glad to have shared experience and friendship with
teachers from other countries, because during this week there
were a lot of events and impression that we will remember for a
Project coordinators will meet again in May to plan the next
activities and the exchange of students.