The third mobility of our program was held in Bucharest in Romania, from 14 October until 18 October 2019.
The partners teams, composed by 21 students and 13 teachers, had a interesting program full of activities. The first day the hosting school Scoala Gimnaziala No 195 presented all the colladorating countries, with national costumes, dances and songs from each country. The event was attended by the German Ambassador in Romania, the Greek Counselor and the respresentive of the Greek Community in Romania.
In the following days students participated in training workshops (Architects instructed students to construct a model of the Manuc’s Inn building). Beside in the context of the program teacher and students had the opportunity to visit the historical center of Bucharest, the impressive building of the Romania Parliament House, where they had meeting with a Romanian senator and discussed about politics and diplomacy in Kapodistria’s era, the Manuc’s Inn the place where Kapodistrias signed official documents during his stay in Bucharest, the National Bank of Romania’s Currency collection and the Teodor Aman museum.
Also, they visited the Bran Castel and the castel of Katakouzinos family in Transylvania region. Generally, this trip has enabled our students to improve their language skills, broaden their horizons and make new friends.
Welcome Festivity - School
Historic old town-museum of the national bank of Romania
On the first day we were welcomed with typical dances of each country. The Romanian pupils even wore traditional clothes of the different countries. The groups had also created PowerPoint presentations about all the participating countries. The German ambassador held a speech about Europe and said what a great chance we had to do an international project like Erasmus +. In the afternoon we went downtown and saw the beautiful city.
When we left Bucharest, the area quickly became very rural. We drove into the mountains, to the castle of Graf Dracula (This epithet was sometimes understood as the "son of the devil"). It was very impressive, we also heard something about Vlad III. Dracula’s life, for example that he was born in 1428 and tortured a lot of people. That’s why Bram Stoker turned him into a vampire in his famous book “Dracula”, which was published in 1897. The castle was really beautiful and it was a great trip.
One day we went to the Romanian National Bank 🏦. The National Bank of Romania was founded on 17th April 1880, being the 16th national bank of the world. There we learned many different and exciting things e.g. that Romania has 200 tonnes of pure gold. The most interesting information was that the building had been built like a Greek 🇬🇷 temple.
We visited the colossal Parliament Palace which was built for and by Ceaușescu in 1983. It is 84 metres high (the world’s third largest administrative building) and it is so heavy that it sinks by 6mm every year. We had a tour through it and saw the Parliament room whose dominant colour is green. In one of these thousands of rooms of the Parliament Palace we met a politician of the opposition and asked him about Romania’s role in Europe, the political system of Romania and his ideas for change.
On our last day we went to see the primary school children in their classrooms. Scoala Nr. 195, which hosted us, consists of a primary and a secondary school. As the building is not big enough, the primary school children have lessons in the morning and the secondary school children have school in the afternoon. We went with our group to a third grade. They asked us lots of questions in English! Also, on their blackboard we saw a mathematical formula we learn in secondary school. I was a little bit shocked!! In Romania they learn much more and much faster than we in Germany.