Upon the official visit of the Greek president, Mrs Katerina N. Sakellaropoulou and Slovenian president Mr. Borut Pahor in Koper on 23rd April 2021 the two presidents inaugurated the bench of friendship near Kapodistrias statue on Kapodistrias square in Koper. Two students that participated in the project, Taryn Vodovnik and Nives SkerbiÅ¡ Pifka presented the project to the delegation. The regional newspaper reported about this event.
The European partners 20 students and 10 teachers from Corfu, Romania, Slovenia and Germany attended the activity program prepared by 35 students in the 1st Gymnasium of Nafplio and 15 teachers belonging to the program’s pedagogical team. This mobility was also attended by 3 persons from pedagogical team of the Erasmus + Partnership Coordinator, the Regional Directorate of Primary and Secondary Education of the Ionian Islands, including the Regional Director Mr. Petros Angelopoulos.
First Day Welcome Reception
The first day included welcoming the guests by the school choir, the pupils introducing their countries and schools, playing and dancing lessons at the Nafplio Sports Center. At noon an official welcoming lunch was held at the school with the amazing offer of our students’ parents and the coordination of all the teachers of the program’s pedagogical team.
Argos - Epidauros
On the second day the students and their accompanying teachers were guided to Argos by the greek students looking for the traces of Kapodistrias in the city of Argos. They visited important monuments in Argos that declare the life of the Governor and his work. The day continued with the visit to Ancient Epidaurus and the greek students guiding the visiting partners.
Thematic tour and workshop
On the third day, the greek students and their teachers had prepared a thematic tour of Nafplio that concerned the life of Kapodistrias as governor of Nafplio until his assassination. After the thematic tour, the students were divided into groups and played Hidden Treasure Hunting Gaem in the Old Town of Nafplio. In the afternoon the activities continued with the Experimental Workshop on “Enemies and Friends of Kapodistrias”. The workshop was prepared by the greek students with the help of their teachers. At the end of this great day, teachers met in a coordinating meeting at the Harvard Center for Greek Studies and discussed the details of the program’s outcome.
Visit to Palamidi
On the fourth day of hospitality the visiting partners were guided by the greek students to Palamidi and were informed about the Greek Revolution of 1821 and the persons who played an important role in it. Then they visited the Nafplio Branch of the National Gallery, the Permanent Exhibition of Persons of 1821 and the Exhibition of Women Portraits. At noon the official closing meal where certificates were given to the participants. And in the afternoon, one of the most moving moments of the program was the theatrical event on the Assassination of Kapodistrias by the greek students.
Visit to Acropolis
The last day was dedicated to the Acropolis of Athens and the Acropolis Museum. The students were guided by professional guides to all the highlights of the Rock and the museum. Then they left for the airport and said goodbye to their new friends!
Presentation of the activity program
Pupils from Bucharest
I liked this experience at the school in Nafplio,because I met a lot of nice people from different countries.I also had the opportunity to see some of the most beautiful Greek traditions and the everyday life of the most hospitable people in Greece.
The week I spent in Nafplio was an awesome experience because I met my host family, they were very kind,like the most peoplein Greece. I met children from different countries at the school in Nafplio and I visited beautiful places. I had a lot of fun with the children I met and I'm happy I was part of this project.
I loved my experience in this Erasmus project because I met such friendly and happy people that became my friends in just a few days. I had the opportunity to take a break from all the traffic in Bucharest and see a beautiful town with beautiful sights. I'm also glad that I learnt new things about this school and the educational system in Greece .
It was an amazing opportunity and experience, I saw great historical places and I found out new things about Ioannis Capodistrias.For me, learning and experiencing lifestyle in Nafplio for a few days was awesome. I learned a lot during my time there and my hosts were great people.
I liked to see my friends from Slovenia again. It was fun seeing how my friends in Slovenia live and what they do in their free time. We spent a lot of time together and had a lot of fun.
Pupils from Ettal
On Monday we met the other students. We presented ourselves, our countries and schools. The presentations helped us to get to know the other participants better. We continued doing that in the indoor gym where we played games and learned the most famous Greek dance, the sirtaki. This was so much fun! Back at school there was a huge buffet with such a great variety of traditional food. It was delicious. Thanks to all the Greek parents for all the preparation work! It was impressive that the Metropolitan Nektarios Antonopoulos, a very important person in the Greek Orthodox Church, joined us for lunch. He even gave us a book he wrote as a present.
This day was the beginning of a great week!
On Tuesday we went to Argos, a town next to Nafplio. We had a historic walk about the sites connected to Kapodistrias in the town. For example we saw places where, at the time of Kapodistrias, the National Assembly met or took the oath and a house in which Kapodistrias stayed. It must have been very beautiful once! We also learnt about the trick Kapodistrias played on the Greek to make them eat potatoes.
Then we went to Epidaurus where the Greek pupils told us about the sanctuary. There was a theatre where you can hear the sound from the stage everywhere. The day was really interesting and historical!
During our stay in Nafplio we saw many great sights for example a beautiful old castle from the 18th century. The view from the fortress at beautiful old buildings and the picturesque sea in the background was marvellous. In small international groups we also went on a treasure hunt through the town. This was fun! At the school we collected arguments for and against Kapodistrias to have a discussion. To put the different steps of his life into frozen pictures was interesting.
The trip was a very nice experience with the teachers and classmates and the students from our partner schools.
On Thursday we saw a theatrical performance at different places throughout the town. It was about Ioannis Kapodistrias’s life and the positive things he did for Greece. The scenes were performed by the pupils from Nafplio. It was very impressive to see what pupils can come up with in extracurricular activities.
On that special day we also ate very much meat because after this week they’re not going to eat any meat like Jesus for 40 days, because they’re very religious.
On our last day, we drove to Athens. There we saw the Akropolis. It was bigger than we had thought before. We were also in the museum of the Akropolis which was very interesting. We learned a lot about the gods of Ancient Greece. The guide told us that the Greeks in the antiquity already had ice cream. The museum was built in 2009 and in a way it's floating because under it you can see old stones which were maybe a store or houses of the inhabitants of the old Athens.
One of the many interesting things was that we were in Greece on Tsiknopempti (Greek: Τσικνοπέμπτη). Our hosts referred to this day as ‘meat day’. It is always celebrated 11 days before the beginning of the Orthodox Lent, which starts with ‘Clean Monday’. We also saw the carnival decorations in the town and the shops and primary school students in costumes who celebrated that day having fun together and dancing outdoors.
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.
From 18th to 22th of March.
Twenty students and thirteen teachers from the Erasmus + school partners “The many-facet personality of Ioannis Capodistrias” travelled to find themselves in Koper, Slovenia at the Osnovna Šola Koper School. The reception was very warm. The hosts and guest students presented their countries and their schools.
The whole week was dedicated to activities about the project. Moreover, students and teachers had a guided tour to the sightseeing of Slovenia.
Τhe program ended with the best impressions, full of new images, beautiful experiences, new friends and lots of knowledge.
Koper - Izola - Piran
Slovenia is a central European country. The small Slovene region along the Mediterranean is Slovene Istria, with Koper as its capital. Its Italian name Capodistria (literally “ head of Istria”) testifies to its former role as the capital of Istria. With length of 46.6. km, the Slovene coast is home to three coastal towns: Koper, Izola and Piran.
The origin and development of Koper were decidedly influenced by its coastal position and seafaring that can be traced back to the late Hellenistic period. When visiting Koper, both short and long walks will take you to the major sights and monuments of secular and sacral nature located in the old town core, in particular close to both main squares, as well as to some peripheral squares and streets.
On the Slovenian coast the Piran salt pans were formed more than 700 years ago. They maintain the traditional process of making salt by hand.
Visit to the town
Visit to Capodistrias statue
Visit to the Town hall
Οsnova sola Koper primary school
The doors of Osnova Sola Koper primary school opened for the first time in 1st September 2006.
Various project initiatives and international activities have spread the name of Osnovna Sola Koper Primary school across Slovenia and outside its borders.
Committed teachers and other staff members and the significant achievements of its students build strong foundations for primary education.
Education and instruction are two areas, the Municipality of Koper gives particular attention.
Koper was the best place for an exchange. We all lived near together. So we could spend a lot of time together outside. We met some new friends and they were all really nice.
Slovenia was in every form a pleasure to visit. I learnt not only about Kapodistrias and his influence on modern Europe but also bonded with friends and made new ones along the way. We went along nicely and everything worked flawlessly. This trip was awesome and I will come back again.
For me it was extremely interesting to get to know more about the Slovenian language. The Slovenian language is complicated in its own way and altogether a fast spoken one. But that doesn’t mean that it isn’t an interesting and challenging language. To the challenges belongs for example a different numerus. During our visit in Koper we got to know it better and are impressed that it is hard to pronounce and describe.
We met the Slovenian friends we had made in Germany again, which was really nice and also found new friends. One day a mixed group of pupils from different nationalities went bowling together and it was a lot of fun. After that we went to a Chinese restaurant, which was even nicer than bowling. I’m so sad that I must go home now. I will miss everyone.
I liked to see my friends from Slovenia again. It was fun seeing how my friends in Slovenia live and what they do in their free time. We spent a lot of time together and had a lot of fun.
28 January-1 February 2019
In the week from Monday 28 January to Friday 1 February 2019, 40 students of all school partners and their accompanying professors met in Ettal, in the Bavarian Alps.
The educational program followed by the students was about the philhellenic action that existed in the area at the time of the 19th century.
The students of the Benediktinergymnasium welcomed the students from partner schools of Germany, Corfu, Slovenia, Romania and Nafplio They presented themselves, their schools and their countries. They showed them around the premises of the monastery in which the Ettal school belongs, the boarding school, the basilica, the monastery, the library. Together with their teacher the students took part in activities related to I.Kapodistria and his Philhellenic action in Bavaria.
In the spirit of this educational exchange, they learned about the educational system of Germany and they exchanged experiences about it.
In addition, they came into contact with the cultural heritage of Ettal, the every day life the local mores, customs and traditions of the area.
Also the students and their teachers visited points of interest indicative of German Phelenhinism to the Königsplatz (the King’s Square) and the State Archaeological Collection of Munich.
The students and the teachers returned home with a lot of experience from this multifaceted contact, realizing at the same time the great personality of I. Kapodistrias.
School No 195 Bucharest Romania
ERASMUS+ programme is an opportunity of collaborating with some amazing people and the chance to meet students and teachers of different nationalities. I learnt to socialize with new people and I improved my English and German, too. The German school “Benedickter Gymnazium” from Ettal welcomed us with open arms and brought us to wonderful educational places. In the end I would just like to thank for this unforgettable experience!
I had a great time in Germany. I created new friendships and socialized a lot. I loved everything about this project. The school was really beautiful and the activities were interesting. Thank you for such a wonderful project!
This project was a great opportunity to see how kids from other countries learn and live. The activities were educational and funny in the same time,and made us start great friendships. I hope I will have the opportunity to take part in another project like this soon
I really liked the opportunity to meet new people, make new friends, visit new places and get to know another country from another perspective. I loved the warm welcome from both the school and the family. I also wait for other pupils from other schools to come in Romania
My impression about this trip is a very beautiful one , everything was delightful, the host family was very kind and sweet and I am happy that I made so many new friends, not only from my school but also from all the other partner schools, I am happy that I spent a lot of time somewhere so close to the mountains and nature , all the children from the other schools were so nice! I am happy that I met all of them , it was such a lovely experience and I hope to see them again when they come to Bucharest
1st Junior Highschool of Nafplio, Greece
I have never visited Germany before and I think that is the best country that I have visited! In
Greece we don’t have snow and for this reason the snowy mountains of Germany were
When I saw the school I said “wow”! It is so big and with the monastery it looks like a castle. Its
classrooms are spacious and they have amazing view from the windows. Monastery’s
architecture is magnificent and its history, which a polite monk explained to us, is very
interesting. Most of all I was impressed by the images of the monastery. They have many
details and the expressions of the faces make them look like real ones. On Wednesday we
visited two museums in Munich , from which I learnt many new things.
Now let’s talk about my partner. My exchange partner is named Veronika. She is a very kind
and cute girl and I had an amazing time with her. The hospitality was great and her house was
so beautiful. Veronika’s parents and sister were also very kind and they made me feel like
home. Her bedroom and generally all the house was warm and my bed so comfortable. I didn’t
want to return to Greece!
I miss everyone and hope to see them soon!
In Germany it was very nice! I met a new culture, a new country, a new way of life and children I
didn’t know. The thing that impressed me the most was the school monastery. The architecture
was magnificent and the frescoes were unique.
There I did new things I hadn’t tried before. For instance I did curling and sleigh on the snow. It
was an amazing experience that I would like to do again!
The family was hospitable, polite with me and eager to help me in the home adaptation. I felt
very nice and comfortable and also I felt like I was a member of the family.
All this was an amazing experience that I would like to live again!
The truth is that many days I am looking for how to characterize this fantastic , this
irreplaceable experience. Just this: it was amazing!
The family that hosted me , mr and mrs Kozma were very good to me . And of course their
daughter Gigi + Zsofi. I miss all of them so much!
Now about the school and the city. They were very beautiful and also clean. The school and the
monastery were so special with their particular details! the museums that we visited were very
nice and interesting.
I can write more but I just want to say that I had a fantastic experience. the family, our routine,
the school, the rides, I miss all of them!
If I could, I would do it again!
In the end of January I visited Germany. Max was the kid who hosted me in Ettal. Specifically
we stayed in a small town which was called Garmish. All the things we did was the best!
the first day the took me from the train station and we went to their house, we ate and we
played boarding games. The second day we went to the school and we did some adventurous
activities in the class and out . We also went out and we played with the snow. Later we went to
the house and we ate special food and spend some time together. the next day they guided us
to their school which was also amazing.! Later in the house we had to eat something also
special: a big pizza! We ate, we played boarding games and in the night I was talking to my
friends. When we woke up we went to the train station to Munchen. We visited some museums
and we learned many things. In the afternoon we went out and the hosting family guided me in
all the town. Later we were very tired and slept very early. The last day after the school we
went shopping and for pizza. this day was the best for me and the hosting family!
This was one of my best experiences of my life! I will do it again if I can!