Srednja Bistrica, april 2016

Slovenian meeting was held under the project theme “Between the Alps and the Mediterranean Sea”. Our activities On Monday, the Slovenian students presented a play in terms of “tree stories”. It was a play about people fighting against foresters who wanted to cut down trees.
On Monday morning we visited different lessons from grades 1 to 9 and the kindergarten next to the school. On Monday afternoon we visited Jeruzalem Nature Park and learned about the nature in our Pomurje region. We learned about how people exploit the nature and live with it, for instance we visited vineyards and had a presentation about cultivation in the hills of Jeruzalem area. We also learned about economic aspects of such living and exploitation.

On Tuesday, we visited the capitol of Ljubljana, which is European green capitol city 2016 and learned about natural environments in towns. We visited also the highest point in the centre of Ljubljana, the Ljubljana castle.
We visited the Postojna caves with the famous Proteus, which are both typical for Slovenia. At that time the Proteus expected young ones. We also visited the interactive Expo exhibition and learned a lot about the Slovenian Karst system, a system of underground caves, tunnels and water streams with its own flora and fauna. Such ecosystem has huge impact on the whole environment.
Since the theme of Slovenian meeting was “Nature Poems”, we visited confluence of Soča River. We learned about poet Simon Gregorčič, who wrote the famous “Soča” poem under the impressions of the 1st world war and the battles that unfolded along the Soča River in the Soča valley, since they demanded horrific numbers of deaths. We visited the river itself and the open air museum Kolovrat from the 1st world war, which is devoted to all the casualties from this war.

On Wednesday, we visited the salt pans in Strunjan and the nature park there. We learned a lot about the flora and fauna in the park and the life of workers on salt pans and how they make living out of it, which was also in terms of “business story”.

On Thursday we had two joint lessons, one in the 3rd and one in grades from 6 to 9. The 3rd graders learned about the Mura River and its characteristics, e.g. animals and plants in and around it. Older students were having a joint lesson with mathematics, geography, history, biology, languages and IT. They had to hike through the forest, along the fields, solve different tasks and orientate themselves with GPS tracking devices. In the afternoon, students were part of a workshop where they built models, typical rafts for the Mura River. After the workshop students and teachers we went to the river and the local forester Janja Kelenc taught us a lot about the forest and its characteristics. During the hike in the Mura forest we solved several tasks from the areas of natural sciences, e.g. biology and mathematics. We also let the rafts to flow down the river.

On Friday, we had a brainstorming event, a so-called round table. The theme of the round table was “European integration and challenges Europe is facing today in terms of climate changes”. Participants were native and foreign teachers, one native and one foreign student, mag. Mojca Dolinar from the Slovenian Environmental Agency, who presented climate changes and their impacts on Europe, Slovenian Member of Parliament Jožef Horvat and the chief of European Commission Representation Office in Slovenia, mag. Zoran Stančič. Latter shared their opinions on European integration and their views on youth exchange projects.

Video by Elena Gata Cano (Spanish student)​