How to Fight against Stereotypes – Webinar

We decided to share our experience and knowledge gained into fighting against stereotypes in schools by means of an online webinar. In an age in which technology is part of every single aspect of daily life, not using new media and innovative means of communication would be a huge mistake and a proof of ignorance.

Click here to follow the webinar, which is the result of the work done by the project teams. 

Intellectual Output

One of our greatest challenges was to create an intellectual output to be used as a guide for fighting against stereotypes in schools around the world. We tried to identify the causes of judgemental thinking and to discover the most efficient ways to combat it.

The result of our efforts can be seen if you just click here. 

Intellectual Output Cover


The fifth day of the meeting (June, 3rd, 2016) was spent making and filling the evaluation form of the project. The results were then analysed, as well as the strong and the weak points of the meeting. Ideas were brought forward about what could be improved and suggestions were made for future projects.


The teams also discussed and evaluated the project as a whole and the last details concerning the intellectual output were establish.


In the afternoon, the partners had the opportunity to attend the festivities organized to celebrate the Medas school day. The Portuguese teachers and students prepared numerous cultural activities and the visitors tasted traditional Portuguese dishes. The evening ended with a pleasat tour of Oporto.



The fourth day of the project meeting (June, 2nd, 2016) was dedicated to discussing the project website, its structure, the information it needed to contain and the updated to be added. The suggestions made by each team were taken into consideration and the changes were done by the Romanian partners, who administer the site.


The afternoon was spent discussing the features and proper use of the mobility tool. The teams discussed and worked together. The Portuguese team also presented the project booklet, uploaded on the Joomag platform.


To see the booklet, click here.


The third day of the project meeting (June, 1st, 2016) was dedicated to analyzing the learning sequences unfolded on the basis of the lesson plans provided by the project partners. Each team described how the lesson took place, the students’ reactions and the outcome. It was observed that these specific learning activities contributed a lot to breaking national stereotypes. They also stirred the interest of the target audience, the young people showing an increase desire to find out more about the project countries. 


The last touches were added to the calendar made by the Portuguese team. The intellectual output was also brought into discussion and the conclusions were drawn.


In the afternoon, the students with disabilities, studying at the Portuguese school came to meet the project teams They asked each participant to write down into a notebook the impression Portugal had upon them. 



Click on on the links below to see the lesson plans made by the project partners.


-the purpose is to explain the ethnical structure of the Romanian society


-the purpose is to point out that Romania is NOT a rural country as believed by the target audience


-the purpose is to point out that Lithuania is not an agricultural country


-the purpose is to point out that Lithuania does not have a cold/polar climate


-the purpose is to fight against the stereotype according to which Portuguese people speak Spanish


-the purpose is to fight against the stereotype that in Portugal is always hot and sunny


-the purpose is to point out that Turkey is a democratically ruled country


-the purpose is to make the history of Turkey better known among the subjects forming the target group.


The second day of the meeting (May, 31st, 2016) was dedicated to analyzing the impact and useful of the language dictionary and of the presentations done during the past two years. 


Each team designated a member who was recorded while pronouncing correctly the words in his/her language so as to create a tool which would be successfully used by all those interested.



The rest of the day was spent discussing about the impact of the project videos and presentations on the teachers and students belonging to the partner schools. It was pointed out that due to them the target audience gained more information and knowledge on the countries involved in the project. 




The last, but not the most important transnational meeting of the project took place between May 30th and June 3rd, 2016, in the little town of Medas, Portugal.


It was a fruitful week, during which the partners discussed the unfolding of the project, the problems they encountered while implementing the activities and the results of their fight against national stereotypes.


The first day of the project meeting (May, 30th) began early in the morning, with the Romanian, Turkish and Lithuanian teams arriving at Agrupamento de Escolas a Beira Douro. They were welcomed by the Portuguese teachers and students. After meeting the principal and making the school tour, the teams headed for the classroom especially arranged for the project activities. The day was spent analyzing the project and the activities needed to be done during the following days.


The cultural part implied the visiting of a small, but well-preserved museum, located in the heart of Medas. The partners had the opportunity to find out more about the culture, history and geography of the place. 



The Lithuanian Experience

The Students’ Second Transnational Meeting,  which took place in city of Siaulia in Lithuania was a real success. Both students and teachers had the opportunity to learn more about the culture and the history of the hosting country. The friendly atmosphere made room for easy communication and work team. 

The Romanian Students’ Opinions about the Meeting in Lithuania

Simon Andreea, 10th grade E, Economic High School, Arad


Outdoor Geography Lesson

We got to Nida Beach on the third day of our wonderful experience. We travelled by the bus for about three hours to get to the ship which took us to the superb beach .


The most interesting fact was that there were sand dunes all over the place. I was really surprised to see The Baltic Sea, the forest and the sand dunes, all in the same place.


We entered the forest where we found lots of interesting wood statues .


Nida Beach is one of the most amazing places i have ever seen and I wish I could see it again.

Stoica Amalia, 10th grade E, Economic High School Arad


Visiting the Siauliai Sports School

The time spent in Lithuania was really great. I loved the activities and our hosts, who were very friendly and did their best for us to feel as if we had been at home.

During the first day of our project meeting, we visited “Siauliai Sporto Gimnazija” school. At the entrance, we were kindly welcomed by the school masot. Two girls, dressed up in traditional clothes served us with traditonal cumen bread and salt.


After that, we were led by the Lithuanian students and teachers in the Festivities Hall. At first, we sang the national anthem of each participating country and then we watched a beautiful show, put on stage by our hosts. I found the dancing team pretty amazing and I was impressed by the little children playing the violin so beautifully. We also learnt some basic Lithuanian words. 


Each participating country had a short theatrical performance, presenting traditional myths and customs.

I liked this week a lot, because I made new friends from Turkey, Lithuania and Portugal. Moreover, I learnt new, intresting facts about the culture of this Baltic country.

Vintila Andreea, 10th grade D, Economic High School Arad


Crafts and Traditional Food Day

Last week, it was the best week in my life. I saw new places and I met special people. This is why, the last day was the hardest and saddest of all.

At 3 p.m,  we went by bus at an old house located outside the city. There,  we met the other students and teachers: Lithuanian, Turkish and Portuguese. It was the last meeting. In the begining we had to arrange a table with traditional Romanian food. Each country had good but strange food. At our table we had zacusca, traditional cheese, sponge cake, tomatoes, onions and many more. We were happy to see how successful our food was. Zacusa was the star of the activity.


Then it was time to learn traditional crafts, We showed the other students how to make special puppets for the 1st of March. We learnt from the Lithuanians how to make hay crowns and from the Portuguese how to make hand-made jewellery.

We also learnt to dance traditional Lithuanian dances and Damat Halayi, a Turkish traditional dance similar to the the Romanian ”hora”. After the sun set,  the Lithuanians lit a great camp fire. We all started to cry, because we realized that in a few hours we would never see each other again.

I wish I could turn back time. I will never forget the people I met during this amazing experience.

Hodisan Andreea, 10th grade D, Economic High School, Arad


Amazing Lithuania

The first day we were greeted at school by the school mascot and two girls who offered us traditional rye bread.


On Monday I went into the Festivities Room, where I had the opportunity to view a nice welcome show prepared by the Lithuanian students and teachers. We listened to the live performance of a highly talented guitarist and of a group of young gifted violonists. 


Then, each country presented a national folk tale by means of a theatrical performance. The Lithuanians presented a sea related story. The Portuguese presented us their country and also a folk tale. The Turkish students taught us how to dance some traditional dances. We, the Romanians, presented the danced performed by young, unmarried girls during the Sanziene celebration. 


The presentations were followed by ice-breaking activities, which allowed us to know each other better.

Antila Loredana, 10th grade F, Economic High School, Arad


Žaliūkių Village Miller’s Farmstead

One of my favourite activities was to bake bread at žaliūkių Village Miller’s Farmstead, where the mistress of the house meets you with a welcoming smile.


We saw the Lithuanian bread baking process and also learned about traditions and rituals. I enjoyed making and decorating my own loaf, bake and taste it.


The traditional Lithuanian bread is black and it is made with natural ingredients (rye).

It was a great experience that I will never forget.

Stupariu Alexandra, 11th grade F, Economic High School, Arad


One of the most interesting activities  was the one which took place at the chocolate factory.

Monday, after school activities, we went to the chocolate factory, where we were presented the history of chocolate and various types of chocolate beans. The  chocolate tree comes from South America, from where it was brought to Europe.


There are 3 types of chocolate : ⋅dark chocolate, which contains a very high percentage of chocolate and small percentage of sugar, ⋅milk chocolate with more sugar than chocolate and white chocolate similar to milk chocolate.


My favorite chocolate is milk chocolate because it is very sweet. I was very impressed when I saw a wall of chocolate.  After the presentation, we saw a short movie about Ruda Factory and how they used to make chocolate in the past.


We had the occasion to make our own chocolate in the laboratory. We used marzipan and three kinds of chocolate according to our preference.


I was very happy because I had the chance to see a chocolate laboratory and make my own chocolate. I would love to go there again.