Category Archives: Romania

The Traditional Romanian Costume

The project partners considered that in order to break stereotypes more knowledge on the partner country was needed. Since the initial questionnaires pointed out that there were certain prejudgments, related to the way people dress in the project countries, it was felt that a Fashion Booklet focused on traditional costumes worn in Romanian, Portugal, Lithuania and Turkey would be the best means to correct the respective wrong opinions.

Click here to have access to the presentation done by the Romanian Team. 

Project Dissemination in Local Media

The Erasmus+ project entitled “Building a New Europe against Stereotypes” was also present in the local media, which was thought to be the most efficient way to popularize our efforts to fight against national stereotypes within the local communities. 

The Carsamba Students’ and Teachers’ Meeting  in the local press. 

Diss1

Diss2

Click here to see the full article in Turkish language.

The Portuguese Coordinator presents the project to the students of Escola Superior de Educacao in Porto.

Diss3

Click here to access the newspaper article about the Project Meeting in Arad (January, 2015)

Click here to access the newspaper article about the Project Meeting in Carsamba (April, 2015).

Click here to access the newspaper article (Romanian language) about the Erasmus+ projects. 

Click here to access the newspaper article (Romanian language) about the project “Building a New Europe against Stereotypes”.

Click here to access the online newspaper article (Romanian language) about the project “Building a New Europe against Stereotypes. 

Analysis of the Stereotypes and Face Questionnaires

The analysis of the Stereotypes Questionnaire delivered to the Romanian teachers and students highlighted the prejudgements that the subjects had about the other countries involved in the present project.

The results of this questionnaire represent the starting point in designing the strategy for fighting against stereotypes and thus, create a more tolerant environment for us all.

Click here to download the detailed analysis of the questionnaire on stereotypes. 

Click on Face_Quest_Results_Romania to download the results of the Faces Questionnaire applied to the Romanian students and teachers. 

Mini-Multilingual Dictionary

One of the end products of our project was to design a mini-multilingual dictionary, to be used for basic communication when visting Romania, Turkey, Lithuanian and Portugal. 

However, our product is more than just a simple dictionary. Thus, we strongly believe that language is a barrier difficult to overcome for both teenagers and adults.

Thus, basic communications in the langauges of the project countries will help beneficiaries to know more about each other and break national stereotypes. While working at the multi-lingual dictionary, but also during the Transnational Meetings we discovered that our langauges, though so different at a quick glance, had numerous words having the same origin, not to mention the similarity in pronountiation and meaning.

The Romanian Team made an English-Romanian Mini-Dictionary with easy-to-use expressions and words. This is part of the bigger multi-lingual dictionary, aimed to be one of the end products of our project.

Shs1

SSh2

Ssh4

Ssh5

Ssh6

Ssh7

Ssh8

Ssh10

Ssh11

Sh9

Ssh12

Ssh13

Ssh14

Ssh15

Our multilingula dictionary can be downloaded if just click on Mini_Dictionary_Final_Version.

Here are a few slides taken from our Multi-Language Mini-Dictionary:

MiniDictionaryC

MiniDictionary1

MiniDictionary2

MiniDictionary3

MiniDictionary4

MiniDictionary5

Project Presentation during Teachers’ Meeting

The project, its aims, objectives and activities were also presented to the teaching and non-teaching staff of the “Economic High School” of Arad.

A review of each Transnational Meeting was made during teachers’ meetings. Our colleaguse showed a high interest in the theme of the present project and wanted to find out more about the partner countries and the people inhabiting them.

Diss2

Diss7

Diss4

Diss3 

Meetings with Students and Parents

March, April  and May 2015:

The months of March, April and May were dedicated to the stereotype, face and cultural questionnaires. The students from all partner countries had to fill-in the same questionnaires. The content and the statements of these assessment tools had been previously established during the TransnationalProject Meetings.

Click on Questionnaire-STEREOTYPES to download the questionnaire on stereotypes.

Click on  CulturalQuestionnaire to down load the cultural questionnaire.

The Stereotypes Questionnaire was divided into 4 sections containing 9 stereotypic phrases that people usually associate with each of the countries involved in this project. The Face Questionnaire was based on the photos of the teachers who are part of the project teams; the respondents had to identify the nationality of the person in the photo without having any other further information. The purpose was to highlight the body feature stereotypes associated with Romanian, Turkish, Lithuanian and Portuguese people. The Cultural Questionnaire had 50 questions and statements on the culture, history, geography and literature of the project countries. The purpose of all these assessment tools was to identify the students’ stereotypes and their initial knowledge on the partner countries.

The Stereotypes Questionnaire was filled-in by students, teachers and five non-teaching staff.

The Cultural Questionnaire was filled in by a number of 45 students. After filling-in the Cultural Questionnaire, the students were offered the correct answers, thus giving them the opportunity to find out more interesting facts about the project countries. The students received new information on the project countries, which was provided by the partner teams, in the form of Power Point presentations, pictures and videos.

The answers of the two questionnaires were centralized and analyzed by the teachers,part of the project team. The predominant stereotypes were identified and presented during the second Transnational Project Meeting, which took place in Carsamba (Turkey). The results were particularly helpful because they gave the project teams the guidelines they needed to design proper future activities.

After each of the two TransnationalProject Meetings, the project team members met with the selected students, in order to share their experience and to break the students’ stereotypes.

Sedinta1

Sedinta2

Sedinta 3

The multi-lingual dictionary was created (English-Romanian-Turkish-Lithuanian-Portuguese mini-dictionary) to point out the language similarities and help students understand that words can really connect us if we are just willing to listen to them carefully. The selected students could also use the travel guides and brochures created by the teachers of the project teams, to find out lifestyle and culture aspects seen through the eyes of ordinary people.

Selection of the Project Students

February and March 2015:

The month of February was dedicated to the process of selecting the students to be actively involved in the project.

The criteria for selecting the students, were established during the first Transnational Project Meeting, which took place in Arad (Romania) between the 10th and the 17th of January 2015. Thus, the partners agreed to select the students on the basis of their English language skills, computer knowledge and desire to get involved within the project activities.

The following eligibility conditions were established:

1.the applicants had to be 9th or 10th grade students (since the project is due to last two years, the students belonging to the 11th and 12th grade will have graduated high school by the time the project comes to its end)

2.the applicants could not be the beneficiaries of other projects financed by the EU

3.the applicants had to present the required documents to the selection commission in due time

The following selection criteria  were established:

1.applying in due time, according to the schedule provided by the selection commission

2.desire to get involved in the project activities, to overcome stereotypes and to learn more about the countries and nationalities involved in the project

3.good academic results and irreproachable behavior

4.English language skills equal to the A2 level, as it is described by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

The students had to hand in a file, containing the following documents:

1.Application Form (standard form)

2.A photocopy of their Identity Card

3.A Europass Curriculum Vitae

4.An intention letter, in which the applicant had to explain the real reasons which determined him/her to apply for the project and the skills which made him/her suitable for being part of the target group

5.An official document to prove the level of his/her studies

6.The parents’ agreement for taking part into the selection process

7.Letter of Recommendation written by the applicant’s teacher of English

8.Letter of Recommendation written by the applicant’s class tutor

9.Medical letter from the applicant’s general practitioner to prove that the applicant did not suffer from any serious illness and was able to take part in all project activities

The selection was done according to the following schedule:

1.Submission of Applicants’ Files – 16.02.2015-27.02-2015

2.Analysis of the Submitted Files- 02.03.2015-05.03.2015

3.Interview in English – 06.03.2015

4.Display of Results (16 selected students plus 4 standby students)

5.Filling and handing in a complaint form; provide a solution or an answer to any possible complaint; display the final results- 10.03.2015-12.03.2015

The applicants received points for their application file and for their interview. The maximum points an applicant could receive was equal to 100 (50 points for the application file and 50 points for the interview).

The results of the selection were publicaly displayed on the Erasmus+ Corner.

Rezultate1    Rezultate2

Rezultate3   Rezultate4

Names of the selected students:

1. Fodor Renata X C
2. Ștef Daniel X A
3. Foghiș Mădălin X C
4. Bobric Denisa X E
5. Marian Marius X A
6. Morar Ionuț IX E
7. Stupariu Gohan Alexandra X F
8. Vintilă Andreea Diana IX D
9. Negru Adelina X C
10. Păcurar Mădălin Șerban IX D
11. Tușa Roxana IX A
12. Pecican Bogdan Raul IX B
13. Parai Robert X C
14. Hordouan Luiza X B
15. Anțilă Loredana IX F
16. Stoica Amalia IX E
Names of the standby students:
1. Morcan Romina X C
2. Petraș Sergiu IX B
3. Hodișan Andreea IX D
4. Trip Laura X B
5. Șimon Andreea IX E

A Facebook group was created for the students and the teachers involved in the project, in order to facilitate communication and allow rapid spread of information. 

Follow-Up of the January Project Meeting

January 2015:

The first project meeting took place in Arad (Romania) between the 11th and 17the of January 2015.

The meeting was an extremly fruitful and rewarding one. The project partners got to know each other better and they established the steps needed to be followed in order to break national stereotypes related to the project countries. 

The local authorities showed their interest in the project by sending a representative to greet and welcome the visiting partners. The local press was also aware of our activities and an article on the project was publsihed on the site belonging to one of the most important newspaper in Arad area. The article, published in Romanian language can be read here.

An Erasmus+ Corner was arranged in order to inform students, teachers and visitors to our school about the activities unfolded by the project team. The Erasmus+ Corner is located near the school main entrance, thus benefiting from maximum exposure and visibility. 

Pictures taken during the setting up of the Erasmus+ Corner.  Panou3  Panou2

Panou5          Panou6