TOAST – The boys and girls of the very complete “Sant’Elia-Commenda” are going on a trip again thanks to the Erasmus 2019-2021 “Sharing European Treasure” project: destination Poland. Indeed, from November 29 to December 4, 2021, the Szkoła Podstawowa Im. Ks. Jana Długosza from Raciborowicach will welcome student and teacher delegations from the five other countries participating in the project: Italy, France, Spain, Romania and Turkey. Raciborowice is a village in the administrative district of Gmina Michałowice, about 9 kilometers northeast of the regional capital of Krakow.
Three English teachers and five pupils will depart from Brindisi, chosen from the second and third years of the first year secondary school of principal Prof. Lucia Portolano. Students will be hosted by local families to promote better linguistic and cultural exchange. Several activities scheduled in the host school, a welcoming ceremony inspired by local traditions and the European Games Festival during which each student delegation will present one or two traditional games from their country. The activities presented at the Festival are the result of a preparation that in recent months has seen children and adolescents from different complexes and from the three orders of Sant’Elia-Commenda, nursery, primary and Sspg, led by the team teachers involved in the Erasmus project.
During the six days of their stay, student and teacher delegations will have the opportunity to visit the village of Raciborowice located in the historic region of Galicia and discover the treasures of the city of Krakow: Matejki Square, Collegium Maius, St. Mary’s Church and still the main market underground museum, Wawel Hill and Wawel Castle. There is a day trip to Zakopane and the Koscieliska Valley, in the Tatra National Park and a visit to the Wieliczka Mine, in the Krakow metropolitan area, one of the oldest salt mines in the world. A major stop on the visit will be Oskar Schindler’s Enamel Factory, the enamel factory founded in March 1937 by Oskar Schindler, the German entrepreneur who saved around 1,100 Jews from extermination during the Second World War. Today the building has been transformed into a museum and exhibition space, and the Krakow Museum of Contemporary Art is located inside.
Students and teachers will stroll through the streets of Kazimierz, the historic Jewish quarter of Krakow, the second largest complex of Jewish monuments in Europe, for its wealth and size, chosen as the setting for the filming of Schindler’s List, the famous film by Steven Spielberg, and will finally have the opportunity to visit the neighboring Auschwitz camp, 60 kilometers from Krakow. It will therefore be a journey full of emotions, a journey into the history and culture of a country that children are used to learning only through textbooks.