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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Ahtisaari Day 2011 in our school

Not a long time ago, a received an invitation from Environment Online - ENO, calling schools to celebrate globally the first Ahtisaari Day in ENO, on the 16th of November 2011. The aim is to increase knowledge how to avoid and solve conflicts at schools and in the community as well as on the international level. It is essential to take responsibility and work together to avoid quarrels and to find a solution that all the counterparts agree. We need to work for peace in our daily lives.

We answered "Present!" to their call, and we embarked on a wonderful set of actions. It was November, 16th, a sunny but cold day when we gathered in the Conference room in my school. We watched the video where Mr. Martti Ahtissari expressed his views about the importance of peace. You can watch it here.

Then, we read out the speech we received, we discussed about reconciliation and went on to the funniest activity of the whole day: together we planted the Reconciliation Tree of our school, and we unveiled the memorial under it.

eTwinning Official Mentor

Many teachers from Europe are used to working on eTwinning projects.

eTwinning = The Community for Schools in Europe, an easy tool to establish contacts and work on international projects.

I attended this program in 2008 and I've worked on many projects, some of them being rewarded with the National and European Quality Label. The advantages are great, both for me as a teacher, and especially for my students.

This autumn I became an Official eTwinning Mentor and I am happy to share this information with you. If you are a newcomer or you do not know how to start an eTwinning project; if you have some ideas in mind but missing a solid plan, as an eTwinning Mentor, I could be what you need to get involved, design your project, learn how to use the tools, manage your activities and carry out a project with you!