Four students and two teachers from Huelin secondary school in Malaga went to the city of Palermo in Italy recently to meet and work with fellow students from schools in Finland, Italy, United Kingdom, Croatia and Germany. The visit is part of an EU-funded Erasmus+ programme.
The schools are involved in the joint project entitled “More than the sum of its parts - Our diverse cultural heritage as building blocks for European Unity”. Literature and migration were the main themes in Palermo.
As well as taking part in activities at the school, looking especially at how migration has affected each country's culture, the group visited Astalli, a refugee reception centre, and the Palazzo Conte Federico, which played a major role in the origin of modern Italian language with the creation of the Sicilian poetry school.
They also attended a workshop at ItaStra, the Sicilian university for foreigners and migrants and visited the Unesco world heritage centre of Palermo. A trip to Agrigento, a city described by Pindaro as the most beautiful among mortals, which houses the best preserved collection of Greek temples of the world, was also part of the visit along with the Luigi Pirandello house museum and the Scala dei Turchi, a Unesco world heritage site.
Earlier this year students from all five countries, including a group from Huelin, got together in Tampere, Finland, on the second leg of the project.
Students and teachers from the five schools will next get together in Truro, England, at the end of October, where legends and traditions will be the main topics.
Emilio Guzmán, Huelin’s Erasmus plus coordinator, said: “These projects, thanks to EU funding, represent an amazing and unique opportunity for students to work and live with other European students and broaden their horizons. They also allowed students to strengthen a wide range of competencies, their confidence, and hopefully allowed them to make liifelong friendships”.