Pupils from the Trayamar secondary school in Algarrobo will have a stall at the town's Christmas market this weekend in order to raise funds as part of an Erasmus programme they have been taking part in.
While a 20,000 euro Erasmus grant funded the exchange visits, the school still needs to raise money to be able to screen a film they have made as part of the project in Malaga next year. On 8, 9 and 10 December, pupils will be selling cakes, soaps and handcrafts as well as a CD featuring songs from the musical film which they have made in collaboration with schools in France, Germany, Italy and the UK as part of the project. In addition to the stall, the group will be performing songs and dances from the film at 4pm on Friday.
Culmination of experiences
The project, 'Mira Adelante' (look ahead) has seen pupils from the school participate in school exchanges with teenagers from the other countries over a two-year period and the musical is a culmination of their shared experiences.
Juan and Carmen (Spanish), Marie and Tristan (French), Laura and Giuseppe (Italian), Rebecca and Daniel (British), and Katharina and Max (German) are the protagonists in a story of the search for a brighter future, in which their lives are brought together by fate. In a journey which takes them to different countries they overcome a series of difficulties and eventually find the essence for a life without borders which highlights the values of friendship, solidarity and love.
The other European schools involved with the project are Collège Alberto Giacometti in Paris, I.C. Padre Pino Puglisi de Palermo, in Sicily; Lisa Marie Gimnasium, in Böblingen, Germany and the Lindsay School in Alnwick, England.
French teacher, Pilar Sánchez, said that the project has led to “friendships and comradeship that they are going to remember their whole lives.”