Greek library school inauguration

In the last mobility of the project, as scheduled from the beginning, after multiple diligences and sharing of best practices, on May 11th, the library of the partner school in Crete was inaugurated, with great joy and motivation. This was a memorable day for all partners and for the Greek school, fulfilling one of the main objectives of the project, the founding of a library at the school in Agios Nikolaos.

Inauguration of a library in our school partner in Cerignola, Italy

The inauguration of the Erasmus partner school library in Cerignola was an extraordinary moment of gratification for everyone, as the founding of a library in the Greek partner school was planned as an appendix, and we succeeded in going beyond the objectives set.
The encouragement obtained by the dynamics of the project and the financial support obtained, added to the strong motivation of the Italian partners and the school headmaster, allowed the creation of an extraordinary library in the school of Cerignola.
Congratulations to the Italian partner team!

Learning scenarios produced for Europeana

The dynamics of this Erasmus project on the theme of the Holocaust led to an invitation from the Portuguese ambassador of Europeana to the main coordinator to develop two learning scenarios for the european biggest digital resource platform, Europeana. The learning scenarios focus on the figure of Anne Frank, inspired by the exploration of the work and implemented in all partner schools, and on Aristides de Sousa Mendes in the Portuguese school. Both scenarios have been submitted on behalf of the main project coordinator as group publications in Europeana are not possible.
This was a work that was elaborated with the collaboration of the different Erasmus partner teams and was successfully implemented. This project goes beyond the borders of the schools and their libraries, leaving two documents of learning scenarios available to all teachers in the European Union.

It is an important contribution of this project to human rights education and to the exploration of the Holocaust theme, accessible thanks to this Erasmus project.
Its demanding validation by Europeana is a synonym of the intense and quality work that has gone into the development of this project.

Anne Frank Diary (LS-PT-571)




Reading marathon around the Diary of Anne Frank

The Reading Marathon took place on March 7, as part of the group’s library activities for the Reading Week (7 to 11 March) and mobilized many students and classes of the group, with the participation of 28 classes of EBS Canelas and four schools EB1 E EB1/JI (Ribes, Alquebre, Monte and Lagarteira). We had a special participation of the school library of Cerignola, Italy, our partner of school library of Erasmus Project “, and that has in common the reading and the exploration of this famous diary. The purpose of this initiative was to value the act of reading, aware that reading is a condition for all knowledge and a guarantee for the exercise of full citizenship. We know that this literacy is fundamental for our students and, therefore, we marked a continuous reading current for nine hours.

Teachers, parents/carers, operational and technical assistants, psychologists and an Italian school, partner of a school library Erasmus project on reading and values, joined this initiative.

This reading took place in person in the main school library and remotely, through Google Meet, with the schools in the school cluster that joined the activity, with parents and guardians and with the Italian school.

Although the readers were free to choose which text to read, most of the readings were from the book “The Diary of Anne Frank”, a work which is linked to the theme of the two Erasmus projects developed by the library in partnership with libraries from other European schools.

Reading this work is always surprising, due to the genius and sensitivity of this young Jewish girl who died at the age of 15 in a concentration camp, a few months before the end of World War II. Unfortunately, the necessary approach to human rights education has again become a priority in view of the developments taking place in Ukraine. And Anne Frank’s diary has become painfully topical (if ever it stopped being topical)…

We are left with a message of hope for new, more peaceful and tolerant times. May reading also unite us in a humanitarian current.

Holocaust books in the activity “10 minutes reading”

The “10 Minutes a Reading” activity began in the 2021-2022 school year, as a result of the application submitted by PLN 2027, encompassing school levels from 4th grade on. Coinciding with the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp and the 135th anniversary of the birth of Aristides de Sousa Mendes, the works selected were: “The Diary of Anne Frank”, “The boys who fooled the Nazis”, “A workshop of dreams”, “The boy in striped pajamas” and “Aristides de Sousa Mendes”, works integrating the project “School libraries promoting readers, values, literacies, skills and inclusion” and proposed for the implementation of the activity “10 min to read”, also in all partner schools. In the operationalization of the project, the respective books were distributed to the classrooms and each teacher provides 10 minutes of his or her class time to read the proposed work. We conclude that the project created a dynamic among students, promoting contact with books and the regular practice of reading, an indispensable condition for the enjoyment of reading and reading skills.

International Day in memory of the victims of the Holocaust

Our school, through the History teachers and the School Library team, marked the International Day in memory of the victims of the Holocaust with several initiatives. An exhibition about the Holocaust was on display in the schools, main hall, under the responsibility of the History teachers, and
another on Aristides de Sousa Mendes, a unique figure in national history who had a distinguished role in saving more than 30 thousand Jews from Nazi persecution. These initiatives were developed in a collaborative way, and the school library team, which is currently developing two Erasmus projects focused on reading literary works about the Holocaust, associated itself to the commemoration. An exhibition on human rights was also on display in the hall. During the day, several classes from different levels of education, accompanied by their respective HGP or history teachers, visited the exhibition and took photos with a poster associated with the online campaign Instagram#weremember. Year 6 students had the opportunity to read aloud excerpts from the book “The boys who fooled the Nazis” to their year 8 peers.
Also in the school library, the 9th A students, accompanied by the History teacher, watched the French film “A difficult class”; which tells us about the memories of the Holocaust and its impact on today in youth. A film that leads us to reflect on human rights, inclusion and the challenges of education.
A day in which indifference towards one of the greatest human tragedies – the Holocaust – did not exist in the EBS of Canelas.

Reading activity “We can all read together”

“”We can all read together” began in April/22, in a collaborative activity between the teachers of portuguese and those who are part of the library/Erasmus team. The first session was based on the reading of the book “Anne Frank”; and the biographical analysis of the young Jewish girl in the historical context in which she lived – Holocaust and World War II.
In the second session, the students watched the documentary ; Anne Frank and for the next sessions they plan to make a biographic padlet of Anne Frank, contextualized with the main historical events of this dark period of the 20th century history.

“Read with the family”

The activity “Read with the family” was promoted by the partner schools in an interaction between the library!school and the families. Students and families came together around reading and the importance of books for everyone.
Scientific evidence has underlined the important role of families in education, with a relevant focus on activities that facilitate emergent reading and make possible moments of reading together. It has been proven that the earlier books and reading aloud enter children’s lives, the better.
Reading is one of the most important capacities of human beings and one of the main conditions for learning. In this context, the school and family have an added responsibility as to how they can jointly promote the acquisition of reading skills and make every child a reader for life.



“The book thief” exibition

The mobility to Poland included the making of an artistic component made in articulation with the Arts disciplines was presented in a set of illustrations that were presented through a virtual gallery. All the gallery presents the illustrations made by all the partners.

Thanks to the Arts teachers and her students for the amazing work!

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Erasmus mobility in Crete

Under the Erasmus + project “School libraries promoting readers, values, literacies, skills and inclusion”, from 24 to 28 October there was a mobility to a partner school in Crete, in Agios Nikolaos. Sixteen students from different countries – Portugal, Poland and Italy – participated in this mobility programme, which was joined by several students from the Greek school who gave extraordinary support to all the students and contributed to an atmosphere of great friendship.
It is important to mention that the whole mobility was organised with great rigour and dedication by the Greek Erasmus team, to which was added a permanent demonstration of sincere joy and friendship in receiving their guests.
On the first day, after the welcome given by the school director and coordinator, Marina Toutoudaki, and the Mayor of Agios NiKolaus, we had the opportunity to watch a presentation of traditional Crete music and dance in the auditorium.
This was followed by a dynamic getting to know each other activity with the involvement of all the students. Afterwards, an emotional video about the Holocaust was shown and a quiz was taken.
We also had the opportunity to take the students on a guided tour through the town of Agios NiKolaus.
Also during this week of exchange and sharing of good practices, we visited Elounda and the impressive island of Spinalonga, considered the “Auschwitz” of Crete, where until 1957 people with leprosy were abandoned; we visited Knossos, city in ancient Crete, capital of the legendary king Minos, and the main centre of the Minoan, the earliest of the Aegean civilizations; the city of Heraklion and the History and Folklore museum in Neapolis.
During the last days, the presentation work related to the book “A bag of marbles” took place, as well as several very interesting workshops about this book and the awarding ceremony of certificates for the students and teachers participating in this mobility.
On Friday 28th, official holiday, because it was the commemoration of Greece’s independence day, we had the opportunity to watch the parades that took place in the city.
Finally, Saturday was the day of farewell and emotion, visible in students, parents and teachers, who demonstrated in this way all the extraordinary and unforgettable week lived in Agios Nikolaus.