DOMZALE - SLOVENIA
In the third week of April 2018, we had been visited by teachers and pupils participating in the project. The meeting was both useful and pleasant –the hosts and the visitors made another step towards the establishing a school museum and the better including of the migrant pupils into the school life, at the same time, the visitors got to know with Domžale, the capital Ljubljana and the beauty of Upper Carniola.
When Domžale became market town? Vilmos from Hungary was asking, together with two pupils from Slovenia and another two countries. The pupils were gathering around one smartphone not for another Facebook comment or fake news, but for a hint from a smartphone app ActionBound through which they did a scavenger hunt around the school. In-between they were chatting with the pupils from partner school which they didn't know until few hours ago and to which they already presented their countries and the town and attended a workshop about immigration.
Meeting in Domžale
From 16th to 20th April visitors from seven countries came to Domžale. They stayed in hotel Krona in Domžale. Twenty-four foreign teachers and ten pupils, accompanied by some teachers and pupils from Domžale, attended a three day program. On Monday, we stayed in Domžale, in workshops for teachers and pupils separately, after the lunch we did a sightseeing tour through Domžale, made a stop at the mayor’s office and visited the Straw Hat Museum. At the opening ceremony, a choir of teachers and pupils presented few Slovenian songs, Barbara Pavlič, the pupil, had a solo appearance, and in the evening, at the hotel, a choir Sidro (Anchor) made an impression with the bouquet of traditional Dalmatian songs.
On the second day, we stayed mostly in Ljubljana, we visited the Museum of Contemporary History, where we also could take a peek into the depository, usually not shown to the regular visitors, and the photo collection, a valuable hoard of Slovenian collective memory of the 20th century and which is stored in air conditioned rooms at lower temperatures. Together with the guide, we could see some interesting points between the Tivoli garden and the Castle Hill, where we embarked on the funicular. After the lunch in the Castle and a short stay there, we descended and took a walk to the Slovene Ethnographic Museum, where two kind employees of the museum presented the museum collection and the boundaries of the Slovenian soul if there is something like that. After the last visit, the guests stayed in Ljubljana and they returned to the hotel by using different forms of public transportation between Ljubljana and Domžale.
On the third and last day, we focused on the Upper Carniola, for the guests are coming mostly from the coastal regions or from the countries with no high mountains. We could admire both glacial lakes – in Bled, there was a nice panorama from the Castle, where we also visited the Museum, and in Bohinj, we visited the small Alpine Diary Museum, where the employee of the museum presented the life of shepherds between the valley and the mountain pasture very lively. Then we did a shot rise to the Savica waterfall, where we could exchange some views about the founding of the Slovenian Nation and the geomorphology of the Southern Alps. Beautiful day came to an end at the dinner in Retnje where we officially concluded the meeting.
Quite a few teachers, pupils and other employees of the school were included in the meeting and its preparation, and every one of them got a nice experience while interacting with the guests.
" Project in Slovenia
This was the the first project I took part in . It was new for me , interesting and fun . I learned a lot of new things . Anyone can learn something new about something or someone . We presented presentation about our country , our school, our culture . In Slovenia we have visited interesting places and museums. It was great! "