Posts Tagged ‘students


133/2011 euroscola

133/2011 euroscola, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Euroscola is an EU funded programme for groups of students from all EU countries to get together at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, to meet each other, try their language skills, and discuss important issues. During the day, the students get a lot of information about all the different bodies of the European Union, and their duties and responsibilities. The students also get to simulate the work of an MEP, by working in committees, discussing a given theme, and presenting a proposal to be voted on. They sit on the places of actual MEPs, use the microphones, headphones for simultaneous interpretation in several languages, and the electronic voting buttons. All the results of the votes are projected on the huge screen on the wall, just as in a real session.

Today, there were over 500 high school students from 24 European countries. The working languages were English, German and French, but interpretation was also available in Spanish and Italian. Topics discussed by students included: European values, the future of Europe, environmental issues, pros and cons of the use of ICT by youngsters, volunteering, democracy and European relations with the rest of the world. Challenging, motivating and highly educational!


125/2011 euroscola, here we come!

125/2011 euroscola, here we come!, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Posing for a required group picture for our visit at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, next week. The EU organises and subsidises a Youth Parliament Day a couple of times every year, with groups of students from almost all the EU countries coming together, and condacting simulated meetings over important themes, such as democracy, the environment, the future of Europe, or European values and ideals.

We are looking forward to our trip very much. But only girls, since no boys in our international or French groups!


#343 tearful farewells

343/365 tearful farewells, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

At the busstop, seeing the Singapore exchange group off. Hosts and guests got caught in an emotional hysteria of farewells – not unusual after exchanges like these. These two girls were lucky to do a reciprocal visit to each other’s homes – the Finnish student went to Singapore last May.

Despite all the modern technology to keep in touch, the prospect of possibly never meeting each other face-to-face again is devastating, after all the fun shared together.


#342 friendship across borders

342/365 friendship across borders, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Sharing Finnish Christmas carols and traditions with our Singaporean guests. My small contribution towards peace and harmony in the world, is to bring together young people across linguistic, religious and cultural borders, to collaborate and learn with each other.

After initial shyness and distance, towards the end of each exchange, there is a heart-felt connection between the students. For the few students and teachers involved, it is very rewarding and enriching – for some even life-changing. I wish more people were willing to participate!


#138 on a nature trail

138/365 on a nature trail, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

From the crowds and sprawl of New Delhi to the quietness of Finnish countryside. I can’t even imagine what culture shocks these students must be going through during this student exchange. And yet, so happy and enthusiastic. Curious about everything – even a beetle on the ground!

It is a joy to be able to work with young people.


#70 today at school

070/365 today at school, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Today’s Daily Shoot also became my 365 photo.

“Rules” can be stifling if taken to extremes. Break the rules today with focus, composition, etc, and see what happens.

I don’t often follow rules when I take my pictures. I doubt whether I even know enough rules about photography yet. Something for me to learn! So this photo probably breaks quite a few – the rule of thirds for one thing, or asking people to pose towards the camera.

I wanted to post this picture in my 365 series, though, since we finally got the janitor to put the nail on the wall to hang our special batik painting given as a present on our student exchange to Singapore two weeks ago. It is a beautiful piece by one of their students, and quite unawares they had chosen a perfect colour to match our new sofas in the hallway.

Thinking about rules makes me remember the totally different setting at the school in Singapore. So much more disciplined and filled with rules, starting from the uniform dress code. Our students don’t realize how free and easy their life is until they experience a different reality first-hand.

Of course, you do need a set of rules at school. But where to draw the line between sensible rules and stifling extremes?


#11 cottage evening

011/365 cottage evening, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

Tonight we took our international course students, with our special guests from Spain plus our Itaian exchange student, to this lovely cottage in the middle of a forest, for an evening of games, a flaming fireplace, sausages and pancakes (typical Finnish cottage food). It is really nice that our town has these recreational facilities that schools can use at an inexpensive price. Whenever we have foreign visitors at school, we always take them to this cottage for an evening. Unfortunately, tonight the traditional wood-burning sauna right by the seashore was out of bounds, because it’s been so cold for so long, which freezes the water pipes. What a pity that we couldn’t introduce these foreign youngsters to rolling in the snow in your swimwear in between sauna sessions! But it was a fun evening anyway!

The picture features the orange light flooding out of the windows into the dark night – my favourite colour that I suddenly remembered, thanks to the Daily Shoot assignment.

The inviting and warm orange here is a good symbol for the beautiful, intercultural atmosphere we shared.


November 2020

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