Swedish and Portuguese in Cuneo: European school project

From Sweden and Portugal to compare learning methods with colleagues from Cuneo. Exchange of ideas, initiatives, good practices. These days, several teachers from both countries have visited the institute’s primary, including Corso Soleri. Four Swedish teachers visited the institute on Tuesday together with a head of the Turin school office, while the three Portuguese spent 4 days in Cuneo, after school everyday, from lessons with children to meetings with parents, from canteens in the gym or outdoor activities .

Anna Olmo and Donatella Marro, teachers at Cuneo Primary, explain: “For years we have been networking with other European institutes thanks to eTwinning, supported by Eramus’ funds for the promotion of education and training. It is a platform for Teachers, managers, technical staff. The initiative of our school involves up to 20 institutes, from Ukraine to Spain, with the children who spoke English to each other, in streaming also before the restrictions imposed by the pandemic, and distance learning activities involved “.

Some of these interactive projects have received international awards, so Portuguese and Swedes have chosen to visit Cuneo and his school. The Portuguese teachers were aware of similarities and differences in the teaching methods and in the management of school life. Antonio Sousa explains: “I teach in a primary school in a town of 7,000 inhabitants near Coimbra: with us in the primary schools for the last 4 years, the teaching times are different from those in Italy, where the program is treated differently. In Portuguese classes, the maximum number of students is 24: it allows for a better relationship between teacher and student ”. In Portugal, in addition to interactive whiteboards, there are also tablets in every classroom, since the children are 6 years old. The government pays for PCs and web links to the dormitory for school activities. Antonio once again: “The Soleri course school has been doing a very interesting and innovative robotics project for years. We also do something similar with the children, but it is from the school curriculum, based on the availability of the students: it is not structured like hey ».

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