"Minorities in Europe“: Begin in times of Corona (16.11.2020)

25.08.2021

Corona was the reason that the 3rd Erasmus+ - project "Minorities in Europe“, eagerly adopted by all participants, could not begin with a face-to-face meeting at one of the participating schools: Plans had to be changed.

So the Wittelsbacher Gymnasium invited to a virtual kick-off meeting via MS Teams for the afternoon of Monday, Nov 16, 2020.

Agenda:

  1. Address of Welcome and making acquaintance with the new team member Brasov High School

  2. Short report on the present Corona-induced situation at the schools in the different countries

  3. Discussion on the possibilities to start working on the project in spite of limitations:

    • Building a base for texts and material (Munich, Bolzano)

    • Introducing the planned theatrical play (R. Haasen, Amsterdam)

    • Possible preliminary work for the planned documentation (language minorities, texts on minorities in classical age)

    • Possibilities to use ETwinning

  4. Agreement on further dates and goals

    • Virtual meeting of teachers and students

    • Further topics (to be updated from the discussion)

  5. Open topics (e.g. necessary tools, platforms, …)

 

Dear colleagues in Amsterdam, Bolzano, Brasov, and Thessaloniki,

If life were as normal as it used to be until this winter, we would have met in mid-November for a kick-off meeting for our new Erasmus project and would now be in Munich, busy with the necessary preparations. In spite of all adversities, the project will be supported and has started in September with a duration of 23 months, so we should discuss what will be possible in the upcoming school half-year in spite of all limitations.

Martina Adami kindly will send around the invitation and prepare the environment for the meeting, since her school is well experienced in the use of MS Teams. Sincere thanks to her, and have a good time, if possible!

Maria Krichbaumer and Markus Braml

The Wittelsbacher Gymnasium, acting as the school inviting to the first virtual meeting, requested all participating students and teachers to reflect on the following topics:

  • What is (in your opinion) a minority?

  • Where do you meet members of minorities in your vicinity / in your country?

  • Which minorities from history do you know?

Then a few of the Munich participants presented their collection of ideas on the wide topic “European minorities”:

Julius introduced the results of his recherche on minorities in Germany, Friesians, Sorbs, etc.

Daniel, the Munich anchorman doing a very pleasant and skillful job, invited all participants to gather in international groups and do a joint recherche on various topics. This led to the participants from the Netherlands wanting to work on Friesians in the Netherlands.

Some more topics have been considered, e.g.

  • Real persons as representatives of minorities (case studies) or

  • Transformation of the subject matter into a work of art.

Also discussed were possible methods of realization like presentations, podcasts, interviews, etc.

Moreover, Richard Haasen introduced his idea for a scenic play for this project, distributed a textual basis and made connection to supporters in the different participating High Schools.