One of the main goals in Erasmus “Reawakening the Values Depicted in European Society Via Literary Work” is to read and reveal the values described in the books chosen by the project partner countries. One of the chosen Latvian authors is Ernests Birznieks-Upitis. THe author’s works are translated in many languages but not in English.
Emilija (Private Secondary school “Patnis” 11th grade student) has translated one of the grey rock stories in English. It is the first English translation of Ernests Birznieks-Upitis works. Anastasija (Private Secondary school “Patnis” 10th grade student) inspired by the story created an amazing picture. Now our project partners will be able to reveal the values described in this story. By an English teacher Kristina Balode.
Due to the implementation of the project our school community had various experiences related to reading books, developing the awareness of the foundation of the values we possess. The aims of the project are integrated into the curriculum of the school. There was organized a seminar to the school community (parents, teachers, students) ‘The Insight of Values Today’. The members of our community had a school trip ‘In Search of Samogitian Identity’. Our teachers organized and participated with the students in two contest of Declamatory Reading – in Russian and in Lithuanian. Our community participated in Public Speaking Contest both at school and in the national contest organized by an international university in Klaipėda (LCC). Lithuanian Cinema Night dedicated to the 16th of February, the Day of Independence of Lithuania inspires the citizenship of young Lithuanians. Our school community organized an evening for the city community – a presentation of a book ‘Extinct and on the brink of extinction villages in the Region of Mažeikiai’ by our Biology teacher A.Vilkas. Participation in the National Dictation is dedicated to promote the value of the mother tongue and encourage correct spelling. A contest ‘My Favourite Bookmark’ was organized to remind about book reading. Our community members participated in the discussions and presentations about Jewish culture and music with the Klezmer Klangen’s ensemble in Vilnius.
Spanish students created Interview during the mobility online about Latvian writer A. Čaks:
– Hello, dear desk. I would like to ask you a few questions. May I?
– Sure, go ahead.
– Have you ever noticed my troubled mind while I was sitting at you and working on my poems.
– Of course, I could notice how you felt depending on your mood. When you were happy or felt optimistic, you worked so gently it was difficult for me to know if you were there; but when you were worried or angry, I’d like to kick you many times, the same way you kicked my legs with your feet. Maybe you weren’t aware of it.
– Oh, sorry. Did this happen very often?
– More than you may think. I noticed it happened more often after you had had any argument with some people around you or when you experienced something disgusting.
– So I only caused you pain and disconfort.
– No, there were beautiful moments too. Such as when you leaned your arms or elbows on me to hold your head while you were thinking or dreaming. It was very pleasant, I could almost read your thoughts which, I imagine, were very kind at that moment.
– Thank you so much and sorry for having bothered you.
– You are very welcome. I’m delighted to having suffered you, so I could help you to achieve your goals and write your works.