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New Erasmus plan and Erasmus+ projects approved

Idéer och infall, Uncategorised Posted on 2021-04-09 10:38:03

2020 was a shit year in many ways (pardon the rude language, but there is no other way to describe it). I am not referring to the pandemic itself, but the consequences of it. The egoism that flourished. The suspicions and distrusts that could be seen in between countries and people. The rapid growth of home grown theories and simplifying (and denouncing) of science. The shrinking European community.

It was therefor very positive when the European Commission outlined a new way of applying for Erasmus+ projects where organizations could be certified on a general basis and then just make minor applications based on specific partners and projects within the overall local Erasmus plan for its organization. We applied to become certified in October, and we were successful. So far we have not really come to any concrete actions when it comes to partners and plans, but next week there is a contact seminar to create cooperation for accredited organizations. Really looking forward to this.

In our Erasmus plan we have outlined two major goals. One is to make the pupils feel positive of their local community and school by presenting them to other European peers. The second goal is to develop structures that help pupils in need of extra support. An excerpt from the Erasmus plan is attached to this post. Please read it and comment. And if you are interested in cooperation, don’t hesitate to contact.

TheAMa finished

The Art of Maths (TheAMa) Posted on 2021-04-09 09:54:07

The last post is a bit more than a year old. Has nothing happened? Well, I suppose you all know what happened early 2020. I noticed that more people than usually wore face masks on the airports on my way home from Portugal and there were news about face masks selling out on the airports in Sweden (and ruthless people buying in bulks and selling them on with a hideous advance).

Let’s not dwell in what has been (and to some extent still is). TheAMa had to finish as an on line project with on line meetings. The fantastic partner Citizens in Power from Cyprus actually managed to arrange a multiplier event in Nicosia in 2020 and we eventually finished the report and got a positive response from the Swedish National Authority. In some ways the project faded away in the end, but the spirit was held up and it finished in a positive spirit.

Tile under: impressive figuration

The Art of Maths (TheAMa) Posted on 2020-02-04 19:22:52

The theme for THEAMA is Mathematics in combination with differents art representations. I can easily see why the Portuguese partner SPEL have done some on tesselations, patterns and isometries.

The facades of the houses in Espinho and Porto are amazing. Like gigantic paintings or murals the walls are decorated in amazing patterns that are simply taking your breath away.

Another thing that you are not really used to as a Swede is the possibility to go for a run in early February in shorts and short sleeves without freezing. Since the run also was up and down the shore of the Atlantic ocean the imagery was terrific.

Safe European home

The Art of Maths (TheAMa) Posted on 2019-11-22 07:12:08

Having a transnational meeting at home, in your own city (even though Borås is not the place I live), is a bit of a paradox. You are not away, but still hardly see anything else than the partners in the consortium. You are not at work, but still literally in school. You sleep quite few hours, but do it in your own bed.

One of the best things about being away for meetings is seeing new places and grasping new cultures. Either school cultures or other kinds of cultures. When you have meetings at home you do obviously not see new cultures. What you do see though is an outsider’s view of your own culture. It is so nice to hear from people from other countries that our school seems to be nice, friendly and open. It is also rewarding to hear that the pupils give such a positive impression. Then there are things that make you a bit surprised. To hear that Borås appears to be a progressive, but still cozy city was a bit of a stunner. Who would have said so if you lived here? Especially if you did in the 80’s and 90’s.

A load of new work awaits before the next meeting, but as always after a meeting; now is the time that you feel energized the most.

Don’t confuse them with mountains

The Art of Maths (TheAMa) Posted on 2019-05-24 15:08:27

I was hardly home any longer than the time needed to run 21 097.5 metres around Gothenburg and then doing some wash up. The next project meeting for TheAma was planned for Mon-Wed.

There was something that had felt a bit vague about this project. I was not really sure about what to do and not really sure about what to expect of its outcome. It felt especially hard when two new enthusiastic delegates from Sandgärdskolan had many questions to ask that I could not answer. I did not know what to expect and what to think about the two days in Mons.

After only a few minutes of the meeting everything fitted again though. Thanks to a wonderful project team that jointly explained and highlighted, and above all where everybody was open minded about their own questions and vague understandings. This was definitely the smallest meeting I have been to, but on the other hand very efficient. Many things could be taken care of in a very short amount of time.

I think that the most important thing I learnt these days in the wonderful city of Mons is that you must be open about your work. If you have not been able to complete everything, say so. It is not that you will not have to do them, but either you do something else instead, you get more time to do them or you get help completing them.

One last notice from the language teacher’s point of view. It’s not often I visit a bilingual country (Finland is not really bilingual in the same way as Belgium), and it therefor took me a while to figure out that the train that was supposed to take us to Mons and showed Bergen was the correct one. Mons (FR) and Bergen (NL) was the same. I should have guessed since I should have figured out that both words mean “mountain”.

Time may change me – but I can’t trace time

GiGS Posted on 2019-05-17 09:01:12

Last week I heard all Swedish top candidates being interviewed on radio prior to the MEP-election in 10 days. The man who is first on the list for Sverigedemokraterna (Sweden’s version of UKIP for British readers) said that the issue of taking action for the climate is something that is a matter for the market. Politicians should leave it and let the companies solve it. I do not believe in this. The companies will not do anything, unless they can make money from it. Politics is about ambition, a great leader said. This ambition must be related to the ambition of changing, and thinking that you can change.

The first keynote speeches at the international multiplier here in Nicosia addressed gender inequalities. A delegate commented afterwards that gender imbalance in educational choices is because of different interests and that we must let the most suitable do what suits best. If you are most suitable to take care of children you should stay at home and if you are more prone to do science, you should do that. I might have misunderstood due to the translation, but this argument seems to me to be the same as the climate argument above. We cannot leave this to “natural forces”. It must be actively done.

To illustrate with something else. When we went home from yesterday’s field trip to the Mediterranean for a swim and went through the Troodos mountain we stopped at the village of Orá. In this tiny village we managed to find a little tavern where we could have dinner. Other villagers were sitting around us, eating and drinking coffee. All men. It was the same on the way home. We passed through villages with people sitting out at taverns. All men. Was that only because they were more suited to socializing in public? Were the women (their wives, daughters, mothers) at home just because they were more suited to stay at home. Was that something out of a natural choice?

Finally. My first idea was to call this blog post “Let the right one in”. Due to what happened in USA the other night I changed my mind.

Giorgi on my mind

Idéer och infall Posted on 2019-05-15 13:57:23

Monday night started well in Nicosia. Jonas and I had a coffee and a chat with Giota and Angelos from the TheAMa project. While in Nicosia you might as well take the time to meet. When we were almost finished we spotted Tobias from University of Borås outside the café.

Since Tobias had not eaten the entire available menu of the taverna in Pera, he needed to eat something and Jonas and I accompanied him. We finished the evening at a pub close to the hotel where I nervously followed the live updates from my beloved IFK Göteborg playing away at Norrköping. Can’t understand why these kinds of games are not shown live in Cyprus.

This post is dedicated to you, Giorgi Kharaishvili.

It’s the end of the project as we know it

GiGS Posted on 2019-05-15 13:40:33

All good things must come to an end, and this week in Cyprus marks the end of the Gigs-project. The project meeting this time centres around two issues. Thursday and Friday, the International Multiplier event is taking place here at the University of Nicosia and the two days prior to that are spent planning for it and also evaluating and working with the final report of the actual project.

As usual, Jonas and I wanted to see something else than the conference venue and the hotel. We started out nicely on our way from the airport when we visited Ayios Sozomenos which was deserted in the 1960’s. The only remaining building still in use is the church, which was open. We went in and had a look. Ten minutes later a car arrived and we were sure that we had set off an alarm of some kind. It turned out to be a drone flyer who used the vast spaces to take a flight.

Monday was the grand day out. We started in the marvellous monastery church of Panayia tis Asinou. The insight that some of the frescoes in this tiny church was done almost 1 000 years ago was enough to make you dizzy. Afterwards we enjoyed a drink in the nearby restaurant and were treated with mespila, a small sweet fruit similar to apricots.

We continued towards the winery in Kyperounda. Nice wine, impressive views on the way there and we realised after a while that we were on the roads towards one of last year’s points of visits; Fikardou.

The last stop on Monday’s road trip was the old village Pera, 25 kilometres outside of Nicosia. It was as if time stood still. An old lady cleaned out the open area in front of the church. A couple of cats skirted along the cobbled alleys. Fruit trees and roses were in full bloom. We decided to eat lunch here and happily discovered the taverna. Unfortunately it was closed on Mondays, the owner told us so we turned around. At that moment a bearded man opened the door on the first floor, and said something to her. It appeared to be her husband and after an intensive discussion in Greek he said “Give us 30 minutes”. Of course we couldn’t turn that offer down and went for a half-hour’s stroll. “Did you notice that he had no trousers on?” I said to Jonas when we walked away. “Yes” was the dead pan answer.

When we came back we were offered a restricted menu and could not really decide what to have out of salad, haloumi, fried mushroom, pita, Cypriot sausages and bacon so we asked them to surprise us. We got it all (which in a way was a surprise). Since it was 4 o’clock and we were completely full there was no need for further food that day.

It’s the (start of) the end of the project as we know it. An we feel fine!

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