Kazimiero Paltaroko gymnasium in the pulse of the first meeting of ERASMUS+ project “EAT HEALTHY. ACT RESPONSIBLY“

Panevezys 11-15 November, 2019 1.Summary and results of the Questionnaire on eating habits and responsible consumption.2. Shopping food possibilities in participating countries.3.Introduction of countries, towns and schools.

The 11th of November, 2019: our project partners from Turkey(Tarsus) land at Vilnius airport. Polish partners  come by bus from their hometown Czeladzi, Catalans (Begur)- from Ryga airport. Macedonians(Skopje) had to fly through Oslo and  Romanians (Targu-Jiu) flew with Turkish airlines from Bucarest. Tiny elementary classes pupils from Tarsus and Targu-Jiu towns. They were so shy in the beginning. Catalan students felt much better and safer because  two  Spanish families hosted them. Macedonian students were older, so they spoke much better English. Polish pupils didn‘t notice much differences in Lithuania because our nations are close.

We worked in our gymnasium with our project topics: the students or teachers presented the summary of  eating habits questionnaire and it was a joy and good feeling that our partners from Mediteranian region eat healthy as the rules of healthy diet recommend. We were surprised about very nutricious and rich in vegetables Romanian kitchen not to mention Catalans and Turks. We and Polish eat similarly and of course we need to adapt a little more.

 The team of our elementary teachers was just perfect to accomplish their work.The Lithuanian teachers had the possibility to show their creative works and pupils.The painting with vegetables and introducing experiment with tomato grown upside down – was a success. Foreign partners listened  with great attention and their pupils applied vegetables to paint on the paper sheets.

The presentations can be very tiring and lose attention of audience if you make it without breaks. We inserted a wonderful quiz about participating European countries which amused students promoting them to guess the country, town and national dish.

Another interesting activity was to put real products on the right shelve of the food pyramid. Most pupild didn‘t know how to distribute products according to the nutritional value but there were nutrition experts to help them. The students confessed later: „We have learned very interesting things and it was a great fun to play the food pyramid. We even learned a lot of English words for food“, added someone from the chosen players. The students learned and repeated  many unknown English words. Later on attending English lessons the guests could show what they have learned during the play „Food pyramid“.

The second day of the project meeting project partners spent in Anyksciai where they observed baking lithuanian ray bread. They faced English vocabulary about baking again. It was fun to shape little bread loafs and put on to baking plate. The host Nijole told  wonderful stories from old times about families and simple life in Lithuanian villages. Project partners had good  opportunity to taste typical lithuanian food and compare it with their national dishes. Everybody received his or her loafs of freshly baked bread and returned  to Panevezys.

The first stage has finished but  many are ahead! In the beginning of April the second meeting will be carried out in Tarsus (Turkey) where the project partners are going to discuss about national holidays dishes and explain why their ancestors chose these dishes to be served on holidays.

Good bye Panevezys and welcome Turkey!

Project coordinator Meilutė Balbieriūtė