Completed projects and ended partnerships for Insignare

Project “Just Be Humans! Say No To Any Forms of Discrimination And Violence” ended

The final meeting of the partnership “Just Be Humans! – Say No To Any Forms of Discrimination And Violence”, supported by the Erasmus+ program, was held online. For 3 years, teachers and students from INSIGNARE’s EPO – Ourém Vocational School and EHF – Fátima Hospitality School travelled for a week of educational and cultural activities in Turkey, Portugal, Poland and Italy; the last meeting would be in Hungary, but the pandemic forced it to be held via Google Meet.

Thus, during this week the students worked online, with their colleagues from those countries, on their views on Human Rights, namely the framework documents in the European Union and the United Nations, as well as reflecting Equality / Inequality (Gender, Racial, Sexual Orientation, Religious Orientation, Access to Work, …) in everyday life. In addition to practical examples they researched, they critically reflected on reality and on how they can help to change behavior.

The impact felt by the students focused in the improvement of knowledge and attitudes about the causes and effects of violence and discrimination, having opened their horizons for greater tolerance, respect and experience in a multicultural society, something essential for an intervention, from early ages, at the roots of the problems of social extremism.

Their language and social skills were also improved, as during these weeks they had to express themselves permanently in English, as well as group work with colleagues from other countries, leading to public presentations of the results.

Any information concerning the project can be asked to its coordinator, Mrs. Katalin Bischof (katalin.bischof@gmail.com).

Partnership between European Schools of Hospitality and Tourism was completed

The partnership between Hotel and Tourism schools in Italy, Poland, Portugal (EHF) and the Czech Republic, supported by the Erasmus+ program, came to an end. Named “Good Food, Better Health”, it was particularly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, to the point where two of the four planned meetings were held in person, in Portugal and Poland. As the others took place on remote communication platforms, the collaborative work between the young people from the four schools went off without a hitch.

Thanks to this collaboration, several lexicons were created, containing lists of technical terms in the field of Cuisine and Gastronomy, in these four languages ​​and in English, which will be made available to students who will participate in international internships in these countries.

They also learned how to use the “Rainbow of food” in the preparation of healthy and balanced meals, and how to use it to replace ingredients.

They researched and created a list of traditional products, protected at European level (PGI, PDO, GI and TSG), debating their certification process and their advantages, deepening their knowledge on these themes, not just on products from their country, but also from the partners’, and also about recipes for traditional dishes where they can be used.

They shared methods and techniques for using food leftovers to design new dishes, something very relevant for the Environment and for the efficiency of contemporary restaurants. This aspect was also highly appreciated by the participating teachers.

Any information concerning the project can be asked to its coordinator, Mrs. Giuseppina Botta (giuseppinabotta@gmail.com).