Care or Scare

Care or Scare

jeudi 22 juin 2017



Young people building a future together

While she’s looking with horror at a bag of dark clay, one student of the Erasmus+ project states: “I really don’t put my hands in that bag”. “Than I will do it” Rebecca says and without hasitation she puts her hand into the bag. In the Erasmus+ project ‘care of scare’ students of seven different countries work together to explore the (challenges of) the future.

Culemborg – Together with approximately forty students and teachers from seven schools out of Germany, the Czech Republic, Italy, Romania, Spain and Turkey, the KWC is involved in a project to get some awareness of the challenges of the future. It’s a project of three years and this week we are hosts of the theme ‘water’, Rutger Oldenbroek, teacher and organizer of the project, states.

The enthusiastic Oldenbroek also raises the question: “Do we have to be afraid of the water or does water also provide us with oppertunities?” That’s what we are discussing about.

To make a dyke yourself
The importance of dykes has been made clear to the students. Today the students are challenged to make a dyke themselves. One which can withstand severe winds and high waves. The sun is shining, so it’s good weather to work (outside) together. To encourage cooperation between the different countries, mixed groups are being created. But to find your teammembers is a little bit more difficult.

‘Really hard’
“Who’s in group 7, who’s in group 8? Sir, I can’t find them”. For a moment it’s a little bit chaotic but after a while all groups work on a modelscale of a dyke. They know they’ll have to use sand, gravel/stones and clay. But in what order and how much, they have to find out themselves. “It’s really hard”, one member of a team cries out. In front of her is an empty box in which a dyke has to be build. She even panics when she watches her neighbouring group: “Oh look, they have a real dyke”

Very cool
Ida from Germany says it’s ‘very cool’ in Culemborg. The Dutch are very open-minded and friendly people. Staying at a fantastic host family, I like most this week. Chris Beltman, collegue of Oldenbroek, states that the surpluss of this week is students (from different countries) getting to know each other and to experience the way of living and education in a different country. “I’m especially glad that the Turks are involved in the project. Now everybody can see they eat and breathe, just like we do.”

Strong dyke
“Do you think it’ll be strong enough?” a girl asks one of her teammembers in English. He answers: “I think so”, but he rethinks his answer and than says: “I hope so”. But when water was poured into the box, the dyke collapsed imediately, unfortunately.

lundi 16 janvier 2017

lundi 12 décembre 2016

Memories of a wonderful week in Timisoara:

Thanks to the Romanian hosts
for their great friendship and hospitality!

vendredi 14 octobre 2016


Modern technologies have a tremendous impact on both modern societies and individuals, in particular young people, who are challenged every day by the constant changes and the need to be up-to-date. Technology is in fact a double-edged sword : we have realised that our students, and this is a common point for all the seven schools, have a restricted vision of Technology as they only use it for entertaining purposes (video games) or as a mean of communication (social networks).

On the one hand, this project sets out to attempt to tie things together, since we strongly feel that school education should provide a framework for young teenagers aged from 13 to 16 to analyse the world - both critically and with a view on the whole world. This should enable them to arrive at a way of conduct in this world which allows to make their own choices while aware of the multiple benefits of using Technology in three major fields: Environment, health care and social life & education.

On the other hand, our project aims at putting at their reach the appropriate tools to fight the dangers which these modern technologies undoubtedly bring about (e.g. the exaggerated use of social media causing bullying, addiction and isolation).

We have designed a set of classrooms activities connected with the current syllabus of the following academic subjects: English, History, ICT, Ethics, Philosophy, Biology, Electrical engineering and Social Science, to be carried out during a semester resulting in a mini-project which every school will present to the others during the major meeting. To do this, the students will need to improve their skills in several areas: in English as all the presentations will be held in that language, digital competence as the use of new technologies (computer, mobile phone apps, video-conferences, specific software) will be constant throughout the activities.

We have set the objectives according to the needs of our students having in mind the idea of making them fit for the future. The objective of all this is that the students develop a more balanced attitude of looking at the blessings and challenges of modern technology

In the course of a preparatory meeting in December 2015 and in the light of past experiences gleaned in two previous Comenius projects shared by most partners we came to the conclusion that youngsters in all seven countries are undergoing the similar kinds of challenges in connection with modern technology. The issue we are trying to address is not a national one - it has to do with lifestyles, changes in society and economy that are of a transnational nature.


The Opening Ceremony of the Project CARE OR SCARE: CHALLENGES OF MODERN TECHNOLOGIES between the IES 9tOctubre and the Gymnasium der Stadt Hückelhoven in Germany took place on Friday October 7th .

These two schools, together with five other countries (Holland, Italy, the Czech Republic, Romania and Turkey are part of a strategic partnership KA2-219 School of Education within the framework of Erasmus +.

Over the next three years, the seven schools will work on a wide range of activities around the topic of technology from different points of view (environmental, social, ethical, educational) and consider both the advantages (improvement quality of life, access to information, communication facility) and drawbacks (addiction, isolation, dangers of social networks) in the use of ICT so present in our daily lives.

The project is coordinated by the German Gymnasium, which chose Carlet for this initial contact with the official opening of the activities through a real connection between the two schools via videoconference. At room 80- Electrotechnics Department- students of Initial Vocational Training in Electricity and French language students in 9th Grade had the opportunity to meet their German partners. After the staff presentation, both exchanged a brief description of their schools, and highlighted their participation in the project.

On behalf of the Gymnasium der Stadt, Mr. Thomas Rubel and Mr. Wolfgang Roth- teachers and coordinators of the Project- the Mayor of the city, the school Headmaster and teachers of the groups involved were present at the meeting.

On behalf of the IES 9 d’Octubre, the event -organized by coordinating teachers Mr. Joan Linares and Mrs. Francisca Sangil- was attended by the school Principal, José Morante, accompanied by members of the management team and Automation teacher, Miguel Nàcher, author of the innovation Project Aquaponia Solar II.

We fully appreciate the collaboration of Carlet City Hall represented by the Culture Councillor, Bernat Nogués, in this new educational challenge (Care or Scare)

In November 2017 the IES 9 D’OCTUBRE and the city of Carlet will welcome and host all the groups of students and teachers coming from the other six European partner countries.

Up to that date, we will go on to progress on the track of the Europeanization and internationalization of our institution.

See you soon!