SECOND STEP ON CULEMBORG
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.
“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”
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.”
“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.