Workshop for Gymnázium Giraltovce teachers in the ERASMUS+ project

Refugees and migrants seeking future in a united Europe


On 31.1.-1.2.2018 we participated in activities and discussions about raising awareness of the life of migrants in Slovakia. The meeting took place in a pleasant atmosphere in the recreation area of Domaša Dobrá. Project coordinator Mrs. Kopčáková has prepared an excellent meeting. Migration-related materials were precisely prepared both in terms of form and content, in the form of texts, images, videos and Internet links. At the beginning of the meeting, we draw up a questionnaire about the attitudes of people and our own to people of different nationalities, religions and skin color, which we entered into the subject matter.  Later on schedule was a short documentary film about migrants who were able to adapt to life in Slovakia and successfully lead their lives here and at the same time talk about how locals perceive them after long years. Immediately after the end of the documentary film, we worked up quizzes about migrants. Then we opened a fruitful discussion about what we saw in the film and whether our opinion on migrants has changed. The opinions were different, what helped us to reflect on the different points of view on migration. After a really busy discussion, we ended this educational meeting with activity on the Internet, focusing on how much we perceive various racial, religious and sexual references to the public.

Migration as a current global problem has also affected Slovakia in recent years. We are often associated with fear, despite the fact that in most cases it is not in the interests of migrants to harm the country in which they want to settle. On the contrary, their motivation is to find a new home in both the foreign and our country. Can we just leave our country without a serious reason? People leaving their country leave their loved ones for very serious reasons such as fleeing from war, persecution and oppression. This makes it impossible for them to live a normal life in their own country. Although migration should primarily be addressed by the country from which people flee, I think that in terms of humanity, we should feel co-responsible.

As the culmination of the meeting, a questionnaire was prepared, which was a summary of the discussed topics. Each participant had the opportunity to express himself freely and was given the opportunity to express his opinion and view on the subject of migration.

The meeting and our project activities were a useful source of migration information. They brought us another look at the refugee. Therefore, refugees are not just inadaptable people who promote their culture and damage our country. Even though some of them are like that. But there are also people who have found a job here, are successful, have found a new home and family here, often having to face competition from our population, a strange look, allusions of passers-by, children mocking classmates. They are people who desire for free life.

On the other hand, we agreed that, unfortunately, the topic of migration is still present in the media and is mainly given as a contribution to our society. However, there is a lack of perspective that would also point to the negative aspects of migration that unfortunately exist and which we will not learn about in the mainstream media, because only one view of the issue is pushed. And this distorts the view of migration, as well as the understanding and opinions of ordinary people.

After our activities we confirmed that Slovakia is not ready for mass migrants’ income, we still see them as a threat, which is obviously justified. However, in small quantities and with certainty that they will adapt, we could tolerate them and change the overall view of them. Anyway, these are current questions that each of us will be confronted with sooner or later and will have to take a stance.


Agenda Romania

                                                           3rd short- term joint staff training event  

                                                                         Arad, Romania

                                                                       8-12 October 2018

                                                                   Agenda of the meeting

Monday, 8 October

10.00  Welcoming at the school

11.00 Tour of the school

12.30 Lunch

14.00 Round table-analysis of the progress of the project

15.30 Tour of the city

19.00 Dinner

Tuesday, 9 October

9.30 Welcoming meeting at the Arad County School Inspectorate

10.15 Departure for Nadlac, visit of Josef Gregor Tajovski Highscool- Slovak  minority school. Presentation of the Slovak minority in Arad. Lunch in Nadlac

19.00 Dinner

Wednesday, 10 October

7.00 Departure for Alba Iulia-the largest city in Roman Dacia and the seat of the XIII Gemina Legion, the largest castrum located in Romania. Lunch and dinner in Alba Iulia

Thursday, 11 October

9.30 Seminar “Integration of migrant children” at the Arad County School Inspectorate

10.30 Presentation of the situation of refugees and asylum seekers in Romania by a representative of the General inspectorate for immigration/Visit to a refugees hosting centre

11.30 Workshop “Study the impact of migration/uprooting on the youth who experience it”

12.30 Lunch

18.00 Farewell dinner at a wine tasting location

Friday, 12 October

9.00 Exchanging teaching practice. Participation in classes

10.15 Seminar “Ways to make refugees/asylum seekers useful to the local communities”

12.30 Lunch




In June we also visited the Museum of Holocaust in Sereď during the trip to Bratislava, which was established in the premises of the former labour and concentration camp Sereď. It represents an authentic place connected to the tragic period of solving the Jewish question in Slovakia during the Second World War. The museum features period papers, photographs and objects related to the persecution of Jews on the territory of Slovakia. During the tour of the museum, the lecturer explained the history of the place. The site was exposed by the first Jews and served to gather Jews for deportation. It did not serve to liquidate the Jewish population. A deportation wagon is also part of an exposition. In 1942, first transfers began. There were 40 people in one wagon. Part of the excursion was the story of two Slovak Jews who managed to escape from Auschwitz. These two Slovaks travelled nearly 140 km on foot. Although just the escape from Auschwitz could be a great miracle, they even wrote in detail what was going on in Auschwitz. This document had 32 pages and detailed the death camp ratios. They told their story to the Jewish authorities. At first they did not believe, because no one really imagined that mass murdering was taking place in Auschwitz. Vrba and Wetzler then wrote a detailed report, in which they explained the whole process of killing people in the gas chambers and their subsequent burning in crematorium furnaces. Vrba and Wetzler were the first to make the world known for what really was  happening in the work camps. To these days, a running event is annually held in their honour to remind how important was their escape. At the end of our excursion we also learned something about the Roma Holocaust.