Colourful Children

Second Transnational Training Activity

Torres Vedras Municipality hosted the Second Transnational Training Activity about the mini-books on October 22-24, 2019. So, we had two days for specific training sessions, a half-day to visit the two preschools participating in the project and the other half-day to work on learning methodology for gender equality and to do a brief coordination meeting about the next project steps. At the beginning of the working programme, we had a formal reception by the City Hall Vice-President.

All the training activity was very well organised: we had identification cards; we always had meals together – lunch and dinner – in different and previously booked restaurants; during the training sessions, we had nice coffee breaks; we had a bus reserved for the study visits to the two preschools; all the speakers used the same presentation PowerPoint template with the city hall, project and Erasmus+ logos.

The specific training sessions were a half-day to learn about gender equality and childhood – the main concepts – and a day and a half to know how to do a childish book, specifically about the story and its illustrations. We did group exercises during the training sessions to practice and critically think about what we were learning. We visited an Exhibition in Casa das Histórias where we created the story and the illustrations around one object from the exhibition in groups.

What the kindergarten teachers’ participants liked the most was the study visits to the two preschools participating in the project. We had a full guided tour in each preschool, we saw the dynamics of classrooms with children, and we had a beautiful musical presentation powered by children in each preschool.

Regarding the learning methodology for gender equality, Härryda explained the following steps to build the learning methodology and energise some exercises about gender and privilege.

To finish, Associação explained the project’s next steps and the local workshop dynamic and remembered the deadlines to create the mini-books.

In the end, all the participants filled out an evaluation questionnaire. We can say that the evaluation of the transnational training activity and the project was highly positive with a brief analysis.

It was a good moment of learning and sharing teaching experiences. Everybody participating in that training activity was excited to energise the local workshops and create the mini-books.