Virtual Mobility in Nea Aghialos – Greece

Due to the persistent COVID-19 pandemic situation, the whole activity has been realized just in an online modality, through five web meetings that have been held during the afternoon of each day of virtual mobility.

During the virtual mobility activities, the socio-cultural and territorial context, and landscape case studies relevant to the City of Nea Aghialos, localized in the Region of Magnesia, in Thessaly, and other Greek cities, places, monuments and traditions, have been focused.

The executive program has been defined as follows:
– Monday, 7th February: Welcome and presentation of the working group. Introduction to the history of Nea Aghialos and presentation of the education institute of Nea Aghialos and of the of the 2nd Primary School “Varnaleio”.
– Tuesday, 8th February: Virtual tour in ancient history of Magnesia: from the neolithic settlements of Sesclo and Dimini to the basilicas of Fthiotides Thives.
– Wednesday, 9th February: Overview of the modern history of Magnesia and presentation of the case study of Nea Ionia and Nea Aghialos.
– Thursday, 10th February: Virtual trip to discovering landscapes of Magnesia; Pelion Mountain villages and the Islands of Magnesia.
– Friday 11th February: Collaborative review of the works and evaluation of the learning activity. Conclusions, feedbacks, ideas and open perspectives.

A part of the mobility days has been dedicated to common laboratory activities leaded by the Project Team and the representatives of each partner School’s Local Coordinating Team, in order to systematize, analyze, discuss and prepare data and other resources to digitally map and describe in multilanguage modality all landscape configuration and case studies visited.

All participants have been involved directly and personally in discovering Greek landscapes, experiencing the similarities and differences between their own respective geographical landscapes as well as historical ones.

Starting from the territory relevant to the 2nd Primary School “Varnaleio” in Nea Aghialos, and through online presentations and very suggestive media, Students and Teachers from the Greek School have guided their peers and colleagues in the discovery of Nea Aghialos, Volos and its touristic highlights and landscape landmarks, the ancient history of Magnesia, its villages and islands.

In this perspective, this experience has stimulated all participants Students and Teachers to share next deeper comparisons between National/local cultures of their respective European Countries.

At the end of the mobility all participants have demonstrated their happiness and satisfaction to have met their Greek, Bulgarian, Romanian and Italians peers and colleagues, thank to such a fruitful and exciting cultural interchange occasion. In particular, the critical thinking has been applied to the broadening of cultural horizons.

Along with the improvement of communication skills in English language, a very interesting activity has been represented by the learning of foreign words and especially Greek ones. All participating Students and Teachers have gained firsthand knowledge of Europe’s cultural diversity, but also are became more aware of the role that each local community plays, with its uniqueness in the European framework and through its different landscapes and “takscapes”.

Poster of the virtual mobility in Nea Aghialos

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