Education and culture over the boarders

From 1st to 4th December an official delegation of representatives of Skawina consisting of: Chairman of Skawina Twinning Association Sergiusz Romański, Plenipotentiary of the Mayor responsible for promotion and twin towns Magdalena Turkawska, and teachers from schools: Olga Biedrawa (Primary School Nr 1) and Arkadiusz Wrzoszczyk (Primary School Nr 4) stayed in Skawina’s Czech Twin Town Roztoky. The purpose of the visit was strengthening co-operation between the towns via intensification of actions aiming at international exchange of children and the youth, participation in cultural life of both towns and  exchange of experience in the field of education and upbringing.

We had a chance to meet a Czech Catholic priest who warmly and vividly talked about the history of St. Clement’s church and the temple of the Birth of John the Baptist situated in Roztoky.  The Czech Republic is a country where Christians constitute only a small group of worshippers. There are more believers of the Husite church, about which we had a chance to see for ourselves during the meeting with Mrs Kučerova – representative of that church, who showed us the temple and told us about her work and service for worshippers in a very interesting way.

The Head (Czech: Ředitelka) of the Primary School (Cz: Zakladni ©kola) in Roztoky: Alena Gabaµová invited us to her school and presented using the multimedia presentation on the interactive board actions of school in the field of education, upbringing and childcare, students’ achievements, the most interesting school events, ways of co-operation with parents, local environment, etc. The school has five interactive boards thanks to which a didactic process is attractive and modern. We also took part in the lessons of class 4 b, during which they brought the Czech history closer to us using the board. In the company of the Head and Deputy Head (Cz: zastupkyni) we had a closer look at the school, class and common room (Cz: druľina) equipment, and we also had a taste of lunch in school canteen. (yummy, yummy…)We also visited the nursery school (Cz: ąkolky) in Roztoky and watch their performance. They captivated us with their charm, and their singing, recitation and dancing were an unusual experience to all of us. We also had a chance to use the interactive board!

An event that is the town’s tradition is an annual ceremonial musical – dancing – theatrical – recitation concert performed by the students from primary school and music school in Roztoky organized before Christmas. The concert took place in the Roztoky Castle and it accumulated representatives of the authorities, education and parents. The program was dedicated to Polish delegation and it raised our admiration and recognition to students’ capacity and talent and teachers’ work. In the farther part of the program there was a Polish – Czech meeting at the “Alexander” hotel, where language barriers were cancelled out to minimum and conversations flourished and concerned international social – cultural - economic topics.

An official meeting with the Mayor Olga Vavřínová and representatives of town council and other institutions was organized on 3rd December 2009 in the seat of the Town Offices of Roztoky, during which details concerning twin town co-operation between Skawina and Roztoky were determined. Nice atmosphere, openness and enthusiasm of the participants of the meeting encouraged making common plans, exchange of experience and undertaking forward actions.

Participation of the delegation in ceremonial turning on lights on the Christmas Tree on the Town Square in Roztoky was a final part of our stay in the Czech Republic, which we see as  very fruitful in communication between twin towns and very warm, pleasant and friendly due to the character of interpersonal contacts.

We wish all members and supporters of Skawina Twinning Association so that co-operation with all the twin towns brought so much satisfaction.

Olga Bierawa
  Delegation on Hürth International

Like every year delegations from twin towns met on the occasion of Hürth International. Among the invited guests were delegations from France, the Netherlands, Kenya, the UK and Poland.

Skawina was represented by the Councillors of the Town and Commune: Anna W±sowicz, Grzegorz Gruca and Grzegorz Wasyl, as well as representatives of Skawina Twinnig Association Committee: Grażyna Wójcik and Sergiusz Romański.

During the celebration of Hürth International numerous meetings with representatives of twin towns took place, during which there was a chance to exchange experience and ideas for further co-operation. The artistic part which consisted of music and dancing performances presented by various countries was very charming.

During our stay in Germany the hosts told us about their plans of establishing co-operation with Turkey. Thanking for warm welcome we expressed hope that we will soon meet, this time in Poland during annual Skawina Days in June 2010.

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  Bukovinské Meetings in Turčianske Teplice

On authorities’ of Turčianske Teplice invitation from 28th to 30th August 2009 a delegation from our town visited our twin town. The delegation consisted of: the Deputy Mayor – Stanisław Żak, Councillors – Maria Sęk and Franciszek Ciernia, Plenipotentiary responsible for promotion, strategy and twin towns – Magdalena Turkawska, Committee members of the Association: Sergiusz Romański, Małgorzata Kopeć, Arkadiusz Wrzoszczyk and the driver – Zdzisław Żak.

During their stay the delegation laid flowers next to monuments dedicated to those who fought in World War II, took part in the opening of Festival of Bukovinské Meetings 2009 in which groups from Ukraine, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia took part, and took part in the post-harvest festival during which the Country Housewives Circle (Koło Gospodyń Wiejskich) from Krzęcin together with the Deputy Mayor – Stanisław Żak gave a huge harvest wreath to the residents of Turčianske Teplice. During the stay there were also talks concerning possible development of the co-operation between our towns which are promising.

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