Wednesday, September 9, 2015
The school in S. Teresa di Riva - Italy
Santa Teresa di Riva is a town located between Messina and Taormina on the east coast of Sicily on the Jonian sea, with a population of about 10.000 inhabitants. It is surrounded by hills on which some medieval villages were built centuries ago. Sicily was settled by different invaders, such as Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Arabics, Normans and so on that left their culture and customs in our dialect, history, architecture and art. Taormina, the pearl of the Jonian sea, is rich in spectacular views and ancient monuments such as the Greek Theatre and the medieval cathedral. The economy of our town is based on commerce, fishing and agriculture.
Our Comprehensive School consists of about 700 students belonging to infancy, primary and secondary schools, located in different municipalities and it comprises 100 teachers approximately.
The guidelines of our school are based on the improvement of students’ education through environmental and social studies, citizenship, European languages and ITC competences.
Our school has always been involved in developing environmental studies to improve our students’ education. Throughout the years we have participated to different competitions and organized a lot of activities related to air, water and soil pollution, recycling waste, protected areas, biodiversity, renewable energies. During recycling workshops students have created everyday life objects (mirrors, pots, vases, penholders, dresses, bags, jewels) with recycling materials such as paper, plastic, tins, glass, cloth.
All these activities have been very useful to make students aware of our earth weakness and become responsible of their future they are going to live in. Moreover, they developed their practical skills to apply in everyday life.