2008 is considered by the European Commission the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue.
Our school promotes the intercultural dialogue by various means: through dialogues between children from Romanian and Rroma ethnic groups on different topics, according to their age and interests, by promoting their cultural values through the two school magazines: "Margaritare" ("Pearls") and "Stelute rrome" ("Rroma Starlets"), by organizing art exhibitions with our pupils' art works, as well as art works made by children from other parts of Romania and other countries in the world, by promoting their traditional music and dance through participating in song and dance shows on different occasions, etc.
Last year we started a project on intercultural dialogue, which was very successful. Our pupils worked in the two creative clubs, and as final products they published the two school magazines: "Margaritare" ("Pearls") and "Stelute rrome" (Rroma Starlets") and they participated in many partnerships, local, national and international ones (for example the Comenius school partnership "Junior inventors", http://junior-inventors.blogspot.com/).
Last but not least, we organized three art exhibitions for them in order to improve their self-esteem and motivation: the art exhibtion for the 8th of April - the International day of the Rroma people, the art exhibition for Easter, which was also in April, and the International art exhibition for the 1st of June - the International Children's Day, according to the UNESCO.
These three art exhibitions I'm talking about were so successful, that our friends who participated, asked us to organize this year the second edition. So now we are working hard to do that.
Thus, as we have some pupils of Rroma ethnic group, on the 8th of April we celebrate their day and we'll officially open the art exhibition entitled "At school and in life - always together" where pupils from our school, as well as from other Romanian schools will exhibit their works. What is new is the fact that this year we'll have participants of Rroma ethnicity from a school from India.
On the 14th of April we'll open the art exhibition called "The light of Resurrection" by which we want to celebrate Easter. Pupils from different parts of Romania will exhibit their beautiful works in our exhibition. Something else new this year will be the fact that our school has changed its name and it now bears the name of a famous Romanian poet and playwright, Vasile Alecsandri, who lived in the 19th century, and who was the first landlord of the time to free the Gypsies (actually known as Rroma people) from their slavery. For this occasion we are organizing a national conference "Vasile Alecsandri - between culturality and interculturality" where teachers from Romania will present their research on the poet's life and work. One of the approaches to his work will be the art exhibition depicting his poetry.
The last exhibition in our "pearl" string of art, is the one organized to celebrate Children's Day. It is another moment when our pupils can exchange ideas, information on their cultures and feelings through visual art. It is another moment of intercultural exchanges, as there will be many art works from students from Romania and other countries, not only from Europe, but from other continents also.
We welcome all our friends to join us in our project.