‘RESPECT’ starts in Brittany

Erasmus+ project RESPECT 4 Diversity kicked off on Monday 16th October in Quimper, Brittany with our long-term partner school IES Ginés Pérez Chirinos and our new partners Collège La Sablière and Lycée Le Paraclet in Quimper! It was an unusual day to start the project, considering what had happened at a school in Arras, close to the Belgian border.

Perhaps it underlined the importance of our project and the need to find grounds to understand what RESPECT should mean for one another.

In any case, we were welcomed with open arms by the French hosts and after a Breton breakfast of mini crêpes, speciality cakes and freshly squeezed juice, we were off to play an Escape Room in Quimper, where pupils in their international groups solved a number of tasks getting to know the town.

After a three-course lunch at the Collège, it was time to consider the lives of those living with a physical disability, with a carrousel of activities from a disability quiz, wheelchair basketball, a course of communication how to assist someone who is visually impaired and a sport that looked like pétanque, but played from a seated position.

With a minute’s silence observed nationally by all present, our thoughts were brought back to the reality of how important respect is.

The international groups did really well working together, which was a real credit to all three schools, regardless of the language barriers.