Education in its general sense is a form of learning in which the knowledge, skills, and habits of a group of people are transferred from one generation to the next through teaching, training, or research. For us, as teachers, our daily work involves institutionalized teaching and learning in relation to a curriculum but we can’t forget that any experience that has a formative effect on the way one thinks, feels, or acts may be considered educational. It’s here where our Erasmus+ project fits, preparing students for life as active citizens.


This is the blog specially created for the ERASMUS+ project called It's my life, it's my choice Here there are the 5 EUROPEAN schools working together in this challenger adventure:

1- The Coordinator school: LAUDIO BHI from The Basque Country (Spain)
2.- GROTIUSCOLLEGE, Delft (The Netherlands)
3.- NORGARDENSKOLAN, Uddevalla (Sweden)
4.- CELALETTIN TOPCU ANADOLU LISESI, Çanakkale (Turkey)
5.- LYCEE AORAI, Pirae (French Polynesia)



Thursday, 27 October 2016

The President of BUBISHER, MR LIMAN BOICHA, thanks our collaboration to build a new library in the refugee campsites in TINDOUF (Algeria)


 
Next October,2016, if everything goes fine, we will search for the most convenient site to build Bubisher Library at Dajla. By the time, the library-bus will have arrived. This bus will be driven to all its schools and neighbourhoods to announce all the children and youths that human right, that of reading, the same as that of education, health or decent housing, is theirs. Those youths´ homes tumbled down and their adobe walls just turned into mud one year back, when, all of a sudden, it started pouring down in Sahara like it had not rained in the last 25 years. Dajla is the furthest camp, the least inhabited, the one which has suffered exile´s scourge the hardest. The most loved, though. Those who still live there feel they are Dajlians, have a group spirit, love their poor landscape, stand against so much adversity. And Bubisher´s library will become, if everything works out all right, their common room, a place for pleasure, in a  camp that lacks bars, lacks everything which does not serve to the most immediate survival.

Some months back, when we paid you a visit, we suggested you embrace each other so as to guarantee a month´s  wages to one of those Saharan youths who have already become librarians at Bojador or Smara. However, we have decided that we must be daring and that your effort will enable for us to hire the first librarian at Dajla. You are just not aware of how much we value your efforts, your imagination to raise funds. It is true that the Basque Country has always been generous  as well as supportive, that what you have done has not been alien to you, such has been the climate that you have grown up to. Some of you may think that what you have done has not been big deal, that you might have achieved far more had you tried harder. But you have made a new library possible, together with other people´s efforts somewhere else.
Saharan youths are no abstract beings; neither are you. They are Bachir, Mahyuba, the same as you are Aitor, Aintzane or Maialen. And when you go to a library to borrow a book and you don´t know why it´s there or why the librarian is doing her work there, do please think that many a people once fought, risking their jobs and even their freedom, for there to be books both in Spanish and Basque, without any censorship or restrictions. There are people behind those shelves, dead or alive, silent heroes who have paved our ways to those libraries. Well, when Ebnu or Nuha make it to that library in Dajla and borrow a book in Spanish or Arabic, you will also become a voiceless, anonymous hero. I don´t know whether you will feel a breeze in your neck, the breath of someone from far away. But that breath will exist and so will you.

We will only be free if we know which path to choose. Your Saharan peers will be free because you will have provided them the map of all those paths.
It is on behalf of all our teachers, Bubisher´s two hundred members, on behalf of the students who have also contributed with their effort at all the schools of the state that we thank you.
This library will also be yours. Who knows whether you, or some of you, or even many of you will ever come over and see it, enjoy it. And also work in it, reading their first tale a Saharan child who will not be able to read it by themselves. Maybe one of your teachers will come over to teach techniques and ideas to the new librarian. Your Saharan friends will be only too pleased to welcome you and make tea under the stars. And there will be laughter and hugging. And our hug. Leid fi leidi: hand on hand.

Inés and Gozalo, on behalf of Bubisher.

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