From Latvia: virtual mobility?!
Feb 26th 2021

Ogre Technical School hosts its first virtual mobility

During the period from January 18 to 22, 2021, Ogre Technical School, member of Vocational Education Association of Latvia, organized its first virtual mobility within the framework of Erasmus + project “PEACE & HUMAN RIGHTS & DIVERSITY & TOLERANCE”, No 2018-1-IT02-KA229-048562_4.

More than 50 participants from five partner countries took part in this event (Latvia, Italy, Turkey, Portugal, and Greece). During the virtual mobility, the participants explored the topic of discrimination; they presented and discussed most common forms of discrimination in each partner country, and using various digital tools (such as, kahoot.it, mentimeter.com, quizziz.com) sought answers to simple and complex questions about the impact of discrimination on people’s quality of life, and on the issue of how discrimination manifests itself during the pandemic.

In the conclusion of the virtual mobility week, the participants worked independently in their national working group to create a campaign on one form of discrimination. The main goal of the campaign was to inform people about the existence of the chosen form of discrimination and to draw attention to it. These campaigns were presented on the fifth, the final day of mobility, and they serve as a messenger of the knowledge gained by the project participants during the mobility.

The students of Ogre Technical School created a TikTok video as their campaign, which has now reached more than 4,000 people.

Three mobilities have already been implemented during this project, exploring topics such as democracy, civic engagement and immigration; in the spring of 2020, Ogre Technical School had to receive guests from partner countries – unfortunately, due to the pandemic caused by Covid-19, this was not possible, so it was decided to implement this particular mobility virtually.

Although at the beginning both Latvian and partner countries were concerned about how participants could be involved in various activities, and whether they would be interested enough to focus, at the end of the virtual mobility everyone arrived at the conclusion that this virtual mobility as a success.

Nevertheless, all partners look forward to meeting face-to-face in a near future.

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Acknowledgements: many thanks to EUROPEA-Latvia and Ilze (LV) 🙂

Photos: from Ilze (LV)