Food Day in Kunda Ühisgümnaasium

 

Kunda Ühisgümnaasium has a tradition of  holding topical project days at the end of every school term. The idea of these days is to give students different outlook on life and teach them using different methodology. What is more, students can compile their own timetables by choosing from different workshops. Even the students groups are formed based on their interest rather than age.

As Christmas was at the door, the Food Day held on the 21st December was related to food and traditions of that time. Students were given the opportunity to compile their own timetable – they decided themselves which workshop to participate.

Elementary school students learned different fruits. They solved puzzles, wrote poems, drew pictures, played the game „The World of Fruits“. Poems and pictures were depicted and demonstrated to all the students interested in the matter.

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Year 4, year 5 and year 6 students could pick between different activities: cooking, glazing gingerbreads, making hand-made candies, and herb teas. They also learned how to lay the table and table manners. What is more, students visited a local cafe „Saarepiiga“ where traditional Christmas food was served, Christmas traditions were talked about and different games were played.

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Even the (wild) animals of the local forest had the opportunity to participate our Food Day. Year 4 students went hiking and took food (carrots, cabbages, potatoes) to wild animals and birds. In order to see how farm animals are taken care of in winter, students visited a local farm. As a reflection students were asked to write reports and draw pictures about their farm or forest experience.

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Year 7, year 8 and year 9 students could also pick between different workshops. Students could make themselves a wooden butter knife in a handicraft´s workshop. Both boys and girls could attend that workshop. English workshops concentrated on Christmas food and traditions all over the world. Students listened to Christmas music, read poems, played games and did crosswords. Students also played Jeopardy, where a lot of questions were related to Christmas food and traditions. Christmas smells and plants which are commonly used during Christmas were also spoken about.

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Students played „A Wheel of Woders“/ „Wheel of fortune“, where questions as well as prizes were fruits and vegetables. In a computer class students compiled  e-cookery book about Christmas dishes. Unfortunately 45 minutes was not enough to add pictures.

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Year 7 students had a practical survival workshop. They learned how to survive in the forest. Students had to find food and heat themselves with items from nature. The teacher was supported and helped by the representatives of Estonian Defence League.

Students also played the game „World Kitchen“. The idea of the game is to match traditional food and the country it comes from. Later, students could see the image of the dish on the Internet.

Physically active students could do sports in a local gym and pool. After being physically active for some time they counted the calories they had lost.

 

At the end of the day we had the traditional Christmas Cafe where students sold self-made products and performed on stage.

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Are school introduced fruits from around the world as part of the world’s week

On Friday, 27th November 2015 Year 8 students presented different fruits from around the world and the entire school took part of the lecture. It was possible to listen, look and taste the fruits. More than 20 different fruits were introduced: where and how they grow, how the plantations look like, who the major manufacturers are, why these fruits are good for you and how they can be used.

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Students and teachers could taste avocado, persimmon, tangerine, pomelo, grapes, pomegranate, grapefruit, melon, kiwi, orange, watermelon, banana, pineapple, lime, physalis, kumquat, and papaya. Dragon fruit, carambola, feijoa, and lychee were also shown. Many looked the exotic fruits suspiciously and dared to taste only the familiar ones. The purchase of fruits was financed by MTÜ Mondo and the members of student representative board came to school early in the morning to clean and prepare the fruits.

 

At the end of the lecture, teams of students from Year 1 to 5 had to complete a quiz on their mobile phones using Socrative, an online learning environment.

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Though this kind of event was organised for the first time, it proved to be a success and some thoughts have been already gathered for the next year.

 

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Ghanaian food in Peetri School

This event took place as a part of world month named “World’s Different Faces”, read more here:

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Few weeks ago, when it was our cooking class, we got to meet a volunteer from Ghana. At the beginning she introduced us Ghana’s traditions and different foods and then she introduced us what we were going to cook. So the meal was made of fried bananas and some spicy sauce called „red-red“. It was a bit surprising that African people don’t eat bananas as a dessert. Bananas are considered as a salty food or a dish.

When it was time to start cooking, we were told what to do and then we started. At first, some of us fried the raw bananas and the others were making the sauce. Our food was smelling so good that some teachers even came and peeked into our kitchen to see what we were doing. Besides cooking African food, we got to hear different stories about volunteering life in Africa. Finally it was time to eat our delicious meal and we were positively surprised about the good taste of fried bananas with „red-red“ sauce. We are thankful for that fun experience.

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Cultural Identity – A Project Day in Paldiski schools

The town of Paldiski is located on the shore of the Paldiski Bay, some 50 km from Tallinn. Convenient geographical location, an excellent place for landing, short ice period – all of this attracted people to settle near the local harbour. There have been educational institutions in our town from the year 1770 to the present day. Today, there are two schools at our schoolhouse – Paldiski Basic School and Paldiski Gymnasium. Paldiski is a bilingual town.

The school’s objectives are updated annually – this year, we wanted to introduce different nations and their culture to our students. Because of this, on 6 November 2015, we arranged the project day ’Cultural Identity’ for classes 5 through 12. The purpose of this day was creation and shaping of positive attitudes towards different cultures and people, development of tolerance, and prevention of biased attitudes. The importance of cultural diversity as means for mutual enrichment of cultures was also emphasized. The pupils had a chance of reflecting about their own cultural identity.

On the project date, the pupils were arranged an out-of-the-ordinary, less structured study day at school. We invited guest lecturers from MTÜ Mondo, Estonian Refugee Council, and the Estonian Association of Gestalt Therapy. The pupils met foreign students from Albania and Turkey, who currently study in Tallinn. We played board games providing information on different countries of the world. There was a comic workshop with interesting group assignments and discussions on difference and similarity.

For the elementary school pupils, a lecture on the national cuisine of Ghana by Liina Saaremäe, a former volunteer in Africa, was especially memorable.

The pupils also had the chance of preparing a Ghanaian beverage. The project day ended with some movie watching.

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Students trying/tasting natural shea butter made by Ghanaian students in Sekoti School

The exhibition ComiX4 = Comics for Equality was displayed on the third floor of the school building to celebrate the project day.

World Education month „Over the World, Over he Land“ together with Valga Museum

For many years Valga Gymnasium has collaborated with Valga Museum to conduct the world education month. The target group for this month were elementary and basic school students and teachers from Valga County. The citizens of Valga also took part in the event while visiting the art gallery at the museum.

The aim was to acknowledge different cultures and pay attention to sufficient supplies of food. While planning the event in spring, we could not foresee how important such a positive event woulbe, considering the refugee crisis.

During this month, a collaboration day for the county teachers was held, where they shared their experience and a small DIY workshop took place.

The opening of the exhibition „Over the World, over the land – Burma“

The World Education month began with the opening of Burma exhibition. Valga was lucky to be the first place where Kair Käsper’s new photo exhibition was displayed. Kair Käsper volunteered in Burma via the non-profit organisation Mondo. The opening was contemporary as the author was in Valga via Skype. Still he was able to share his exotic experience from Burma and the participants could ask questions.

To make the opening more stylish, the participants were served rice from a big pot and the tea was from Burma, picked from a village, 2000 metres above the sealevel.

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Picture: The opening of the exhibition. The author shares experiences virtually.

The guests were offered exotic fruit and Burmese music played.

The Worlshop for Making Lipsticks

During the time when the exhibition was on, lipsticks were on sale. The lipsticks were made by the students of Valga Gymnasium in their Globalising World and Chemistry lessons.

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In the picture: The worlshop for making lipsticks

The money that comes from the sales goes to two children, Doinee and Ibrahim, in Kenya to support their way to education. The tuition fee for one year is 40€, which evolves school uniform, sandals, studying materials and exam fees. The students of Valga Basic School are following how the two children are doing. View more about the charity and voluntary work

Lipstick ingredients:

  • oil
  • cocoa butter
  • shea butter
  • beeswax
  • a bit of colour and scents if wants
  • a lipstick cup

If you want to know how to make lipsticks or to learn about our workshop experience, please, write to Pille Olesk pille.olesk@valgagym.ee

Junk Food Eater

On the 14th and the 18th of October, there were workshops for basic school students. There were five workshops. Due to the time limit, all students could not take part in the event.

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During the event, there was an exhibition about Burma and the students watched animated movies on healthy food theme.

The students played a game of angling for food. The boys and girls who had been fishing before knew how to angle. This time they were fishing for food not fish. They only got points for fishing for healthy foods. When they got junk food, they did not get any points. The students whose mother tongue is Russian could practise Estonian words during the game.

After the game, there was a „sockroom“ (sokituba). On the table there were socks, some thread, needles and pieces of cloth for students. Every student could make a sock-puppet. The most difficult part was coping with the thread and a needle, especially for boys. Some of the students gave the puppets names and performed some scetches. At the end of the day Mareli and Elina from Valga Gymnasium put on a small play for the basic school students. The last group of the day could also perform a play with their pupets.

Watch the fun video of the basic school day at the museum. You can also see some students dancing in Burman music.

In the film: The students of Valga Basic School and Valga Priimetsa School with their puppets. Video is made by Pille Olesk.

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Career course and Killerbag

 On the 16th October Valga Gymnasium offered a career course for the students of Valga Basic School and Valga Priimetsa School.

As Valga Gymnasium is a UNESCO school, the career course includes world education elements. The career course takes place once a month and lasts for five lessons. 57 students will take part in it. The students will be devided into two groups. On the 16th of October one group of students were working on a job market topics, and the others were working on environmental education aims at he same time. The groups were swopped during the day.

On a world education study group students got to know about the necessity and opportunities of environmental education. The lecture was conducted by Riho Karu from Environment Department of Self-governments of Valga County. The lecture took place in Valga Museum.

After the theory the group had a workshop how to make a recycleable shopping bag. The best self-made bags were sent to the nation-wide Killerbag competition. The workshop was conducted by Pille Olesk.

The shopping bags were made of pillowcases, lace blouses, sugar bags and other materials. There was a lot of fun during the sewing. The boys used a sewing machine, which was still being used, even when the thread was broken. For bag handles dress belts and scaves were used. Even a pink washrag was used as a handle. The boys found working with a thread and a needle most challenging.

The aim of the workshop was accomplished, even if the bags do not get high places in the competition. The students understood that it is possible to make a shopping bag in 40 minutes even if you do not use a thread and a needle, but use a stapler. There is no need to buy a plastic bag in the shop. You can do it yourself.

The students of Valga Basic School and Valga Priimetsa School taking part in the DIY workshop at Valga Museum. The workshop was conducted by Valga Gymnasium. The video was made by Pille Olesk.

The video can be seen on the following address

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Picture: Workshop on making a shopping bag.

Making a carton-box, a workshop for teachers

On Oct 26th all the teachers in Valga County were asked to come to the museum. They had a look at the display about Burma and on the floor, there was an improvised picnic area wher tea from Burma was served. The atmosphere was created with the faint sounds of music. The teachers tried to eat red rice with chopsticks, crab sticks and vegetables wrapped in rice paper and different fruit were on menu.

The teachers shared information what had been done at schools and what are the plans for the future. Pille talked about the experience of her school and about the future plans.

After the lovely tea and talk, the teachers joined in the workshop. Janne Koppel showed how to make a napkin box. By tghe end of the day everybody had finished with a beautiful and colourfu box.

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Teacher Reet is ready with her box.

The World Education month is over, the thoughts and ideas are already in the next year.

 

The exhibition of shopping bags and of puppets made of socks that were made during the workshops, as well as lipbalm sales were opened until the end of October.

The World Education month has finished for this year. Every year the grasp of this theme has become vaster.

The plans for the next October have already been made and even some of the arrangements have been set up.

Great thanks to all the participants, helpers and supporters,, to the lovely people at Valga Museum. Good teamwork is very important. Special thanks to Kertsi Salujõe, the museum pedagogue, due to whom all the teamwork came to be. The students from Valga Gymnasium helped in the workshops.

The exhibition was sponsored by Non-profit organisation Mondo, Eesti Kultuurkapital , Valga Museum and Valga Gymnasium.

 

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Picture: The surprise table is laid.

Pille Olesk

The text was translated by the  12th grade students of Valga Gymnasium ( Christina, Ariel, Rainer, Alex, Erik, Kirill, Hanna, Viktoria, Henri, Raigo, Kadi, Robin- Stefani ) with teacher Helen.

 

Wondering around on the food planet. 21. – 25th of September in Laagri School

Do you like pasta? Or pizza or hamburger? What about blood sausage? Do you know how far your food is grown? Do you know how this food was produced? These are only some of the questions that we hoped to raise during nature week in Laagri School. Nature week is our tradition and there is diferent subject every year. Food is something that can be related to every subject and every pupil in school.

Here are some actions done during our nature week:

* Food art – tens or even hundreds of food pictures were drawn. Of course discussion about them was essential.laste pildid

* Games, games, games… Many teachers found a way to talk about food with games. There was also „Food planet“ game with hidden riddles for all pupils. Another bigger game was about fair trade. We managed to borrow this from Estonian Environmental Board and was a great help to find answers where do bananas, cocoa, coffee and cotton come from. 

* Food films with discussions. Some classes were shown different movies about food and how does it get to their plates. „Banana split“ was everybodies favourite.

* Photo competition – not many photos came in but which did were really mouth watering. The aim was to show how much of our everyday food origins from ohter (far away) countries.borš

* Traditional exhibition of what can be found from our gardens. There was colourful selection of pumpkins, big mushrooms, weird looking potatoes and so much more.

* Traditional bread day. Smaller pupils had a chance to taste bread from different places of the world and compare these to Estonian bread. Some classes made funny but healthy sandwiches.Tasting the world%27s different breads

* Ghanian cusine. Some lucky classes prepared Ghanian drinks and of course tasted their masterpieces. „Too much chilli…“ they thouht.

* Also many groupworks, discussions and even math exercises about food took place in diferent lessons.

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I think we can be sure that every pupil learned something new or had a new experience. And there is over 700 of them. Thanks to all of the teachers who saw this as a oppourtunity and brought some food related ideas in their classrooms. And thanks to Mondo for materials to make it happen.

Ghanaian food event in Viimsi

Ghanaian food event in Viimsi
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At the beginning of June, just before the summer break, we held a Ghanaian food event. Pupils were really excited about the lesson. It wasn’t just about food. They actually felt connected. They have penfriends in Ghana. They had written letters to each other, and they had heard about Ghanaian everyday life and education system.
They already knew many things about Ghana so different from what we are used to in Estonia. Just to mention some, which made our pupils see new perspectives: not every child in Ghana can go to school, going to school can be seen as a privilege; extremely big classrooms, meaning up to 80 pupils in a class; pupils help to make their school lunches; very different hygiene opportunities; very different school buildings; many male teachers at schools. All this made our pupils think and discuss. One topic which was always very interesting was food. Food in Ghana seemed to be so different from ours. So, the pupils were very much looking forward to the Ghanaian food lesson.
First, we talked about food safety and discussed about how differently food can be seen and experienced in different places of the world. Then we played a fun Ghanaian-Estonian food game, where we learned about different foods. We learned about okra, and we found out that apples are not as usual in Ghana as they are in Estonia. We learned that blueberries are being seen as something very strange for Ghanaians, and they don’t know what is rye. However, they grow cacao and mangoes and bananas.
Then it was time to try to make something Ghanaian ourselves. We made Zoomkoom – a traditional Ghanaian welcome drink. First, we watched a video about locals in Kongo village making it, and then it was our turn. It was new and fun, even a bit funny. Well, we are not used to add chilli pepper to our drinks. Ginger and chilli pepper got everyone excited. Preparing the drink was a very unusual experience.
When Zoomkoom was finally ready, it was time to taste it and express opinions. We had learned that the first one to taste the food had to be the eldest lady in the house. Our pupils thought that the drink was sweet and strange and hot, but something that one could easily get used to.
The food lesson was a perfect ending for this year’s penfriend project. All pupils involved have learned and experienced so many new things, and they are looking forward to continuing with the project in autumn when they return from their summer break.

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Valentine’s Day Cafe

It has been a long tradition to organize a cafe in Rakvere Basic School on Valentine’s Day.  The preparations for this event start much earlier and it is always carried out by our 8-graders.

With the help of our technology teacher the appropriate recipes in English are chosen and in English lessons they are translated as well as the units of volume are transformed. This is followed  by practical testing which results in picking out the most suitable recipes to be offered in the cafe.

Poster are made to advertise the event.

The day before Valentine’s the cookery class is busy and schoolhouse smells good. Students also calculate the prices, and make recipe booklets to enable the others to try out their favourites at home, too.

During breaks the cafe is open for everybody and both teachers and students buy and enjoy the pastry.In the cafe it is also possible to have photos with friends taken  and listen to good music.

The students learn a lot about the basic principles of how to run a cafe and all the rest enjoy a cheerful event.

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Maize

Overview
Maize
is an example of cereal plants. Cereal is a term used to describe a group of plants in the grass family while a grain is the seed or the fruit produced by cereals. Maize is rich in starch. They are one of the most important crop plants worldwide and form the stable diet of a large percentage of the population.

Maize requires an average temperature of 14-30 °C and thus grow well at high temperatures. It needs regular supply of water (about 75-150 cm rainfalls) throughout the year.

Harvesting
Maize becomes mature for harvesting at 105-120 days after sowing depending on the variety sown. It is harvested fresh or in the dry state. It is harvested by hand or with a cutlass. On large scale farms, combine harvesters or corn picking machines are used.

Dehusking is the removal of the husks after harvesting. The grains are removed from the cobs and it is known shelling. Dehusking and shelling are done by hand or machines.

Storage
Maize is dried and treated against pests such as weevils, armyworms, grain borers and rodents. It is locally treated by mixing with ash, orange peels, onion peels and insecticides and traps for rodents.

After maize are dried and treated against pest attacks, they are stored in bags, barns or silos. It is even stored by hanging them above the kitchen hearths.

Watch our video about maize harvesting!

 

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“Ya nafs ma teshtay”

Ya nafs ma teshtay means you get what you wish to eat in English. It is the name of the event we have on the day before Ramadan – the month of fasting. We make many kinds of foods, sweets, drinks, and coffee for this event; then we meet with our family and friends to eat and to talk. We spend the day together in order to make it a special day of the year.

In this day we get a lot of guests and celebrate. The day starts by reading the holy Quran; it continues with hearing (nasheed), and listening to kutbah about Ramadan and about how priceless is time, how we should be spiritual and do good deeds. After that we continue with one of the most popular dance in Yemen: “Bara’a”. Then the men and women eat separately on the floor; some dishes are eaten with hands.

 

 

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