Students from Ireland travelled to Sandnes in Norway for the YAM [Youth and Migration] film festival in May. 21 films from 5 different countries were shown to an audience of more than 220 persons at Fredheim Arena in Sandnes. Loreto students had produced a 20 min. drama on migration (based around the story of Annie Moore leaving Ireland and her arrival in the USA).
Students and teachers from schools in The Netherlands, Spain, Croatia and Norway also took part in the festival.
The films are the products of students participating in the Comenius-project YES? - Young Europeans? - Sure?.
This project is in its third and final year and the film festival along with other activities marked the end of the project. Over the past three years nearly 600 students from the participating countries have been involved in the project.
20 students and 6 teachers from abroad visited Sandnes Upper Secondary School for 5 days in mid May. The film festival was a highlight of the programme, but a visit to the Norwegian Oil Museum, a barbecue party at Orre Beach, a hike to Prekestolen (the famous Pulpit Rock), taking part in everyday classes at the school, a seminar for teachers on the use of film in education organized by The University of Stavanger and social gatherings completed the full-time programme. During the stay in Sandnes the students lived in host families.
The visit from abroad finished on May 17th when the guests from abroad took part in both Barnetoget (The Childrens Parade) and Folketoget (The People`s Parade) to celebrate Constitution Day.
The schools involved in the YES-project are also YAM-schools. The are partners in the project and will use the YAM learning programme in years to come. They also will take part in other YAM activities.
YAM pupils in Norway
On Parade with YAM in Sandnes