Schools for Strategic Partnership

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Sixth day in Romania

In the morning on our last day, we met with a high official in Buzu, the president of the city. He started holding a speech and then it was expected by each countries project manager to say a few words.

I said something like:

Sweden have focused on the "joy of learning". Building bridges between people are something more than just an abstract metaphor. We do this by meeting in everyone's environment. Travelling along changes us forever. We must question our pre-conceptions about each other and we do that for sure by meeting in different places. We have here in Romania met a beautiful country, but particularly amazing rare students and staff, which embraced us with open arms. Thanks for inviting and hosting us.

After me it was Turkey who would speak and Ibrahim, who took over after Ezra (she is at home with a small newly arrived baby) was nervous. He made a nice little speech and was obviously relieved afterwards. Nevertheless, I believe that his speech most reached our hearts. The joy and warmth expressed of his voice could not be communicated through internet or a formal meeting.