“Vasile Alecsandri” National College is a general education secondary school of long tradition situated in the central area of Bacau, a city in the northeastern part of Romania. It is hosted by a heritage building which was built in the 1910s and has remained one of the few historical buildings in the city, while most of the old buildings were destroyed in the communist era, due to the industrialisation of the city.
There are 50 tenure teachers in our school and 11 substitute teachers - The subjects taught areRomanian Language and Literature (8 teachers), English (9 teachers - we also have intensive and bilingual classes of English), French (4 teachers), German (1), Chemistry (3), Physics (3), Biology (3), Maths (5), History and Civic Education (4), Geography (4), Social Sciences (4), ICT and Computer Sciences (4), Arts (2), Religion (3), Physical Education (4).
The students ages range from 10 to 19, but we are mainly an upper-secondary school, so the students involved will be 16-18. On each of the four highschool levels there are at least 4 classes of Humanities - Philology, Social Sciences in which the curriculum focuses more on Language, Literature, Communication, Social Sciences and History and 4 classes of Sciences - Natural Sciences, Maths and Computer Studies. Most of our graduates go on to study at universities from our country and abroad and then follow successful careers in Law, Journalism, Political Studies, Medicine, Engineering, Computer Studies and so on.
An important number of the students (351 out of 1190) come from disadvantaged areas, the rural areas, which have become almost deserted and which lack any opportunities for development after the massive migration of the rural population to foreign countries such as Italy, Spain or the UK. It is therefore the stated intention of our school to focus our attention on creating opportunities both for our students and for the improvement of local economic conditions.
Despite the unfavourable social and economic conditions, we take pride in the achievements of our students who participate in national and international competitions at various school subjects - English, Latin, German, Biology, Chemistry, History etc. The language skills of the pupils are good because there are different languages taught in the school.
Although there are students who get to the national level of competition, there are also underachieving students who feel demotivated to study. They will be the focus of our attention in this project, as we intend to provide them with the chance to increase their active participation in the school work by offering them an alternative way of spending their time - by learning to create films. It is true that our curriculum focuses less on practical skills and more on theoretical knowledge, which is why the learning of a practical skill is salutary for all our students.
We hope that an international programme can help us improve our skills in this area and make us even more interested in film as an art form. Also, by discovering the cultures of different countries, regions, we will offer a new perspective on values of outside the daily environment, which are very important for the development of European citizenship in future. Already having experience in developing partnership projects teachers and students are constantly aware of the European dimension of education, its historic character, but also the need for education to continuously respond to demands, national and international reality.
For these reasons, teachers and pupils are the need to constantly participate in actions such as international partnerships, exchanges in various fields.