September 25th was the first day of a hearty stay of the Erasmus+ project “Who do we think we
are? Exploring culture and migration in EU” participants - they were hospitably greeted in Vilnius
Vladislav Syrokomla Gymnasium by its community. The opening ceremony involved the welcome
speeches given by the organisers and the principal of the gymnasium as well as presentations made
by the students - youth from the countries participating in the project introduced themselves and
presented the survey outcomes.
The students of our gymnasium had conducted a survey on migration among their classmates, then, presented the results to the project participants.
According to the results of the questionnaire, multiculturalism (70.8%) is an important value for the young generation, however, 56.3% of the respondents would consider living abroad having finished school, but only about 20% would return home; more than a half of the asked students agree with the welcoming culture concept. As evidenced by the results, young people in Lithuania are openminded, tolerant and ambitious in pursuing happiness abroad as well as accepting foreigners. The basic thing to do if wishing to settle down in another country – is learning a new language and obeying the unknown laws and rules; the main taboo for those who have emigrated - changing religion. To summarize, the survey proved the concept of Lithuanians as Europeans and the freethinking people.
Dorota Sokolovska, IIIa
My name is Violeta Buinovska. I‘m Polish, born in Vilnius, Lithuania. I graduated from Vilnius Pedagogical University and I‘ve got a degree in Social Pedagogy and English as well. I began my teaching career in 2006 at Vilnius Vladislav Sirokomla Gymnasium. Becoming a teacher has been a dream since my childhood. I give credit to my school teachers for inspiring me, because I was motivated by their strong guidance and leadership. I knew that I wanted to do the same thing when I grew up. I‘m passionate about swimming. Although I have several hobbies, such as reading, hiking, pilates, solving mental games and cooking, swimming is what resonates well with me. Also, I‘m lucky to have a really large family, I love nothing more than spending time with them. This is how I get my energy back.
Since early teens I was obsessed with learning English language, but never have I ever thought of being a part of educational system of Lithuania. However, after having graduated from Vilnius University of Educational Sciences, I decided to throw myself into the role of a teacher just to see how it feels like (how hard could it be, right?). I wanted to quit the job after a few days. Today, however, I can’t imagine myself doing any other type of work. I have been teaching English at Vilnius Vladislav Sirokomla Gymansium for 7 years, although I feel there’s still a lot to learn. I believe my job is a sort of acting in a theatre, where the teacher has to impersonate various characters in order to help each and every student achieve success – which is the most challenging but at the same time the most satisfying experience. I am eager to help our students learn the language as well as make them see it the way I do – the tool to eliminate the cultural borders between countries. I spend my free time with my family (my 8-year-old twins and my lovely wife). When I am off my ‘duties’ I love to play basketball with some friends of mine or to read a book about parenting (which I obviously need to continue working on) or something from the sphere of psychology. There’s also one more new, hopefully a long term hobby – (learning how to) play the guitar.
My name is Jolanta Novoselska. I am Polish, born in Vilnius, Lithuania. I was born on December 1st, so I’m Sagittarius … . Many years ago I finished the same Władysław Syrokomla gymnasium I am actually working in. I am a graduate from Vilnius Pedagogical University (twice) and I’ve got a degree in Pedagogics and Psychology as well as English. For the last two decades, I ‘ve been working in my alma mater as a teacher of English. I consider myself as a creative and quite an optimistic sort of person, that’s why my favourite colours are yellow and green. I try to greet each day with a smile and positive attitude. (Optimists live longer, it’s obvious.) My interests are quite extensive. I'm fond of classical music, staying close to nature, travelling and equestrian sport (my daughter is a keen horse rider). My passion is my flower garden, two dogs and other domestic creatures I possess. I love reading books (everything - except science fiction), going to the theatre and watching good films.
My name is Marina Sutugina-Zverugo. I was born in Vilnius, Lithuania. I am from a multinational family who speaks Russian, Belorussian, Lithuanian and Polish. I have graduated two universities: one – in Minsk, Belarus, and the other – here, in Lithuania. I have acquired several professions but work as an English teacher with 11-16-year-old teenagers. Even though my job is not easy at times, it has many positive moments. Interaction with children stimulates my constant development. I am an invariable student by nature and I cannot imagine my life without new knowledge and impressions. Apart from work, I always try to find spare time for my hobbies and interests. I like spending time with my family, riding a bicycle, reading biographies and detective stories, watching films and travelling. Generally, I am an optimist. I believe everything that happens to me makes me wiser and stronger.
I am Miroslava Vartač Vartecka or ‘Mira‘ for short. My career as a teacher started with a joke, which appeared to be rather a promise, to be back at my native school to teach English. So, from then on, I‘ve been enjoying every single day of school life (or almost „every“ ). Generally, I‘m teaching 14 to 19-year-old students. Some people might get the impression that I‘m a workaholic. However, there‘s always a silver lining and I devote quite a fair amount of time to what I really like: reading books (Paolo Coelho has been inspiring me for a while now...), riding a bike (what can be better than swishing down the hill with the favourite tunes in the earphones), designing and sewing a piece of clothing (I‘m far from perfect, yet I keep on trying), travelling (they say „It‘s not the destination, it‘s the journey that brings happiness“ and I can‘t agree more...) and listening to music (which seems to be an endless source of inspiration as well as an expression of all moods and feelings). There is no such thought as „I‘ve got nothing to do today“, I reckon that every brand new days brings loads of possibilities. What we need to do is notice and accept them...
I am a teacher of the Polish language with a 30 year experience in teaching. For 10 years I’ve been a deputy head at Vladislav Sirokomlė gymnasium. In 2010 with a colleague Liucija Minovič I wrote a Polish teaching textbook and workbook for the 7th formers named “A Human’s Life is a Journey”. In 2014 I was in charge of a group of teachers creating a book of the history of our gymnasium “It’s been 60 years…”. I am hardworking, responsible, and punctual as well as easy-going and communicative. I try to understand people and help them as much as I can. I normally spend my free time with my family outdoors, I enjoy reading, doing sports, travelling.
My name is Svetlana Žurovič . I was born in Vilnius, Lithuania. I am Russian but work at a Polish school. I am an English teacher and a coordinator of students‘ self-government. I know several European languages and it helps me in my work and life in a multicultural society. I am fond of dogs – my favourite dog is Doberman Pinscher. I love hiking, travelling, knitting and reading science-fiction. Most of all I like Indian summer – it is still warm but you can walk on the carpet of falling leaves and pick up mushrooms. I think I am very friendly and flexible - I always welcome cultural diversity and I am interested in getting new knowledge. I adore my work and even my birthday is on the International Teachers‘ Day!
My name is Violeta Liachovičienė. I was born and raised in Vilnius, Lithuania. I have taught English since 2007 at Vilnius Vladislav Syrokomla gymnasium. I am glad that I also speak Lithuanian, Polish and Russian fluently. I like reading and searching on the net to develop myself. I think that although we are teachers we also go on learning every day and the life, itself, consists of life-long learning and the desire to learn!