VEC-Sharing

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Croatian-Hungarian student exchange programme

In the frame of the ’VEC Sharing’ project, the first realization of the student exchange programme of cooks, bakers and pastry cooks took place in the last two weeks of September (17 – 21 of September and 24 – 28 September, 2018). In the above time period, the Croatian ‘Obrtnička Škola’ Secondary Technical School in Koprivnica hosted the Hungarian student group of Kolping Catholic Secondary Technical School Boarding School in Nagybajom, consisting of 18 persons (16 students of bakers / cooks / pastry cooks and two accompanying teachers). The student exchange programme took place on the basis of a professional programme prepared by the teachers of practice of the participating schools. The programme dedicated to the Hungarian students comprised theoretical knowledge, practice, factory visits and cultural / free-time activities as well that will now be presented in detail.

The Hungarian group, consisting of 18 persons, arrived on 17 of September, 2018 in Koprivnica, Croatia. The Hungarian guests were received by Mr. Saša Seretin, the project leader and he presented the Croatian partner school in the midst of a delicious lunch. Following this, our small group explored the centre of the picturesque town, Koprivnica, then we occupied our motel ‘Zlatan’ where the students were given rooms of 3-4 persons. On Tuesday we participated in an intimate grape picking where our hosts provided a majestic lunch for us. On Wednesday we left for Zagreb to visit the bread factory of great reputation: ‘Mlinar’. On Thursday morning we took part in practice at school for the first time. The practice of bakers, cooks and pastry cooks took place in the corridor of the school, in three separate practice rooms. A vivid and hardworking practice started in the well—equipped practice rooms, supported by the kind teachers of practice. In the afternoon our hosts took us to the museum of food industry and to that of the education in Koprivnica where we got an insight into the local life of the 19th and 20th century. The Friday morning was also spent with practice and after lunch we travelled back to Hungary with the bus of the local authority of Nagybajom. On 24 of September we came back to Koprivnica to be part of new experiences. We began the Monday morning with practice, afterwards we ended the day with a long walk and football. On Tuesday morning the usual practice followed and in the afternoon there was a huge splash in the swimming-pool of the town. On Wednesday after the practice of morning we left for Otrovanec to visit the restaurant ‘Zlatni Klas’ being famous for its rural tourism and organic gardening. The owner of the restaurant provided for a royal lunch consisting of organic food and gave the Croatian and Hungarian students and teachers a historical presentation on the settlement and the restaurant itself. On Thursday, following the practice of morning, we visited the ranch ‘Pikoland’ of the Croatian teacher of practice, lady ‘Blaženka’ where we were dancing and entertaining after having a rich lunch. On the closing day, on Friday a cooking competition consisting of teams of Croatian and Hungarian exchange students followed after which the headmaster of the Croatian school, Zlatko Martić handed over the medals to everyone. After the splendid competition, the accompanying teachers together with the headmaster Peter Laki-Lukács and the financial director of our school, Mrs. Anett Héjjas tasted the excellent buffet in the new reception room of the school. After lunch the farewell full of emotions and the return to Hungary followed.

Hungarian-Croatian student exchange programme Hungary, 09-13 and 15-19 of October, 2018

Following the exchange programme in Koprivnica, Croatia, it was the Hungarian school in Nagybajom, Hungary that hosted the Croatian group (10 students of bakers, cooks and pastry cooks and five accompanying teachers) between 09 – 13 of October and 15 – 19 of October. This stay was also characterized by a professional theoretical and practical programme prepared in advance, factory visits and free-time activities. We accommodated our Croatian guests in the guest-house ‘Bibic’ in Nagybajom where they were given breakfast and magnificent dinner every day. The Croatian group arrived in Nagybajom on 09 October, 2018. After occupying the accommodation, they participated in a cheerful Hungarian lesson with the involvement of Mrs. Zsuzsanna Csima (teacher of Hungarian language), Mr. József Hajnali (interpreter) and Mr. Dániel Sándor (teacher of English and German). After this, a Hungarian folk dance event organized by our teacher, Mrs. Renáta Buda took place in the afternoon, with the active participation of Hungarian and Croatian students. On Wednesday the practices started. In the afternoons we took the Croatian group to the ‘Skanzen’ village museum in Szenna where were also baking ‘langalló’ (special type of Hungarian bread) in the shiny weather. On Thursday after the practice we visited the sugar and bread factory in Kaposvár. On Friday the usual practice was followed by a hand craft / pottery workshop led by the assistant headmaster of our school, Mrs. Enikő Harkány. The first week was closed by an exciting Saturday during which a part of the Croatian and Hungarian students took part in the traditional national competition for bakers in Budapest while the larger part of the group started the day in an amusement centre in Budaőrs. After snooker, bowling and gocart, our Croatian guests could admire our beautiful capital from the citadel. We finished our day at KFC restaurant in Siófok where we congratulated to all of the participants of the competition. Our Croatian guests returned to Koprivnica, Croatia after this exhausting day. After the short stay in Croatia, our guests came back to Hungary again on Monday and they spent the first day of the second week by resting in the guest-house. On Tuesday an educational path in Kaszópuszta followed that was organized our teacher of practice, Mr. Tamás Ivók. After a splendid lunch we explored together the majestic lake of Baláta and its surroundings. On Wednesday we left for Marcali to visit the ‘Lóki’ roadside restaurant, then we went to the ‘Geleta’ confectionary which has a great reputation. In both places the outstanding snack was followed by conversations of content. On Thursday morning practice was the programme, similarly to Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. This was followed in the afternoon by a music party where a singer, Miss Orsolya Varga gave a live concert of 30 minutes, then Mr. Dániel Sándor with his saxophone and Mr. József Hajnali with his tambura entertained the Croatian-Hungarian students. On Friday the last day to say farewell arrived to the greatest regret of the students. Our headmaster invited especially for this day the headmaster of the Croation school, Mr. Zlatko Martič. The morning was spent in a pleasant atmosphere baking Kurtosh Kalach and with the preparation of meats roasted on an iron plate and knuckle of ham cooked in a billy. During the marvellous lunch our headmaster, Mr. Peter Laki-Lukács summarised the merits of the project and expressed his hope that the cooperation of the two schools would not finish, but would continue in the future. The students of both countries said farewell in the midst of tears of joy and sadness.

The four weeks spent together met the requirements both professionally and culturally. The students had the chance to get to know the bakers’, cooks’ and pastry cooks’ specialities of the two countries, they could expand their existing knowledge with additional professional knowledge and last but not least they could take part in great free-time activities. Therefore, we are grateful to everyone who supported this project in whatever form. Thank you!

Famous restaurants and confectionaries

In the frame of the ’VEC Sharing’ project, the first realization of the student exchange programme of cooks, bakers and pastry cooks took place in the last two weeks of September (17 – 21 of September and 24 – 28 September, 2018). In the above time period, the Croatian ‘Obrtnička Škola’ Secondary Technical School in Koprivnica hosted the Hungarian student group of Kolping Catholic Secondary Technical School Boarding School in Nagybajom, consisting of 18 persons (16 students of bakers / cooks / pastry cooks and two accompanying teachers). The student exchange programme took place on the basis of a professional programme prepared by the teachers of practice of the participating schools. The programme dedicated to the Hungarian students comprised theoretical knowledge, practice, factory visits and cultural / free-time activities as well. Following the exchange programme in Koprivnica, Croatia, it was the Hungarian school in Nagybajom, Hungary that hosted the Croatian group (10 students of bakers, cooks and pastry cooks and five accompanying teachers) between 09 – 13 of October and 15 – 19 of October. This stay was also characterized by a professional theoretical and practical programme prepared in advance, factory visits and free-time activities.

Such a free-time programme was the visit of ‘Lóki’ roadside restaurant in Marcali and that of ‘Geleta’ confectionary in Balatonlelle on the 17 of October, 2018. All the Hungarian students of bakers, cooks and pastry cooks, two accompanying teachers (Miss Renáta Buda and Mr. András Héjjas), the interpreter (Mr. József Hajnali) and the complete Croatian group (15 persons) took part in this event. ‘Lóki’ roadside restaurant is regarded as a great national pride, ‘Hungarikum’ that is famous for its typically Hungarian dishes and for its dishes made of Hungarian Grey Cattle. The restaurant was waiting the Croatian-Hungarian group with delicate sandwiches and home-made syrup. Everyone was enjoying the pleasant sunshine, the running in the yard and playground of the restaurant, the conversations full of content. After this programme, the visit of ‘Geleta’ confectionary in Balatonlelle followed. This confectionary is considered as one of the best ones in Hungary in terms of quality. Professional service, quality products and absolute cleanness are here typical features. Therefore, it was no wonder that our Croatian guests were fascinated by the quality snack and the place of high standard. The students being always susceptible to sweets received an unforgettable culinary pleasure. Both catering establishments earned our Croatian guests’ approval and they got an insight into the Hungarian catering trade.

Joint cooking

In the frame of the ’VEC Sharing’ project, the first realization of the student exchange programme of cooks, bakers and pastry cooks took place in the last two weeks of September (17 – 21 of September and 24 – 28 September, 2018). In the above time period, the Croatian ‘Obrtnička Škola Koprivnica’ Secondary Technical School in Koprivnica hosted the Hungarian student group of Kolping Catholic Secondary Technical School Boarding School in Nagybajom, consisting of 18 persons (16 students of bakers / cooks / pastry cooks and two accompanying teachers). The student exchange programme took place on the basis of a professional programme prepared by the professional teachers of the participating schools. The programme dedicated to the Hungarian students comprised theoretical knowledge, practice, factory visits and cultural / free-time activities as well. Following the exchange programme in Koprivnica, Croatia, it was the Hungarian school in Nagybajom, Hungary that hosted the Croatian group (10 students of bakers, cooks and pastry cooks and five accompanying teachers) between 09 – 13 of October and 15 – 19 of October. This stay was also characterized by a professional theoretical and practical programme prepared in advance, factory visits and free-time activities.

The joint cooking took place on 19 of October, 2018 as a closing event of the Croatian-Hungarian student exchange programme. Our two teachers of practice (Mr. Tamás Ivók and Mr. András Héjjas) who know all the ins and outs of cooking / baking were roasting yummy meats and knuckles of ham in their billy and on an iron plate in the open air. To our greatest pleasure, the Croatian-Hungarian students headed the line both in the preparation and the making of the food. Not even the sudden rainfall discouraged them from it. Naturally, all the teachers of our school took enthusiastically part in this wonderful programme. Our headmaster, Mr. Peter Laki-Lukács invited the headmaster of the Croatian school, Mr. Zlatko Martić and Mr. Saša Seretin, responsible for the project, exclusively for this day. Lunch was served in two separate classrooms, one dedicated to the teachers, while the other one to the students. Our headmaster warmly welcomed the Croatian guests, summarised the merits of the project and expressed his hope that there would be a continuation of the success story of the two schools. After the joint cooking and lunch, the saying good bye followed which was not free from sensitive tears of joy and sadness. To sum it up, it can be said that the Croatian and Hungarian students participating in the project spent a fantastic day full of content and rich in experience.

A CROATIAN-HUNGARIAN CROSS-BORDER STUDENT EXCHANGE RELATIONSHIP

On the 18th of January, 2018 the student exchange closing conference was organised in Kolping János Nagyváthy Grammar School, Secondary Technical School and Vocational School in Csurgó, Hungary, realised in the frame of the project of the „Interreg V-A Hungary-Croatia Cooperation Programme 2014-2020 HUHR/1601/4.1 2/0030 IBI- VEC Sharing”.

The project included four schools as project partners – The Secondary Vocational School of Koprivnica as the Lead Beneficiary with occupations (welders, cooks, bakers and confectioners), the Secondary Technical School Stjepana Sulimanca of Pitomača (agriculture), Kolping János Nagyváthy Grammar School, Secondary Technical School and Vocational School of Csurgó (welders, agricultural mechanical engineering technicians) and Kolping Catholic Secondary Technical School and Student Hostel from Nagybajom (bakers and confectioners). As a result of this joint activity, 10-10 students in each occupation could spend together two weeks in each institute, thus, they could get to know the vocational training of the neighbouring country and its culture through the free-time activities and factory visits. Based on the project, a joint sport event and a gastronomy day were also realised and each school carried out a significant purchase of equipment as well.

At the large-scale closing ceremony, both the Croatian and the Hungarian representatives of the participating schools and the Croatian-Hungarian guests were present. The Mayor of Csurgó, Mr. János Füstös was delighted to see the successful realization of the project and asked the partners to continue the co-operation in the future as well. In the speech of Ms. Viola Varga Nagy, Headmaster of the school from Csurgó, it has been said in what respect the students and the practice teachers enriched themselves with practical experiences as the students experienced mainly the Hungarian large-scale farming and the maintenance of large agricultural machines while in Croatia they gained experience regarding the small-scale, subsistence farming. In addition, in Croatian schools they also teach the whole scale of plant cultivation, thus the whole process of camomile cultivation and the harvesting, drying and packing as well.

Mr. Ratimir Ljubić, the Prefect of Kapronca-Kőrös County congratulated all the participants on the successful realization of the project and asked to collect additional useful thoughts for a new project. In the celebration, Mr. Zlatko Martić, the Headmaster of the Secondary Technical School of Koprivnica and Mr. Peter Laki-Lukács, the Headmaster of Kolping Catholic Secondary Technical School from Nagybajom appreciated the cooperation as well. Then, Mr. Josip Ivoš, Headmaster of Secondary Technical School of Pitomača emphasized that from all the other cooperation so far, this current cooperation contributed the most since friendships were formed and they could be witnesses of real professionalism. After the summary of Ms. Melita Birčić, Director of PORA Regional development agency of Koprivnica Križevci County and Ms. Marian Zelei Programme Manager, HUHR Joint Secretariat appreciated the participants’ efforts and encouraged the partners to continue the project.

Among the speeches, the teacher of the school of Csurgó (Mr. Ádám Vogel) and the students (Barnabás Siketer and Adrián Novák) entertained the public with their musical performances and the student, Miss Kíra Kalinics recited a poem in Croatian language as well. At the end of the ceremony, the memorable moments of the one and a half years’ project were shown, the project cake was eaten up and the guests could take a view of the students’ creations in a reception.