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During a sunny March week our grammar school, Gymnázium Hlinská in Žilina, Slovakia, became a host institution for the project partners from Spain, Italy, Greece, Sweden and France. It was the second project meeting of teachers and students considering the topic of climate change. Because Slovakia is the world´s second leading country in amount of drinking water it was only reasonable that WATER was the theme for the Slovak meeting. The program of the meeting, workshops and activities were suited accordingly to the topic so we were able to deepen our knowledge of water and realize its importance to us. Co-operating with the administration of The Malá Fatra National Park we went to the stream Varínka where we took samples of the water and we brought them back to school to analyse them in our chemical laboratory. We visited Gabčíkovo Dam; we were clearing the banks of the river Rajčanka and the surroundings of the school as well. Specialists from the Slovak Hydrometeorological Institute explained to us the causes and the consequences of heavy rains and floods and they demonstrated it on the catastrophe in Vrátna valley. There was also an online meeting with Vittorio Marletto, an expert on climate change from ARPA, Italy. Teachers and students took part in a workshop managed by Lulea University of Technology. In the free time there was a cultural program organised for our partners. They could learn a lot about Slovak traditions, history, food and welcoming people. The Slovak team is really thankful for the opportunity to host our partners and friends. We are looking forward to meeting them again in Spain.

 

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