Past, present and future - we are united through involvement! - Secondary School Sihlea, Vrancea

The group of pupils objectively analysed the reality of our community and concluded that there is an immediate need of a group of people to revive the local traditions. There is a need to maintain traditions in a society where these are being lost, as these are the essence of our people. Traditions are the ones that charm foreign tourists and are also a symbol of interculturality, keeping us connected to other cultures.

In this way they identified the causes that lead for the traditions to disappear but they also looked for solutions for the identified problem. The main objective of the plan was to organise a group who activates for the traditions to be reborn.

A story of change facilitated by Mrs. Bărbosu-Ene Cristina Daniela

List the problems identified by the pupils:

  • Lack of appropriate toilets in the school yard

  • Recycling in the school

  • Lack of a space for creative activities for children

  • Lack of street lighting on some streets

  • Lack of a larger bridge to connect a newly built residential area

  • Covering certain holes on the bridge that currently unites the two parts of the village, holes which are very dangerous for children

  • Lack of a space where various activities for children can be organised

Explain what problem was chosen to be solved and why.

After carefully analysing all the problems, pupils decided to channel their efforts towards reviving and sustaining local traditions. They view this problem as essential because it represents an element of national identity.

What people are most affected by this problem? What is bothering them?

The entire community is affected by the disappearance of traditions. The elderly are nostalgic after the times when every celebration was marked by specific traditional events, parents wish to keep in touch with the childhood charm and, also, would like to see their children, who spend too much time on their phones and tablets, to fell what they felt during their childhood. Everyone is bothered by the fact that no one gets involved in such activities.

List all the solutions you thought of.

  • Discussions with parents, grandparents to identify the most important traditions

  • Choosing a repertoire of traditional songs