The Portuguese school
Escola Secundária Rainha D. Amélia is a Portuguese public school located in the capital - Lisbon.
Every year we have 1044 students, 83 teachers and 23 staff members. Our students ages go from 12 to 18 years old and they study general studies until the 9th grade and, after 10th grade to 12th grade, they may choose different areas like Humanities, Science, Economics and Arts.
The building has been recently renovated and its location is magnificent, it has a wonderful view of the river that crosses both Portugal and Spain – Tejo. This school is one of the best in the city and welcomes many different students from different parts of the world. Nowadays we have a large number of students from Nepal. There are various students from all over the world attending Escola Secundária Rainha D. Amélia.
Taking part in this project will be of a particular importance because we welcome in our classes many foreign students. Giving them and us the opportunity to get to know the reasons they come to our school, the ordeals they have faced, and what is like to live in a foreign country will help us all to understand these students and enable us all to welcome them in better conditions. Also, it will be advantageous for all of us to communicate in English (Students usually have poor grades in English) and to go outside our own doors and be able to socialize with others.
Leaving our solemn solitude will be very good for all of us. This project will be managed by the Headmaster Alexandre Canadas who has experience in this kind of projects. With him will be working, Bárbara Almeida, Teacher of Spanish, who also has some experience in ERASMUS projects. Portugal is a country of emigration and immigration. As Portuguese citizens we have this urgency not only to see the world but also to leave something of our own in each travel that we do. As people we manage to help others and have been welcoming many people from all around the world. At this school we have good programs to teach Portuguese to foreign students and work closely with institutions that work with migrants.