1.- PROGRAMME DESCRIPTION
With a view to creating closer bonds with the Port’s social environment, the Port Authority of Bilbao offers a programme of educational visits designed for all schoolchildren in the Basque Country so that they may learn about the historical development and the present reality of port activity..
The visits – which will be in Basque or Spanish- are free and are aimed at schoolchildren in the 10 to 15 age group. They will take place from Monday to Friday every day during the school year, coinciding with both the school calendar and timetables in order to fall in with the needs of the different schools.
The Port Authority expects the programme, known as “Ezagutu Portua”, (Basque for “Know your Port”), to bring the Port closer to 4000 schoolchildren a year. To make it easier for them to reach the Port facilities, the Port Authority will put on a free return bus service.
The activity is part of the competences being worked on in the schools: pupils will have an active role and be provided with both learning and fun activities, including port world-related materials, to work on together with their teachers, both before and after the visits. This aims to reinforce some of the concepts and ideas that have been seen.
The Port’s activity maintains 9000 work posts and generates 1% of the Basque Country’s GDP and 2% of that of the Territory of Biscay. Each euro coming into the Port Authority contributes to the generation of 10€ in the Basque Autonomous Community’s GDP as a result of goods transport activities.
The following thematic areas are dealt with:
- History and Geography (History of the River and Port, its location and positioning)
- Types of vessels (typology and parts of a boat)
- Maritime transport (modes of transport, maritime traffic, historical and present day professions in the Port)
- Energy and the environment (renewable energies and measuring instruments)
Methodology is “hands on”, constructive and makes use of different techniques from working in the Port’s classroom to the bus tour around the Port facilities and the outside surrounding areas:
- Explanations based on the group’s previous knowledge
- Observation of reality and inferring explanations about how the Port works from the bus tour
- Observation of descriptive photographs and comparative ones of the past and present
- Handling objects and construct their history through reasoning logically
- Carrying out simple scientific measurements
- Support using fun-learning activities on all the worksheets
Besides, materials for learning and fun activities for teachers are provided for work in the classroom prior to the visit, as well as materials to reinforce concepts and ideas for exploitation afterwards.
4.- VISIT TIMETABLES
The programme is scheduled to last 3 hours, from the start of the Port visit until participants leave to return to the school. Visits commence, with some flexibility, between 9.00 and 10.00 a.m.
The Port Authority provides a free return bus from the school to the Port. Needs for physically disabled persons will be dealt with previously in order to assess whether available resources can meet them.
6.- DEADLINES AND REGISTRATION
Registrations are attended in strict order of written confirmation.
Contact should be made through the following email address:
- email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Reservations must be made at least one week before the planned visit. Visits can be conducted either in the Basque or Spanish languages.