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Toño Peña de Marcos – I am the proud coordinator of GenCy4In&ClimA Erasmus project. I have been working as a PE teacher in Alhama High School since 1.999 and co-funded Biciclistas de Corella in 2.005. I was in 2009-2011 the coordinator of ConBici, the national platform that unites all the bike-promotion associations in Spain.  During 2018-2022 I led the “Sustainable Community, Sustainable Community” project, which brought Cycling Without Age Corella and has enabled more than 500 tricycle rides with elderly and disabled people and more that 20 pilot-training courses in Navarra and neighboring regions. This fruitful project paved the way for GenCy4In&ClimA.

I’m Margarida Pato, a teacher of English for 29 years, MA in Language testing and a PhD student. Participation in many international initiatives and projects, such as two previous Comenius and several eTwinning projects.

Cristina Gallo Suárez – I am a journalist specialized in women’s sports. I’ve attended and covered several Olympic games. I currently devise, direct and broadcast “Ganamos con ellas”, a radio show devoted to sportswomen in Asturias, my home region. I co-funded Biciclistas de Corella in 2005 and I’ve been promoting cyclability in Corella ever since. I coordinated the “Sustainable Mobility, Sustainable Community” project in Corella, which brought CWA to our town and has enabled more than 500 tricycle rides so far (and counting!). I’ve directed and taught 20 CWA pilot training courses in Navarra and neighbouring regions.

I, Damien Ó Tuama, am delighted to be Cyclist.ie’s coordinator for this Erasmus+ project! Since 2013, I have held the post of National Cycling Coordinator with Cyclist.ie, a position shared with An Taisce – the National Trust for Ireland. Much of this work is focused on supporting Cyclist.ie’s 35 member groups and in advancing the aims of Cyclist.ie’s strategy through its nine busy Action Groups. I have worked in the mobilities and cycling advocacy space for over 25 years, and I have completed my doctoral research exploring transitions in mobility systems in 2015 (in Trinity College Dublin). I spent five very interesting years on the board of the European Cyclists’ Federation (2016-2021) and I am currently a board member of Transport Infrastructure Ireland. I am also a Steering Committee member for Climate and Sustainability research projects for the Irish EPA (Environmental Protection Agency). I enjoys music, gigs, DIY and all sorts of adventures! 

 

Libia Lara – I am the coordinator of the Erasmus GenCy4In&ClimA project at IES Tierra Estella. I was born and raised in Socuéllamos (Ciudad Real), I studied in Madrid and I have been working as a Physical Education teacher since 2002, in Navarra mostly. 

I’m very happy to collaborate in our Erasmus because I love our project, our students are very committed and I have friends in both schools. Actually, I worked in Alhama High School for many years and I know the school and its mission very well. 

I’ve specialized in  organizing school and PE trips, creating group choreographies with the whole school and motivating my students to be their best selves. I love living in the country, enjoying nature and going for walks with my friends and family.

 

Karen Keogh – I have been teaching in Newtown School Waterford for over 30 years and love the fact that every day brings new experiences. My main subject is Home Economics but over the years I have introduced and developed lots of courses and modules for our Transition Year Programme (a year-long programme for 15/16 year old students that develops skills, encourages maturity and prepares students for adult and working life). I have really enjoyed working with young people on social innovation projects as well as on community work programmes. I enjoy travel, cooking and crafts as well as getting out in the fresh air to enjoy the beautiful Irish countryside. 

I am Joanna Dziwoki, Zespół Szkół Ponadpodstawowych’s coordinator of GenCy4In&ClimA Erasmus project. I have been working in my school in Wodzisław Śląski, Poland, as an English teacher for over 20 years. I have been also teaching Education for Security in English to bilingual students. I participated in the previous Comenius project together with the Spanish and Portuguese partners.

In my free time I enjoy trekking in the mountains and walking my dog in the nearby forests. Spending time close to nature in the fresh air regardless of the weather and the season of the year is my idea of a healthy lifestyle.

CLIMATE ACTION

Climate action is a key priority of GenCy4In&ClimA project for the four participant countries. We plan to implement several climate-friendly activities: tree plantations, sandwich wrappers for waste-free snacks, clean-ups along river banks and during PE lessons, green garden and tree nursery, climate action weeks… Two LTTs (Learning/Training/Teaching trips) are directly linked to climate action. These will take place in Corella (March, 2023) and Estella (June, 2025), both cities located in the region of Navarre, Spain.

INTERGENERATION

Intergenerational relationships are paramount in GenCy4In&ClimA project. We aim at collaborating and mingling on a frequent and regular basis with elders and people with disabilities. Events involving adolescents from the five schools, two associations and elders will enable fruitful synergies. Some examples of activities to promote intergenerational relationships are Cycling Without Age (CWA) rides, CWA pilot training courses and meetings, cooking, knitting and other courses, etc. Waterford LTT (Ireland) will be directly linked to our intergenerational relationships priority.

CYCLING PROMOTION

Sustainable mobility and, more specifically, cycling advocacy, is a core goal for our Erasmus project. We have two partners (Cyclist.ie in Ireland and Biciclistas de Corella in Spain) focused on promoting cyclabilty. There are a number of initiatives we plan to organize: advocacy meetings with local and regional institutions, signposting new cycling and walking trails, bike trips and hikes, “A whole life cycling” award… Our LTT trip to Dublin (October 2024) is closely linked to cycling promotion.

SOCIAL Inclusion

Social inclusion is a priority in our project. Our goal is to give opportunities to collaborate and interact to people of all ages, races, backgrounds, religions… We plan to organize several activities to promote social inclusion: Sustainable Development Goals events, embellishing neglected urban areas and Erasmus boards in the five schools. Two LTTs (Azambuja, Portugal, in October 2023 and Wodzislaw Slaski, Poland, June 2024) will be closely related to the social inclusion goal.

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ERASMUS Students: Yayacletas rides and interview with radio COPE

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Disseminating our ERASMUS+ among 1st E.S.O. students.

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Tischner in Portugal

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