The harbor days at school, i.e. the port educational program
This school year, 25 educational institutions, including primary schools and kindergartens from the West Pomeranian Voivodeship, were covered by the port educational program called "Days of the port at school. This is an original project implemented by the Szczecin and Świnoujście Seaports Authority. It includes a series of lectures among children and young people on the functioning of the ports of Szczecin and Świnoujście and their importance for the region, country and the world.
"Harbor days at school" was invented in 2017. The aim of the project was multi-area. On the one hand, it was about acquainting children and young people, but not only students and residents of the region with the specificity of the port, activities performed in them and port competitions, on the other hand, it was about emphasizing the economic importance of ports on a regional scale, as well as nationwide and on the world market.
In the past 2017-2020, nearly 2,000 students learned about the operation of the port within 400 teaching hours. The scope of the program covers the entire West Pomeranian Voivodeship.
The Port Authority does not impose the form of program implementation, in this respect it counts on the creativity of cooperating institutions. Of course, it provides the port knowledge essential, i.e. a database of port messages that should be provided during lessons or dedicated meetings.
This year, due to the pandemic and distance learning, was an additional challenge for the cooperating institutions. However, despite this, schools and kindergartens did very well. Based on the acquired knowledge about the port, children participated in numerous art and literary competitions, even a folder with port competitions was prepared. The works also showed the hand of parents, which is an additional advantage of the port program, maritime education of families. Of course, there were also wall school magazines with the port in the lead role. In a word, the catalog of activities was very diverse. It is particularly important that the children were very interested in knowing about the port, which was reflected in the great interest in maritime and port competitions organized by the institutions. Who knows, maybe this curiosity will stay with them forever and they will join the port community choosing a profession related to the maritime and port industry.