Harbor days at school, i.e. the port educational program
19 educational institutions, including primary schools and kindergartens from the West Pomeranian Voivodeship, were covered in the completed school year 2021/2022 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 is multidimensional. On the one hand, it is about familiarizing 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 is about emphasizing the economic importance of ports on a regional scale, as well as nationwide and on the world market.
The scope of the program covers the entire West Pomeranian Voivodeship.
The Port Authority does not impose the form of implementation, counting in this respect on the creativity of the 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.
Every year we are impressed with how brilliantly and creatively schools and kindergartens cope with the program. Based on the acquired knowledge about the port, children participated in numerous art and literary competitions. The works also show 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 range 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 industries. (Monika Woźniak-Lewandowska)