Like many of the towns, often only a few kilometres from each other, it had an impressive range of municipal facilities, and also two schools next to each other for different age groups. We had a coffee and chat in Jaime's school, and then headed on windy roads through endless olive groves and slopes planted with vines towards Serpa. On the outskirts of the town was one of the schools that we are going to work with on the proposed project. It was a vocational school where students learn all the processes involved with growing, processing and selling farm products. They also learn how to look after horses and many of the students have their own horses which are kept at the school, and which they use to learn how to teach riding, and other uses of horses on farms and businesses.
Lunch was accompanied by a cold Sagres, and then a trip out on the lake of Alqueva, which was mentioned in the previous post.
Another really interesting day exploring the potential of the connections that the European Teacher Academy project will be able to develop if it is successful in getting funding. The final day tomorrow, which is a return trip to Lisbon via the historic city of Evora.
Images: Alan Parkinson