Published on 01 Oct 2023
On the 15th of September 2023 in the Historical Silver Mine in Tarnowskie Góry, a press conference was held to promote the educational product developed under the TExTOUR project.
Tarnowskie Góry interactive educational classes for primary school children will be held in the underground of The Historical Silver Mine, starting on the 1st of October 2023.
The press conference raised much interest and was attended by several local associations and authorities such as representatives of the Tarnowskie Góry Land Lovers Association, the Institute for Ecology of Industrial Areas, the Locativo company, School No. 9, and journalists from Silesian radio stations and newspapers.
The president of the Tarnowskie Góry Land Lovers Association, Mr. Zbigniew Pawlak, emphasized the importance of mining and education in this area, focusing on the opportunities offered by the new technologies to create immersive experiences for children.
Dr. Joanna Piasecka from IETU presented the objectives and sustainable tourism solutions offered by the EU-funded TExTOUR project, as well as the synergy between the Mine, IETU, and Locativo company. Synergy that resulted in three actions taken to develop cultural tourism in our Silesian UNESCO area.
Representatives of School No. 9, whose students participated with great commitment in the testing of educational activities, also have expressed their opinions and impressions. Finally, Mr. Adam Kałucki from Locativo described in detail what the educational classes at the Mine will look like.
Modern out-of-school education in the creative environment provided by the Mine allows for a multi-sensory experience, independent discovery, and interactive learning. Children embark on a 90-minute journey in search of silver. In a new unfamiliar environment, they calm down. They are given helmets, maps, and notebooks with pencils. During the activities, they also use other simple props, such as a thermometer, a rangefinder, test tubes into which they draw water, and flashlights. They can touch mud, get their hands dirty, and shell a rock. They experience total darkness, which is interrupted by a lit torch. Well-trained educators, who are the guides in the underground, are ready for a real challenge and open-ended questions posed by the children, and the whole activities are prepared so that they can be continued at school.
The educational classes at the Historic Silver Mine in Tarnowskie Góry, Poland, are unique experiences and have a high education value.