ABOUT THE PROJECT
What if it was all just a very good story? Partly touching on our personal memories and experiences, and partly reflecting the history of our communities and societies. We are inviting participants to think about history, memory, and identity in this imaginative way. Not as something given, but as crafted stories…. gripping stories!
In trainings we bring together people working in the fields of history and civic education, international youth exchange and active citizenship. They reflect and exchange expertise on how to work with narratives in citizenship education, international youth meetings and other educational contexts. The latest training took place from April 15-21, 2016.
The next youth meeting is scheduled from Oct 3-8, 2016 in Krzyzowa (Poland). Young people will come from Estonia, Germany, Moldova, Poland, Romania and Ukraine. They will present the results of projects on history and identity from their local communities and home towns.
On this blog, you can find information about the project, the stories and the experiences of participants during the seminars. Also, we have developed a set of methods for “Once upon today” and other projects in Krzyzowa. Check them out in our handbook.
Protestant Academies in Germany (D)
Colegiul National Mihai Viteazul (RO)
National Association of Young Historians of Moldova (MD)
STORIES & Ideas
The first visit to the Polish cemetery was a great experience for the team of Smila Lyceum working on the project ‘Mystery clad in marble.‘ We had not expected such a neglected sight, but were also struck by this place where each square meters breathes glorious historic past. Stone tombs and sepulchers – most of[…]
Visiting 19th century factory buildings in the Polish city Łódź or an old fisherman collective in Estonia, analysing photos of teenage fashion in Soviet times in Ukraine or meeting witnesses of WW II in Moldova… until October young people in six countries will discover hidden stories in their home towns.
A museum village with houses circled around a common core – that is the main idea of the “Once upon today… in Europe” museum by Ana, Bogdan, Artiem, Jola, Kriista, Pedru, Sven and Tatyana.
Virtual glasses, individual stories, historical objects, education – these are the main features of the Danube museum. A boat will float across the river and bring the exhibition to visitors in different countries. Read the concept of Violeta, Anatolii, Monica and Sergei.
On the fourth day of our training, we visited Wrocław which is the European Cultural Capital of 2016. During a guided tour, we got to know different layers of the city’s history and the main narrative of Wrocław as a multicultural city. We also visited a temporary gallery at the main square where the exhibition[…]
We tried to use a new method based on finding one historical event between pairs of participants with different backgrounds and present different perspectives on it. The participants chose topics which were important for all of them. The topics were connected with the Second World War, the fall of communism, the USSR, the Internet apocolapse,the[…]
Open Air Museum in Mereni (partially under construction), Moldova – From narratives to exhibition, Creating a place of pilgrimage for all those who feel affected by the repression that they or their relatives were subjected to and to those who want to know more about the political repression in Moldova. A place to bring the[…]
I want to tell you about a dream I had…and I am talking about it in past tense because last year I made it possible through a project.
Everyone has told their own story and presented it using different forms of presentation, story-telling, involving other participants (interaction), videos, demonstrations, performances and so on. And the most important thing is that we were discovering each other, our personalities. It was really a great evening where the participants could show themselves from different sides. We found the exciting information about the conditions and the place they live in, their background, life-style,[…]
On our second day of the project we had a guided tour around Krzyzowa. It is a really small town, but it has its unique, own stories. So we tried to discover this place from different perspectives in the method “Borders change, memory stays”: European, Polish, German and from the point of view of young people. Looking[…]