”Once upon today... in Europe: (Y)our 1989” training for educators living in Estonia, Germany, Moldova, Poland, Romania and Ukraine
Since Russia started its latest aggression against Ukraine on 24th February 2022, we are witnessing the return of war and war crimes to Eastern Central Europe. Every day we can see its horrors in the news and on social media. Thirty years after the end of the Soviet Union, Putin not only openly denies Ukraine the right to exist as a sovereign state, but he also frames this attack as part of a global conflict with NATO and the United States.
This new historic situation also raises many questions for youth work, citizenship education and history projects. Until this year, for many people in Europe, it felt like we had overcome the time in which nations were fighting against each other with lethal weapons. In the field of historic and civic education, the idea of war with all its atrocities was rather discussed as something that happened in the past and should never happen again.
In this new situation, we want to invite you to a new training as part of the project “Once upon today… in Europe“. In particular, we would like to revisit the transition period between 1989 and 1991, and its different narratives and meanings for the countries in Central and Eastern Europe. This topic seems to us even more important and up-to-date since today we can still see the direct impact of this period. The old “turn of an era“ is meeting a new one.
As educators, we also feel the need of reflecting on the past and how we can integrate the current developments in Ukraine into our educational activities. We are already facing the challenge that we need to adapt our programmes to meet the needs of our participants who want to share their thoughts on the war and would like to find ways to deal with it. Furthermore, we would like to pinpoint our professional boundaries. What lies in the responsibility of the educational work and how can we deal with individual and collective traumata? To explore this topic, to reflect upon and creatively deal with methods of non-formal education, we are inviting people being active in youth work, citizenship education or history projects living in Estonia, Germany, Moldova, Poland, Romania and Ukraine (also people living now abroad in one of the mentioned countries) to join us.
Place: Berlin, Germany
In the training, you will learn how to:
- bring together different perspectives on the same event or subject and learn practical methods to approach history,
- develop personal connections and explore how stories shape your identity, what stories are told in your family, community and how they influence your identity,
- use history in everyday life and various other projects,
- promote tolerance and a better understanding of cultures and what helps us to better understand the perspectives and stories of others,
- develop critical thinking and grow awareness of the existence of more than one perspective.
The training is for you if you:
- are active in youth work, citizenship education or history projects, or would like to get active,
- would like to learn new methods and approaches,
- are at least 18 years old,
- are currently living in Estonia, Germany, Moldova, Poland, Romania or Ukraine (citizenship does not matter),
- are fluent in English.
The participation fee covers accommodation, full board and all program activities. Its amount is determined by the country you live currently in:
Germany: 90 €
Estonia: 50 €
Moldova: 15 €
Poland: 30 €
Ukraine:15 € (For Ukrainians who are currently living abroad due to the war, the rate of 15 € applies.)
The travel costs will be reimbursed to each participant according to the rules of our financial supporter. The shown amounts present the maximum reimbursement that each participant can receive for the economy class travel:
Germany: 180 €
Estonia: 275 €
Moldova: 275 €
Romania: 275 €
Ukraine: 275 €
Poland: 180 €
Application form and deadline
If you want to join the training please fill out the application form by 18th July 2022.
Kreisau-Initiative e. V. (Berlin, Germany)
Protestant Academies in Germany (Germany), Viimsi Keskkool (Estonia), Institute of History / Tallinn University (Estonia), The National Association of Young Historians of Moldova (Moldova), Krzyżowa Foundation for Mutual Understanding in Europe (Poland), Associata Burgus (Romania), Young Journalists’ Association “Polis” (Poland), ChangeLog (Ukraine)
The project is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.
Ms Carolin Wenzel
Kreisau-Initiative e. V.
phone: +49 (0)30 53836363
Mr Ole Jantschek
Protestant Academies in Germany
phone: +49 (0) 30 28395447
If you want to see pictures from previous editions of the project and learn more, see www.once-upon-today.org