"Let's discover Europe" project: Exploring historical milestones


EAEA GRUNDTVIG AWARD 2014. EAEA hands out the yearly EAEA Grundtvig Award to a successful European learning partnership. This year's theme for the award was "Remembering World War I for the Future – Adult Education promoting Peace and Cohesion in Europe".

The article series spreads good practices by introducing the nominees of EAEA Grundtvig Award 2014.

14 students of European studies from Germany and Bulgaria, most of them born after the fall of the Iron Curtain, discovered the places where milestones of European history were set. The project competed in the category "World War I remembrance initiative".

Learning about the development of Europe

A milestone of the project was that the students of "European education" in the Danube city of Ruse were biographically as well as geographically very far from the "cradle of Europe". In 2014, the anniversary year of the WWI, they learned (as is detailed in the so-called "Schengen Agreement") the relevant European places known as the milestones in the development of Europe, from the German- French "hereditary enmity" to their reconciliation and cooperation.

Awaking an interest of European history

In the week-long trip through Europe were discussed topics like nationalism, political leadership and peace education. By creating an emotional bond with European history, students not only discovered physical places but also their interest for European history and politics. The two leaders of the project assumed that the experience would motivate students to deal with the topic "Europe" emotionally, so that they would become more interested in it.

The achievement of the objective was to produce interest in a return visit to Bulgaria. The project was successful. All participants would continue their cooperation next year and have expressed specific wishes and expectations for the programmw, e.g. meetings with Bulgarian politicians or becoming acquainted with the everyday life of people in Bulgaria.

For the sustainability of the project was founded a group on Facebook and is now maintained by the participants themselves.

Let's discover Europe project

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International Elias Canetti Society and Haus am Maiberg


Canetti society's website

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