Academy report

DAY 5: Overwhelming expectations

At 7.30, after a really long night our Bojan was already waiting for us to go to Trieste, on the Italian side of the border. After a bus ride that nobody remembers, because everybody was sleeping, we walked in the rain to a Slovenian school. There, four girls with dual citizenships showed us the condition of Slovenian minority in Italy. We had the chance to speak with members of an actual minority, so they had to answer many of our questions, often very personal. They were asked if they ever felt discriminated and to which side of the border do they belong. Then we went to hear a lecture about the history of Slovenian National House in Trieste, an important building for the Slovenians and their culture. We were all really amazed after we learned so much from a Slovenian historian who told ...[Read More]

Day Zero- Arrivals, arrivals, arrivals

Lost luggage, lost people, early flights, late dinner, sun, wild animals and amazing landscape. Don’t let the title “Day Zero” fool you. Sunday, the arrival day, was definitely not lacking of action. The arrival of 18 people from 12 countries is not a simple puzzle to begin with. Add to the equator transporting from the airport of Malaga to the seminar place in Ronda first by train, then by bus and finally by car and you start to get the picture. The participants had been asked to take a photo of themselves when they left home to travel to Ronda. Tina, Andréa and Germán were waiting for us.    So, let’s make a use of them and tell the story of the arrival day through the photos! The first to arrive were Katya from Russia, Stephanie from Denmark and Anna from Finland. Due to the early fligh...[Read More]

EUSTORY seminars 2013: Special locations

We are in the middle of our selection process for the EUSTORY seminars of 2013. But what we already can announce is that we are going to stay in very special locations: In Finland at an island that served as a fortress for a long time, in Ronda close to a pre-historic village in the mountains and in Ljubljana in a former prison in an areal that is now center for alternative culture. From September 1 you can follow here again what is going on there…


I actually think that this is the first time that I post from an EFKAGA (Event Formally Known As General Assembly). During the last years there have been many organisational changes within the EUSTORY Network – from a project to an international association to an informal network – but what didn’t change during the whole time were the people working in these frameworks: engaged and committed Europeans who want to activate young people to get involved: with their lives, civil society and the European ideas. It has been a very enriching network meeting so far, still one day more to go. Our Latvian colleagues are great hosts, not only providing the perfect working spaces and culinary experiences for us, but also arranging a meeting with the President of Latvia, exclusively f...[Read More]

Aequis Libertas: Or what young Europeans think about democracy

One of the results of the seminar about populism and challenges to democracy was the seminar magazine: Aequis Libertas Other results will soon follow!  

Berlin 2012: The “After Movie”

I really regret that we didn’t work with media during this academy, the potential and the motivation was clearly there. Andreas from Belgium produced this photo show to pay tribute to the whole group and the exceptional  atmosphere in Berlin. Enjoy*: *one remark: Andreas included music of the Swedish House Mafia (yes, you could argue about the taste of music 🙂 , but due to legal regulations we decided to publish without music. So its up to you, if you follow the recommendation of the producer…

No complaints!

25 young Europeans from 13 different countries met; and 1 weeks in 2 different cities, 1 fable, 2 songs, 3 videos, uncountable group work sessions, simulations, discussions, potatoe dinners later: an inseparable group of friends (I can’t remember when I have seen so many tears for good bye). Friends who managed to discuss hot issues respectfully, who looked after each other, and: never complained! Not about the workload, the hot-cold showers, the potatoe-pork-repetition, not when being sick or tired. So thank you, guys! It was a pleasure working with you… Hope to see you soon! Tina

There and back again, An Eustorian’s Tale by Ola Borre

Yes. So today we went to the supposedly most beautiful school in Estonia. Again. For the fourth school in a row. The only difference was perhaps that this day I can impartially and partially say that it actually was true. This one even served rice! While being in a completely euphoric state due to the warmly welcomed potato shortage, I was still able to maintain focus on the topic related conversation. Democracy during crisis, voting age and the value of young voices in politics were debated and different levels of participation were discussed. Fun, informative and emotional. It is with a sad face that I forcedly say goodbye to Tartu. Of course Peter the giant hostel spider will always keep his spot in my heart. I pick Tartu over Tallinn every day of the week. Back in the capital, we went ...[Read More]

“Can ALL Estonians sing and dance?”

On the very sleepy Wednesday morning we were walking to the Tallinn’s train station to drive to Tartu.  Most of people were using this time to get some sleep but some of us worked on our project or went to get a coffee.  In mean time we had an opportunity to enjoy Estonian’s magnificent nature and small colorful houses. After two hours we were finally there. Mari-Anne, our good friend from academy, greeted us to Tartu which was very welcoming. We put hurriedly our bags to hostel and went to Miina Härma Gymnasium.  There we had nice greeting from headmaster and students. It was interesting to find out that this school contains people from all over the world like in our academy. For the warm up we discussed what we learned from yesterday.  It was followed with silent discussion. Questions we...[Read More]

“Why build a mosque when we have a synagogue already?”

It did not take us very long to reach several conclusions on the city of Tallinn; that it’s beautiful, that its inhabitants are warm-hearted and that they are crazy about potatoes with pork on the side (no, not the other way around). Yet, after having enjoyed our second visit to an Estonian gymnasium today, the perhaps most obvious conclusion to reach was this: that Estonians are serious about their education. School newspapers with a circulation of almost 1000, student councils resembling the governmental system, and the option to choose subjects ranging from economy to physics to Estonian culture and even national defense. Although we might have visited schools whose students seem to be somewhat exemplary, I am left with the impression that education in Estonia is not a matter to be take...[Read More]

Strictly unpolitical politics

Presenting the school and students. Welcome to Tallinna Reaalkool! Although the way to the school was rainy and glum, our expectations were much more bright. We got what we wanted – interesting people (some of whom we had met on the first and second day already) and a warm welcome. After the presentation of the school council we formed groups of 4-5 people to discuss challenges to the modern democracies and thought of some other points to consider about the topic of our academy. Lunch. Tallinn Secondary Science School. After the tasty lunch at the Tallinn’s Reaalkool we went to visit the Stenbock Maja which is a historical edifice in which now the government resides . Visit to the Stenbock Maja. Democracy and E-Government. We ooh’ ed and ahh’ed about the remarkable building and laughed lou...[Read More]

Up, up and up the winding stairs…

…was the German Institute we worked in today. Dear readers, be prepared for a long post. So many people, so many countries, so many expectations, so many flights but we all had the same goal: arriving in this beautiful city called Tallinn. After a freezing night in our hostel, it was time to get to know each other better. The name-games really helped us remember the names, even if we had to ask some people more than 5 times what their name was. Afterwards we were so good at getting to know people that we also wanted to get to know the locals. This was the perfect time for a trading game! Each group chose one little figure to start with. The task was to exchange this figure into something more valuable and luckily everyone came back with different stories and items: mission completed!

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