HISTORY OF MIGRATION
Start/End date: 22 September 2017 – 24 September 2017
The working group “Historical Memory and Education” met in Berlin to visit sites and organisations connected to the topic of refugee history to get an inspiration for a new project connected to the topic of migration. During the tour, the working group of 11 people visited The Foundation Flight, Expulsion and Reconciliation (Stiftung Flucht, Vertreibung und Versöhnung), Marienfelde Refugee Centre Museum (Gedenkstätte Notaufnahmelager Marienfelde), German-Russian Museum Berlin-Karlshorst (Deutsch-Russisches Museum Karlshorst) and Topography of Terror Documentation Centre (Topographie des Terrors). The trip was not only a study tour where the group learned more about the history of forced migration – which is important for their current work – but they also explored how countries dealt with it in the past and resolve it in the present. In the course of the tour the group expect to start a new project, which will be based on their own ideas combined with experience gained during their study tour.
Countries involved: Germany, Russia, Czech Republic, Poland, Italy, France, Croatia
GREEN SCHOOL OF BAIKAL. THE WORKSHOP ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT FOR SOCIAL ORIENTED AND ECOLOGICAL INITIATIVES
Start/End date: 15 April 2017 – 15 October 2017
The project aimed at holding discussions and educational events on sustainable development and dissemination of innovations for small regional ecological initiatives in South Siberia. On 4-6 July 2017 a three-day seminar was held in Ulan-Ude within the programme framework for 20 NGOs representatives, ethno-cultural and ecological projects from south Siberia, including Buryatia, Trans-Baikal Region, the Irkutsk Region, and the Altai Region. The regional experts from member organisations of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum, representatives of the Russian green movement ECA, the German organisation Dekabristen e.V. as well as experts from the Civil Initiatives Committee, the BMW Foundation and Impact Hub Moscow held a series of workshops on project management, basics of social entrepreneurship and development of environmental initiatives. Participants gained useful knowledge of design thinking, lean social start-up technology, fundraising, and mechanisms to attract pro bono specialists and develop communication strategy. As a result, three projects were selected to participate in the Acceleration Programme for the further development of their initiatives with mentors’ from Germany and Russia. The best project participated in the “School of Social Innovations”, conducted by Dekabristen e.V. In October 2017 in Berlin.
Countries involved: Russia, Germany
CITIZENSHIP EDUCATION WORKSHOP IN BUDAPEST
Start/End date: 1 April 2017 – 30 October 2017
The Citizenship Education Workshop in Budapest was a 3-day event for 20 participants. The activity was an opportunity for working group members to learn about the experience of Hungarian organizations operating in the field of citizenship education as well as to share experience. The event included round tables, talks and visits of schools and NGOs that work with civic education topics. Part of the programme was devoted to planning further activities of the working group, aimed to enhance its activities in the future. A presentation of the work of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum and the working group Citizenship Education to broader public was also shown during the programme. The meeting was administered by the Foundation of Subjective Values, a CSF member, in close consultation with other members of the Working Group, such as the Centre for Civic Education and Human Rights (Perm, Russia) and Youth Human Rights group (St. Petersburg, Russia). As a result of the workshop, the participants prepared several articles on good practices in the sphere of citizenship education intended to be published on the CSF website. Additionally, the working group contributed to developing the interactive Civic Library (https://civic-library.org/), an international database of educational materials on democracy, which contains various materials directed to members and activists of NGOs, educators and teachers.
Working / Expert Group involved: Civic Participation for Sustainable Development
Countries involved: Hungary, Russia, Poland, Czech Republic
STUDY VISIT TO THE CZECH REPUBLIC PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS / THE POLISH FORUM OF YOUNG DIPLOMATS (WARSAW, POLAND)
Start/End date: 1 October 2017 / 13 November 2017
This complementary activity reinforced the Project “Young Election Observers”, developed through the Open Call Mechanism, which aimed to improve methodology of election observation, combine experience of both citizen and international observation, and strengthen partnership between young activists from civil societies in Russia and EU.
The first part of this new activity consisted if an observation of the Czech parliamentary election. The study visit included a 3 day-long programme of joint conference, trainings and election observation of Czech parliamentary elections in the presence of 8 Polish observers, 10 Russian observers and 5 European Platform for Democratic Elections observers . This visit was designed to strengthen observatory skills of the participants. It also allowed them to discuss the newly organized Centre for Election Observation, working on Poland, other countries in EU and Russia. It contributed to local civil society with the findings and experiences gathered. Additionally, together with Russian election observers, participants were able to prepare a schedule of activities for the Russian presidential election of 2018.
Finally, the participants were required to write a research paper on the situation of election observers in various countries of the EU-Russia CSF and publish it on the internet.
Working/Expert group: Democratic structures and processes