FORCED MIGRATIONS: THE SILESIAN EXPERIENCE / KOLEGIUM EUROPY WSCHODNIEJ

Start Duration: 1 January 2019 – 30 March 2019

The main idea of the study tour was to explore the history of the Silesia region of Southern Poland, a place that has gone through one of the biggest forced population displacements in Europe. Throughout their trip, the participants visited various sites related to the memory of forced migration, where they gained a better insight into the diverse methods of dealing with the remembrance of these events. Main focus was given to the legacy of the exile of Upper Silesians to the USSR, the expulsion of the German population, as well as, Polish and Czech settlement following WWII and Operation Vistula. The group of participants consisted of representatives of CSF’s organisations, historians, memory activists, writers, teachers and victims of forced migrations.

The study tour programme featured a seminar, where the participants were given an opportunity to work on an educational project aimed at exposing a transborder, pan-European experience of forced migrations. The goal of the event was to share the best practises for educating the public about the difficult periods of history and to encourage a positive use of historical narratives in everyday life. The organisers aimed to draft a larger international education project at the end of the Study Tour. The project also featured a roundtable discussion with local historian on these matters.

Working / Expert Group involved: Historical Memory and Education

Partners:
St. Petersburg Civil Organisation “Larisa Knoll German Culture Centre”, Russia (CSF member)
Society of German-Russian Relationship, Münster/Münsterland, Germany (CSF member)
Memorial International, Russia (CSF member)
Youth Memorial, Russia (CSF member)
Memorial Deutschland e.V. (CSF member)
Memorial Italia (CSF member)

CIVIC EDUCATION LAB IN TALLINN / OPEN REPUBLIC

Start Duration: 1 December 2018 – 30 May 2019

The Civic Education Lab aimed at strengthening the capacity of the Working Group by increasing the number of opportunities to share and exchange best practices on civic education. The Study Tour was designed to help to expand the network of contacts and enhance cooperation between the CSF members and Estonian NGOs that will allow to launch new joint Russian-European projects both, amongst the members of the Working Group and together with other interested organizations.

At the end of the three-day Lab, the participants coming from Russia and the EU acquired knowledge about the issues of citizenship, participation in decision-making processes and the problems of historical memory. The participating NGOs themselves were able to learn more about the activities and the mission of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum, and received an opportunity to work closer with the Forum and its Working Group on future projects. Meetings with various Estonian governmental institutions and NGOs were organized throughout the Study Tour. The event allowed an increase in visibility of CSF and its working group across various Estonian organizations.

Working / Expert Group involved: Civic Education

Partners:
Centre for Civic Education and Human Rights, Russia (CSF member)
Education for Democracy Foundation, Poland (CSF member)
Dekabristen e.V., Germany (CSF member)
Centre for Civic Education, Lithuania (CSF member)
DestinationEst, France (CSF member)
Centre for Social and Educational Initiatives, Russia (CSF member)
SOLIDARUS, German (CSF member)
Baltic Bridge, Lithuania (CSF member)
Subjective Values Foundation, Hungary (CSF member)
ECO-LOGIC, Russia (CSF member)
Herzen Foundation, Lithuania (CSF member)
Altai Regional Public Movement for the Support of Civil Initiatives “Consent”, Russia (CSF member)
Centre for Civic Education, Russia (CSF member )