The Long Way To Europe 2017-2019

Posted on February 5, 2019 by

The project “The Long Way to Europe” intends to give the opportunity to more than 300 participants, from 9 EU Countries + RS, to reflect, with the use of formal and non-formal methods, on the fundamental principles of freedom, democracy and human rights.

TLWE is inspired by the story of a deported Romanian Jewish painter. Through the 4 main stages of the trip of Zivi Miller, the youth, during 18 months, will take part to 4 Int. Events in Romania, Poland, Italy, Cyprus. They will learn from the past and reflect on the future of Europe and the sense of being active citizens. Each event will be focused on specific issues directly linked to Zivi’s esperience, such as: discrimination and racism in Romania, crimes against humanity and human rights in Poland, inclusion of migrants in Italy and freedom of movement and peace in Cyprus.

During the international events, the young participants will learn, see, reflect and act about the lesson of our history. Thanks to the visit of museums and historical sites, the testimonies of witness and experts, discussions and debates within the groups, the participants will be able to tackle these issues and to focus about today situation in Europe. These reflections will be expressed by the young participants with draws, murals or graffiti. They will also be trained to share their visions and expectations about the future of Europe as active citizens and to share it with the tool called ‘Porteurs de paroles”. These innovative and participative practices of public place interaction will be used to promote directly in the streets the debate and the participation of the citizens about the European Values. These methods to raise awareness will be not only experimented during the International Events, but also organized by the youth in their communities (30 local events with the possible initiative of the European Solidarity Corps).

Street Debate in Cluj Napoca I International Event Hosted by Go Free I February 2018

Go Free-the Association for the Support of the Civil Society (RO), together with the Municipality of Tiggiano (IT) and other nine organizations from Cyprus, Croatia, Italy, France, Lithuania, Portugal, Serbia, Poland, Czech Republic, is holding between 22-25 February, in Cluj Napoca, an international event part of the bigger project The Long Way to Europe. Participants will discuss about the Holocaust and will share ideas and practices regarding anti-semitism, anti-gypsyism and homophobia in Romania and Europe.
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Special thanks to: Dr. Tibori Szabó Zoltán (Babeş-Bolyai University, FSPAC – Facultatea de Ştiinţe Politice, Administrative şi ale Comunicării); Mihaela Anghelescu (ASPNR, Clubul EduPlus); Lucian Dunăreanu, Delirio Cluj and PRIDE România volunteers Alexandra Columban, Centrul de Acţiune pentru Egalitate şi Drepturile Omului – Actedo Bastien Fillon (Association Diritti a Sud) Noémi Magyari, Tranzit House Cluj School of Public Health No Hate Speech Romania/ No Hate Speech Movement Go Free volunteers Kplusz for hosting our workshops; Retro Hostel Cluj-Napoca, New Mar Catering, Bulgakov Café, Hanul Dacilor.

Street Debate in Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Meeting in Italy. Read more here.

The Long Way to Europe project concluded with an international event in Cyprus which focused on the topic of freedom of movement. The Long Way to Europe focuses on issues such as discrimination, human rights, freedom and democracy by following the journey of Romanian artist Zivi Miller, whose experience led him to Poland (Auschwitz), Romania, Italy and Cyprus. The event in Cyprus was organized and hosted by partner organization Association for Historical Dialogue and Research (AHDR). Within the program, the international participants got the opportunity to experience the concept of freedom of movement in the Cyprus context by visiting areas such as the Nicosia International Airport and Varosha in Famagusta city, taking part in a walking tour, discussing peace initiatives across the island and learning about how to address controversial issues.

Credits photo: Luka Smuk
United Nations Buffer Zone, Cyprus / Credits Photo: Luka Smuk
Final results of the project

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