During ONCE UPON TODAY 40 participants from Ukraine, Poland, Israel and Germany meet from 21-30 September 2012 in Berlin (D), Wrocław and Krzyżowa (PL) in order to ANALYZE AND REFLECT upon the official national narratives of their countries in the context of individual biographies, experience and memories. The term NARRATIVE stands for national myths, official history outlines and images as well as culturally conditioned perception of political and social events in the past and at present.The main objective is to enable a MULTINATIONAL DIALOGUE on the past, presence and future and at the same time to FACILITATE REFLECTION on one’s own culture, history and society and thus to foster understanding and tolerance of people stemming from different national, ethnic and religious backgrounds. Project participants come from German, Polish, Ukrainian, Jewish-Israeli and Arab-Israeli communities. During the encounter they all get confronted with the narratives of the “others” and thus become more aware of the GAPS in their own national, cultural and religious narratives. During the MICRO-PROJECTS following the youth exchange, participants research on the gaps in the national narrative of their communities. Project activities:1. Study visit in Berlin (D) and Wroclaw (PL): searching for examples of transnational mutual denominators for all four countries in the official narratives and individual biographies2. Seminar on national and individual narratives in Krzyżowa3. Micro-projects participants research on the gaps in the national narrative of their communitiesMethods used within the project are based on non-formal education with elements of academic input and research techniques. The experience and knowledge of participants plays a crucial role for the project input as they take over the role of experts and facilitators themselves. English is the project language.The applicant is a project coordinator and both sending and hosting organization.
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