27th to 31st of July 2015.
I found out about a great opportunity through MUNplanet.
A chance to go fully funded to Denmark and interact with other youths.
I was selected as one of the participants and attended the International Summer Academy program of ‘Waves of Democracy’ that invites young Europeans to Sønderborg, Denmark. The aim was to develop a platform for dialogue, intercultural exchange and networking in Europe.
We were divided into seminars in three workshops: in
which we discussed different aspects of Environment & Sustainability;
Migration & Mobility; and History & Memory, focusing on how youths can
make their voices heard, influence the debates and offer constructive visions
on these issues. I loved how we debated and learned from one another. Many of my friends till now are from this amazing program Lucía Tamames Maria-Cristina Dinu Mirek Crha Paddy Se Vojta Vavra
Miroslav MacanCellini Bd...., we all are part of the MUNplanet community.
Link to description of the workshops DETAILS: http://2015.wavesofdemocracy.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/workshops.pdf
Some of the topics discussed were:
1. Environment and Sustainability
- Looking to the past, what lessons can be learned about the ability of societies to organize and enact positive, lasting change that improves the well- being of its citizens?
- Looking to the future, what does sustainable development look like, and what do we need to do to ensure it becoming reality?
2. Migration and Mobility
- How to deal with the humanitarian catastrophe at the gates of ´Fortress Europe’?
- How to work towards a more positive and balanced portrayal and representation of the migrant/migration in the media/politics?
3. History and Memory
- What is the role of Europe´s youth in proposing innovative approaches to reflect on history and memory when dealing with identity?
- How can young citizens creatively contribute to using both categories as a tool for international encounters and dialogue in the wake of the political, economic and social crisis?
The best part was meeting the other participants, many countries from Western to Eastern Europe: Serbia, Romania, Armenia, Albania, Spain, Germany, France, etc. (it was my first time meeting people from the Balkan region!) We also went across the Danish-German border in Flensburg.
We had so much fun, party hard! Like really!! Best party and music. We were the boss and nailed it!