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Dialogue Started

Lviv, Ukraine

Sunday, 29. November 2015

Dialogue Started

Every finish is a start in fact...
Lina Kostenko

The ‘Unifying Diversity’ project finished this week. It was a part of a joint initiative of the participants of the 'Different Memories – Common Future!' workshop in Lviv under the auspices of the Foundations of Freedom INGO, OWEN e.V. Mobile Academy for Gender Democracy and Peacebuilding, and the Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations (ifa).

The ‘Unifying Diversity’ project finished this week. It was a part of a joint initiative of the participants of the 'Different Memories – Common Future!' workshop in Lviv under the auspices of the Foundations of Freedom INGO, OWEN e.V. Mobile Academy for Gender Democracy and Peacebuilding, and the Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations (ifa).

‘Lviv: United in Diversity’ is a joint initiative of Natalia Zabrotska (as a part of the ‘Unifying Diversity’ project) and Yulia Yaryhina (as a part of the ‘Human Library’ project). The first part of the project consisted of two training sessions for the senior pupils of the school №55 in Lviv. At these trainings students had an opportunity to get acquainted with each other through the ‘Story behind my name’ exercise. For many, it was the first training experience in their lives.

Pupils were engaged in both pair and group work, and shared personal stories, For example, two students , Mykhailo from Lviv and Maksym from Donetsk study at the same school, but never had a chance to communicate before. Through sharing their stories they became friends.

The participants have also been mastering the Maps technique during the ‘My important places on the map’ activity. The pupils indicated their birthplaces, locations where their roots are, as well as other personally important places.

Participants also pointed out those places they intend visiting in the future.

In the video conference, Lviv schoolchildren talked to their peers from Eastern Ukraine about their wishes and raised topics for discussion. They were interested to learn about the school life of their peers, their hobbies, and life not far from the frontline.The moderator also conducted a session aimed at preparation of the schoolchildren for the teleconference to ensure they felt at ease in discussions. The third step was preparation of the project by moderators Natalia Zabrotska (Lviv) and Alexander Mitkov (Pidhorodnie town, Dnipropetrovsk oblast), coordination of joint activities, and deciding on the formats of videoconferences.

Myroslava Khovalko, Vice Principal for Education in the school №55 in Lviv, also gave support. Full technical assistance was provided by the computer studies teacher of Yurii Derevyanchenko. The school principal Ihor Halushko offers permanent support for the initiatives of his pupils. 

As far as our colleagues are concerned, we were assisted by Vitalii Morhun, Mariya Nemtseva, and Anton Vusyk.

November 23-24, 2015 two wonderful teleconferences took place that enabled young participants to get acquainted with each other, to ask questions, and find common interests.

At the teleconference, Yuliya Yaryhina (Lviv-Kramatorsk) together with her daughters shared the story of how Lviv put her up and what helped her to get integrated into a new environment.

Mykhailo Partyko, a pupil of the 11th form also gave a presentation of Lviv, which it is interesting to get acquainted with, however this is another story.

To be continued...

Natalia Zabrotska, Lviv

Translation by Halyna Stasevych

 

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