Thursday is FFB day
Landsberg, Zdolbuniw, Istanbul: FutureFlashback or “FFB” for short, our international youth exchange project, which is supported by the EVZ Foundation as part of the MeetUP programme, and which is offered to the associations dieKunstBauStelle e. V. (Landsberg am Lech) and MultiCultural Ukraine (Charkiw; in December we will open our office in Zdolbuniw).
Yesterday there was a special online meeting – for the first time three students from Turkey were also present, Bayra, Ekin Su and Tuana from the IELEV school in Istanbul; IELEV is a prestigious public school which also runs its own kindergarten; the institution also has many contacts in Germany and other countries.
After the welcome by Wolfgang Hauck, the project manager, we all introduced ourselves and told each other about our hobbies; then we divided into groups in “breakout rooms” and exchanged information about the different project topics; in smaller groups it is easier to get to know each other better: “That was a really great experience!
Since a teacher and the project coordinator of the Istanbul school, Stephan Reischl, were also present, there was also the opportunity to get to know each other and exchange ideas on the pedagogical-collegial level.
We all experienced a lot of new things and will now think about what we can do with the new knowledge; we can already see that at the moment, beyond the FFB project, there are many opportunities to build long-term international partnerships, with Germany and even Turkey, with German being the language that unites us. Partnerships for our school and for our city.
It would be interesting to find out which contacts between Zdolbuniw and Turkey already exist or whether we are the first to try to build long-term relationships with the Bosporus?
And in 2220, what will people know about Zdolbuniv in Turkey?
In 2020 there will not yet be a Wikipedia article about Zdolbuniv in Turkish. Not yet!
A report by Martin Reuther
Project Coordinator Ukraine