Event in Lycée Franco-Hellénique Eugène Delacroix Jean Monnet, IDEA Project, November 27, 2017
Within the framework of the Erasmus+ Jean Monnet «IDEA» Programme, DIKTIO-Network for Reform in Greece and Europe held he event "Are we all talking the same language in Europe?" on Monday 27th of November. The event was attended by students of the second grade of High School and Lyceum of the Greek-French School Eugene Delacroix, as well as by Mrs. Ioanna Savinidou, Deputy Director of Lyceum, and Martha Asfi Professor French Team Coordinator. The panel of guests consisted of Mr. Charalambakis, Emeritus Professor of Linguistics, University of Athens,. Mrs. Argyro Proskoli, a Professor of French Language and Linguistics, and Dr. Evi Hatziandreou, DIKTIO-Network’s Scientific Advisor and Project Manager of the IDEA Program. The role of co-coordinating and introducing the topic of the event was undertaken by the journalist Vicky Flessas, who also gave an overview of the event's agends. This introduction was followed by a short video highlighting the chronological course of the European Union and its evolution towards its 60th birthday. Then a “prima facie” introduction was carried out in regards to the Indian-European language by Mr. Charalambakis.
The next stage of the event consisted of the IDEA Thesaurus Game where students from the audience volunteered. In specific, 12 students took part and 2 rounds with 3 students per group were organized. The participants were able to identify words that related to Indian-European roots, and then they became acquainted with the etymological origin of the aforementioned words as well as their interconnection with European Union policies in respective fields. Mr. Charalambakis, Mrs Proposoli and Dr. Hatziandreou underlined the etymology the association with the French language as well as the interrelated linguistic, semantic dimensions and the individual policies of the EU respectively. During the game, words with a particular emphasis on the European Union's domains were deployed, such as the concept of Solidarity and Equality, concepts identified in the ideological basis of the French Revolution as well.
In addition, words from the IDEA database that are drawn from everyday life such as ‘salad’ and ‘card’, were used in order to demonstrate fields that the European Union has legislated upon, such as food safety, the European Insurance Card and the Youth Card which offers to its holders a broad range of benefits in services and goods across Europe.
The conclusion of the game was then followed by an additional video focused on the arguments of an obsolete European Union. This phase was complemented with an extensive discussion and continuous evaluation between the pupils and the panel’s guests which revealed the dynamism and enthusiasm of young people. Throughout the discussion, it became evident that the students' educational background and in-depth argumentation were key factors for the empowerment of the European Union’s context and future course through the participation of young people as actors.
Considering the scope and goals of the initiatives of “Network for Reform in Greece and Europe”, the students were informed for the Indo-European roots of words within European languages and their particular interconnection with European policies and institutions.
In the end of the event, students who participated in the game as well as three lucky students from the audience, were awarded symbolic commemorative gifts.