Do we all speak the same language in Europe? The IDEA program at Hellenic-German Agogi

DIKTIO-Network for Reform in Greece and Europe held the event "We all speak the same language in Europe?" on Friday December 14th at the Hellenic-German Agogi School. This event is part of a project that underlines and confirms the broader framework of DIKTIO’s extensive actions and projects that aim to raise awareness on EU policy fields. This event which is part of the JEAN MONNET PROJECT "IDEA Aurora Through European Identity and Integration" has attracted significant attention and positive comments from academics and scholars, was attended by students of the third grade of Gymnasium and the first grade of Lyceum, while the teachers and the principal were present as well.

Vicky Flessas, a prominent journalist, coordinated and introduced the main points, structure of the event and the word-guessing game. Following the introductory comments, Christophoros Charalambakis, Professor of Linguistics at University of Athens introduced the concept of the Indo-European language and the etymology of several words drawn from IDEA’s word database. Dr. Evi Hatziandreou, DIKTIO’s Scientific Advisor and the Project Manager, shared the rational and the Project’s concept emphasizing the need to truly understand how being part of the European Union improves our daily lives; that those improvements should not be taken for granted and that for the next 60 years of the EU the helm is at their generation hands, hence the imperative of active participation in the European public sphere and the upcoming EP elections

Six students from the audience participated in IDEA's word-guessing game, constituting two groups. The pupils who participated, managed to guess words that connect to the  Indo-European language, selected from the IDEA database the "Thesaurus", while other students from the audience who answered Ms. Flessas' questions, demonstrated a sincere interest in the project as a whole. Particular attention was given to words that were associated  to the German language itself, considering the context of education of the students. The reception and responses of the students clearly underlined the great interest that was maintained throughtout the event.  

informed about the opportunities for mobility and education that are offered to young people by the EU in the context of the Erasmus+ program as well as the volunteering opportunities (European Voluntary Service, also know as EVS). 

All participants underlined the importance of youngsters becoming active in their European citizen's role as the vehicle to influence and shape their future is their aprticipation at European Parliament elections. 

A former Erasmus student, Ms. Lydia Vaiopoulou, addressed the young students sharing her experiences from the exchange program, and encouraged them to become involved in the EU Erasmus student exchange programs and volunteering activites. Student exchange programs along with the European Voluntary Service projects are essential in promoting European sentimens and feelings of belonging to a unified Union, our Union, the European Union.

Following that, a short humoristic video mocking the negative argumentation behind Euroscepticism was shown, to demonstrate what the EU has actually has accomplished for its citizens and the positive impact of its policies for all of us!

The event concluded  with the final remarks and questions posed by the students and teachers of the School. The students who participated in the game as well as three students from the public who were selected after a lottery draw, won in the end of the event a commemorative gift, a power bank with the program’s logo on it.

"Europe is the future" Spiros Kolouris, High school student of Ellinogermaniki Agogi

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