WHO? UNESCO Initiatives Centre
SINCE WHEN? September 1st 2004, till 2008 within the University of Wroclaw structure, since that time independent non governmental organization (association).
WHY? because we believe in change, change which does not happen itself, but is effect of hard work and involvement, it requires specific competences, which we would like to share with others in order to have influence on our reality
our mission: involving people in developing society based on respect for diversity and a sense of responsibility for social and natural environment
FOR WHOM? pupils, students, teachers, educators, youth workers, socio - cultural animators from Lower Silesia, Euroregion Nisa (Polish – German – Czech crossborder area), Europe and the World
WHAT? educational initiatives, trainings, youth exchanges, workshops, conferences, long term educational projects
main topics: intercultural learning, active participation, oral history, regional identity
BY WHOM? Our organisation build up by the group of friends, fans of active participation, promoters of tolerance and dialogue, animators, trainers, facilitators, educators.
Indifference Hurts – educational programme build up on stories of Righteous Among the Nations (people who saved Jews during WW2), publication, exhibition, trainings for teachers, workshops for pupils: https://righteous.info/publikacja/start.html
History Plus – long term project for high school pupils from the region, during which pupils record eye witnesses from the region.
Xmas cooking – youth exchange for young people from Poland, Czech Republic, Estonia and Latvia when participants share Xmas recopies of their grandparents, cook together with seniors and create a multicultural and intergeneration cook book.
Living Memory of Jelenia Góra / Hirschberg – long term project aiming to create audio guides and educational programme focused on promotion of the regional identity and introduction of the history of the town to its inhabitants and visitors. The interesting part is that the population of the city changed completely in 1945, after the change of the Polish – German border.
contact person: Kasia Szajda, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kasia & Magda
Region: Lower Silesia
City / city / village: Wroclaw / Jelenia Góra / Dobków
Number Inhabitants: 750 000 / 80 000 / 1000
Main industry, most popular profession:
Wroclaw – banking, accounting, outsorsing
Jelenia Góra – turism
Dobków – ceramics, agriculture, self employment
Strenghts, potential and opportunities:
Wroclaw – European Capital of Culture 2016, 10 universities (over 130 000 students), polish – german history
Jelenia Góra – beautiful mountaines: Karkonosze, closenes to Czech and German border, Euroregion Nisa
Dobków – people
Challanges / difficulties:
Wroclaw - traffic
Jelenia Góra – young people leaving the town for studies and not comming back, city is gradually loosing inhabitants
Dobków – small village, infrastructure and transport
Wroclaw – dwarfs (orange alternative – oposition towards the communistic goverment in 80s https://www.krasnale.pl/?lang=2
Dobków – ceramics, agats, bio food
Potential of working with the treasures (local partners, local good practicies):
Local partners of the project:
Ekomuzeum Rzemiosła w Dobkowie – www.ekomuzeum.info – the place where the 1st meeting will be hold and where we develop and implement projects with local community since over 2 years (eg. https://www.unescocentre.pl/files/publication.pdf)
Książnica Karkonoska - https://biblioteka.jelenia-gora.pl/ - the library in Jelenia Góra, with which we already organised one living library within project books21 (https://www.thebooks21.eu/our-inspirations/ksiaznica-karkonoska-poland/), and which is willing to organise a living library with grand treasures focused on intergeneration dialogue.
Usual temperature in summer: +25
Coldest temperature in winter: -30