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From the Statute of
the Center for European Initiatives

02.10.09 13:34

Sumy, Vinnytsia Euroclubs Meet Online

 

On 24 September 2009, Centers for European Information in Sumy and Vinnytsia invited local school Euroclubs to participate in an online videoconference. Because the event was dedicated to European languages, the main theme for discussion was: "How does knowledge of foreign languages help us in life and in the work of our Euroclub?"

This event was the first of its kind and generated great interest from youth. Representatives of 10 Sumy and 17 Vinnytsia Euroclubs participated in the online conference.

The event began with greetings in different languages, followed by presentations of individual Euroclubs. In addition, participants discussed creative ideas for future projects. Several proposals were put forward for future cooperation, including a Euroclub camp, where youth could meet and chat in person.

For an interesting intercultural component, volunteers of the European Volunteer Service program attended the videoconference. Sumy had volunteers from Germany, France and Italy and Vinnytsia had volunteers from Poland, all who came to Ukraine in September. Some of the objectives of their work is the development of school Euroclubs and the promotion of foreign language learning.

The videoconference lasted just under an hour, and included a lot of discussion. The youth want to hold such events regularly in the future and it could become part of a network of cooperation between the two cities' Euroclubs.

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The nationwide network of Centers includes 24 Centers for European Information, created through the support of the International Renaissance Foundation in 2005 to 2008. 23 of the Centers for European Information operate within the Regional Universal Scientific Libraries of Vinnytsia, Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk, Zhitomir, Ivano-Frankivsk, Kirovohrad, Luhansk, Lutsk, Lviv, Mykolaiv, Odesa, Poltava, Rivne, Sumy, Ternopil, Uzhgorod, Kharkiv, Kherson, Khmelnitsky, Cherkasy, Chernivtsi, Chernihiv and Simferopol. In 2007 the first pilot CEI was opened at the university library - Sevastopol National Technical University. 

Centers for European Information provide access for all to information resources, and they conduct educational and informational activities aimed at promoting knowledge of European and Euro-Atlantic integration in Ukraine.