We are pleased to share that the applicants for this year’s ECMI Summer School have been selected. As part of the German-Georgian Friendship year, we particularly look forward to welcoming 10 participants from Georgia and 10 international participants from 8 different countries. Marking the celebration of 25 years of Georgian-German partnership, they will work with particular attention to exchanging practices and experiences regarding the rights of national minorities in these two countries.
With the aim to equip participants with the means to build a toolbox of resources that can be used to address the needs of communities and strengthen minority participation in a range of fields, the ECMI Summer School focuses on practice-based solutions and the development of new ideas.
In this intensive week, we will balance the programme with a number of academic, interactive and social activities. The programme is divided into five parts: Introduction, thematic lectures (education, languages, participation and cross-border cooperation), the cases of both the Danish-German border region and Georgia, and a workshop. During the introduction, the programme will be formally opened by the ECMI and the Embassy of Georgia in Germany. Together with the ECMI team, the lectures will be delivered by invited guest speakers from the border region and the Europa-Universitat Flensburg, as well as from Georgia.
A special highlight will be trips to Kiel, the capital and most populous city of Schleswig-Holstein, and Frøslev Prison Camp, a former internment camp in German-occupied Denmark during World War II. The participants will have the opportunity to visit the premises of the Schleswig-Holstein Landtag and State Chancellory, and meet the representatives to discuss the minority issues and protection mechanisms in the region. The programme will conclude with a diploma ceremony hosted by the Mayor of the City Flensburg, Ms. Simone Lange, at the Flensburg City Hall.
This year’s participants are from 9 different countries covering Asia, Europe and North America. Besides Georgia, they are coming from Azerbaijan, Germany, Hungary, Ukraine, the US, Indonesia, Italy and Slovenia. The group combines academics, practitioners and students. It includes government employees, project managers, PhD students and researchers, as well as senior human rights lawyers. Apart from an interest in minority issues, their thematic background is as diverse as their occupational one, varying from LGBTQI rights activists to young professionals working in the field of migration and language specialists.
Impressions from the #ECMISuS16
Last summer the ECMI Summer School went mobile, and the ECMI team together with invited guests and participants travelled to Lviv, Ukraine for a week-long programme. One of the participants of the ECMiSuS16, Caroline Westphal, who has since then remained in contact with the ECMI (see more here), shared some of her impressions with us:
“Looking back to the time in Lviv as an ECMI Summer School Alumni I feel honored to have been chosen as a participant. I received an excellent academic education and in-depth insights into the work of the ECMI. I am more than happy to have the opportunity for cooperation with such an internationally renowned institution for the protection of minorities in Europe. Last but not least the ECMI Summer School provided the invaluable chance for me to get in touch with like-minded professionals from all over the world. It was an unforgettable experience for me to engage in the inter-disciplinary questions on European minority protection in Ukraine.”
For the future participants of the ECMISuS17, Caroline had some tips to share:
“I would like to advise future Summer School participants to use this great possibility wisely to pursue their interest in minority protection with the ECMI. I think it is essential to prepare the lectures well in order to profit the most from the Summer School. Further, to be open-minded and to share your professional experience with the other participants. Be open-minded and be an active part of this excellent environment to deepen your knowledge about minority protection.”
The ECMI Summer School 2017 is hosted by the Danish Central Library in Flensburg. The Summer School is supported by the Schleswig-Holstein State Chancellery. For further information on the ECMI Summer School 2017 please refer to the ECMI web page or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.