Trouble spots of the world mark ECMI Summer School 2013

Flames by William WarbySyria is burning, Tunisia is simmering, and sparks fly in the Caucasus. However, after this, there is also a time. This seems to be the mindset among this year’s summer school participants. They seek inspiration in Flensburg, where ECMI Summer School starts on Monday.

For the third year in a row, European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI) carries out its summer school with the title National Minorities and Border Regions Summer School. The summer school takes place 19-29 August, ending with an award ceremony for the thirty participants at the city hall of Flensburg. ECMI Summer School 2013 is carried out in collaboration with the University of Flensburg.

This year, the trouble spots of the world mark the summer school particularly, say organizers.

The motives are many, when NGOs, journalists and young scientists apply to participate in ECMI’s summer school. Tamari Bulia and Hanna Vasilevich, who organize the summer school, are surprised at how different are the applicants, and the extent to which they reflect the world’s topical hot spots.

“ECMI and the Danish-German border region can apparently inspire people who are wondering which way Syria should take after Assad. This is a surprise – a positive surprise, “says Tamari Bulia.

“And the same can be said about Tunisia,” she adds.
“After the revolution, organizations have emerged that promote the black minorities’ rights. They need to create networks and experience in Europe, and in this context, Europe is here by us.”

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Jasmina Trajkoska is one of the thirty participants heading towards Flensburg in the days to come. Here she is seen in Skopje’s main square, where the new and controversial monument to Alexander the Great rises in the background. The relatively new state, the Republic of Macedonia or fYRoM, is characterized by friction between the two dominant communities – Macedonians and Albanians – and by controversies with the neighboring states. Jasmina Trajkoska likes to be part of changing that, and she hopes to take inspiration from ECMI Summer School 2013.

Also Caucasian, Balkan, and other participants come with the hope of gathering knowledge and inspiration. The draw cards are the Danish-German border region, the other participants’ firsthand knowledge of other border regions, and a professional programme that examines a number of European border regions and presents the so-called European minority rights regime.

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Funded by Robert Bosch Stiftung

The European Centre for Minority Issues‘ Summer School project, Raising awareness on border regions conflict dynamics, is made possible by funding from the Robert Bosch Stiftung. The funding allows 14 participants from Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Croatia, fYRoM-Macedonia, Georgia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia, Belarus, Ukraine, and Moldova to take part in the project.

Also Schleswig-Holstein’s Minister-President Torsten Albig has granted an amount for the implementation of the ECMI Summer School 2013.

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