First European class within project EnlargEUrope was held on March 21 in Zaječar, Serbia led by EMinS’ Youth Forum activists Anja Anđušić and Nevena Nedeljković. The topic was “What is EU enlargement process and how it benefits youth?”, and high school students had the chance to discuss with peer educators on what exactly is the process of European integration, how far Serbia got in the process, what European Union means to them, as well as their prejudices towards it.
Students were very open for sharing opinions and experiences with their peers, but also for gaining new knowledge. They said that they lack this kind of content in their curriculums and showed interest to participate in similar activities in the future.
“European Union stands for mobility. These kinds of lectures are great for us because we can get more motivation and get more interested in this important topic”, says Nikola Trajković, second grade student. He thinks that the process of European integration of Serbia is going to last until we are able to achieve approximately even level of economic development and development of educational system as other EU countries.
Civic education professor Dragana Rašić, assessed that the form of European classes is well thought out and was especially pleased that this activity of European Movement in Serbia was realized in Zaječar.
“European class fits perfectly with the formal educational method. Students were able to hear a lot of useful information in informal way and through examples. If there was any kind of prejudice, European class helped them overcome it”, added professor Rašić.
This year’s first European class was held within the EnlargEUrope project, which is carried out by European Movement in Serbia, in cooperation with partner organizations from Croatia, Montenegro, Romania, Poland and Lithuania. The aim of this project is to contribute to better understanding and promoting the significance of the process of enlargement through connecting past and present experiences of current, but also future citizens of European Union. The project is co-funded by European Union through Europe for citizens programme.
Next European class will be held in Kuršumlija, South Serbia.