27 young people from Moldova had participated, between 2nd and 4th of November 2018, in the Autumn School: “Europeanisation beyond Process ” organized by the Institute for European Policies and Reforms (IPRE), with financial support of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS). The purpose of the event was to deepen the knowledge of young people about the European Union as well as about the role of the EU in the context of the European integration process of the Republic of Moldova.
During the first day of the Autumn School, participants had a series of training activities related to understanding the principles that led to the creation of the EU, the main functions of the governing bodies of the EU, and the roadmap to democratization and development of the Republic of Moldova. Afterwards, they participated in a session where they received practical recommendations on how to write a CV and how to structure an essay.
On the second day, Iulian Rusu, an IPRE expert, spoke to the participants about the geopolitical choices faced by Moldova versus the European development models as well as the differences between the EU and the future model of the Eurasian Union. Moreover, participants were involved in a discussion panel to which Daniela Morari, State Secretary MFAEI, Simion Ciochina, journalist Deutsche Welle and Stefan Gligor, Center for Policies and Reforms were invited. In the second part of the day, there was a training session aimed at a better understanding of the Europeanisation process, as well as a workshop on the development of the debate strategies.
At the end of the Autumn School, a debate competition took place with the theme: “Education in the Republic of Moldova according to European norms”. Thus, the participants were divided into 4 teams and discussed three identified problems:
- The excessive volume of homework limits the free time of students;
- Public display of notes affects human dignity;
- Student assessment mode is obsolete.
The format of the debates was individualized and at the end of the competition, the following top speakers were nominated:
1st place Valeria Bobeică (Șoldănești);
2nd place Irina Musteaţă (Ştefan Vodă);
3rd place Heba Verebcean (Căușeni).
We recall that the Autumn School “Europeanisation beyond Process” is in its 3rd edition and was organized by the Institute for European Policies and Reforms (IPRE) with the financial support of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS).
At the same time, IPRE has previously implemented the “Debates for Development” project for young people aged between 14 and 18 from the regions of Moldova. The project aims to increase the development of young people’s initiatives to participate in social activities and decision-making processes, to increase the level of understanding of the importance of social responsibility and to develop a strong capacity for critical thinking.