Oksana Khomitska and Yevhen Rybak are sharing their impressions on the second day of the youth Ukrainian-Polish exchange programme ‘United by Future / Łączy nas przyszłość’
Oksana Khomitska and Yevhen Rybak are sharing their impressions on the second day of the youth Ukrainian-Polish exchange programme ‘United by Future / Łączy nas przyszłość’:
‘We would like to admit our interest in the topics discussed during the day. First and foremost, a great interest was sparked by the debate entitled ‘Common history: chance or danger for current relations between Poland and Ukraine?’. During the debates we have exchanged our views on common history and the shared problems. No doubt that all of them were worth of being considered. Despite of the fact that the debate was held in English – a language that is not native for any of the group – we did not have problems to understand each other.
The mutual understanding was enhanced via the interactive methods and integration games which were moderated by our colleague Taras Prokop. The informal approach to learning has successfully facilitated the intergroup dynamics.
Further on, we took part in the workshop ‘The practical dimension of the Polish-Ukrainian conciliation – methods, institutions and actions’ with a special guest Paweł Kowal. Dr. Paweł Kowal is a Polish politician and Member of the European Parliament, Chairman of the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Cooperation Committee in the European Parliament. The invited speaker made a comparison on Polish-German and Polish-Ukrainian reconciliation and underlined the necessity of institualization of the cooperation between two countries.
The Ukrainian evening was the core of the cultural programme of the project. We prepared the presentation of the main facts about Ukraine, the main Ukrainian tradition, songs, national dances and samples of national cuisine. We tried to demonstrate the Ukrainian hospitality and a sense of humour. We have been really enjoying the day full of events, impressions and food for thoughts’.