Following on from last years summer school, in the autumn we undertook follow up local workshops in Minsk, Lviv and Tbilisi to look at how project proposals of our participants were progressing. In the new year, with the announcement of the competition, we received a total of 13 applications from all three countries. They were all very engaging and we were happy to hear about the potential for great initiatives and plans of action in their local communities. It was satisfying to see that the Borderland School Programme has been a source of new ideas, new developments and initiatives – as well as a fruitful networking and team-building experience in itself.
The Assessment Committee was faced with a very tough decision to select the projects to be funded in this year’s round of the competition within our grant criteria. After careful consideration and discussion the Committee decided to a number of projects: these include a project which will work with local community on the Ukrainian-Polish borderland, encouraging exchange of experience and fostering active communication between borderland inhabitants from neighbouring countries; a project in Tbilisi to present selected migrants groups’ cultures in the city and engage local communities into educative intercultural dialogue; a neighbourhood project to provoke social change inside community of Pidzamche district in Lviv; a project to offer new platforms for cooperation and exchange within community in Chernivtsi; a theatre and performance project to engage with a local village community in Belarus.
Unfortunately we were unable to support all of the projects submitted, but we sincerely hope that our cooperation does not stop here. We will try to promote these initiatives through our networks. We also aim to look for opportunities to help develop these proposals.