Building Bridges of Dialogue In Old Krakow.
The old saying about working hard and partying hard has never been more true this summer, as for the past few months I’ve been heavily engaged with cultural developments in Eastern Europe, teaching and lecturing.
As you know, through media coverage, Poland is on the edge of a somewhat unstable environment, an environment I have extremely close ties with, so I am particularly interested in the political developments in that area.
Last week, I was working with the Centre for Political Thought and the Jagiellonian University Polish Research Centre at Krakow, one of the most beautiful cities in Poland and in one of the oldest university’s in Europe, founded in 1364.
Lectures were taken in the Collegium Maius, the oldest university building; renovated with the original elegant arcaded courtyard overlooked by the clock which plays Gaudeamus Igiture every other hour with little figures trooping out in Medieval attire.
The course was a superb programme of classroom and fieldtrip exploration of Polish history with the attraction of trips to Shindler’s Factory, Krakow sight-seeing, Auschwitz tour, Nowa Huta, Kazimierz Old Jewish Quarter,the medieval monasteries and churches of the area along with lunch and dinner at historic cellar eateries and moored riverside cruise launches, with late evening entertainment at your leisure. Anybody that has visited Krakow will know exactly what I mean about the late evenings!
The university work throughout the week, involved and immersed you in discussion with some aspects of media work.
This was a unique opportunity to meet the representatives of Polish science and culture and develop an understanding of the recent history of Poland and its position among other European countries with the added bonus of experiencing Krakow’s unique atmosphere and its city sights.
This course was free of charge; the cost of accommodation, meals, flights, and programme costs, all covered by the organisers.
This would be a fantastic course for teachers of history, tutors academics of social sciences and primary/secondary teachers.
If you are interested in applying, then you need to be a full-time or part-time teacher at a recognised British educational institution, with the ability to write a letter of application outlining your interests and how you would cascade the information and experience to others.
This is a chance in a lifetime course with first rate lecturers.
In a cosmopolitan society like ours with data showing Polish as the second language in our country, this is a great opportunity to add that little bit more to your II World War lesson, or Holocaust assembly PSHE work or even religious education.
Think about the experience you would gain in such a programme.
I will be posting more information on this exciting experience in the near future.