Nearly a hundred students from Poland, Belarus, and Ukraine participated in the Final Event of the Education Campaign for Schools “TOWARDS THE FUTURE!” under the 2019 European Cooperation Day organized by us on 11-14th September in Rzeszow, Poland.
We invited 24 teams, selected from over 70 applications sent by students from the Programme area, to the Final Event. Welcoming the finalists, the Director of the Center of European Projects, Leszek Buller said: “- I wish everyone to make new cross-border friendships. The future of projects is in the hands of such talented youth.”
During the Final Event, students from 3 countries in mixed, cross-border, international teams participated in the field game on the campus of the Rzeszów University of Technology. Robotics, electromagnetism, climbing the wall - these were just some of the points of the field game waiting for students. The teenagers had also the opportunity to demonstrate their creativity, skills, and knowledge as well as make new friends and have experiences of working during workshops focused on 4 fields: technics, arts, singing, dance.
An unquestionable attraction for the participants was the international volleyball match with the stars of the Asseco Resovia. Famous volleyball players not only joined the youth teams during the match but also eagerly posed for common photos.
The crowning of the students' work put into thematic workshops were the final shows and performances organized at the Multimedia Fountain in Rzeszów and Rzeszów University of Technology. Joint performance of the song, flash mob, shows of the vehicles constructed by students and hand-painted billboards that will hang on the streets of Rzeszów will be long remembered by all participants.
During those days, there was also time to explore the city, take common photos and have fun. The whole event ended with the gala ceremony during which we awarded students and handed commemorative diplomas. The gala ceremony was graced by the performance of the "POŁONINY" Student Song and Dance Ensemble and after the gala ceremony, the teenagers had fun during a disco.
Participants emphasized that it was an unforgettable time, which resulted in making many cross-border friendships. Larisa Tarasyuk, one of the participants, wrote: “- PBU Programme gave us the opportunity to get involved in the atmosphere of creativity, transborder cooperation, communication, and joy! It was a greatly inspiring experience! For me, it was a great chance to see my colleagues from Belarus, Poland, and Ukraine. For my students Mary, Liz, Lisa, and Agatha it was an unforgettable experience of co-creation! We are happy that our slogan "We are different but we are together!" really works!”