here are the speeches made by the students taking part in the last meeting in Hungary (June 2015):
Why am I proud of being European?
We, the teenagers from eleven different European states: Italy, Germany, Greece, Hungary, France, Latvia, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain and Turkey, have all gathered here as a result of a Comenius Project called: “Through Small Steps to Giant Leaps – my contribution to a United Europe”. After two years of fruitful cooperation, we would like to share our views on being part of this international experience based on cooperation and mutual understanding. We, the active citizens, despite coming from different cultural backgrounds have all been successful in reaching our common goals. Our small steps became huge leaps in such areas as art and culture, environment protection, common economic policy, social organizations, political systems, human rights, entrepreneurship, health and safety.
Being European does not mean being the same but it means leading a life in a democratic world and contributing to making our land a better place to live for each individual. We are proud to be here, we are proud to speak openly and we are proud to have met all the fantastic people within the last two years. However, we are most proud, as Europeans, to be able to say that:
- we can travel freely from country to country, widening our knowledge about other nations and becoming more tolerant as well as understanding,
- we learn about lifestyles of our peers from other countries and have a chance to learn from each other respecting our own roots,
- we can take part in international projects aimed at broadening our knowledge and improving language skills – the two skills so important in our future life,
- we make friends with whom we keep in touch for long, friends who might speak another language but still friends who will respect our opinions and priorities,
- we run common policies aimed at dealing with problems and in this way we prevent undesired consequences all European countries may suffer from,
- we can develop our interests and hobbies which we choose ourselves, thus having freedom of choice,
- we develop our language skills thanks to which we can communicate with people all over the world,
- we can study and work in another country, being treated equally and receiving the same standards of education and social care
We hope our experience and knowledge will help us follow the ideas of active citizenship and will be an inspiration for other young people who not only dream about doing something worthwhile for the community they live in, learn and work, but also want to invest in their own future, making friends for life and becoming more open minded.