Online exchange

“Dealing with popular myths. Youth work against disinformation and distortion of historical facts”

Are you a young person aged 19 to 25?

Would you like to know more about what are myths and historical distortions? How do they influence our society and our ways of thinking about “the other”? Are they the same in different European countries?

Are you interested in contemporary history and comparing it with the nowadays issues?

Are you a creative person and passionate about art, illustration and other forms of creative expression?

If your answers are positive, you are the perfect candidate for this online exchange!

What is the exchange about? The exchange will focus on myths from the past, covering the topics of antisemitism and Holocaust denial, anti-Gypsysm and Roma discrimination, anti-Muslim propaganda and xenophobia. Also, you are going to consider nowadays myths regarding anti-migrant and anti-refugees propaganda and discuss how European societies are using similar patterns to create new “enemies and scapegoats”. The exchange aims to map myths and distortions of historical facts among youth and deconstruct them through the tools of historic-civic education. At the end of the exchange, the participants / you will create your own artistic materials (comics, photos, collages …), which will then be edited and become part of educational videos. Together with other young people from Croatia, Greece, Romania, Serbia and Spain, you will have the chance to learn, discuss these topics and debate together. You will also have the opportunity to express your creativity and imagination in the creative workshops and prepare the materials for the videos. You will meet your peers from other countries and chat and interact with them. The exchange will include a guided virtual visit to the site of the Sajmište concentration camp (near Belgrade, Serbia).

Who can apply? Residents or nationals of Croatia, Greece, Romania, Serbia and Spain in the age between 19 and 25, who have good command of English language.

When and where does it take place? From the 2nd to the 6th March 2021, with daily online sessions of maximum 3 hours/day.

How to apply? Fill in this Application form until 20th February 2021:

The applicants are going to be informed about the outcome of the selection process until the 25th February.

A similar event but for high school students will take place in the beginning of April 2021.

The project is co financed by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union. You can read more details about the project here.

International Webinar on Digital Storytelling with Roma Parents

The DREAMS project consortium is organising an International Webinar on Digital Storytelling with Roma Parents on 3 December 2020 at 15h CET.

The webinar will present and illustrate an innovative methodology aimed at strengthening the collaboration between schools and Roma parents by empowering and supporting Roma parents to express their views and address issues like inclusion, discrimination, segregation, racism, bullying or violence in the form of short video materials.

Digital stories made by Roma parents from Belgium, Bulgaria, and Romania will be presented and discussed.

The direct and indirect benefits of using this methodology will also be analysed.

Who is the webinar for?

  • English speaking head teachers and teachers, especially from schools with Roma children involved in EU projects
  • Organisations having education programmes, supporting schools, training teachers, etc
  • Organisations having Roma programmes

Participants from different countries in Europe are invited!

Registration for the event is mandatory. Please fill in the registration form at

Upon registration a zoom link to join the webinar will be sent to your email.


3 December, 15h CET (Belgium) / 16h EET (Bulgaria, Romania, etc.)

Moderator: Calin Rus, Intercultural Institute Timisoara (Romania)

15:00-15: 15  Introduction by the moderator. Presentation of a digital story – Ion Goracel, Intercultural Institute Timisoara (Romania)

15:15-15:30 Digital Storytelling methodology – Andreea Dima, MAKS vzw (Belgium). Challenges and opportunities when applying the methodology with Roma parents – Calin Rus, Intercultural Institute Timisoara.

15:30-15:45 Comments on the methodology from the perspective of the project partners: Silvia Vasileva, HESED (Bulgaria); Peter Palvolgyi, ALL DIGITAL AISBL (Belgium); Ion Goracel, Intercultural Institute Timisoara (Romania); Andreea Dima, MAKS vzw (Belgium).

15:45-16:00 Presentation of the stories done by parents in local languages (with English subtitles). Discussion among webinar participants 16:15-16:30 Project achievements, challenges, and plans by MAKS vzw and closing.

Call for Online Participants – Autumn School on Promoting the Value of Civil Society in Europe

The Autumn School will take place between 26.10 and 02.11.2020, via Zoom. Registration is open until 26.10 at this link:

The schedule is available here.

The full call for applications is accessible here.

During the Autumn School, 50 participants from the EU 28 will work together to develop the competences and strategies how to better promote the [financial] value of civil society and civic education in Europe and their local communities.

The Autumn School will consist of two phases, the first focusing on the background and methods for promoting Civil Society/Civic Education, and the second on developing strategies and materials to specifically target a) the policy level and b) the broader public. It will be conducted by an experienced team of project staff and facilitators.

The event is organized in the framework of the project “THE UNSUNG HERO DIALOGUES”, co-financed by Europe for Citizens programme.

Call for Applications: Learning from the Past – Acting for the Future. Teaching about the Holocaust and Human Rights

A 11-week online engagement professional opportunity for teachers in Europe (21 September – 4 December, 2020)

Call for applications

This program, developed by The Olga Lengyel Institute (TOLI), in partnership with the Intercultural Institute of Timisoara and with support from the Council of Europe, is addressed to teachers working in Europe, who are interested to develop their competences to teach about the Holocaust and human rights.

The aim of this course is to contribute to increasing the quality of education regarding the Holocaust and human rights. The program provides a rich opportunity to integrate national and international approaches in teaching about these topics and in understanding the contemporary relevance of this important part of modern history.

The objectives of the program are to:

  • Develop teachers’ awareness of historical and current dialectical discussions concerning the Holocaust and other instances of social injustice;
  • Develop teachers’ understanding of the impact of stereotypes, prejudices and discrimination at individual, group and society level;
  • Develop teachers’ understanding of the Jewish history and Roma history before and after World War II;
  • Increase appreciation for innovative, student-centered teaching methods, including extra-curricular activities and partnerships between school and other institutions and organizations
  • Promote a blended approach of Holocaust education and Human Rights education.

A group of 40 teachers from across Europe will have the opportunity to attend the online course. Following the course teachers will receive support to put into practice what they learned and develop local projects with their students. They will be able to access a Mini-grant Program which offers financial support and educational counseling.

The duration of the course is 11 weeks. The engagement required from the teachers is 2-3 hours per week. The methods used in the course will consist of both synchronous and asynchronous activities such as: webinars, discussion forums, collaborative work, video, individual and group assignments, readings, etc. Participants will create an account on the course platform where they will be able to access all the materials, as well as to communicate and collaborate with the other participants. Every week, a new module of the course will become available for participants and the learning process will be organized and supported by two facilitators, while guest speakers will address participants live or through recorded videos.

Applications are welcome from teachers who:

  • Teach high school or middle school students in a Member State of the Council of Europe
  • Have some experience teaching about the Holocaust (have taught this topic at least one semester before) 
  • Are committed to teaching about the Holocaust following their participation in this program
  • Are able to attend the program for its entire duration and to contribute to the program’s activities
  • Have basic skills to operate computers
  • Have good English language skills (at least B2)
  • Have not been previously involved in a seminar on the Holocaust organized by The Olga Lengyel Institute (TOLI).

In order to apply for this course, please fill in the form available at the link below, no later than 11 September, 2020:

You can find out more about TOLI programs in Europe at:

For any questions, please contact us at:

Preparatory Meeting for Europe for Citizens Project

On 11th and 12th February 2020 the Intercultural Institute Timisoara hosted the Preparatory meeting in the framework of the project “Learning from the Past, Acting for the Future”, supported by the Europe for Citizens Programme.

Representatives from partner organisations reiterated their commitment for the project aim and objectives and established together a work plan for the project activities.

Digital Storytelling – Training of Trainers

Between the 3rd and 7th of February 2020, the Intercultural Institute Timisoara hosted a training of trainers on the topic of digital storytelling. We all have a personal story to tell and, sometimes, a picture is worth a thousand words. That’s what the participants in the training learnt – how to transmit a message using photos, drawings, collages, with or without a voice. The participants were members of the project partner organizations.

The training was part of the project Dreams, financed through the Erasmus+ Programme – Strategic Partnerships for adult education, implemented by Media Actie Kuregem Stad Organization (Belgium), in partnership with the Intercultural Institute Timisoara (Romania), Health and Social Development Foundation (Bulgaria) and All Digital Association (Belgium). The aim of the project is to empower Roma parents to speak about their struggles and problems regarding the education of their children. By using the digital storytelling technique, they can reveal issues about Roma exclusion from schooling, segregation, humiliating treatments of Roma children and thus build bridges between the community and the educational system.