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Reader’s Club in Warsaw

Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book.  (c) Author Unknown

Since autumn 2011 meetings of the Club are also held  in Warsaw, and the first place of our meetings was a language school Center of Europe. We usually gathered in a smaller group of people – those most active in the activities of the Foundation Ternopilska. At the same meetings served as a chance to gather people who actively shape the image of the entire organization. These are the employees of the Foundation, experts from various fields, also migrants, students, volunteers, and just adherents of literature.  It is worth noting that the main theme of our meetings was analysis of literature in migration context. We tried to read and analyze the most important books and publications for migrants in Poland, and as the result we all expanded our knowledge about important topics. Our discussions often concerned issues relating to the future of the Foundation and the projects that we implement.

We will definitely try to publish the most interesting findings on our web site.

During one of the first meetings in September we discussed a research study about migrants, conducted by Dr. Katarzyna Gmaj from the Center for International Relations (Warsaw, Poland). What is more interesting we tried to compare our own experience with the results obtained from the research.

On Sunday  November the 6th 2011 (see more in Polish), we once again met in Warsaw. At the beginning of the meeting  Marija Jakubowycz introduced new people who either decided to get involved in projects of our organization or wanted to get to know what our foundation does on daily basis. Each participant said a few words about himself and then we moved on to the practical part of the meeting.

We started with a discussion of the brochure written by Levko LukyanenkoZhukov and Ukrainians in World War II.  The text proved to be extremely interesting, but many participants stressed, however, that it was hard to read about the painful history of Ukraine. Many migrants remembered well the war stories of their family members – as it turned out the war badly affected almost everyone who was at our meeting. Talking about the place of Ukrainians in World War II was a difficult topic but everyone agreed that it is necessary, because a better understanding of one’s history  gives a chance to build the better future, where everyone can find a decent place. Quite an interesting result of the discussion was the fact that Polish people emphasized that similar literature should be more often discussed among Polish society to better understand not only Ukraine as a neighboring country but also Ukrainian migrants coming to Poland.

After a heated debate, the time to present the results of ERC project visit to London came. Andriy Korniychuk told about potential co-operation with partners from the EU and Turkey, and discussed the results of the meeting in the UK. Club participants also learned what to expect from the project activities in the near future and what is the schedule of partners meetings.

Marija Jakubowycz after the break presented a project entitled “The recommendation to the decision” for migrants in Poland, which starts from November and is implemented by a partner organization from Krakow. Marija invited interested persons to participate in the project visit to Krakow.

At the end of the meeting we discussed the future of the Library for Migrants that foundation created and tries to develop. More and more books  are coming from donors, so we wanted to consider what how to develop the library and bring the greatest benefit for migrants.  Each participant presented his opinion on the subject.

It was also decided that  the next meeting in Warsaw will be dedicated to the works of Taras Shevchenko.

On December 4th 2011 (see more in Polish) we met for the last time in 2011 in Warsaw holding another session of our Club.  It was also our last meeting at the language school Center of Europe. We invited everyone  to a new venue – details would be made available on the website of the Foundation.

The main topic of the meeting on Sunday was to discuss the work of Taras Shevchenko, each participant prepared his/her favorite text to read and present to others. We managed to re-discover Shevchenko – a lot of interesting details of his life, the most memorable poems. Each participant agreed that the outstanding poet wrote about things that are still valid and important. For a long time we discussed  the future of Ukraine. However, the main peculiarity of the meeting was reading Shevchenko’s poem Testament” in different languages.

Marija Jakubowycz later on presented the cooperation agreement with the  Multicultural Library in Warsaw’s Praga Polnoc region  – finally we were able to establish the Ukrainian Department of Literature in public library in Warsaw. Part of our meeting was the presentation of articles about the activities of the Foundation for the weekly Our Word and Gazeta Wyborcza.

At the end the planned discussion on the Gruntdvig projects took place – we discussed ideas for new projects and possibilities for volunteers. We promise that next year we will do our best to realize another very interesting projects for migrant communities in Poland.

Evaluation of the European Club (in Polish)  is available here (in Polish)

Since March 2012, we planed regular meetings in the Public Library of Zygmunt Jan Ruml in Southern Prague district of  Warsaw.

On 24th of March, 2012 we held another  meeting of the club  – this time we hosted the famous Ukrainian writer Volodymyr Areniev (see more in Polish) at the Public Library of Zygmunt Jan Ruml in Southern Prague district of  Warsaw. This was our kick-off meeting starting the meeting of the club in the library based on an agreement between two institutions to promote multuculturalism. The meeting was devoted to the analysis of the literature in Ukraine in comparison to the Poland and other EU countries. Mr Areniev because of his experience was the right person to explain even the most controversial and sophisticated issues. We managed to talk about the obstacles writers face in their everyday work, the influence of Russian literature on the population of Ukraine, the funds needed to promote the culture of reading. In addition, the issue of  school program for pupils has been addressed – the program that can romote effectively reading of literature among the young population of Europeans. We finished our meeting talking about fairytales and how they reflect the culture and traditions of a particular country. We want to thank Mr Areniev and all participants for a very interesting meeting in a friendly atmosphere.