Institute for European Affairs is focusing on negotiations between Serbia and the EU as well as on strengthening the capacity of all sides involved in the process. Given the complexity and long duration of the process, the Institute brings together a large number of professionals and external experts with whom organises trainings, debates and other forms of capacity development. We want to contribute to enhanced understanding of Serbia-EU relations. The Institute provides multi-perspective trainings in order to enable active participation of professionals and citizens in the decision-making processes. The Institute actively advocates for fundamental reforms within the EU integration process and in cooperation with partners working on strengthening Serbia's capacity to face the challenges of the global world through collective action. The overall objective is active membership of Serbia in Euro-Atlantic framework for the benefit of all citizens.

Peer to Peer Education

What was the topic of the discussion and how was organised?

Multiculturality and diversity was the topic of the discussion. We compared two opsing cultures (Spanish and Serbian) and explained the similarities and differences.

This class was organized within Erasmus in Schools project by Erasmus Student Network Novi Sad.The main aim of this project is to bring diferent cultures into schools and discuss diverse topics. In order to ‘create’ multicultural enviroment in my discussion I invited one Spanish student that is curently on exchange in Serbia to join me in leading of the discussion. Since we had only one hour of English class we desided to lead the discussion in English too.

Explain the reaction of the participants on your speech.

Students were interested in learning more about new cultures and how to communicate with same. Since this is a rural enviroment, they did not have so many opportunities to get in touch with foreigners and before did not know how to interact with them. This seemed to be a challenge for them- acepting new culture, comparison with their own and learning how to appreciate it.

Have you notice the impact of your lecture on the participants? Explain.

At the beginning they were shy, but as the class was passing they were interacting more and more with lecturers. Till the end they showed a huge interest! Of course, it was very new, but positive and pleasant experience for them.

What were the questions posed by the participants and how did you react?

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