Łódź in the Beit Project
small, Łódź in the Beit Project, Łódź panorama, April 2014, photo. by Michał Tuliński / Forum, panorama_lodzi_forum.jpg
Łódź will be the first Polish city to take part in the Beit Project – a socio-educational programme of the European Union that helps transform public spaces into places of dialogue and education.
Europe for Citizens
The main idea of the Beit Project is to set up mobile schools which operate within the urban fabric of the city. These schools are to encourage young people to create their own local identity by discovering the history and diversity related to it, enabling them to see the place they live anew. Such mobile schools are due to appear in Łódź in October 2015.
'The students will first build their own school, in which they will independently discover, with some guidance from the artists and educators, the history and the meaning of a certain place. Then they will tell their story to others using video cameras. The best projects will be shown at the final ceremony held in the movie theatre of the Marek Edelman Dialogue Center in Łódź'.
– says project coordinator Tamara Skalska.
The EU-supported project was initiated in 2011 in areas of Paris related to Jewish culture. The mastermind behind the project was French teacher and architect David Stoleru. Currently, the Beit Project is coordinated by a Barcelona-based non-profit organization that cooperates, among others, with the Marek Edelman Dialogue Center in Łódź and the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews.
The Beit Project is also supported by the European Parliament and the Europe for Citizens programme. The previous editions were held in Barcelona, Rome, Brussels and Berlin, this year’s edition will go to London and Łódź.
Source: PAP, edit. AW
Translated by Paweł Trzaskowski, 17 June 2015.