Transforming Europe is a collaboration between five schools in five EU countries: Denmark, Germany, The Netherlands, Croatia and Poland, and consists of six exchanges over three years. The project has a focus on World War I and how this war changed Europe forever. During each visit, the students stayed with local student’s families to enhance to cultural understanding and make strong bonds between the partner schools.
The first exchange went to the German partner school in Essen at the beginning of 2016. Each school sent six students representing the different countries involved in the war. For the first module, the students made a reenactment of Peace Treaty of Versailles in 1919, the recording of the conference can be found here.
The second visit was in Ikast-Brande Gymnasium and the theme for this visit was WWI literature and the students adapted poems to create their own mini-dramas, which was performed and recorded for the school.
The third visit was to Rotterdam in the Netherlands and the focus there was on science and technology, including a documentary on what makes a good historical account.
The fourth visit was in Croatia and explored moral and political implications of WWI and students took part in various projects examining the issues of historical agency.
The students returned to Essen for the fifth exchange to explore the impact of WWI on the visual arts. Students created their own artworks inspired by WWI artists and their own reflections, and together created a multi-national peace monument.
For the final exchange, the students went to Lublin and worked with the topic of peace-keeping, making their own family histories and explored the role of the EU as a peace-keeping institution, the project culminating in a multi-media photography exhibition in Lublin city hall.