IPSEOA I.V. Florio students are participating in a project on European citizenship here in Berlin, hosted by the Berlink agency, which runs from June 4th to June 24th, 2019. This kind of project is useful to us in order to understand the integration mechanisms of the European Union, which has earmarked funds for this project and other type of youth mobilities.
During our experience in Berlin we visited the island of museums (and the most impressive for us was the Altes Museum), many monuments such as the Brandenburger Gate and the TV tower at Alexanderplatz. When we were not visiting monuments or museums, we attended meetings proposed by the agency (Berlink) on the themes concerning the European Union. During those meetings, but also during our stay in Berlin, we met people from all over the world.
Our reflections on Italians have been confirmed, with regard to noise and lack of seriousness (I’m not talking about Marta, Cinzia and Elettra, who were few exceptions, we are reporting on the whole experience here in Berlin), but we have changed our ideas of the people of Eastern Europe. Our perception before coming here was that people from this region are normally emigrating and afterwards finding low-paid jobs abroad. But during our project we met Eastern Europeans, who proved us wrong and turned out to be qualified and competent people, dedicated to their work.
We think that this project was very important: there are some of us who realised the importance of studying languages in order to integrate more easily into the world outside Italy. Others understood the importance of integration in their home country. At the end it was a very useful project, something similar could be done again in the future, perhaps visiting another European capital.
Article written by Christian Di Santo, Samuele Roccia, Giuseppe Magaddino