This is a project the Edu Compass foundation has mentored and Atanas Mihnev has conceived presented at international conferences and is currently looking for partners to put in place. The project is fully developed at conceptual level and the team of the foundation has mentored several similar projects.
Southeastern Europe is an interesting region. It may be in Europe and Bulgaria, Greece and Romania may be members of the EU, but there are regions so remote that there are no phone lines. One can look the map of the Balkans and see high mountains and small scattered villages. Young people live there too, not only in London, Paris, Copenhagen or Thessaloniki. What is more, they have preserved the distinct culture of their region and deserve no less equal right to happiness, information, education. On paper they do have those rights. However, how can one apply to an university program of which they have not heard of because of the lack of internet connection. How can one obtain an internship (most application processes are online) or gain a global perspective? Our project is designed to show the world to young people from the remote regions of Southeastern Europe the world and opportunities beyond.
Our idea is to create a travelling school of global citizenship, which is to travel some 2000 kilometers across the Balkan peninsula and meet with over 10000 young people from small towns and villages in rural and mountain areas over the course of 9 months. The school would engage people in educational interaction regarding technology, employment opportunities, geography, social theory, principles of active citizenship and civic participation in decision-making. During the stay of the school at each location, young people will have access to all the equipment it provides (computers, books, tests for career orientation, sample educational tests, almanacs of universities etc.)
The specialists that the travelling school will deploy will be young professionals, who will be closer to the youth in remote areas. What is more their volunteering experience at the travelling school (all costs of living will be covered by the budget) will help them in their professional growth. The educational benefits will be for both sides as the staff of the school will also enrich their understanding of the world around us beyond the big cities.