Unity and diversity: experiences compared
“Europe will not be made all at once, or according to a single plan. It will be built through concrete achievements which first create a de facto solidarity” – said the Prime Minister of France on the 9th of May 1950.
9th of May is celebrated as “Europe Day”, not only a time to reflect but also an opportunity for European countries to connect. Thanks to Twitter and Facebook, our social reach across the world is at hand. For those who identify themselves as “real” European citizens, today we ponder over the real meaning and value of European unity, highlighting the “good fruits” just like we would do at a party. How do young people look at Europe? How do they perceive it: abstract or concrete, near or far? “Unity in diversity” is the motto of the European Union.
Different cultures, languages and systems maintain their own characteristics and individuality within a compact system. Different doesn’t mean distant.
“Although we come from different parts of the world, we should always remain united” – writes a Lucan student who has recently taken part a program organized by the Basilicata Region: “Training programs in international mobility for students of classes IV and V of the secondary schools”.
The mobility of young people in EU countries is the starting point for a free movement of people, experience and professionalism.
The activities of mobility programs abroad must therefore be supported and improved in order to ensure everyone has the opportunity to test him or herself and to learn in different contexts.
So why go abroad? “To try new things, expand my cultural background, learn a new language, face new challenges, learn something in the workplace, mingle with new people – says a young Lucan student Luke before leaving for his experience abroad.
In the end, behind every departure there is a personal journey, a call into questioning your everyday life. One should set off on a new adventure with a luggage packed with curiosity, respect for others and a willingness to learn new things.
With an eclectic and lightweight suitcase, you can go everywhere.