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Imagine this: by 2027 hundreds of thousands of children across Europe are growing up knowing and liking children in every other country of Europe. Picture the difference that would make. Now think what it would be like for you and your own school to 'khordiafy' from the start.
'khordiafy' starts officially on May 8th 2020, the 75th VE Day anniversary, for life over the next 75 years, for life after Brexit and now also for life beyond Covid-19. The motivating thought behind this is for staying together as friends, relating and being a unified wide community regardless of moments like Brexit and however you define the European area.
Now, for the next 75 years and beyond, let's khordiafy!
khordiafy: a new word for a new initiative in a new era for a new future!
'khordiafy' - the open initiative which connects together the children of schools in many different countries in a way that engages every pupil of a given year group, growing enduring amity between people, societies and nations in perpetuity.
To khordiafy is to be in a network with approximately 25 other self-driven schools interacting informally together, with one school per country and with matching school year and age group, engaging in a series of low cost, non-competitive, pleasurable interactive activities to synchronise, collaborate, experience and celebrate together. Even before this launch date, schools across Europe are already weaving their nets - they have already begun to khordiafy!
Let's khordiafy? What gaps does it address?
Many younger voters and millennials are frustrated and disappointed by the changes to the makeup of the EU as instigated by the Brexit decision, seeing it as a break in what they had understood to be perpetually seamless relationships across the European area. It's evident that many in the younger age groups voting in the UK’s Brexit referendum who had never seen life outside a free movement EU are sorely disappointed by the exit decision. Many of their counterparts in other countries feel the same way.
It is not by chance that this new project 'khordiafy' launches on 8th May 2020 marking the 75th year since the end of WW2 hostilities in Europe.
Let's remind ourselves that the original European project was instigated in response to the war and under the aspiration that if we organise and connect the countries of Europe via a formal political project then we need never repeat the warring mistakes of the past. The well-intentioned project for Europe after WW2 was a political and formal, official, organisational structured system which over the decades has not evidently produced the intended naturally unified society nor has it yet harmonised relationships between everyone.
In truth, the future prospect of having a conflict-resistant society relies upon generating a normality of warm relationships at an individual and community level, establishing this at a young age and in a way that enables totally self-reliant personal, individual, group and community-wide relationships, these of course being between and across European countries, which is original the point. When ordinary folk meet other ordinary folk of another country the overwhelmingly common experience is positive, welcoming, constructively helpful and creates fond memories or grateful recollections on both sides.
Make hope happen - khordiafy is less status quo, more quo vadis -
Our challenge here is to cultivate, catalyse and stimulate a rapid and natural multiplication of such opportunities,
in ways that are not limited by the need to travel in order to interact,
in a way that is inclusive for every nation participating in the EU area, and
to include the UK in the family, this means an open European district of participation.
khordiafy is informal - not from officialdom - and neither seeks nor requires any sponsorship or funding, approval or permission from any formal organisation or state body and so leaves them free to focus their resources on other priorities and needs.
khordiafy adds important new impetus:
There are of course many existing connection organisations across Europe, often a legacy of the early years and decades of the EU project, for example the town twinning organisations, Erasmus and others. Researching multiple such organisations shows that once they are established and they do apparently connect many places for many reasons, their reach and effectiveness is ultimately inhibited and the range and breadth of participating individuals is restricted or limited.
"The existence already of some well-established and wide-reaching inter-school collaboration networks is very encouraging and demonstrates their propensity and readiness to connect. The overall picture however remains one where the vast majority of schools and the young people within them are not apparently engaged through such networks and therefore not benefitting from the relationship opportunities that would come from them."
This open initiative ‘khordiafy’ is an opportunity to look forwards to life beyond any political disconnection and to build initially tens, then hundreds, then thousands of interconnections so that young people who are still below their voting age start to connect positively, interact pleasurably and develop relationships so that this amity lasts their whole lives long. Of course, the children will only need us to give them the opportunity to form meaningful appreciation and relationships early in their lives.
'How do we khordiafy at our school?' I hear you ask. Great question!
To begin with, each school chooses the single year group it wants to have connections with around 25 other schools, each one from different European country. Later on you might consider adding a second year group layer and you could either mirror your first khordiafy network or, more excitingly, create a completely new khordiafy ‘family’ of countries for the that year group. It is suggested that an ideal participating school year group is in 10 to 13 year age range but this is only a guide.
Your school can begin to khordiafy immediately. You can start either by inviting one or two schools in other countries to khordiafy with you and then together grow it to build your unique set of khordiafy schools across Europe, or you can join straight in with other schools that already have some khordiafy connections in place and have a vacancy for your country just awaiting your school to fill it!
Now let's khordiafy!
First step: bring your ideas, questions and colleagues to one of the forthcoming khordiafy web calls for enquiring schools across Europe.
- hear about the kinds of fun and activities you could khordiafy with other countries' schools
- join and add to the khordiafy conversation
- start making new history for our children's futures. We're not messing about here!
Thank you. We hope to see you soon!
Now let's khordiafy!
The Architect Leader is proud to be the launch partner of khordiafy
The very creation of khordiafy is in itself an intentional demonstration of amity by English people towards people across Europe ;-)