Article: How schools across Europe are building bonds of friendship to last for generations.

Updated: Jul 13

Imagine that by 2027 millions of children throughout every country and culture of Europe are growing up knowing and liking each other. Now picture the positive differences that would create for them individually and for the future of Europe.

'khordiafy': a new word for a new initiative in a new era for a new future!

'khordiafy' is a fresh open initiative which links school children of many different countries, engaging and including every single pupil, building enduring amity between them all and their communities and, when they become adults, also their children and grandchildren. Now think what it would be like for your own local school to 'khordiafy' too. You can use this page to explain khordiafy to your colleagues and friends.

The motivation is simple: that all our children grow up together as friends with bonding relationships that unify, despite changes like Brexit or however the European area is defined.

"When ordinary folk encounter other ordinary folk of another country, the overwhelmingly common experience is positive, welcoming, constructively helpful, leaving fond memories and grateful recollections on both sides as well as creating lasting relationships."

'To khordiafy': to be interacting in a family of schools from many different countries and growing friendship and understanding

  • one school from each country in the khordiafy group

  • all pupils of the same age / grade / school year within a khordiafy group

  • engaging together in a few low cost, non-competitive, pleasurable activities

  • involving every single school child in that year group

  • synchronising, collaborating, experiencing and celebrating together.

Schools across Europe are already building their khordiafy families.

Why create 'khordiafy' and why now?

For positive relationships after Brexit , and now for a positive outlook beyond the Covid-19 pandemic,

khordiafy launched on 8th May 2020 the 75th anniversary of VE Day,

to generate lasting friendliness and kindness to endure for the next 75 years and beyond.

#MakeHopeHappen - khordiafy is less status quo, more quo vadis

  • Cultivates a conflict-resistant society

  • Establishes mutual positive perspectives at a young age

  • Generates a normality of warm relationships at an individual and community level

  • Builds bonds between European cultures and communities

  • Free of the limiting need to travel in order to interact

  • khordiafy involves every single child in a school's khordiafy year group or grade

  • A new family approach to still embrace the UK and other countries whether EU or otherwise

khordiafy spreads positive perspectives - Every khordiafy activity is created and designed so that all of the children learn from each other and learn about each other, and so that their families, their friends and wider communities will do so as well.

khordiafy is a post-Brexit resolution: Across Europe, many younger people who have never seen life without a free movement EU are frustrated by the changes the EU instigated by the Brexit decision. They fear that it inhibits seamless relationships across the European area.

In response, khordiafy offers schools a visionary and practical opportunity for invigorating befriending instead of passive disappointment.

The khordiafy movement launched on 8th May 2020 marking 75 years since WW2 hostilities ended in Europe.

The EU project has achieved many good things over the decades, seeking to avoid the warring and decisive mistakes of the past. Yet has it produced a naturally unified society and visibly harmonised relationships between everyone? Is it yet it normal for ordinary people across this continent to naturally like each other? Do we habitually hold positive perspectives of one another?

"Europe does already have some well-established and wide-reaching inter-school collaboration projects. Sadly the vast majority of schools never engage in any such scheme and their school children never personally benefit from them. We must find new ways to correct this."

"I invite you and your school to start to khordiafy as we create new ways to spread positive attitudes and lasting friendliness."

Ian Hilton-Turvey , khordiafy founder and vision leader

khordiafy adds important new impetus:

khordiafy is informal - It is not from officialdom and requires no sponsorship, funding, endorsement or permission from any formal organisation or state body.

"How can my school start to khordiafy?"

1. Choose which year group or grade to khordiafy with pupils aged 8-9 years, 9-10, or 10-11 years of age.

All schools in a khordiafy group will be of one matched age group

Each khordiafy school in your group will be in a separate European country and

your school will be the only one from your country.

2. Take your place in a khordiafy family of schools.

  • Register and join up -

  • You can go straight into an already-growing khordiafy group which still has a vacancy for your country. They are just waiting for your school to fill that void!

  • You could instead begin a fresh khordiafy family. Directly invite one or two schools in other countries to khordiafy with you and as they in turn invite other schools across Europe until a new unique khordiafy fasmily is formed.

3. When your khordiafy family is full enough, declare 'Let's khordiafy!'

Choose which creative, achievable, affordable, fun and inspiring khordiafy activities your group will do together, synchronised, over the year ahead.

"How do we learn more about how khordiafying activities works? How would our school join a family of khordiafying schools across Europe?"

Click here to get more details and information :

  • Find out about khordiafy interactions, fun tasks and engaging activities your school could do with the other country khordiafy schools in a khordiafy 'family'

  • Add to the khordiafy conversation with ideas of your own

  • Share khordiafy with your leadership team and other colleagues

  • Start making new history for our children's futures.

Now let's khordiafy!

The Architect Leader and wididi are proud and excited to be

launch partners of khordiafy for 2020 and beyond