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Article: How schools across Europe connect and build bonds of friendship to last for generations.

Updated: Mar 5


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

'khordiafy' is a new open initiative which connects the school children of many different countries, engaging and including every single pupil in building enduring amity between them all and their communities, and subsequently their children and their children's children. Think what it would be like for your own local school to 'khordiafy' from the start. You can use this page to explain khordiafy to your colleagues and friends.


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


The motivating force of khordiafy is simple: that we all to grow up together as friends with bonding relationships that unify us, regardless of events like Brexit and however you may define the European area.


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

  • one school from each country in a khordiafy group

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

  • involving every single school child in that year group

  • engaging in a series of low cost, non-competitive, pleasurable interactive activities

  • synchronising, collaborating, experiencing and celebrating together.

Schools across Europe are already building their khordiafy families.


khordiafy launched on 8th May 2020, the 75th anniversary of VE Day, to generate friendliness and kindness which endures for the next 75 years, for open relationships after Brexit and now, also for a positive outlook beyond the Covid-19 pandemic.

Now, for the next 75 years and beyond, let's khordiafy!


Why create 'khordiafy' and why now?

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


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

  • Cultivating a conflict-resistant society

  • Establishing mutually positive perspectives at a young age

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

  • Building bonds between and across European countries - which is the original point.

Across Europe, many younger people in particular are frustrated by the changes to the makeup of the EU instigated by the Brexit decision - they perceive that it restricts and obstructs perpetually seamless relationships across the European area. Having never seen life without a free movement EU they remain sorely disappointed by the exit decision.

Instead, rather than being passive and frustrated, khordiafy now presents us with a new visionary and practical opportunity for lots of active invigorating befriending to happen,

  • not limited by the need to travel in order to interact

  • wider than the EU members list in order to still embrace the UK and other countries in this new family approach.

As well as in response to Brexit, it is not by chance that this new 'khordiafy' movement launched on 8th May 2020 marking 75 years since WW2 hostilities ended in Europe.


Let's remind ourselves here about the origins of the EU project. It was instigated in response to the world wars and with the aspiration that, if we organise and connect the countries of Europe via a formal and political project, then we need no longer repeat the warring mistakes of the past. The nobly-intentioned project for Europe after WW2 was a formal, official, organisational, structured system which has achieved many things over the decades. Crucially now, many agree it has still not yet delivered the naturally unified society it intended with evidently harmonised relationships between everyone, so that it is normal for ordinary people across the entire continent to naturally like each and habitually hold positive perspectives of one another.


"Some well-established and wide-reaching inter-school collaboration projects do already exist which shows an encouraging readiness to connect. The vast majority of schools, and most of the school children in them, are still not apparently engaged in any such schemes or personally benefit from them. We must find new ways to correct this."

"This is a open invitation to you and your school to start to khordiafy. Our joint challenge now is to spread new opportunities for

positive attitudes and lasting friendliness."

Ian Hilton-Turvey

khordiafy founder and vision leader


khordiafy being created in England and coming to you from the UK is a good news story - it is an intentional act of amity to everyone else across Europe.


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 do apparently connect many places for many reasons, their reach and effectiveness is ultimately limited and the range and breadth of participating children is restricted or inhibited.

khordiafy involves EVERY child in a school's khordiafy year group.


khordiafy is informal - not from officialdom - and needs no sponsorship, funding, endorsement or permission from any formal organisation or state body, leaving their resources undiluted.


khordiafy spreads positive perspectives - Every khordiafy activity is created and designed so that all of the 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.

How does a school start to khordiafy?

1. Decide which year group or grade in your school to khordiafy.

Every school in the khordiafy group you join will be of the same age group,

and every school in your khordiafy group will be from a different European country.

Select a year group / grade of pupils either 8-9 years of age, 9-10, or 10-11 years of age.


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

  • Register and join up - then you can go straight into a growing khordiafy group which still has a vacancy for your country and they are just waiting for your school to fill that void!

  • You could start a fresh khordiafy family, directly invite one or two schools in other countries to khordiafy with you and then watch as they do that too and form a new unique set of khordiafy schools across Europe.

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.


The first step is to learn more about how khordiafying activities work and how to join your school with 25 other khordiafying schools across Europe.

Click here to get more details to discuss with your school leadership team.

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

  • Join in and add to the khordiafy conversation with ideas of your own

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

Thank you.

Now let's khordiafy!


The Architect Leader and wididi are proud and excited to be

launch partners of khordiafy for 2020 and beyond

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