“It opened the world for me”

At a conference in Thessaloniki in October 2015, we asked participants from Eastern and South-eastern Europe about their “Transition Moment”. Could they tell us a little story of a moment, when they realised that something was changing fundamentally in the early 90s.

Maryna Minova: “Open borders and international cooperations are possible now”

“When I was a student in the educational system of the Sowjet Union there was one situation. And Belarus was part of the Sowjet Union. And now our Country is an independent state. And there are a lot of changes in our life and in my personal life, too. For example the open borders and international cooperations are possible now. I am a teacher and it is very important for me to cooperate with teachers from different countries. Now it is possible for us. We can find and exchange good examples of educational practice with other teachers. And one of the good examples of educational cooperation is the project between teachers of Georgia, (?) and Russian federation and Belarus on the topic of cultural education and how to develop the students ability to access information from mass media and social network. So I think it’s good and hope for better future.”

Maryna Minova, state educational institution “Academy of postdiploma education”, Republic of Belarus

At a conference in Thessaloniki in October 2015, we asked participants from Eastern and South-eastern Europe about their “Transition Moment”. Could they tell us a little story of a moment, when they realised that something was changing fundamentally in the early 90s.

 

 

Tatjana Zhurzhenko: “It was a moment of great uncertainty”

At a conference in Thessaloniki in October 2015, we asked participants from Eastern and South-eastern Europe about their “Transition Moment”. Could they tell us a little story of a moment, when they realised that something was changing fundamentally in the early 90s.

Daniela Gologan: “Now it’s more material”

“I realized that something was changing when I went to the lyceum. Because it was a period when US series appeared about boys and girls, about how to dress, about the smartphones, about the relation between girls and boys. In that moment I realized that something has changed. Something is different now. Because when I was a little girl it wasn’t important how you dress and if your smartphone is more expensive than mine. If you had a more expensive smartphone or dresses, I would be your friend. The priorities are very different between the 90s and when I went to the lyceum, which was in 2010. I think it’s globalization, it’s a new thing. Now it’s more material, the feeling, the thinking about other people. It’s more superficial. That was the period when I understood that the people change. The method of thinking changed. That’s a good and bad thing about the West.”

Daniela Gologan, Foreign Policy Association, Moldova

At a conference in Thessaloniki in October 2015, we asked participants from Eastern and South-eastern Europe about their “Transition Moment”. Could they tell us a little story of a moment, when they realised that something was changing fundamentally in the early 90s.

Tatiana Zhurzhenko: “It was a moment of great uncertainty”

“One moment was of course the August putsch in Moscow. And it was a moment of great incertainty. We were very young, we were students and didn’t know how the situation will develop. I think because we were very young we were not very afraid. And the second moment was when Yeltsin shot the Russian parliament. I am from Eastern Ukraine and very close to Russia. We still lived like in the Russian information space at that time. For us it was a moment when it became clear that Perestroika is over. All this kind of utopia of peaceful democratization is over. I still remember watching this on TV, these shocking pictures of tanks shooting the parliament.”

Tatiana Zhurzhenko, Institute for Human Sciences (University of Vienna), Ukraine

At a conference in Thessaloniki in October 2015, we asked participants from Eastern and South-eastern Europe about their “Transition Moment”. Could they tell us a little story of a moment, when they realised that something was changing fundamentally in the early 90s.