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Academic freedom project keeps growing !

The academic Freedom project keeps growing ! Thanks to the dynamism and involvement of the winners of the Ideathon, the demand for academic freedom has been widen ! 

Students are now raising their voices on the need for considering students points of view when approaching academic freedom issues in Europe. 

And this has been possible thanks to the development of three amazing projects led by motivated international groups of students, who won the Ideathon contest organized in February. They have been awarded 750 euros to implement the following projects:

  • The Fetters at liberty project is a beautiful story of cooperation between Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina,  and Albania. A series of theoretical workshops have already been provided to the Bachelor students of the Universities of Belgrade, Sarajevo and Tirana to raise awareness of academic freedom in the three countries and to encourage engagement in student activism. Then a series of practical workshops are going to be implemented. This project will be concluded by a final online meeting gathering the participants from all the workshops of the three countries to share their thoughts on the topic. 

Follow them on Instagram for all the news and upcoming activities. You can also join their Facebook page.

  • The Omega project is proposing a unique content still currently missing out on the internet: a series of short Youtube videos in the form of interviews to raise awareness about breaches of academic freedom, with a focus on Belarus. 

Follow them on Instagram to stay tuned on the Youtube videos to come. 

  • What if art meets activism ? This is what the Artdemic project will make possible, offering the possibility for censored scholars or student activists to tell their stories to artists who will share and amplify their voices through their artworks. For young artists, it is also going to be a unique opportunity to learn about academic freedom. This great collaboration work will be concluded by an open exhibition in Catalonia in May.

Follow them on Instagram to have all the info about the upcoming art exhibition and if you want to take part in the exhibition as an artist or as a scholar. 

You can also check ESU’s Instagram account for some videos on the different project groups. 

During the biannual European Students Convention organized by ESU in March in Lund, the three groups were able to present their projects and raise the awareness of the audience on the need for protecting academic freedom. 

Their projects keep going until the end of May 2023, so stay tuned, a lot is still to come !


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