Common Ground Foundation
To develop a culture of civil debatge about historical controversies and foster a spirit of informed and engaged citizenship in secondary school students, allowing for pluralism and the respect of differing opinions.
In 2017 we created and showcased an exhibit about the historical traumas of the 20th-century. We now propose to take the concept to the next level by holding educational programming around this groundbreaking exhibit, in order to draw Hungarian students into the societal debate.
Exhibitions: major public squares of towns
Classes: in as many schools nationwide as possible
Discussing the traumas of history is the first step leading towards a common future built on mutual trust.
We need to put an end to relativizing our traumas, and need to start acknowledging the pain of others as well.
This should not divide us: It makes all of us belong to the same nation.
We do believe that fostering dialogue among isolated Hungarians about our past is an evitable step to a cooperative society, to a much more peaceful future.
Our trademark: doors as exhibition and education materials
We present the traumas of the 20th century on diverse and colourful doors, ready to be opened or closed. We open up to the past, so we can close it, and turn to the future. The interactive objects encourage visitors (at the exhibitions) and students (at schools) to empathize with others’ interpretations of the same events. Using the doors as educational aid, our volunteers facilitate extraordinary history classes at secondary schools.
Hundreds of thousands of Hungarians are gravitating to the West. I want to stay and make my friends stay. Only a grassroots initiation can help strengthening democracy.
In order to change underlying attitudes in a sustainable way, we need to address the generation which is currently in secondary schools so that we can help them grow as future active members of their community. Common Ground focuses on 11th and 12th graders.
Do you consider our project innovative? Why? Why not? Do you think that our know-how can be transformed to other nations, or is it Hungary-specific?