Summer University

07/16/2008 - 16:00
07/20/2008 - 15:00

Ever heard the word ’development’?
Ever wondered just what this means – who is doing the ’developing’, and who is being ’developed’?
Do you wonder if all this development is actually going in the right direction?
Perhaps you’re already asking these questions, and are already making your opinion heard?
Perhaps you want to have a say in this?
Our ’Summer University on Development – making a more liveable world’ is what you are looking for!

Summer University on Development, Participation and Active Citizenship
16-20, July 2008
Szentendrei Island, Hungary


If you have come to the conclusion that politics are too serious a matter to be left to the politicians, then come along to our Summer University on Development and think up alternatives together with us to make our world better, more just, equal and sustainable. If you think the present dominance of a money-motivated, militarised and a power-broking tiny minority over the common good of billions of the world’s citizens is madness, then this is the place to share time together!

People who have decided to resist the daily madness of our world and feel the need to take back control and get involved in their smaller communities or in campaigning, advocacy, lobbying work on a national, European or global scale are going to be with us from around the world. At the same time, we are going to have a strong Central-Eastern-European dimension to the university and aim to discuss regionally relevant alternatives to development.

We are going to be around 80, mainly activists, students and NGO people from Hungary and from the neighbouring countries with some invited resource persons form EU-15 and from the ‘global South’. The five day long event will have a mix of lectures, seminars, workshops, meetings, socialising and information sharing. The issues which we will discuss will range from climate change, financing development, environmental and global justice impact of agrofuels, down to helping socially deprivated communities, solidarity economy and the activities of local communities to influence decision-making in their areas.

We aim to bring together a diversity of people so that experience-, info and knowledge-sharing will be mutually beneficial for all.

The event will be on a campsite situated on an island one hour from Budapest. The accommodation will be in bungalows, food is going to be organic, bought from local farmers, which will partly be prepared by the participants of the summer school.

The event, including the food, accommodation and all the programes during the 5 days, costs 40EUR but if you are unable to pay the total cost, there is also a possibility to ask for some financial support.

Come, participate and change the world with us!

The PROGRAMME can be downloaded below.


Horányi Forest School, Szentendrei Island, River Danube, near Budapest, Hungary. The island is a national nature reserve, and the river is suitable for bathing. The Forest School is a youth camp, with basic but sufficient amenities, in a very beautiful surroundings! Please see 'directions' document at the end of the page for directions.

16-20 July, 2008. The camp is about two hours from Budapest: the train from Budapest is less then an hour, then it takes five minutes to walk to the ferry. Once you are on the Szentendrei Island, the camp is only minutes away, located in the village of Horány.

The summer university focuses on issues clustered around themes of agriculture, climate and welfare which it discusses from the point of view of economics, environment and society.
Each day we take one approach among these three and cover all the three themes of agriculture, climate and welfare. Our goal is to show the interlinkages that the different themes have through the cross-sectoral issues of justice, equality, human rights and participation.

From the methodological point of view, a lecture starts each day which is followed by seminars and workshops in parallel with each other. While the lectures will give the theoretical background to each theme, the seminars will have a stronger practical dimension and will compare campaigns, approaches, priorities. The workshops will be very practical and focus on individual campaigns, lobbying work in an interactive way.

The university focuses on participation and active citizenship, while it also aims to develop a Central-Eastern-European voice in the development discourse. We aim to elaborate on the commonalities that are present between the ‘Global South’ and the ‘East’ and to find positive alternatives to development that can be promoted globally. We would like to contribute to a strengthened voice and movement of caring citizens who want to participate in decision-making and get involved in civil politics.

Quite a few resource persons will be participants at the same time, coming from the region (Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, Slovenia), while there will be some invited from the ‘Global South’ and from OMS of the EU. Other participants will be from local campaigns, local green and social rights activists, and Czech and Hungarian NGOs. People who have not been ctive so fas but are planning to get involved more will be with us, too, mainly university students or people having some free time to change the world. We aim to bring together people who would like to work for a sustainbale, just world be it in the environmental, social and political sense for the benefit of today's and the future's generation.

All lectures are going to be in English with Hungarian translation, while seminars and workshops will be either in English or in Hungarian. We are trying to provide translation for each type so that all programmes will be available in both English and Hungarian.

For more info:

The event has been produced with the financial assistance of the European Union. The contents of this document are the sole responsibility of WEED and Protect the Future and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the European Union.

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