History Competition 2017/2018: „Georgia’s young folks of the 20th century“

Being young in twentieth century Georgia – have you ever imagined how this might have been? How it felt to be a teen during the 1st Republic of Georgia at the beginning of the century (1918-1921)? Did you wonder how pupils spent their leisure time when Georgia was a Soviet Republic? Against what barriers they might have rebelled? Do you have any clue how youngsters of your age weathered the difficult times of the early nineties after Georgia became independent again? How did the young folks then experience the huge changes of this period? What kind of hobbies did they have and what troubled them the most? How did their everyday life look like and in what extend did it change during the different periods of the exciting 20th century?

If any of these questions ever occurred to you (and even if they do now for the first time), here comes the good news: As the 20th century is not that long ago you can still find a lot of people who can talk about big parts of this epoch and share the experiences they have made as youngsters with you! You can ask your parents, grandparents, neighbors, family friends or maybe just the baker next door or the vendor of fruits and vegetables around the corner. Ask them for photos, diaries, old school books or other personal documents of their past and listen to the related stories they can tell. Or go for old newspapers in archives; watch old films or pay a visit to the closest museum. Traces of history are to be found everywhere, just take a closer look.

Besides the fun you will have while making a journey to the past and discovering new and maybe astonishing aspects of your ancestors’ life there are several more good reasons to take part in this history competition: you can win prizes (some surprises are waiting for you!), your contribution might be published and recognized by a lot of people and you get the chance to travel to an international History Camp in Berlin where pupils of all over Europe will await you!

You’re now curious about the competition and eager to participate – or at least considering it? Then these are the facts and terms you need to know:

Terms/conditions of participation:

    Who can participate?
  • Either pupils of the age from 15 to 18 (at the time the competition starts) as individuals or
  • small groups of a maximal size of 3 pupils, aged 15 to 18 (at the time the competition starts).
  • pupils of all kind of schools (public, private, of the regions or of bigger cities; etc.) are accepted.
    What kind of support and which amount of support is permitted?
  • Any kind of resource material (books, internet, interviews, old newspapers, photos, archive material, internet, etc.) can be used but the origin of information and quotes has to be named
  • Support by other persons such as tutors, teachers, parents, etc. is allowed to a certain extend but should be mentioned in the accompanying report
  • The main part of the performance has to be done by the pupil himself/herself; tutors/teachers are just providing assistance
    Which formats are eligible for contributions? (essay, other forms, how many words minimum-maximum, etc.)
  • Essays (from 1.500 to 3.000 words)
  • Photo collections (5 to 7 photos)
  • 1 poster
  • Animation/short video (5 to 10 minutes)

  • Condition for all formats: they have to be accompanied by an explanatory report of 400 to 600 words.
    Which languages can be used?
  • Georgian will be the official language of this competition. Besides it is also possible to hand in contributions in Armenian, Azerbaijani and Russian language.
    How should the contributions be submitted? Deadline for submission?
  • Either in a file attached to an email sent to this email address: historycompetition@gmail.com
  • By post service to these addresses: DVV International Regional Office for Caucasus and Turkey. 20 Kipshidze street, Apt. 3.
    Either way it has to contain the following information: your name, age and grade, your email address, postal address and mobile number, the name and address of your school, the name of your tutor and a copy of his or her ID-Card
    The deadline for submission is April 15, 2018, 12 pm.
  • By handing in your contribution you automatically agree on the public presentation and publication of your contribution in case it is among the winners

General advices concerning the working process

  • Think about what do you find interesting in the topic: „Being young in 20th century Georgia“ and how you could do research into the history of your family or your neighbor’s family
  • Select a topic for your project and collect material and information related to your ancestors at your age (and about the time they lived in)
  • Describe, what kind of life your ancestors lived at your age, how it was and felt to be young at that time.
  • Explain the difference to the life of yourself and your generation – what was different and why?
  • What is your opinion on the life of your ancestors at your age? Would you prefer to live at their time?
  • Mark the origins of the material and information you collected (archives, interviews, books, photographs, internet, texts from your ancestors, etc.)
  • Reflect your experiences during your work in a short report. What kind of difficulties and challenges did you encounter and how did you solve them? Did someone help you with your project and how? What did you learn, what was fun and what would you do differently the next time?

Background/general information about the project and its partners

    This history competition is carried out in the framework of a cooperation project between the German Körber foundation and DVV International. Simultaneously history competitions are also implemented in three more countries of the Eastern Partnership: in Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine. Local partners for the project implementation in Georgia are the organizations GAHE (Georgian Association of History Educators) and SovLab (Soviet Past Research Laboratory).
    For more information, please contact: 555 79 67 41; 558 931517

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