Estonian President Kaljulaid Receives EUSTORY
The Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid, patron of the Estonian national history competition, received representatives of the EUSTORY Network.
“We need to tell our stories – the ones from the past and those from today. Many Estonian stories are painful, but we must not forget them and we have to ask ourselves, where we can see the connecting lines between the past and the present.” The Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid received the EUSTORY organisers in her residence on the afternoon of 28 March 2019. Thirty representatives of more than twenty national history competitions were invited to meet the President in her residence in Kadriorg Park in Tallinn, Estonia. President Kaljulaid is the patron of the Estonian national history competition, which is one of the founding members of EUSTORY and hosts this year’s Annual Network Meeting in Tallinn together with the Körber Foundation.
Visiting the President was part of the Annual Network Meeting, which took place from 27 to 31 March. The competition organisers use these meetings as an opportunity to engage in cross-border discussions on current developments in the field of historical-political education as well as to exchange ideas and best practices from their competitions. In Tallinn, they discussed the mid- and long-term consequences of the political transformation in Estonia and Europe of 1989 and the following years of transition. At the centre of the debates was the question which social and political relevance these transformation experiences currently have in the respective countries. Furthermore, looking at the perhaps not yet fully processed historical experiences of radical changes and trauma, they approached the question which tasks will result from this for civic society organisations all over Europe.