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  • Date: 16-09-2016, 19:11
16-09-2016, 19:11

International Council Meeting 2016

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This year ESU International Council Meeting was held in Tbilisi, Georgia in early September, 2016.

Delegates from about 20 international ESUs participated in the meeting. The ESU Ukraine was represented by the Chairman Margarita Danilko and a member of the Steering Committee Nadiya Ivanenko. A significant proportion of this year meeting was devoted to the ESU’s educational activities, including  international competitions. The ESU competitions equip young people with the skills and confidence to engage in speech and debate in the English language, and give them opportunities for the exchange of ideas and wider cultural understanding as global citizens in the 21st century.

During the meeting the delegates talked about the celebration of the ESU centenary in 2018. Jane Easton, Director-General of the English-Speaking Union, underlined, that the ESU’s founding vision for friendship, peace and understanding remains as strong as it was in 1918. However, the world has changed so much since the ESU’s foundation. English is now a global language and is taught as a foreign/second language all over the world. Global travel is commonplace. English is represented in the interconnected worlds of business, travel, modern technologies, science and academia, social media, sport and art. And yet, the tensions in the world because of the lack of cultural understanding and dialogue give the ESU members  huge cause for concern.

According to the Agenda delegates presented their Country Reports, which  had been circulated electronically beforehand, and discussed some items raised by ESU member countries. The work of the ESU Ukraine was highly appreciated at the meeting. One more point to discuss was the location and frequency of International Council Meetings.  One of the suggestions put forward was for the ICM to be held concurrently with the IPSC, in the years that the ICM is held in London. 


The ICM gave its delegates and guests an opportunity for face to face communication as they met around the International Council table for formal meetings, and also provided with a possibility to enjoy each other’s company in the hospitality, excursions and events that ESU Georgia had kindly arranged 


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