Sophie Hériaud, who studied journalism at the University Institute of Technology (IUT) in Lannion, and her sister Mathilde, a business studies student, are at the initiative of the project Toi d'Europe, which is taking them on a journey across 21 European countries over an eight month period and will result in a 26 minute documentary video and web documentary. Their goal is to record the younger generation's feelings regarding Europe and its future. Sophie and Mathilde have created a website for the project where they will regularly post videos, text and photos collected during their travels.
They have already carried out half their journey, having spent 13 days in 12 eastern European countries, and will continue their work in Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, before moving south to Spain, Portugal and Italy, and then on to Norway, Finland, Sweden and Denmark.
Sophie specialised in television journalism during her studies at the IUT in Lannion and in 2016 won the Le Monde HCR award (a competition co-organised by the French newspaper Le Monde and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) which awards an article written by a student in their final year of journalism). Sophie wrote her article about refugees in Bremen, Germany, whilst spending a semester there on an Erasmus exchange programme.
The Hériaud sisters would like to cover all 28 European countries and have launched a crowdfunding campaign to help them achieve their goal, details of which can be found on the website.
Youth in Europe will also be in the news this year with the Erasmus+ programme celebrating its 30th anniversary. On 13th and 14th October, Université de Rennes 1 will take part in the celebrations with events and activities taking place on all the campuses of the university.