Europe out of Conflict: 60 Young Europeans meet in Brussels

In 2014, we commemorate the start of the First World War, 100 years ago. On this occasion we want young Europeans to reflect on that time period, and let them try to generate useful knowledge they can use to strengthen themselves and our society. Some intellectuals see similarities between our situation now and 100 years before. Conflict was never absent in Europe, in 2014 the developments in the Ukraine are one aspect. Another one is the financial crisis, that hit a lot of countries in Europe with all its implications. Despite more mobility between European citizens we observe as well the opposite: a lot of people take refuge in national, ethnic, or religious identities. Fears come to front and propaganda against minorities increases.

All project partners are convinced that new generations should learn from the past to shape a positive future. Therefore, this project aims to empower 60 youngsters participating in this project for learning how to deal with conflicts as an integral part of society in a constructive way.

60 young people from seven European countries

The participants will gain knowledge about past and current conflicts in and outside Europe. They also develop civic and problem-solving skills, as they learn how to consider issues from different perspectives. Apply until 15th of September 2014, if you

  • are aged between 16 and 26
  • live in Germany
  • are able to express in English and follow a conversation in this language
  • are motivated to discuss conflicts, participation and conflict solution with participants from 7 countries

Participation in the whole project requires 25 euro fee. Costs for accommodation and travel are covered by organisators. Detailed information will be sent by email to the applicants.

German Meeting on 18th of October 2014

The selected participants from Germany meet in Berlin/Potsdam. We introduce the project and exchange among each other about the topic and your ideas.

On a RealtimeBoard, we present our outcome to the other participants from the other countries. Therefore, we use videos to briefly present the impact of WWI on current Germany and to discuss it. And we will see the videos of the other country groups.

European Conference in Brussels from 24th to 30th of November 2014

In Brussels we meet with all participants and work on the following issues:

  • Conflict in the past. Including a visit of Ieper, the Flanders Fields Museum, the British cemetery Tine Cot.
  • Conflicts today, conflict and its causes. At the borders of Europe and within the EU. Conflicts between social groups, generations, or countries.
  • European Peace treaty and peaceful leadership: what can be the role of leaders in conflict prevention/resolution? With visits of EP and meeting MEPs in Brussels. What can citizens do to prevent conflicts?
  • The workshops will be worked out by means of creative, activating and inspiring methods.

Show Your Interest!

The German participants are selected through MitOst. Apply until 15th of September 2014

Contact

Nils-Eyk Zimmermann
Nazila Khalilova
thkberlin(at)mitost.org

Date and Place

The conference will take place in Brussels between 24th and 30th of November 2014.

Project Partners

Ryckevelde (BE)
Evens Foundation (BE)
YMCA Dobrich (BG)
SCI-Catalunya
MitOst (DE)
Projekt: Polska (PL)
Cesam Foundation (SE)
Gaziantep training and youth association (TR)