Category Themenseminare

Training the (peer) trainers in Porto, Münster and Dresden

Over the first weekend of March, a training event for the Foundation’s peer trainers took place in parallel in Porto (Portugal) and Münster as well as Dresden (Germany). The events focused on either introducing new trainers into the project or strengthening methodological skills and content-knowledge. The training in Porto was supported by Luis Menéndez of the Spanish team of Understanding Europe.

For the Portuguese team, according to Afonso Loureiro, project coordinator in Portugal, “Understanding Europe is of much importance for the Portuguese reality. We want to dismantle preconceptions about the EU. We want to successfully explain what is the EU and how it works. That way we will make youngsters engage more politically and make sure that their voices are heard. We are moved by the possibility of changing mentalities and working with youngsters to improve our EU and keep united in diversity.”

In Münster and Dresden, the...

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Dutch-German Forum 2017

On 17 – 18 January, the Dutch-German Forum 2017 took place in Berlin. It is a bilateral event supported by the Dutch and German Ministries of Foreign Affairs. For twenty years, the Dutch-German Forum has been serving as a civil society platform for exchange and discussions on current debates, which play a role in the bilateral relations and are of interest for both countries. Since 2012 the Schwarzkopf Foundation and the Dutch Embassy in Berlin organise a media seminar one day before the forum and open the Forum to more young minds and perspectives in Dutch and German relations.

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Aktion Zukunft: Students acquire skills for active citizenship

Students of the association “Schüler treffen Flüchtlinge e.V.” have, in cooperation with the Schwarzkopf Foundation, hosted the seminar “Aktion Zukunft“. It serves as a starting point for several forms of participation in European asylum politics. 30 students from all over Germany joined the seminar and used the four days to discuss potentials in their respective communities: Which problems exist, for example, in the accommodation of asylum seekers and which difficulties does active citizenship in this field have to overcome?

Together with trainers of the Schwarzkopf Foundation as well as experts of initiatives such as Querstadtein, Jugendliche ohne Grenzen, Start with a Friend, the participants developed concrete strategies for their projects...

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Students develop ideas for participation

60 students of the Helmholtz school in Potsdam developed concrete ideas for participation in the context of European asylum politics. The ideas ranged from founding a working group at school to producing a range of t-shirts and starting to lobby local and regional politicians. The process was facilitated by the Schwarzkopf Foundation’s peer trainers.


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