EUROPEANS FOR PEACE. Looking back and moving forward
FUNDING PROGRAMME FOR INTERNATIONAL YOUTH PROJECTS
In its EUROPEANS FOR PEACE programme, the Foundation EVZ promotes international encounters of young people from Germany and the countries of Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe as well as Israel. Schools and non-school institutions are invited to join up in international partnerships and apply for funding for their joint project. EUROPEANS FOR PEACE encourages young people to be active for human rights and international understanding with historical awareness. Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier is the patron.
Theme 2017/18: DISCRIMINATION. WATCH OUT!
Projects on exclusion
In the current programme cycle the young people examine discrimination and persecution under National Socialism or current issues of discrimination against the background of Article 2 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) of 1948: Ban on Discrimination
“Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.”
The projects, which will be implemented between July 2017 and August 2018, can select a historical or contemporary approach to the theme. It is also possible to combine the two approaches.
Historical reference points are the history of National Socialism and of World War II in Europe. In joint project work, young people can explore the causes, mechanisms and consequences of systematic exclusion, deprivation of rights persecution, and annihilation. They can ask: Why did people remain silent and turn a blind eye? Why did some stand up against the wrongs? Connections to local stories and biographical testimonies, to one’s own background, to human rights and to current affairs can be drawn.
In contemporary approaches, projects examine current forms of discrimination and current patterns of thought shaped by prejudice, such as racism, anti-Semitism, antiziganism, or homophobia. The young people explore how every individual can work actively to combat discrimination and exclusion and to foster respect for and protection of minorities and human rights.
What does EUROPEANS FOR PEACE fund?
You can apply for funding for
• Travel expenses
• Costs of accommodation and board (programme costs)
• Materials for developing and presenting the results
• Personnel costs (fees)
EUROPEANS FOR PEACE also offers a counselling seminar before the project starts.
Who can apply?
• School and youth groups from Germany, together with a partner from Central, Eastern or South-Eastern Europe or from Israel
• Binational or trinational projects
• Young people between the ages of 12 and 21 together with their project leaders (not university or college students)
What are the characteristics of the youth projects?
• The projects are developed and implemented jointly
• The viewpoints and the experiences of the partners are taken into account
• The projects reflect the life world of the young people
• Intergenerational dialogue is stimulated
• The (multilingual) results are jointly produced and presented to the public
How can we apply?
The application form can be downloaded here beginning in September. Deadline for submissions: 1 December 2016
Chairman of the Historical Commission of the Claims Conference, and research assistant at the Joseph Carlebach Institute (JCI).
Teacher of music, French and German at the Rütli School, and active in international extracurricular education; publications on the lives of young migrants.
Project leader in the exhibition “7x young – Your training ground for solidarity and respect” since 2007; participant in numerous international educational projects as well as a research and interview project on Nazi forced labour in Russia, Poland and Ukraine.
Teacher of history and biology at the integrated secondary school Max-Beckmann-Oberschule, Berlin; director of the EFP project “Life stories behind history – German and Slovenian youth research forced labour and produce an exhibition.”
Educator and trainer for the international certificate of competence, including with the German-Polish Youth Office, Berlin, Germany.
Psychologist and mediator, managing director of ConAct – the Coordination Center for German-Israeli Youth Exchange, Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Germany; expert in exchange work.
Director of the education department of the International Youth Meeting Centre in Oświęcim/Auschwitz.
PROF. DR. VADIM OSWALT
Professor of didactics of history at the University of Gießen; named Herder Chair of the Herder-Institut-Marburg in 2014.
Educator and freelance researcher in political education for youth and adults with a focus on creative conflict resolution, anti-racist education and international youth work.
References and links for projekt work
Theodor-Heuss-Kolleg: Initiative Cookbook (2016) An introduction to project Management
Aces: Handbook for International School Projects. 2014.
The aces website offers a Toolbox with further online ressources and tools as well as practical methods on various topics.
Innovationsforum Jugend global: Language Animation - the inclusive way, Sprachanimation - inklusiv gedacht (2015, bilingual German and English)
Refugees, Migration and Human Rights
Network Migration in Europe e.V. Manual: Learning about Migration and Human Rights Refugees yesterday – refugees today (2013)
LaG-Magazin: Discrimination in the past and present – an international youth work topic (2015)