EUROPEANS FOR PEACE
EUROPEANS FOR PEACE promotes international exchange projects for young people from countries of Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe, Israel and Germany.
Schools and non-school educational institutions can 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 democratic values.
Patron of the programme is the federal minister of foreign affairs Heiko Maas.
EUROPEANS FOR PEACE youth conference
Our first youth conference took place from 9 to 12 November 2018 in Berlin. Our EUROPEANS FOR PEACE were there: 60 committed young people and young adults from 12 countries. The programme invited to get to know each other, to network and to develop ideas for more youth participation. There were workshops and creative labs with actors who work for youth participation and human rights. Discussing, making plans and celebrating together were on the agenda. The idea of universal human rights was debated and 70 years of human rights were celebrated. These were eventful days and a lively exchange.
Impressions of the conference can be found in the blog: https://www.youforpeace.org/blog
The event is organized jointly by the wannseeFORUM Foundation and the EVZ Foundation.
“The conference is now over. This is our group picture, that’s us – right here, right now – standing up for Human Rights!“ –Participants of the Youth Conference 2018
Photo: Ralph Pache
Theme of the call – celebrate diversity!
EUROPEANS FOR PEACE wants to get young people interested and invested in human rights, moral courage and social commitment. In joint project work, young people address diversity, respect and social cohesion.
“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”
Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948
The projects can be implemented from July 2019 to August 2020. Historical or contemporary approaches are suitable for the project work.
The exchange projects strive for open and diverse societies in a future-oriented and active manner. The young people address sociopolitical subjects such as equal opportunities, inclusion and participation. They reflect on their own experiences, develop a critical attitude towards discrimination or implement social commitment on the ground.
The history of National Socialism and of World War II in Europe is a reference point for historical learning during the encounters. Young people discover stories of friendships, willingness to help and moral courage in this time.
Projects from 2017 and 2018
What can be applied for?
You can apply for funding for:
• Travel expenses
• Costs of accommodation and board (programme costs)
• Materials for developing and presenting the results
EUROPEANS FOR PEACE also offers a counselling seminar before the project starts.
For inclusive projects, additional funding can be requested for
• longer project term (July 2019 to December 2020)
• accessible travel
• preparatory meetings
• greater need for assistance, care or support
Who can apply?
• schools, in particular lower or middle secondary schools comprehensive, vocational or special schools and non-school educational institutions from Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe or Israel, together with a partner organisation from Germany
• binational and trinational projects with young people between the ages of 14 and 25
The mutual exchange and the acceptance of inclusive and diverse approaches to life are central to EUROPEANS FOR PEACE. Young people with very di¬fferent backgrounds can work together in the projects. Projects of all forms of schools and diverse groups are therefore especially invited to take part.
What are the characteristics of the youth projects?
• The projects address the life world of the young people
• The projects are developed and implemented jointly
• The viewpoints and the experiences of the partner organisations are taken into account
• Intergenerational dialogue is stimulated
• The results are jointly produced, are multilingual and are presented to the public
How can you apply?
The deadline for applications for projects in 2019 and 2020 was 14 January 2019. The call for applications is published annually. The new call for projects in 2020 and 2021 will be published on this page in autumn 2019.
References and links for project work
International and divers youth work
One of the big challenges regarding international and divers youth work is related to language and communication. Not all young people speak one or several foreign languages; some have had negative experiences in their school careers and are convinced they are not good at languages. This literature looks at how Language Animation methods can be designed inclusively: Language Animation - the inclusive way. Qualifying and Developing International Youth Work. Free download here.
Inclusion A to Z: A compass to international Inclusion projects. Are you working with young people from fewer opportunity backgrounds? Would you like to add international mobility projects to your box of educational tools? Or are you working with “mainstream” youth? Are you interested in opening up your international projects to include (more) young people from fewer-opportunity target groups? Then this booklet might be just what you are looking for.
Embrace Diversity: Toolkit for Creating Inclusive, Learning-Friendly Environments. This resource, developed by UNESCO Bangkok, includes a toolkit for educators who wish to nurture an inclusive, learning-friendly environment in which all children, regardless of physical, intellectual, social, and emotional characteristics or religious affiliation or gender, are welcome and given the same opportunities. Free PDF.
Initiative Cookbook: An introduction to project Management, Theodor-Heuss-Kolleg.
The aces website offers a Toolbox with further online ressources and tools as well as practical methods on various topics.
Language Animation - the inclusive way (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.
LaG-Magazin: Discrimination in the past and present – an international youth work topic.
The German-Israeli encounter project documents the view of the participants on past, present and future.
During the theatre project, German and Greek youth with and without disabilities critically examined what it means to be different in society.
This image movie describes EUROPEANS FOR PEACE from a projects’ perspective.