Paths of Prejudice and Justice
Date du début: 1 mai 2016,
Date de fin: 31 déc. 2016
The activities of ASF are mainly based on critical reflection of the history of German National Socialism and its crimes, and to give off a sign for international comprehension and reconciliation. Therefore the themes of the work of ASF are anti-racism, combating anti-Semitism and exclusion, for peace and tolerance and for intercultural understanding. The training Paths of Prejudice and Justice will be a network-training for youth workers from nine European countries and Israel. On the basis of the Nuremberg trials in 1946/47 and the war in Former Yugoslavia in the early 90's there will be critical reflection on questions around how racism can arise and turn into a genocide as well as means to avoid them or what is possible to do as reconciliation work afterwards. Respecting human rights is another important issue. The participants will reflect on recent European history and how deep the conflicts damages social live. During the four-day seminar the developments in international law with regard to crimes against humanity and the effects on society after the conflict are part of the discussion. The seminar will take place in the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. The youth workers will experience the visit of such a memorial site on their own as well as meetings with guest speakers and visit the UN-Trial on Former Yugoslavia in The Hague. This experience will be evaluated in order to discuss the importance of memorial sites and the value of those visits for the volunteers. We will talk about questions as: how to prepare volunteers for such a visit, how to deal with critical situations and eventually emotional reactions of the volunteers. We want to share our experiences and to emphasize the youth-workers on how to deal with the items of violating human rights and war in our work with young volunteers.Twenty participants and two seminar-leaders from eleven countries (program and partner countries) will assure the intercultural exchange about the questions mentioned. All partners involved are working in the educational field with volunteers. They will contribute their own experiences with the volunteers; the training will improve the quality of their educational work. The partners from Ukraine, Russia and Israel are living in a war situation or they are confronted with a violent conflict. They can talk about their experiences in their educational work with volunteers in such a situation. In these circumstances the educational work on raising awareness about human rights and the defending of them is even more important but also more difficult. The training meets their situation in a very special way. The intercultural training will encourage the partners to work on these difficult items with the volunteers even in such violent circumstances. By reflecting the questions around justice and human rights, the participants will increase their intercultural skills for the educational work with young volunteers. The youth workers can reflect on how to use the methods of non-formal learning in order to work with volunteers on post conflict situations, items of racism, anti-Semitism and the value of democracy and Europe. The training will strengthen the awareness of discussing even difficult items with the volunteers in order to increase their knowledge of history. We want to improve the quality of the voluntary programs in the different working fields: in the long-term voluntary service program all over Europe, in the international short-term voluntary programs (e.g. summer camps, apprentice program) as well as in the international meeting centers in Israel and Poland. The preparation of the volunteers as well as the evaluation of their services will also profit from this training. The participants will share the results with partners in the various countries in order to create similar educational programs.The long-term benefit of this intercultural training will be to improve the quality of educational work with volunteers in eleven European countries.
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