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5 evenementen hebben plaatstgevonden in het kader van dit project:
5 events have been carried out within this project:

Evenement 1 / Event 1: preparatory weekend

Deelname: dankzij het project konden 12 burgers / The event involved 12 citizens 
van wie 1 uit de stad Oostende (België /Belgium), 2 uit de stad Diksmuide (België//Belgium), van wie 2 uit de stad Brussel (België//Belgium),
van wie 1 uit de stad Tallinn (Estland/Estonia),
van wie 1 uit de stad Turijn (Italië/Italy),
van wie 1 uit de stad Murcia (Spanje/Spain),
van wie 1 uit de stad Newtownabbey (UK),
van wie1 uit de stad Galway (Ierland/Ireland),
van wie 1 uit de stad Dorsten (Duitsland/Germany),
van wie 1 uit de stad Wurzburg (Duitsland/Germany)

Plaats/datum: het evenement heeft plaatsgevonden in Brussel, België/Belgium van 06/02/2015 tot en met 08/02/2015.
Location / Dates: The event took place in Brussels, Belgium, from 06/02/2015 to 08/02/2015

Korte beschrijving: het evenement was gewijd aan de voorbereiding en organisatie van alle activiteiten die verder in het project zouden volgen: algemene afspraken, programmadetails, financiële opvolging en timing.
Short description:  The aim of the event was: the preparation and organization of all activities continue to follow in the project: general agreements, program details, financial monitoring and timing. More information: click here.

 

Evenement 2 /Event 2: training 1

Deelname: dankzij het project konden 26 burgers,
van wie 10 uit 11 verschillende gemeenten in België//Belgium,
van wie 3 uit de stad Turijn (Italië/Italy);
van wie 2  uit de stad Newtownabbey (UK),
van wie 2 uit de stad Galway (Ierland/Ireland);
van wie 2 uit de stad Dorsten (Duitsland/Germany),
van wie 2 uit de stad Würzburg (Duitsland/Germany);
van wie 2 uit de stad Murcia (Spanje/Spain),
van wie 2 uit de stad Talinn (Estland/Estonia);
van wie 1 uit de stad Bitola/Monastir (Macedonië/Macedonia)

Plaats/datum: het evenement heeft plaatsgevonden in Leuven, België//Belgium van 08/04/2015 tot en met 12/04/2015.
Location / Dates: The event took place in Leuven, Belgium, from 08/04/2015 to 12/04/2015

Korte beschrijving: het evenement was gewijd aan het opzetten van activiteiten rond educatie en herdenking van de Groote Oorlog, gelinkt aan debatten over Europa, haar instellingen, en het Europees burgerschap.
Short description:  The aim of the event was: activities on education and commemoration of the Great War, linked to debates on Europe, its institutions and European citizenship.More information: click here

 

Evenement 3 /Event 3 : meeting 1

Deelname: dankzij het project konden 54 burgers,

van wie 11 uit de stad  11 verschillende gemeenten uit België//Belgium,
van wie 6 uit de stad Turijn (Italië/Italy);
van wie 6  uit de stad Newtownabbey (UK),
van wie 5 uit de stad Galway (Ierland/Ireland);
van wie 4 uit de stad Dorsten (Duitsland/Germany),
van wie 5 uit de stad Wurzburg (Duitsland/Germany);
van wie 6 uit de stad Murcia (Spanje/Spain),
van wie 6 uit de stad Talinn (Estland/Estonia);
van wie 6 uit de stad Tessaloniki (Griekenland/Greece)

Plaats/datum: het evenement heeft plaatsgevonden in Mesen, België//Belgium van 14/07/2015 tot en met 21/07/2015.
Location / Dates: The event took place in Leuven, Belgium, from 14/07/2015 to 21/07/2015

Korte beschrijving: het evenement was gewijd aan het evenement was gewijd aan het opzetten van activiteiten rond educatie en herdenking van de Groote Oorlog, gelinkt aan debatten over Europa, haar instellingen, en het Europees burgerschap.
Short description:  The aim of the event was: activities on education and commemoration of the Great War, linked to debates on Europe, its institutions and European citizenship. More information: click here

 

Evenement 4 /Event 4 : training 2

Deelname: dankzij het project konden 29 burgers,
van wie 17 uit de stad 11 verschillende gemeenten uit België//Belgium,
van wie 2 uit de stad Turijn (Italië/Italy);
van wie 2 uit de stad Tessaloniki (Griekenland/Greece
van wie 1 uit de stad Newtownabbey (UK),
van wie 2 uit de stad Dorsten (Duitsland/Germany),
van wie 2 uit de stad Würzburg (Duitsland/Germany);
van wie 2 uit de stad Tallinn (Estland/Estonia);
van wie 1 uit de stad Bitola/Monastir (Macedonië/Euroclio/Macedonia)
(because of terror attacks on March 22d, Spain and Ireland cancelled, this was reported in April 2016)

Plaats/datum: het evenement heeft plaatsgevonden in Leuven, België//Belgium van 30/03/2016 tot en met 03/04/2016.
Location / Dates: The event took place in Leuven, Belgium, from 30/03/2016 to 03/04/2016

Korte beschrijving: het evenement was gewijd aan het evenement was gewijd aan het opzetten van activiteiten rond educatie en herdenking van de Groote Oorlog, gelinkt aan debatten over Europa, haar instellingen, en het Europees burgerschap.
Short description:  The aim of the event was: activities on education and commemoration of the Great War, linked to debates on Europe, its institutions and European citizenship. More information: click here

 

Evenement 5 / Event 5: meeting 2

Deelname: dankzij het project konden 63 burgers,
van wie 25 uit 11 verschillende gemeenten uit België//Belgium,
van wie 6 uit de stad Turijn (Italië/Italy);
van wie 4 uit de stad Dorsten (Duitsland/Germany),
van wie 4 uit de stad Wurzburg (Duitsland/Germany);
van wie 5 uit de stad Newtownabbey (UK)
van wie 6 uit de stad Murcia (Spanje/Spain),
van wie 6 uit de stad Talinn (Estland/Estonia);
van wie 6 uit de stad Tessaloniki (Griekenland/Greece);
van wie 1 uit de stad Bitola/Monastir (Macedonië/Macedonia)

Plaats/datum: het evenement heeft plaatsgevonden in Wijgmaal/Leuven, België//Belgium van 25/07/2016 tot en met 31/07/2016.
Location / Dates: The event took place in Wijgmaal/Leuven, Belgium, from 25/07/2015 to 31/07/2015

Korte beschrijving: het evenement was gewijd aan het opzetten van activiteiten rond educatie en herdenking van de Groote Oorlog, gelinkt aan debatten over Europa, haar instellingen, en het Europees burgerschap.
Short description:  The aim of the event was: activities on education and commemoration of the Great War, linked to debates on Europe, its institutions and European citizenship.More information: click here

 

Part C - c5 - Quality of the project

In addition to the recommendations as described above, the following aspects may be considered as ‘best practise’. These aspects are also embed in the guidebook that can be consulted on the project website.

Transnational approach to remembrance, history, and present-day EU-citizenship by using a story-telling method.

  • transnational approach: the involvement of European countries from all corners of the continent (Estonia, Greece, Spain, Italy, Spain, Macedonia, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Germany and Belgium). Between some of these countries/regions there is still some friction and/or they had a hostile past not so long ago (Greece / Macedonia; the Irish affair). Also, both sides of the former WW1-line were present, but there was no focus on winners & losers.
  • Remembrance, history and the present EU: the interrelationship between these 3 was accomplished by stories. The initial stories were the ones from the Great War, secondly they were linked with present stories in debates , and finally youngsters created their own modern stories in presentations and remembrance moments, spreading out messages to fellow-Europeans.

This modern story-telling approach used the always innovatory platform of social media and new applications that youngsters are keen of. For this generation, emails and  clean informative websites are already oldschool communication. Apps are the cross-media they want to use, with a storyboard that integrates communication derived from Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, and other websites. Apps  also excite their creativity and it instigates the DIY (do-it-yourself) – approach, which makes them owner of the stories. AT the end of the story, they feel strongly connected with the content,  this can be labelled as an experiental deep learning process.

In all modesty, this was an exercise with trial and error(s) and a journey with obstacles and difficulties. At certain moments, we had not a clear view of where this would end up. The approach has to be fine-tuned, and for similar future projects it is good to implement more subgoals. 

Part C - c4 - Additional information & key lessons learned

Recommendations:

  • Balance between remembrance, historical facts, present Eu-matters

It was our aim to find a new educational approach for the history of the First World War. In our experience, it is a good idea to bring in actual EU-items and (new, alternative) moments of remembrance that appeal to young people.

  • Balance between generations: youngsters and adults, novices and experts

The participation and voice of youngsters in each part of the process is essential  if the goal is to excite their interest.  With their involvement in the trainings they brought fresh ideas, and the interaction with ‘their’ history educators in a non-scholastic environment created  space for the development of new methodologies. At certain points, real experts were needed, to watch over the historical correctness for instance. For the EU-debates specialists were employed to explain and translate the complexity of EU-structures. It was a (constant) challenge to translate academic knowledge into understandable vocabulary.      

  • Holistic approach

Knowledge and historical facts are important, and during debates participants learned to use arguments to build opinions. It demanded address cognitive

  • Trial and error
  • Balance between process and product
  • Balance between preparation and open approach
  • Interdisciplinary cooperation (taskforces)
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Difficulties:

  • subgoals

Part C - c2 - Impact of the project

Participants learned to examine the stories of the Great War, and learned to link these stories with actual stories nowadays. The purpose was to connect the debates with the stories, in order to create discussions in which historical perspectives could be referred to.

By having these talks with each other, participants identified the complexity of the EU-context in which politicians have to find solutions for common problems. They learned to use arguments and met with the obstacles and difficulties when they had to make agreements.  Certainly not, this meant that youngsters were uncritically towards the European political system, but at least they became aware of the fact that there is a need for European countries and citizens to collaborate.

The topics of the debates were very actual (refugees, terrorism). The group could see how things evolved in our Union. The moderators always gave priority to the actuality and topics were introduced with a historical background. 

Participants of the project met each other  5 times during these 18 months and kept close contact by using social media (they created their own Facebook-page. At the request of the youngsters, the All Quiet group will keep on organizing meetings in the future.  Next autumn, the organizers will apply for an Erasmus+ project in 2017. The official partners (organizations) also want to continue and most of them did already insinuate their intention to engage.      

 

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Part B - b5 - Eventual changes of the original application

In terms of activities and timetable, no changes took place, but there were some changes in the partners (1). The Slovenian delegation did not react to our numerous attempts to get in contact with them. Finally, we asked all other delegations if they agreed with a new partner.

We found a Greek (youth) organization from Tessaloniki which was very interested to get on board of the All Quiet project. They were involved in every activity (2 meetings, 2 trainings).

The terror attacks in Brussels on March 22d 2016 had some impact. The airport was closed and a bomb was exploded in  the subway we wanted to use in order to go to the European Parliament. A lot of flights of our visiting delegations had been redirected. So, it was not easy for them to get on the arrival place. Some of them were on the go for more than 24h. Luckily we did not have to call off the training and we also managed to visit the European Parliament.  We were the only visitors there that day. To be honest, we had to persuade our partners to come to Belgium just a week after the attacks.  All the more, our participants were youngsters who needed to convince their parents themselves. As soon as we had this problem, we reported it to the Europe for citizens supervisors (by mail and by phone). 

Part B - b4 - Description of activities

The All Quiet project contained 5 key parts: a preparatory weekend, 2 training sessions and 2 meetings.

The first activity was a preparatory weekend. International partners and the organizing committee gathered in the heart of Europe (Brussels) to fix the programme, for the next 18 months. One deputy of each delegation was invited to this preliminary weekend, which lasted 3 days. Sessions during this kick-off were mainly set up to elaborate the programme, but there also were some cultural moments to promote the group dynamics. The initiators clarified the aims of the project, and together we launched All Quiet.

Activities 2 & 4: Trainings (April 2015 & April 2016)

A few weeks later (April 2015) the first training took off: each delegation was able to send 1 history educator, accompagnied with 1 youngster to the assembly in Leuven. The choice of Leuven was rather obvious:  this student city is well known for its universities, but it also has an atrocious history as a martyr city during World War 1 (German soldiers burned the library down and executed civilians).

In this training both, history educators  and youngsters, were present. The idea of bringing them together was a step into the unknown, but it worked very well. This way, both of them had to take into account each others wishes and expectations.  The educators had let go a bit the traditional school approach and the youngsters were asked to use social media in an educational context. The outcome of this mission was that they had to use their creativity. The task was not easy, but it worked encouraging and they were very motivated and determined to accomplish. In some cases, this approach led to amusing results (for instance, how the Italian delegation made a presentation of a fictional WW1 soldier, Daniele Bernardi, who uses his Twitter-account to avoid going to war). Click here to watch.      

World War 1 is significative in All Quiet, therefore,  it was important to have our start in the Flanders Fields region. JCW vzw, the promotor of All Quiet, provided 2 guides who were well prepared for this task, in which it was our aim to add value to the visits of cemeteries and museums. Complementary, it was our goal to find new methodologies and therefore, we needed a specific  approach. During the training, participants created a toolbox to bring this new approach to live. The toolbox introduces new media applications and platforms that easily can be integrated in a learning environment and creates a interrelationship between remembrance, historical facts and actuality. These first experiments were the take-off for the guidebook and were further tested and developed  during the next trainings and meetings.   

The full extend and elaboration of the approach can be found online on the website allquiet.be, along with pictures, videos and other media files. The guidebook is a step-by-step presentation of this approach and is open (for free) for anyone who wants to consult it. History educators all over Europe are invited via our partner Euroclio to have a look at.        

 Activities 3 & 5: Meetings (July 2015 & July 2016)

For the meetings, the group of participants was a lot bigger. Youngsters who were there in the trainings participated again in the meetings, but this time they brought their fellow-youngsters with them. The advantage was that there was a young person in each delegation (country) who already knew about the purpose(s) of the project. This way,  the aims were supported by the whole group without the need of an adult supervisor (who was present though). This was also contributory for the communication in the (sub)group of young pioneers, which was composed with members of each country. It may be mentioned that all youngsters were mixed in international groups during all activities.

The first meeting (July 2015) was held in the Flanders Fields area, and similar to the first training participants became acquainted with the history of the First World War. Again, to become aware of this dark page of Europe’s past and to find the most early roots of a European awareness. The cemeteries and trenches (both sides), the Last Post,… it was overwhelming. Youngsters were deeply impressed when the extent of this war opened up. Most of them knew more or less about the Second World War due to the existence of numerous documentaries and movies. Remarkable how the First World slowly got overshadowed, undoubtedly for young generations. They learned to see the clear link between these wars, that are inseparable and should preferably be approached as one story. They also became aware of the fact that this conflict had no good or bad side, that both sides lost in this war and that a high prize was paid by everyone involved.  A lot of participants said they really see the value of peace nowadays. Even youngsters who accentuated the imperfection of the European project realized that Europe’s peace is a priority that should not be given up.

It were again our excellent guides who led the group on the old battlefields, who presented stories that could be linked to the history of each country involved.

An important part of all activities were the debates that were held. Europe and the Union found themselves in turbulent times during our project. The immigrant and refugees issues, the threat  and execution of terrorist acts, … the EU- foundations were (and still are) thoroughly tested.  Obviously, these current issues triggered the conversations. All youngsters involved clearly saw the gravity of what was going on. These crises brought “Europe” as a vague concept really close to their everyday lives. They were really  touched, which resulted in spontaneous remembrance moments as an altereffect for their emotions.   

As debates were going on, the idea to outspread  (a) new story(-ies) grew little by little. A framework was set up wherein participants could experiment with sound, pictures, text, video… In these sessions, which we called taskforces, we used a toolkit of new social media and applications. These apps are free available and fast growing on the ‘new media market’ and youngsters are keen to employ them.

The aim to create one big presentation grew. Therefore we created an ‘archipel of taskforce-islands’. All the taskforces were asked to collaborate with each other (taskforce video, taskforce sound, taskforce zeppelin, taskforce news &  social media,…), and an overarching taskforce ‘expo’ was mothered.

Presentation

In one of the sessions of our second meeting, our group discussed ‘war from above’, referring to the millions of Syrian refugees who fled from the threat from above (bombs by drones, barrel bombs,..), but also referring to the first airships 100 years ago that were used to drop bombs. (verwijzing)

The idea to build a Zeppelin came forward, along with the intent to make a presentation for the citizens of Leuven.  July 31th, our group occupied a big square in the Centre of the city. Each taskforce contributed to this presentation and we invited civilians to enter the zeppelin and to visit the exhibition inside to have a look at what our group has been doing the last 18 months. Of course, in advance we asked the city council for permission and we also invited media (local, regional, national TV and papers). 

As our group constructed the Zeppelin, we received a call from a national( Flamish) tv-news-reporter and  our story ended up in the VRT-news 13h national news and the 19h national news. In that way we reached 1.066.000 Belgian viewers. See the audience ratings report on our website www.allquiet.be, as well as more details of the taskforces results and the presentation. Please also visit the (open) all quiet Facebook page   

 

 

 

Part C - c1 - Objectives & priorities

The general objective of “All Quiet” was to let gradually let the participants become aware of our common history. How enemies became friend, how different EU-countries learned to live peacefully together by reflecting about peace today and how the participants see peace-development in the next decades in the EU.

This general objective was our common thread in each part during all our trainings and meetings in  the next 18 months . Every training or meeting started with activities that awakened the awareness of our history. 

We took our participants to the Flanders Fields area to let them feel what impact the Great War had 100 years ago. Although we visited the more popular places, we also had our own team of experts who guided  the group to places less known, sharing specific stories often referring to the countries involved in our project. Both, visits and historical talk sessions, were always followed by debates  about current European topics such as the refugee issue, the Brexit-issue, the safety-issue after the terror attacks. On our website www.allquiet.be you can find reports in detail of those debates.

Generally, these talk sessions brought very interesting discussions on the table. And more than we could expect, topics were easily linked with the historical background. For instance, the current refugee issue was discussed in a historical context.   Participants compared  the situation then (1914) and now (2015).  It was also noticeable that youngsters became aware of the connection between different topics (European borders, terror threat, refugees, warfare from above,…).  Participants learned to see the concatenation and linkage of these issues, and the difficulties our European Union undergoes to transform this into a common law.

One debate was held during a visit to the European Parliament, where we were the only visitors because of the terror attack in Brussels in March 2016 which happened just a week before our meeting.  We saw an empty European district and participants realized that our peace is vulnerable as well as our democratic institute. We talked about a possible Brexit too, weeks before this became reality. Very interesting was the presence of Irish and Northern Irish (UK) participants in our project, especially when we talked about  the pro and con’s of a European membership. During our meeting in July, weeks after the Brexit, it came clear that a lot of (but not all) youngsters regret the Brexit.  Our project certainly brought them insight in the importance of European collaboration, although it was never our goal to indoctrinate participants with pro European ideas. They came rather quickly to  this conclusion by themselves  so that we could focus on the next topics: ‘What kind of European collaboration do we need? How do you see peace-development in Europe in the next decades?’.

In addition to the debates and talks, learning sessions and historical facts, one should not forget the moments of remembrance in our project, in particular the great importance youngsters assign to commemoration. During the last meeting in July 2016, they took the lead to organize a memorial without any feed of supervisors. The initiative confirmed the idea that young people also feel the need to clear their conscience.  The added value of a holistic approach can’t be underestimated, considering the sort of topic they were dealing with. For the same reason, sports and leisure activities were deployed regularly in the programme(s).

To assure that youngsters were closely involved in each step of the project, we needed to employ  methods that made them feel comfortable. Participants came from Eastern-, Western- and Southern Europe with very different lingual, social and cultural backgrounds.  We must be aware that some of them live in a social vulnerable environment in their countries. They grew up with a low self-confidence. For some of them “Europe and the EU” is a meaningless concept with a rather negative connotation.  That is why, above all, the supervisors of the project had to create an acceptable  environment.

Combining a variety of (classic and new) methods, the international mixed taskforces practised in story-telling which was the common thread supporting the whole project.   

-storytelling (living history),
We’ve noticed that “stories” were the key to the success of our project: young people really want to hear these stories. They also want to share them with others, and certainly they also want to assimilate their own experiences into new stories.  Due to this approach, history becomes ‘living history’.    

-combining a variety of (new and classic) methods
It was our aim to combine ‘classic’ and ‘new’ methods for our story-telling method. Youngsters met with a diversity of techniques and they gradually learned to use them until the final presentation. (click here to take a look at our guidebook) (broken link/online soon)

- international mixed taskforces and taskforce - collaboration
We set up International taskforces, each with their own specific angle of incidence (music, video, social media, newsroom,…) and they also had to collaborate between taskforces. Interaction between these groups was very important for the whole story that they commonly presented. 

 

 

 

Part D - Implemented work programme

(click here for a summary of the participants per country)

Event 1: Preparatory weekend 2015

The event involved 12 citizens 
1 Oostende (België /Belgium),
2 Diksmuide (België//Belgium),
2 Brussel (België//Belgium),
1 Tallinn (Estland/Estonia),
1 Turijn/Turin (Italië/Italy),
1 Murcia (Spanje/Spain),
1 Newtownabbey (UK),
1 Galway (Ierland/Ireland),
1 Dorsten (Duitsland/Germany),
1 Wurzburg (Duitsland/Germany)

Location / Dates: The event took place in Brussels, Belgium, from 06/02/2015 to 08/02/2015

 

Content

This purpose of the first event was to make organizational arrangements between partners, to discuss our approach and to adjust the programme for the next 18 months. This event was also an opportunity to learn to know each other better, because most of the participants had never met before.

After a short presentation of each partner, they were asked how they did get involved in this project, and what their expectations were. 
The actual kick-off was given by the initiators, who presented the historical context of the project:  the meaning of the title "All quiet (on the western front)" and why this title was chosen. 

A summary of the projects’ activities and goals was next:  what is happening the upcoming 18 months? Followed by  a short overview of the whole project, and the goal for this first event: purpose, outcomes, topics, methods, time allocations and participant roles. All training and meeting events were discussed, and during a brain storm, participants talked about the dissemination - approach.

For a full coverage of our activities, please visit http://allquiet.be/content/part-d-implemented-work-programme

Results

The group gathered in the Centre of Brussels (Ibis Sainte - Catherine hotel) for 3 days,  learned to know each other, and talked about "All quiet", our joint project. The guidelines were set for timing, management, programme and content, participants and finances. Some aspects, for instance the elaboration of the dissemination, needed some more discussion time, and it was our goal to also give youngsters a strong voice/participation.           

 

 

Event 2 (training 1) 2015

The event involved 26 citizens,
10 from 11 different cities in België//Belgium,
3 Turijn (Italië/Italy);
2 Newtownabbey (UK),
2 Galway (Ierland/Ireland);
2 Dorsten (Duitsland/Germany),
2 Würzburg (Duitsland/Germany);
2 Murcia (Spanje/Spain),
2 Talinn (Estland/Estonia);
1 Bitola/Monastir (Macedonië/Macedonia)

Location / Dates: The event took place in Leuven, Belgium, from 08/04/2015 to 12/04/2015

 

Content

From April 8 - 12, 27 people were involved in our training: Mark & Claire from Northern Ireland; Davide, Francesco and Gianluca from Italy; Arbion, Mathy Martin, Veit & Melanie from Germany; Gary & Paul from Ireland; Marga & Elena from Spain; Lilli & Liis from Estonia; Iljo from Macedonia; Eddy, Urbain, Jan, Giddy, Lissa, Jeroen, Auke, Elien, Ellen & Sven from Belgium.

The participants from these 8 countries gathered in Leuven, a city nearby Brussels that is well known for its university. Leuven was hit severely during the First World War, as it was set on fire in 1915, and many civilians were executed. During a guided tour through the streets of the city, participants learned about this story. The next day we visited the "In Flanders Fields" Museum. This museum is a ‘must-see’, not only for its extensiveness and its impressive audio- and video-exposition, but during our visit participants also learned to know the specific  approach.  

A special, temporary exposition about the first gas attack was shown, which could be easily linked with the topic of gas attacks in Syria, which was very actual at the time.

Our specialists Urbain & Eddy guided the group on the sites of the Tyne Cot cemetery (British) and Langemark cemetery (German). The stories of fallen soldiers was told as we used a different approach: storytelling. The guides focused also on special and strange facts, because these stories linger in the mind of our audience. Finally, the group walked to the Menin Gate, where they attended the Last Post ceremony, which is the paragon of WW1 – commemoration.

On day 3 of our training, the Euroclio trainers Iljo and Martin took over. Iljo brought the story of the Eastern front (Macedonia), and Martin explained to the group how he used a present-day, modern approach in his classes. Heidi Timmerman (WW1 remembrance province of Western-Flanders) was invited to present the 'Touchstone' they developed, another method one can use.  In a presentation, she gave some guidance of how the WW1 history can be  interpreted, keeping in mind that there are also German stories.

After these sessions, Elien Spillebeen (Europe House Ryckevelde vzw) gave a short overview of how to use multimedia applications (‘Spice up your work tools’ / digital educational tools).  The next day (day 4), these applications were explored in detail and the group sorted out how to integrate the different apps into a full presentation (‘Make your story’ / do it yourself using historical sources and new digital tools). We made this exercise in view of the final presentation at the end of our project (final product /dissemination / presentation stories). By the end of the day, participants presented the stories they had made, and they puzzled these works in a unified story.

 For a full coverage of our activities, please visit http://allquiet.be/content/part-d-implemented-work-programme     

 

Results

(deelnemers mogen proeven van verschillende methodieken)

Participants learned to see the different perspectives and approaches one can choose from to set up activities for youngsters. They also had the opportunity to try out different teaching methods. Finally they learned to use new digital tools to make a full integrated presentation.

These learning processes were often ‘trials and errors’, referring to the numerous obstacles and new issues participants had to overcome and the restarts they had to take. It is our sense that these little problems brought a positive side effect, in particular the arise of a stronger and closer group. Everyway, for anyone involved this approach was new and there were no good practices or examples available to compare with.   

The full integrated presentation, using new media applications, was surely the toughest task of this first training. Participants and the organizers realized that we needed a lot more exercise to bring this to a success, keeping in mind that we wanted youngsters to do the same during the final meeting in 2016. 

 

 

 

Event 3 (meeting 1) 2015

The event involved 54 citizens,

11 from 11 different cities in België//Belgium,
6 Turijn/Turin (Italië/Italy);
6 Newtownabbey (UK),
5 Galway (Ierland/Ireland);
4 Dorsten (Duitsland/Germany),
5 Wurzburg (Duitsland/Germany);
6 Murcia (Spanje/Spain),
6 Tallinn (Estland/Estonia);
6 Tessaloniki (Griekenland/Greece)

Location / Dates: The event took place in Leuven, Belgium, from 14/07/2015 to 21/07/2015

 

Content

For the first meeting  The Peace Village Youth Hostel  in Messines (Belgium) was chosen. This place in the heart of the Flanders Fields was our base from where all activities during this week started.  The hostel is situated in a rural area and it was ideal as a vantage point for the visits (Ypres salient / Flanders Fields).  In the area, several landmarks are situated.

Visits to the cemeteries and museum were alternated with creative workshops, debates and remembrance moments.

The visits included: Death Cells Poperinge (story of the executed soldiers, re-enactment and  homage), Lyssenthoek Cemetery (British commonwealth cemetery , symbolism and classification of the cemetery, life stories of soldiers, story of Chinese Labour corps, poems and re-enactment), Tyne Cot Passchendaele (life stories of soldiers, method used: tasks for smaller intercultural groups, introduction by a guide), Essex Farm cemetery and site Ieper (story of John Mc Crae, author of the In Flanders Fields poem, introduction of the medical chain and the Advanced Dressing Station), Soldatenfriedhof Langemark cemetery (reconstruction of the gas attack, comparing British and German cemeteries), Soldatenfriedhof Vladslo cemetery (statues Käthe Kollwitz, from nationalism to pacifism), Houthulst (Belgian Military cemetery, soldiers’ stories, Italian graves, conditions of the soldiers in the trenches), Death trenches Diksmuide (war in trenches, guided visit) Monument of War in Steenstraete (how gas was used, why on this place? First gas attack, story and observation of the landscape).

The debates and workshops included: Peace Village (bicycle tour, learning to know the environment, Irish Peace park: how Irish protestants and catholics fought side by side) , Coming World Remember Me (creative workshop, making figurines),

The remembrance moments included: Pool of Peace(story of the mines, participants made their own remembrance moment with words and songs, presentations of their own creations, peace-poems),

For a full coverage of our activities, please visit http://allquiet.be/content/part-d-implemented-work-programme

Full programme in telegram-style: Mixed language groups meeting each other / PPS-Introduction WW1 (both sides of the Western front) / Museum In Flanders fields  / PPS-Introduction to the project & the topics of this meeting / Reflection times (Christmas’ truce, Island of Ireland –Peace park – protestants and catholics involved together / Creative workshops  CWXRE (comingworldrememberme) figurines / Landscape story telling: reconstruction of the events in the landscape / flood of the river Yser & first gas attack / debate about  actual migration in Europe / British medical chain compared with approach today / Pool of Peace remembrance moment, self-made  text, lyrics & songs / presence at the daily Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ypres / story of some remarkable woman  -scientist Marie Curie - nurse Nellie Spindler - artist Käthe Kollwitz - presented on the place where they worked / own poster exhibition:  The Ten Commands of the War Propaganda by Prof Dr. Anne Morelli, ULB university / visits to British and German cemeteries: discovering the similarities and the  differences / Italian Cemetery : the story of the Italian prisoners of war, their  poor living conditions and the story of the Spanish Flu and its effects.

Results

From 14th - 21th July, more than 50 youngsters, educators and supervisors gathered in Mesen, West of Flanders, Belgium. Delegations from Estonia, Italy, Spain, Germany, Northern Ireland, Ireland and Belgium met each other in Flanders Fields to commemorate the past and to think and talk about a peaceful future.

This meeting generated a lot of new friendships between the youngsters that participated. The evaluation made it clear that they really learned to know the value of peace.

Living History : Battle of the river Yser and the flooding, First gas attack in history, stories of some remarkable women in the war

Several interactive visits to cemeteries of both sides: special attention for the mental evolution of Käthe Kollwitz (from ‘nationalist’ to pacifist)

A sef-made memorial service prepared by  each delegation in their homeland and presented near the Pool of Peace.

Common thread :  comparison between then and now

Collaboration between the 8 nationalities involved, despite their languages and cultural differences.

 

 

Event 4 (training 2) 2016

The event involved 29 citizens,
17 from 11 different cities in België//Belgium,
2 Turijn/Turin (Italië/Italy);
2 Tessaloniki (Griekenland/Greece) 
1 Newtownabbey (UK),
2 Dorsten (Duitsland/Germany),
2 Würzburg (Duitsland/Germany);
2 Tallinn (Estland/Estonia);
1 Bitola/Monastir (Macedonië/Euroclio/Macedonia)
(because of terror attacks on March 22d, Spain and Ireland cancelled, this was reported in April 2016)

Location / Dates: The event took place in Leuven, Belgium, from 30/03/2016 to 03/04/2016

 

Content

Mark from Northern Ireland; Arbion, Melanie from Germany; Davide from Italy, Mare &… from Estonia; Panos and Konstantinus from Greece, Iljo from Macedonia; Eddy, Urbain, Jan, Giddy, Lissa, Jeroen, Auke, Elien, Ellen & Sven from Belgium.

In 2016,from March 30th – April 3, the group gathered again in Leuven for the second training just a week after the terror attacks in Brussels (March 22th). The National airport was closed, almost all delegation had to redirect their flights, some were travelling more than 24h. A few delegation weren’t able to come, because of these travel problems and/or because they or their parents were too scared to send their youngsters. We did not oblige them to come,  they were very welcome though and we were happy that a lot of them made the trip.

Our group was the only group present in the visitors centre of the European Parliament in Brussels. It was an abandoned, almost desolate place that day. Our guide complimented us for not cancelling. This situation had an impact on our group: participants realized that our peace and democracy is fragile and not self-evident/obvious.

We contacted the Europe for citizens administration and informed them about this situation and they reassured us that everything was fine and that we did not have to take any other steps.

The attacks had no further impact on our programme, we could follow it as planned.

For this training we put more emphasis on the debates and during the workshop - sessions we finalized the digital media – approach which we would use in the meeting for the final presentation. 

The two debates of the training generated interesting discussions. The first debate in the EU-Parliament included a talk about the possible Brexit in the UK. Participants also discussed about the reason why the EU and its institutions have an image problem (along with other problems such as migration, finances and security). Participants learned to see that a lot of politicians help to create this image in their own countries just to turn down their own individual responsibility.       ….

The second debate was about migration and refugees and was initiated by Misjoe Verleyen, a Belgian writer who wrote a book about the migration during World War 1. After her presentation, participants talked about the actual situation in Europe and how we (should) deal with it.  In this debate we made historical comparisons, addressing the refugee crisis today, and our historical responsibility.    

During the workshop-sessions participants experimented with the newest audio- and video-applications. In different groups, they trained reporting skills to make news reports.  By the end  of the training, two news broadcasts were presented.

For a full coverage of our activities, please visit http://allquiet.be/content/part-d-implemented-work-programme

 

Results

Mark from Northern Ireland; Arbion, Melanie from Germany; Davide from Italy, Mare &… from Estonia; Panos and Konstantinus from Greece, Iljo from Macedonia; Eddy, Urbain, Jan, Giddy, Lissa, Jeroen, Auke, Elien, Ellen & Sven from Belgium.

In 2016,from March 30th – April 3, the group gathered again in Leuven for the second training just a week after the terror attacks in Brussels (March 22th). The National airport was closed, almost all delegation had to redirect their flights, some were travelling more than 24h. A few delegation weren’t able to come, because of these travel problems and/or because they or their parents were too scared to send their youngsters. We did not oblige them to come,  they were very welcome though and we were happy that a lot of them made the trip.

Our group was the only group present in the visitors centre of the European Parliament in Brussels. It was an abandoned, almost desolate place that day. Our guide complimented us for not cancelling. This situation had an impact on our group: participants realized that our peace and democracy is fragile and not self-evident/obvious.

We contacted the Europe for citizens administration and informed them about this situation and they reassured us that everything was fine and that we did not have to take any other steps.

The attacks had no further impact on our programme, we could follow it as planned.

For this training we put more emphasis on the debates and during the workshop - sessions we finalized the digital media – approach which we would use in the meeting for the final presentation. 

The two debates of the training generated interesting discussions. The first debate in the EU-Parliament included a talk about the possible Brexit in the UK. Participants also discussed about the reason why the EU and its institutions have an image problem (along with other problems such as migration, finances and security). Participants learned to see that a lot of politicians help to create this image in their own countries just to turn down their own individual responsibility.       ….

The second debate was about migration and refugees and was initiated by Misjoe Verleyen, a Belgian writer who wrote a book about the migration during World War 1. After her presentation, participants talked about the actual situation in Europe and how we (should) deal with it.  In this debate we made historical comparisons, addressing the refugee crisis today, and our historical responsibility.   

During the workshop-sessions participants experimented with the newest audio- and video-applications. In different groups, they trained reporting skills to make news reports.  By the end  of the training, two news broadcasts were presented.

For a full coverage of our activities, please visit http://allquiet.be/content/part-d-implemented-work-programme

 

 

Event 5+6 (Meeting 2 + exhibition) 2016

The event involved 63 citizens,
25 from 11 different cities in België//Belgium,
6 Turijn/Turin (Italië/Italy);
4 Dorsten (Duitsland/Germany),
4 Wurzburg (Duitsland/Germany);
5 Newtownabbey (UK)
6 Murcia (Spanje/Spain),
6 Tallinn (Estland/Estonia);
6 Tessaloniki (Griekenland/Greece);
1 Bitola/Monastir (Macedonië/Macedonia)

Location / Dates: The event took place in Wijgmaal/Leuven, Belgium, from 25/07/2015 to 31/07/2015

Content

The final meeting from (July 25 – August 1) was held in Wijgmaal, nearby Leuven (Belgium). Youngsters. The visits were focused on how people experienced the war under German or British occupation. The debate was a talk about “War from above”, referring to the situation in Syria and how it all begun (Zeppelins) in WW1. In the workshops youngsters prepared the final presentation: a real self-made zeppelin wherein they presented their journey of the last 18 months.

Visits to museums in Koekelare, Poperinge, Leuven and Tildonk had the purpose to focus on the day-to-day life of citizens during the First World War. The story of the city of Leuven was set on fire by the Germans and many civilians were killed. In Poperinge, the group visited Talbot House, a place where British soldiers could rest after days at the frontline. From these stories the participants learned to see how social life was disrupted during the war.  

“War from above” was the subject of debate. In former debates, we talked about refugees. Now we talked about the reason why Syrian people leave their country: war and bombs from above. Acts of war nowadays take off from a great distance, often with little awareness of the damage they cause to people. During the First World War, zeppelin aircrafts were used for the first time to drop bombs.

This whole discussion brought the idea of creating our own zeppelin for the final presentation.  

The workshops were in function of this presentation. In different taskforces  youngsters worked on this presentation: taskforce news & social media, taskforce construction zeppelin, taskforce video, taskforce music & sound, taskforce images & presentation. These taskforces also worked together, for instance the taskforce music made a soundtrack for a video made by the taskforce video, etc.

The final product of these taskforces was shown in a presentation in a zeppelin that was built up on a big square in the city of Leuven. This square is called the Martyr Square in front of the railway station in Leuven, and it is a tribute to all the innocent civilians that fell during the Great War. Passengers were invited to visit our zeppelin and watch our presentation(s).

One of the taskforces also made a press release to invite regional and national media. Our project was an item on the 13h and 19h news report on the Belgian national television VRT (official audience number: 1.066.000 people saw this item on tv).

For a full coverage of our activities, please visit http://allquiet.be/content/part-d-implemented-work-programme

Results

The visit of cemeteries, battlefields , places marked by the war, and the told narratives as well, teached the participants that the war became a total war, leaving no one safe.  By mind and by heart they felt the contrast between then and now. They became aware of the need for a peaceful and cooperative  today’s and tomorrow’s Europe.

The visits, stories, debates, remembrance moments, workshops and taskforces  were well balanced and gave our participants a satisfied feeling. The final presentation made the youngsters proud of what they had accomplished together in 18 months. They still have close contact with each other using social media platforms (such as Facebook), and they even go to visit each other in real life. The whole group will come together in 2017 in Belgium again, for the next edition of “All Quiet: satellites for Europe” (Erasmus+ project). They will make their own broadcast (tv) and they will talk about a big event (youth conference) they want to organize in 2018.

 

 

 

 

Guidebook part 1

In this part 1 of our Guidebook, we show you how to take the first steps of introducing new digital media & applications in your classroom.
At the end of this video, you will find a list of (free) TOOLS which you can you use in your class. The list is extensive, we used a few of them. Probably, more and newer TOOLS and applications are already available. There are new apps coming out every day.

In part 2 (soon available) students experiment with more complex audio and video (like Touchcast). 
In this second part of our guidebook, we'll show you how to:
- integrate a remembrance activity
- work in smaller groups (taskforces)
- create an exhibition / presentation

If you have questions, just contact us. (not sure you 'll find an answer to all your questions, but maybe we can help you)

watch this video on youtube: https://youtu.be/vHhPQmoAojc

 

 

 

 

 

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