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Queen Elisabeth of Belgium

May
12

One of the possible activities during the All Quiet-training is a visit to the Queens hospital. This hospital is named after Queen Elisabeth of Belgium, which played an important part in Belgium during the First World War with her husband King Albert I. As a result, the royal couple became extremely popular. Hereby we made a portrait of Elisabeth, one of the most legendary queens in Belgian history.

The niece of Sisi
Elisabeth was born on 25 July 1876 in Possenhofen (Germany) as Duchess in Bavaria. Her father Karl-Theodor, Duke in Bavaria, was a famous ophthalmologist, her mother Maria José Bragança was princess of Portugal. Her aunt and godmother was Elisabeth of Austria, better known as Sisi. At the funeral of another aunt, Sophie in Bavaria (a younger sister of Sisi), she met Prince Albert of Belgium. They married on 2 October 1900 and had three children: Leopold (later King of Belgium), Karel (Regent of Belgium after the Second World War) and Marie-José (the last queen of Italy). After the death of King Leopold II in 1909, her husband Albert ascended the throne, and so Elisabeth became Queen of Belgium.

Heroes during the war
At the outbreak of the First World War in 1914, Germany wanted to surprise France by invading the country through neutral Belgium instead of taking the expected route. On 4 August 1914, the German army invaded Belgium. The Belgians made great efforts to defend themselves, but the German army was very strong and after a few weeks the main part of Belgium was conquered. However, there was one area that proved inexpugnable: the area around the Yser, a river in West Flanders.

The Belgian Government quickly went on exile in France, but King Albert didn’t escaped and took the lead in the army. He supported his soldiers in the trenches during the entire war, which gave him the nicknames soldier-king and knight-king. Under his leadership Belgium was saved from destruction and the country was recognized as the ‘brave litte Belgium’.

Nurse
His wife Queen Elizabeth also played an important role during the First World War. For her, the war certainly was a strange situation: Belgium fought against Germany, her native country. Because of this, at first she was accused of passing the military plans of her husband to the Germans. Later, however, she became very popular with the Belgians due to her work for the Red Cross. Contrary to what you could deduce from pictures of her in a nurse’s uniform, she was not fully active as a nurse – that just was war propaganda. Her main task was to boost the morale of the wounded and depressed soldiers by distributing them flowers, fruit and chocolate. On occasion, she also assisted the doctors, for example by putting on bandages.

Saving Jews
After the end of the war, Albert en Elisabeth were welcomed as heroes in the whole world.  King Albert died in 1934, so their son Leopold III was king during the Second World War. However, Leopold’s wife Queen Astrid was killed in 1935 in a car accident, so Elisabeth took over her duties as queen. Because of her involvement with Germany, she tried not to interfere too much during the Second World War, but she was involved in the rescue of many Jews thanks to her contacts at the Red Cross. Because of this, she received the title of respect Chassid Umot ha-Olam (Righteous Among the Nations) in Israel. Pope John XXIII and Oscar Schindler received that title as well.

Queen Elisabeth, who was very much involved in music and to whom the Queen Elisabeth Competition is named, died at the age of 89 on 23 November 1965. Crown Princess Elisabeth, her great-great-granddaughter, is named after her.

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Info for partners 2017

Dec
08

INFO APV 5-7 MAY 2017

TRAVEL INFO
if your airplane hits the Belgian soil at Brussels International Airport: take any train to BRUSSELS CENTRAAL.
if your airplane hits the Belgian soil at Brussel South Airport (Charleroi), you will need to take a shuttle bus from the airport to BRUSSELS SOUTH train station. You can buy your ticket here or at the airport. Once you arrive at Brussels South train station, you can walk to the Hostel (10 minutes). click here to open it in google maps.

ACCOMODATION AND HOW TO GET THERE (from Brussels Centraal train station)
hostel: http://www.jeugdherbergen.be/en/overview-brussel 
youth hostel "Bruegel"- Brussels / HH Geeststraat 2, 1000 Brussel 
It is a 5 minute walk from Brussel Centraal train station to the hostel.
click here to open it in google-maps

WHAT DO I HAVE TO TAKE WITH ME?
Your passport or ID, some clothes and a tooth brush and a good vibe :-)
You do not need to prepare a thing, we have all weekend to do that :-)

WHAT ABOUT THE TRAVEL COSTS?
Keep your boarding passes with you, send them to sven@jcw.be after the APV-weekend and give us all your bank details (+BIC/IBAN code) so that we can pay.

PROGRAMME
(info will follow soon)

CONTACT
Any urgent questions? Just send me a mail: sven@jcw.be
+32 2 252 58 08 (Sven at work)
+32 498 43 44 95 (Sven mobile)

Looking forward to meet all of you!

ciao!
Sven

 


 

In stead of sending you tons of emails, I will provide all information on this webpage (work in progress).
If you want all the details: please read the PDF file attached on this webpage (download it, and open it -only- with Adobe Acrobat Reader)
An extra Excel file 'Programme' is added.

 

Important dates:

  • 5-7 MAY 2017 - Brussels: APV  – 1 person/delegation
  • 16-23 JULY 2017 - Antwerp: Meeting – 5+1 persons/delegation (youngsters are 16 - 21 years old)

Important information:

  • We wait for the final approval of our project (around April 15th), after that, the final participation fee will be calculated // fingers crossed

 

0. SHORT SUMMARY

Title: Satellites for Europe 
Venue: Belgium (Antwerp)

The general objective of “Satellites for Europe” is to gradually let the participants become aware of the authenticity of news reports they encounter. How do they interpret stories they see in papers, on social media platforms, on TV? Are there differences noticeable between countries? Youngsters involved in this project go on an investigation: they share their newsstories, talk with journalists, compare propaganda of WW1 with facts, alternative facts and fake news nowadays. Finally, they will create their own news and report their experiences to peers all over Europe. 

The involvement of European countries from all corners of the continent (Estonia, Greece, Spain, Italy, Spain, Finland, Northern Ireland, Germany and Belgium) delivers a diversity of stories and interpretations. Step by step, youngsters will become aware of eachother's cultural backgrounds and they get an idea of the origin of different points of view between them. Probably, they will also see similarities and the interest to unite between nations. During the exchange youngsters discover how democracy works in the European Union, as they debate about topics the Union encounters nowadays. 

Satellites for Europe (SFE)' is a double metaphor for: 1) youngsters who act like satellites and connect with peers in Europe 2) a satellite broadcast event at the end of the meeting, made by these youngsters. 

At the end of the exchange, youngsters create a full news broadcast, and tell their own modern stories. This message will be spread out to fellow-Europeans. The modern story-telling approach uses the innovatory platform of social media and new applications that youngsters are keen of. Applications are the cross-media they want to use. Apps  also excite their creativity and instigate the DIY (do-it-yourself) – approach, which makes them owner of the stories. 

Duration: 8 days (16 till 23 July 2017)
Countries participating: Belgium (host), Germany, Spain, Italy, Finland, Northern-Ireland (UK), Greece and Estonia.
Number of participants of each country: 5 participants + 1/2 group leader(s)
Activities & Methods:
Storytelling approach. peer-to-peer learning: group discussions, creative workshops, action moment...

 

1. PARTICIPATING COUNTRIES

  Satellites for Europe 2017        
  a project formerly known as All Quiet        
  email name   telnr country
1 direktor@paaskyla.tln.edu.ee Leena Saag 37256500379 ESTONIA
  Liis.enson@gmail.com Liis Enson 37255504841 ESTONIA
2 hana@filox.org Hana  Sebestova 2742051084 GREECE
3 silvia.pezza@comune.torino.it Silvia Pezza 0039 11 01137898 ITALY
4 planjoven@ayto-murcia.es Maria/Elena   34968231589 SPAIN
5 ritva.saarikettu@kokkola.fi Ritva Saarikettu 358 500 902 330 FINLAND
6 paedman@jugend-unterfranken.de Christian Gündlig 4 993 160 060 520 GERMANY
7 claire.fox@antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk Claire Fox t 00442890340033 N-Ireland
8 melanie.schallenberg@dorsten.de Melanie Schallenberg t 02362 66-4581 GERMANY
9 sven@jcw.be Sven Vervloet 3222525808 BELGIUM

 

2. HOW MANY PARTICIPANTS CAN JOIN?

* APV in May: 1 person
* Meeting in July: 5 youngsters + 1 

 

3. DESCRIPTION OF THE PROJECT

Recently, there is much talk about "fake news", "alternative facts" and "misinformation". Some say the elections in the United States and the Brexit were under the influence of these phenomena. 'Satellites for Europe' does not take a biased position hereabout, the idea is to give European youngsters the opportunity to investigate this. 

Youngsters coming from all corners of Europe look into the coverage their media bring (public media, telecommunications companies, social media,..) and try to find out to which extent the news they encounter is authentic.  Examining the role of social media and gaining insight on (past and present) propaganda are just a few of the activities they will carry out. 
A common thread throughout this project is "the image of the EU": what impression does the EU make on our youngsters? What is its image? How does the Union communicates? In debates, they will talk about these topics and by the end of the week they broadcast their findings to their fellow European citizens.

'Satellites for Europe (SFE)' is also a double metaphor for: 1) youngsters who act like satellites and connect with peers in Europe 2) a satellite broadcast event at the end of the meeting, made by these youngsters. 

On certain moments in this project, youngsters travel back in time to look at news facts and communication in a historical context.  Manipulation of news facts did already show up during WW1. Gradually, participants will become aware of mechanisms of propaganda throughout our European history.  

 

4. LEARNING OUTCOMES

The target group consists of young people with very different backgrounds. The approach of JCW fits to the needs of -for instance- disadvantaged youngsters, but it is also the right methodology for the whole group. When developing an activity, we start from the interests and abilities of the participants themselves. They help to determine the program and the rate at which this is done (tailored to each participant individually). Participants learn in a safe environment where they can develop and emancipate themselves. 
Participants will debate and share stories, this dialogue will lead the agenda, and will give direction to the content of the exchange and finally also the choice of the newsitems they want to use in the broadcast. 
As they learn from each other’s stories, they will experience differences and similarities in cultural backgrounds, individual opinions,... and they will also see their own identity, partly as a product of their own environment. Participants will learn how to negotiate, how to search for compromises and how to make agreements.  
Particpants learn the mechanisms of communication, in particular about the perception of the EU in different countries.
Participants will learn to use applications and digital tools on smartphones, tablets, pc (mentimeter, touchcast, and other freeware videoapplications). The mentors/supervisors take care of adequate 'feeds' and sufficient examples to start with. 
In international mixed groups, they will make reports. These report will result in a self-made journal (Satellites for Europe - news). They will use different social media like Facebook, Twitter and an own website to broadcast.     

5. MAIN ACTIVITIES
 

Activities of this project:
A1: youth exchange "Satellites for Europe"
A2: APV meeting as a preparatory activity for youth exchange in A1
(objectives for both are the same, A2 is only a supportive activity to the youth exchange (A1).

These are the 3 main objectives:

5.1.Eu Citizenship, EU awareness and Democracy
- youngsters bring (news-)stories from their homelands 
- youngsters develop criticism about the newsfacts they encounter in different media
- youngsters learn about propaganda (past: WW1-visit Flanders Fields / present: different media channels) 
- youngsters discuss in smaller (international mixed) groups about their findings. Results of these discussions are presented for the whole group, followed by a bigger debate, where they learn to use the democratic processes, use argumentation to punctuate their opinions.  

5.2.ICT - new technologies - digital competences
After the debate, youngsters return to their international groups and think about the news reports they want to make. These reports are part of the final broadcast at the end of the week. Youngsters will learn to use (smartphone/tablet-) applications to make these reports. 

5.3.Intercultural/intergenerational education and (lifelong)learning
Youngsters will learn to know eachother's cultural background, they see differences and similarities. The smaller mixed groups give them comfort to talk with the other. The bigger debates are ideal to hear all the opinions. A visit to Flanders Fields will bring them insight in propaganda 100 years ago and they can compare it with the present day dangers of communication (facts, social media,..).   

Details about the elaboration of the objectives: 

ADVANCED PLANNED VISIT (A2)
- subjects/instructions for the stories (prepared at home) are chosen
- guidelines are developed for timing, logistic management, programme details, monitoring,...  (A2 - the exchange)
- general agreements and specific project details (A2 - the exchange)
- guidelines 'how we take care of dissemination after the meeting' (in each country)

MEETING (A1)
- youngsters search news stories (from their 'home' media) 
- youngsters report about the image of the EU
- some weeks before the meeting, youngsters already share a few stories on our Facebook-page  (as 'teasers') 
- approach: story-telling method suited to young people
- youngsters from all involved countries make a presentation and share their stories at the start of the exchange in Antwerp
- youngsters prepare for the debates and discuss about Europe and its institutions
- youngsters attend workshops wherein they learn to work with new digital media tools and applications
- youngsters create their own news reports in international mixed groups
- youngsters integrate these reports in their own self-made News broadcast (on own website and social media), 
- youngsters search for an approach to disseminate this broadcast, to share it with as many European citizens as possible
- youngsters have time for sport, leisure, cultural activities. It is very important that they have time to socialize and have fun together. 
- youngsters evaluate the exchange and they give incentives for an International Youth Congress in 2018 
- (possible) visits: Flanders Fields, MAS Museum, Plantin Moretus Museum, Gentse Feesten, De Morgen (newspaper), VRT (public tv-station),...

Using these actions, we want to promote young people's active citizenship. 
Participants investigate news reports, but they will also reflect on common European issues during the debates. They talk about how these issues are brought in the media ànd they discuss the content of the reports. When they work together on a News report -using the digital tools- they experience the power of social media, and the possibility to use it as a European citizen.  Examples of Europeans who collaborate in active citizenship will be given: f.i.. European Aid Volunteers.

Furthermore, in debates they learn to use arguments, they encounter different points of view to specific topics, (f.i. the refugee issue) and they learn to be tolerant for different opinions. 
The final broadcast will be a reflection of all the different opinions and views: all present voices will be heard. 

The aim is to create mutual understanding between these young people. Youngsters learn to be aware of the European context they live in and how democracy works in the EU. They will compare it with politics in their own countries and how laws at a national level connect or link with European legislation.

The approach used in the meeting will stimulate the communication between participants. During the first exchange day there will be several games (icebreakers) and team building activities to help participants to get to know each other. In the mornings and during the breaks energizers will be played. The basic methodology of the project will include communication based on “learning by doing” methods.
Therefore youngsters will gain new knowledge and different experience about how a society works and how situations are different
in other participant countries.
Communication, by the method of storytelling, is the common thread in this project. They will read each other’s stories on a social media platform. Their involvement and exchange with other Europeans will be taken care of from the very beginning. These stories and the discussions during the debates, will lead the agenda and will give direction to the project. As they learn from each other’s stories, they will experience differences and similarities in cultural backgrounds, individual opinions,... and they will also see their own identity, partly as a product of their own environment.  To be aware of this is the first step in showing respect for other cultures. Repeatedly, they will have to think and work together on topics, and learn to make compromises. 
Dividing participants in smaller intercultural groups (that work on the reports) will have a positive effect on group dynamics. Each group will have a specific task to work on. Also groups will work together for the final presentation (broadcast/news), therefore they will have to trust on each other. We hope the mixed groups will also create new friendships.

 

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Meeting 2015 - Mesen (West of Flanders - Belgium)

Aug
26

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.

Soon, you can read their stories here...
some pictures can be viewed here   

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Training 2015 - Ypres / Leuven

Apr
23

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 Brussel, easy to reach by train or plane. Leuven is known as a university city, 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.

Thursday April 9th, our bus left early to Ypres. Before noon, we visited the "In Flanders Fields" Museum.  On 22 April 1914, the first gas attack was launched during WWI, the museum created a special exposition about this fact. In the afternoon the group walked to the Menin Gate, where we would be in the evening again for the Last Post ceremony. Our guides Urbain & Eddy took us to the Tyne Cot cemetary (British) and Langemark cemetary (German), and told us some stories of fallen soldiers, the different approach of commemoration and special or strange facts.

On day 3 of our training, the Euroclio trainers Iljo and Martin took over. Iljo brought us the story of the Eastern front (Macedonia), and Martin learnt us to use modern methods for this topic. After these workshops, Elien from Ryckevelde gave a short overview of how you can use multimedia applications. On day 4 these applications we explored these apps in detail, and tried to integrate them into a greater presentation (for dissemination in the future). The same day, Heidi from the province of Western-Flanders gave an explanation about the 'Touchstone' they did develop, and by the end of our afternoon participants could present their stories. 

At this moment, we are gathering all information that was shown during the different sessions, we 'll soon send this info to all participants...

Many thanks to all the people that joined this training...! 

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First training in Belgium April 8 - 12

Mar
26

We are looking forward to meet our partners for the second time in Belgium! 

Delegations from these countries will meet eachother in the city of Leuven: Estonia, Macedonia, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Northern Ireland, Ireland and Belgium. From Euroclio, 2 experienced trainers join us: Iljo from Macedonia, who knows a lot about the Eastern front, and Martin from Austria, who was closely involved into a similar project. We welcome them both! Wednesdag April 8th is arrival day, the next day we take the bus to the 'In Flanders Fields' - area. Eddy and Urbain will welcome us in Ypres, and they will be our guides for the day, which ends with a visit at the Menin gate (Last post). Friday and Saturday we'll have sessions and interactive workshops in Leuven. Hope you are curious, just like us...  

  programme
   
DAY 1 Wednesday April 8th - arrival day
  - participants (youngsters & educators arrive in Leuven (hotel ParkInn nearby train station, 50 m)  
  - welcome + (for those who want:) Leuven by Night
19h-21h dinner in ParkInn hotel Leuven // different cold & warm dishes / dessert 
   
DAY 2 Thursday April 9th - trip to Ypres
08h30 on the bus to Ypres
10h30 arrival at Ypres Grand Place // Town square (Eddy & Urbain) 
10h30 visit In Flanders Fields museum
12h15 lunch ('Kattekwaad / Appel / Museumcafé)
13h15 walk Menin Gate / Church / St George Memorial Church
15h00 visit Tyne Cot cemetary
16h30 visit Langemark cemetary
  Dinner
19h15 Last Post @ Menin Gate
20h30 on the bus to Leuven 
22h30 back in hotel / Leuven
   
DAY 3 Friday April 10th - workshops 
   @ Blauwput Leuven (nearby hotel)
  Euroclio / Ryckevelde
   
08h30 breakfast
10h00 short messages // impressions of our visit to Ypres // agenda for the next days
10h15 Euroclio workshop 1 
12h15 lunch
13h30 Euroclio workshop 2
15h15 pauze/break
15h30 online free tools (2hours)
18h00 end
19h00 Dinner
20h00 guided tour "Brand in Leuven"
   
   
DAY 4 Saturday April 11th - workshops
  @ Blauwput Leuven
  Euroclio / Ryckevelde
   
08h30 breakfast
10h00 Touchstone by Heidi Timmerman (province of West Flanders) (1hour)
11h00 brainstorm what to share 4 tools 4 groups 4 themes (1hour)
12h15 lunch
13h30 script/scenario prototype final product (1hour)
15h30 pauze/break
15h45 workshop online tutorial (2hours) + presentation (30min)
17h30 evaluation // things to do //... 
18h00 end
19h00 Dinner
20h30  
   
DAY 5 Sunday April 12th - Departure day
   
08h30 breakfast
  no official programme
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All quiet 2015

Mar
23

Short description of the project

100 years ago, Europe was at war. The south–west of Flanders (Belgium) was one of the great battlefields where our forefathers fought. In 2015 and 2016, 60 youngsters from 8 European countries (from North, East, South, West Europe) will gather on those same battlefields in Ypres.

The main aim of this project is to make youth curious about how democracy and peace grew in Europe over the last century. What do they think about peace nowadays, and how do they see peace-development in the next decades?

The approach is based on the 'historical consciousness' or 'living history', where participants go through a multiphase process, under the guidance of European history coaches. Starting from a local search for artifacts and stories in their hometowns, they bring their findings along to 2 exchange meetings where the participants from all different countries physically meet each other. During these exchanges they visit the Flanders Fields area, hold remembrance moments and initiate an intercultural dialogue about peace and democracy in Europe. The mixed delegations discuss about migration, a European army, tolerance, the democratic EU-institutes in Brussels, which they will visit as well. Finally all their experiences are collected in a digital presentation, which they bring back home, as a feedback to their fellow-citizens.

Simultaneously, the history coaches create a balanced learning-concept that integrates world-war-heritage, remembrance and contemporary peace and democracy issues. This concept will be disseminated on an official, known European platform of history teachers. This will hand history teachers a guidebook, a useful tool, that they can use in classrooms all over Europe.

 

Experience of the project organisers in the field concerned.

The idea to set up a project that links cultural heritage (100th anniversary of the beginning of the Great War) and European peace and democracy was born in 2010.  It took many years of preparation, therefor, a pilot project was set up in 2012, involving German, Belgian and Northern-Irish youngsters. 29 youngsters gathered in Ypres and Brussels, they held remembrance ceremonies, visited the Flanders Fields area, discussed about European issues and held a debate in one of the European buildings in Brussels with Jean-Luc Dehaene, former prime minister of Belgium and (at the time) representative of the European parliament. After this meeting, they went to their own local councils to talk about what they had learned and experienced.

This group of youngsters who participated, were initially not so familiar with European issues. They came from social environments with fewer chances, and were not used to talk in front of a group, or in another language. They learnt about the common European history, learnt to set up a dialogue, to negotiate, to use arguments and learnt to know the mechanisms of democracy. 

JCW, the promoter and organizer, invested a lot of time and work in this project. We found the right partners at home and abroad who each have their own speciality. There was Ryckevelde vzw (promoting European citizenship), We'll remember pops (content, guides), European Commission Representation in Belgium (content, Europe), Newtownabbey Borough council, platform network for European youth activities (European partners),... The complete list consisted of almost 20 organizations that were involved.

In addition, many other organisations were consulted, like the Flemish peace institute, In Flanders Fields museum,... this to assure that we would have the right approach and the historical correctness. This multidisciplinary network was formed, consisting of different kinds of organisations (education, government, youth, culture,..).

 

 

Objectives (general and specific), themes and features

The general objective of ‘All Quiet’ is to gradually let the participants become aware of our common European history. How enemies became friends and how the different European countries have learned to live together peacefully over the years. Even more important, is to reflect about peace nowadays, and how the participants see peace-development in the next decades (in Europe, in the World).

The centenary of the Great War is the starting point of ‘All Quiet’. JCW puts the war in its historical context by showing events that happened before and after the Great War (WWII and the Cold War) and by taking the line right up to the present day. The contemporary European context will become even more clear when they visit the EU-institutions in Brussels, where a debate with member(s) of the European parliament is planned. Encouraging participants of the awareness of the European context, and how decisions about democracy and peace in our countries are made, will set their minds more and more on a European level, and this will give them the chance to grow and to be part of it.

The dissemination of their experiences in their hometowns, in the form of a digital presentation, strengthens the European knowledge, diversity and values. This way, they take their first steps in civil participation, inviting their fellow-citizens to also think about the European issues they have been discussing.

JCW uses the method of 'living history' and ‘storytelling’. ‘All Quiet’ brings young people from 8 different countries together and encourages them to reflect about remembrance, commemoration and peace. Youngsters explore how peace grew in Europe during the last century, and they reflect and talk about peace-development (and peace-keeping) in the future.

Participation of young people is the most important aspect of this project. The participants from all countries are involved in each step of the project from the very beginning. Because they are involved in the whole process, they will grow towards mutual understanding. Their stories, discussions and dialogue will lead the agenda, and will give direction to the process/project. As they learn from each other’s stories, they will experience differences and similarities in cultural backgrounds, individual opinions,... and they will also see their own identity, partly as a product of their own environment. Participants will learn how to negotiate, how to search for compromises and make agreements. We do not want them to learn how to be a good politician, but let them try to find solutions by dialogue. Also, they will be asked about all findings and impressions (common and personal) about these mechanisms of democracy.

The target group consists of young people with very different backgrounds. The methodology of JCW fits perfectly to the needs of disadvantaged youngsters. When developing an activity we start from the interests and abilities of the participants themselves. They help determine the program and the rate at which this is done (tailored to each participant individually). The participants are closely monitored by specially educated history coaches, this creates a safe environment for young people where they can develop and emancipate themselves.

Working cross-sectoral (leisure and school) creates an added value within this project in terms of content as well as in terms of range and facilitation.

 

Activity plan / work programme of the project

The project is divided in 6 phases: the preparation, a local search, the first meeting, a top local and regional action,  the second meeting and the local feedback and European dissemination. In each of these phases, the youngsters and the coaches are involved, except for the first preparatory activity (general, organizational agreements,...).

Working methods:

The method of living history and storytelling is the common thread in this project:  By reading each other’s stories on the blog and through the meetings with other Europeans the youngsters are involved from the very beginning. These stories, discussions, and dialogues will lead the agenda, and will give direction to (the process of) the project. As they learn from each other’s stories, they will experience differences and similarities in cultural backgrounds, individual opinions,... and they will also see their own identity, partly as a product of their own environment.  To be aware of this is the first step in showing respect for other cultures. The dialogue is there for a deeper exploration of this diversity. Repeatedly, they will have to think and work together on topics, and learn to make compromises.

Dividing participants in smaller intercultural groups will have a positive effect on group dynamics: they will have to make new relations and they will have to trust each other. At a given moment they will leave their familiar environment of fellow nationals, and create new friendships 

European dimension:

Young people will make a travel in time, one hundred years ago, just before the war broke out, the view of Europe was totally different. Also in the minds of people living in Europe, probably, they were not very aware of being Europeans. In this project, we start from that moment in history, exploring the radical changes the next decades, to understand nowadays something like ‘European citizenship’. It is our hope youngsters can give some content, a meaning to this citizenship. What does it mean for them? What can it mean or what do they want it to mean? Do they find it important, also in their local communities?

Thinking about these questions, they will explore the founding principles of the EU, and make a comparison with the situation now.They will think about: which kind of liberty, democracy and respect for eachother do we want? In the EU itself, but also the position of the EU in the World.

We realize that these subjects aren’t very evident to talk about for youngsters. Though, it is our belief that this approach will sharpen their EU-awareness and launches a very interesting dialogue. 

At the same time (parallel or better: simultaneously) teachers from all over Europe develop a (hopefully good) practise how to make the link between our European history, remembrance, and nowadays European issues, peace and democracy.     

Link with the objectives & working method:

Combining themes like remembrance, heritage, commemoration, history and democratic (European) issues is  complex . Though, it is our goal -and our challenge- to achieve this objective by working "step by step". For that reason, the activity plan includes sufficient preparatory activities and moments of consultation where both youngsters and coaches (teachers) are present (together). The growing awareness of the European context, and the knowledge of how decisions about democracy and peace are made in Europe, sets their mind on a European level, giving them the chance to be (more and more) a part of it.

 

 

Dissemination

All Quiet wants to reflect on our common European history and increase the awareness of the importance of peace-development in Europe and the world. Through this project a large number of fellow-citizens will be involved and informed, directly and indirectly. For instance the young participants, their families, peers, the history teachers and their students, the (youth) organizations from the 8 different countries and their members, the partner organizations and their followers.

The method and timing:

The dissemination of the results of All Quiet will be carried out in two different ways:

Firstly dissemination through the young participants: at 3 different times during the project the youngsters are working on a ‘product’ which can be spread after the completion of the activities.

1. A local search for artifacts and stories in their hometowns and the first introduction: the youngster will publish their finds on a blog (or using other multimedia like FB, you tube …). The blog is a first (online) ‘meeting place’, where they can respond to each other’s articles before they actually meet in person. This way they can tell their stories to their peers from the other participating countries in Europe. (Spring 2015)

2. The first physical meeting: During this exchange meeting, they get the chance to tell each other their stories and they make a presentation of their findings. During the week they work into smaller groups, where they are encouraged to dialogue with each other. The participants will make presentations for which they can use different methods for instance: camera-interviews, a PowerPoint presentation, audio-recordings ... These presentations will be collected and put on display on our website and blog. (July 2015)

3. During the second and final meeting: The youngsters collaborate to make a digital presentation. (July 2016)

Secondly dissemination through the European history coaches: At different times during the project the European history coaches are working on a ‘product’.

-->  A summary report (content) of all sessions, including preparation and evaluation sessions (July 2016)

This project is a new approach for looking to democracy:  the combination of (living) history, heritage, science, technology, and thematic issues as tolerance and peace is a new way to look at things, to try to understand them and to create an image in the here and now, and for the future. Therefore we consider it is useful to collect all aspects of this project in a file (a document) that can be used for other projects. This document will be available for organizations that are looking for inspiration.

 

The promotion of the project All Quiet and the publication of the results will be disseminated through the following channels:

- Reports in our JCW - magazine (each time a 2 page article, 3500 ex.), and reports in the news letter of JCW (2500 ex.), announcements on the JCW website (181.000 unique visits).

- Announcements and reports on the websites, magazines and newsletters of the organizations in the 8 other European countries.

- Announcements and reports on the websites, magazines and newsletters of the European Platform Euroclio and Ryckevelde.

- Promotion through local towns: city councils, libraries, cultural places (feedback local civilians)

- Press releases (inter)national media: national, regional and local media will be invited (press-text send to more than 200 contacts)

 

 

Impact and Citizens involvement

Effects:

Participants link local stories with a bigger European context, as they listen to similar/different stories from fellow young Europeans. Participants learn to understand that historical situations and events were (and still are) important turning points of our history. They learn to detect trends and evolutions nowadays, comparing them with these situations of the past.

Participants learn to see themselves as (full) Eu-citizens who can have influence and who are able to shape the union, along with others.

The local communities (friends, parents, neighbours,..) get involved as the participants search the stories in their neighborhood. Fellow-citizens are able to find and follow these stories on a website (blog), it may stimulate them to be more involved in EU-matters. The history - teachers (coaches) report regularly about their experiences, the aim and objectives of this project via the Euroclio - platform, and the environment they live and work in. History teachers all over Europe are able to use a tool (manual, guidebook) that can help them to create integrated history-classes ( integrated: remembrance, commemoration, peacekeeping and democracy, Eu - issues).

The digital presentation made by the participants is a feedback to local communities can be added as a good practice in combination with the guidebook.

We hope participants and teachers will spread out the good experiences and stimulate others to get involved in Eu-matters.

 

Involvement participants:

As previously indicated, participants are a part of each phase of the project. They set the agenda and the approach, decide which methods are used and in which form their experiences are disseminated. For that reason, they are also involved in the training sessions, along with the coaches, who have a supporting role in this project.

 

Percentage of participants that were not involved in NGO's already:  

None of the youngsters are already on a regular basis involved in the NGO's that send them, because these international partners are regional umbrella-organizations that recruit individually. All of the partners are instructed to pay special attention to youngsters with fewer opportunities that aren't so familiar with the (EU-) topics.  We will ask our partners to recruit 50% of the participants with this profile (no background or experience in NGO's).

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Preparation weekend Brussels

Mar
18

Our project All quiet, edition Europe has finally launched! Our partners from Estonia, Spain, Italy, Germany, Northern Ireland and Ireland gathered in Brussels during the first weekend of February. Preparations were made for the upcoming events (trainings and meetings) in 2015 and 2016. Many thanks to everyone who was present! 

Click here for more information about the All quiet 2015 edition.

 

 

 

 

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All quiet 2015 call for participants

Dec
02

 

Are you living in one of these countries: Estonia (Tallinn), Slovenia (Ljubljana), Italy (Torino), Spain (Murcia), Northern Ireland (Newtownabbey), Ireland (Galway), Germany (Würzburg or Dorsten) or Belgium?
Are you between 16 and 21 years old? 
Do you want to participate? Or do you want more information? Send a mail to: sven@jcw.be 

 

 

 

 

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All quiet Belgian edition

Oct
27

Yesterday, 20 (Belgian) youngsters gathered in Wijgmaal (Leuven) for a 5-day-meeting. Today and tomorrow they visit the Flanders Field - region by bus: Ypres, Diksmuide, Nieuwpoort... Soldier John and his comrades will lead them across the Western front. Later this week they will talk about Europe & its institutions, the peace-development and -keeping, certain issues Europe is dealing with... we wish all participants an interesting journey!  

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All quiet - Belgium needs you

Jun
04

All quiet - 26-30 Octobre (Belgian edition)

Are you between 16 and 19 years old? Do you live in Belgium? Do you want to participate?
To register for this activity, send a email to sven@jcw.be .

Sind Sie zwischen 16 und 19 Jahre alt? Möchten Sie in Belgien leben? Möchten Sie teilnehmen?
Melde dich zu dieser ausserordentlichen Erfahringsreise an, Senden Sie eine E-Mail an sven@jcw.be

Vous avez entre 16 et 19 ans? Vivez-vous en Belgique? Voulez-vous participer?
Pour participer à cette aventure exceptionelle, envoyer un e-mail à sven@jcw.be

Ben je tussen 16 en 19 jaar oud? Woon je in België? Wil je deelnemen?
Om in te schrijven, stuur een mail naar sven@jcw.be

 

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