Info for partners 2017

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INFO APV 5-7 MAY 2017

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)
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

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 :-)

Keep your boarding passes with you, send them to after the APV-weekend and give us all your bank details (+BIC/IBAN code) so that we can pay.

(info will follow soon)

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

Looking forward to meet all of you!




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



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...



  Satellites for Europe 2017        
  a project formerly known as All Quiet        
  email name   telnr country
1 Leena Saag 37256500379 ESTONIA Liis Enson 37255504841 ESTONIA
2 Hana  Sebestova 2742051084 GREECE
3 Silvia Pezza 0039 11 01137898 ITALY
4 Maria/Elena   34968231589 SPAIN
5 Ritva Saarikettu 358 500 902 330 FINLAND
6 Christian Gündlig 4 993 160 060 520 GERMANY
7 Claire Fox t 00442890340033 N-Ireland
8 Melanie Schallenberg t 02362 66-4581 GERMANY
9 Sven Vervloet 3222525808 BELGIUM



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



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.  



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.     


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: 

- 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)

- 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.