Part D - Implemented work programme

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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.