The experience of the camps, born with the project “Pace a 4 Voci” and has expanded considerably over the past 5 years. Developing along the lines of work on European citizenship and it has also been opened for participants from different countries from all over the European Union and countries from the Balkan area.
European Youth Weeks
This camp takes place in Heppenheim, in the German region of Hessen, with the participation of boys and girls from different EU and bordering countries to discuss human rights and European policies. Each year a different and current theme is developed with respect to the challenges posed by active and councils citizenship. To find out more about all the topics dealt with, please visit the dedicated website.
This project is promoted by the organization “Haus am Maiberg” with the participation of the Scuola di Pace since 2002, and made possible by the support of the Hessian government.
CreARTing Common Europe
Memory and history are starting points for reflection on the mechanisms of violence and war and on individual responsibility; this reflection is necessary for the construction of a culture of peace, civil coexistence and solidarity, in which everyone feels called to play an active role. The camps with European partners start with the visits of the sites of the Monte Sole massacre and an in-depth workshop of the above-mentioned topics, to then continue with the analysis of the national post-conflict experiences of democratic elaboration. Through the analysis of the historical context and the debate, that led to the construction and the production of the national democratic constitutions and through the analysis of the fundamental principles of the constitutional treaties, the aim is to create a space for a critical reflection on the concrete implementation and updating of these principles, of the limits and resources of our coexistence. The different experiences become clearer when thoughts are shared, and through the confrontation with day to day life they show, the inconsistencies and the possibility for change to participate in. All in all, the camp can be seen as a creative workshop, that requires all participants to make an effort for in intellectual elaboration, to believe in the project and the “here and now” they believe in. The methodology of the camps includes the workshops to be in small mixed groups with reflections all together at the end. An essential part of the educational project is the support and the simplification of the coexistence and the creation of a small community.
#EU2030 – The Europe that will be
The historical knowledge of the processes, events, and protagonists of 1944 serves, also in this camp, as a stimulus for a profound reflection on the mechanisms that led to those events.
The idea is to offer a suitable space and time for comparing the many different concepts and definitions related to the idea of the European Union, often seen as a distant and bureaucratic entity. The idea is therefore also to offer the possibility to young people from different cultural and political backgrounds to confront each other on stereotypes and prejudices so often reproduced and strengthened, developing the awareness of their irrationality and a possibility of change. Article 2 of the European Constitution itself states that the Union is founded on the values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the rights of people belonging to a minority. These values are common to the member states in a society characterised by pluralism, non-discrimination, tolerance, justice, solidarity, and equality between women and men. What many young people have in common, however, is the perception of extreme remoteness and powerlessness in respect to institutions that, instead of being perceived as an expression of shared choices, seem to be restrained bureaucratic machineries of power. Moreover, this perception is not only transversal to national belonging but also to the social background of young people: it is not possible to fully perceive how the European aspect influences daily life. So here’s the question: Can this be discussed? What are the origins, what is the path, what is the very nature of this thing called Europe? How can we be present? How to be, in essence, protagonists of our present and our future? These thoughts are accompanied by a great feeling of bewilderment and fear that is continually fed by politics and the mass media, feelings that lead to not opening oneself up to the outside world but rather to close oneself off as rich towards the other and the “different”. Which is almost an implosion of the very concept of Europe. So instead of immediately addressing the institutional profiles of the EU, a programme will developed that is preparatory to the concept of citizenship, participation, and openness to “the other”.