The project of camps started with the “Pace a 4 Voci” and has grown considerably over the past 5 years. It has also developed along the work with European citizenship and opened for participants from lots of 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 countries of the European Union and bordering counties to discuss human rights and European policies.
The School of Peace has been involved in this project since 2002, made possible and successful with the support of the government Hessen.
CreARTing Common Europe
Memory and history are starting points for a reflection on mechanisms of violence and war, and the individual responsibility by doing so is necessary to build a culture of peace, social harmony, and solidarity, in which everyone feels welcome to play an active role in. Camps with European partners start by visiting the sites of the massacre of Monte Sole and a thorough research of the above-mentioned topics, then we continue with an analysis of the experiences of post-war national democratic development. Through the analysis of the historical context and the debate, which led to the construction and the production of the national democratic constitution and through the analysis of the fundamental principles of the constitutional treaty, the goal is to create a space for a critical reflection of the practical implementation and actualization of those principles, of the limits and resources of our common life. All those different experiences become clearer when different thoughts are shared, and through confrontation on a daily basis they show, the inconsistency and the possibility for change, which we all aim for. All in all, the camp is a creative work, which asks all participants to take an effort for an intellectual working and to believe in the “project” and the “here and now” we all want. The methodology of the camps requests 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 with 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 not to open 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 be drawn up that is preparatory to the concept of citizenship, participation, and openness to “the other”.