Der Netzofant kommt!

 Unser Blick über den eigenen Bildungstellerrand geht heute nach Köln und richtet sich auf das “Netzofant” Projekt.

Der Netzofant möchte Kindern im Grundschulalter, ihren Eltern und Lehrern Wissen rund um das Thema „Umgang und Sicherheit im Internet“ vermitteln. Zu diesem Zweck der Netzofant ins Leben gerufen. Der Netzofant ist ein soziales Projekt und wurde von einem Team der Firmen neolog consulting und result gmbh ins Leben gerufen. Als Kölner Unternehmen unterstützr der Netzofant vorrangig Schulen im Raum Nordrhein-Westfalen. Das Ziel: Medienerziehung soll ein fester Bestandteil in den Lehrplänen der Grundschulen werden.

Wann geht es los?

Der Netzofant startet Mitte November an der Gemeinschaftsgrundschule Kürten-Olpe. Dort wird der Netzofant mit einer dritten Klasse in zehn Doppelstunden die wichtigsten Regeln im Umgang mit dem Internet erarbeiten. Vorab gibt es noch einen Informationsabend für die Eltern. Doch damit nicht genug: Damit der Besuch an der Gemeinschaftsgrundschule keine Eintagsfliege bleibt, will weitere Schulen für das Gesamtprojekt begeistern und auch dort vorbeischauen.


“Für Mittwoch, den 27.7.2011 ab 16.00 Uhr laden wir auf zum nächsten Webtalk. Es wird um die praktische Arbeit mit dem Internet im Rahmen von Seminaren und Workshops gehen. Die Frage lautet: “Inwieweit lassen wir Teilnehmende in der Bildungsarbeit selber (schlechte) Erfahrungen online machen – und wo liegen die Grenzen?”

Zum Erfahrungsaustausch werden dabei sein:

Michaela Rüffert, Gemeindeverwaltung Ginsburg-Gustavsburg
Anselm Sellen, Europa-Haus Marienberg
Guido Brombach, DGB Bildungswerk
Jöran Muuß-Merholz, (Moderation)
und hoffentlich auch Sie?

Wie immer gilt: Sie brauchen weder Vorkenntnisse noch spezielle Software oder Hardware. Sie sehen die Sprecher via Video. Aber die weiteren Teilnehmenden benötigen keine Kamera, sondern können sich auf Wunsch via Textchat einbringen.

Sie können uns Fragen für den Webtalk oder eigene Meinungen und Erfahrungen auch vorab über die Kommentarfunktion senden.”

Young Germany – Your career, education and lifestyle guide: Brandnew cooperation between Young Germany and think europe

This week @thinkeurope is welcoming the folks over at Young Germany to our partners and cooperations section. What is Young Germany and what do they do? They’re here to tell you in their own words. Check back @thinkeurope for more Young Germany.

“Keep up with YOUNG GERMANY and don’t miss the latest news about innovation nation Deutschland. Meet high potentials from all over the world and be a part of our platform that provides career services, information and insider tips for your life in Germany. We give support.”

Young Germany on Facebook / Young Germany on Twitter

„We are Europeans“ at the Europe House Marienberg Sensitization for EU enlargement to the SEE countries

After months of preparation, on May 02nd the Europebus with six representatives from different Balkan states finally arrived at the Europe House Marienberg. We welcomed young citizens from Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania and Macedonia. The six started just before Easter from Warsaw to discover Europe, to bring Western Balkan culture to the EU and to discuss future enlargement of the European Union to the SEE (South Eastern European) countries. “We are Europeans” is that project called. The lead partner is the Robert-Schuman-Foundation in Warsaw. They came up with the idea and organised the whole project together with the local partner throughout Europe. Also included in the whole project management is the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation. “We are Europeans” is supported by the EU via the PRINCE programme.
Two busses with six representatives set out to discover Europe – one northern and one southern tour. The tour through the north of Europe started in Poland went through Germany and then drove along the Netherlands, Belgium and France to go back through Germany ending in Warsaw again. The last station before they went back to the final conference in Poland “We are Europeans” did stop in Bad Marienberg to visit the Europe House and have a colourful programme.
The day the citizens from the Balkan stayed here was separated into three parts. During the morning we discovered the local area showing rural Germany to the participants. We did visit the Abbey Marienstatt, a local traditional pottery shop and a pharmacy garden including a barefootwalk with the local Kneipp association.
After the lunch break we had a very good discussion forum about future enlargement to the Western Balkan. Young German citizens from schools and universities showed up as well as some teachers and representatives of local political parties. The MEP Norbert Neuser attended also – he just rushed from Brussels to Bad Marienberg to take part. It was a very vivid discussion. We crossed many topics and had also an active intercultural dialogue.
The day ended with an European Country Market conducted by an international editors seminar which took part the same time in the Europe House Marienberg: music, food, dancing, presentations,…
Western Balkan citizens long for being part of the EU. But it is not so easy. You can’t say all the countries of the Western Balkan have the same attitude. As Serbia is getting more European every day you’ll find more and more critical voices in Croatia even when Croatia is the country which is most likely the candidate to become the next member of the EU in 2012 or 2013. Brain drain is also a phenomenon which concerns the citizens of the SEE countries. They need the high qualified people to rebuild their own country instead of loosing them to the current EU members. A lot of things have been discussed and as always it is not just black and white. The discussion about the future enlargement is very complicated and multidimensional. “We are Europeans” is a project that helps to have a qualitative discussion about this issue covering many different aspects without being single-sided.
Hopefully this discussion will continue when they are all back in their home countries. Give us some feed back from time to time how things are progressing in that debate in the SEE countries. The Europe House will stick to the topic of future enlargement. Already in September we will have a multinational youth gathering which will deal exactly with this topic. As we will multiply a lot of the experiences via Social Media it could be a good opportunity for you to be engaged as well. Feel free to contact us!
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Picturing the Intergenerational Dialogue within Europe

The youth committee of EUNET is looking for European partners to start a Photo project. The project will start this year and is dedicated to raise awareness for the European year of “Active Ageing”. The Photo Contest is the Youth Committees first step to support intergenerational dialogue. The main objectives of the contest are:

Project idea
The project aims to create a photo exhibition expressing what the intergenerational dialogue looks like in European countries. This exhibition is thought to be presented for the first time at the General Assembly of EUNET in Metz October 2011. In the following months the exhibition will be hosted by the partner organizations that would like to use it. The Exhibition will consist of a portfolio of photos and descriptive texts. The exhibition will in addition be available on the internet. 

What is expected from the partners of this project?
Until the 29th of April the youth committee would like to know which member organizations would like to participate in this photo exhibition project. The deadline for handing in the three pictures and descriptive texts is the 10th of September. The pictures should be loosley connected to issues surrounding the issues of intergenerational dialogue. The descriptive texts should provide a short history of the “pictures histories” and the thoughts behind them, as well as information about the demographic situation of the country in which the pictures were taken.  

Interested? What now?
If you are interested: Jjust apply via the following Email adress
For further information have look at the EUNET webpage: 

Click on the following images to see the official calls for proposal (available in English and German)


Networking Europe – gathering of our European roof organisation

We are part of a European-wide network of NGOs which deal with European issues and promote the European idea without forgetting to be critical in their judgements. The “European Network for Education and Training – EUNET” consists of over 60 member institutions in almost 20 European countries – not only EU member states. This is a phantastic basis for multinational cooperation and joint projects about the European Union. The board of EUNET will gather today and tomorrow at the international education centre “Gimborn” not far away from Cologne. These meetings will be followed by joint sessions with our four committees of EUNET. These committees deal with various topics like methodology, development of the network, youth in our network and migration. It is a lively and active platform for our member institutions to work on. We’re looking forward to a great output and a positive development for the future. This is an open network welcoming new organisations which feel themselves committed to European education. If you’re interested feel free to contact us any time!

“Praxis der politischen Bildung & Web 2.0″ mit Anselm Sellen, Europa-Haus Marienberg am 23.2.2011

Der Inhalt: Praxis der politischen Bildung

„think europe“ steht stellvertretend für die internationale Bildungsarbeit im Europa-Haus Marienberg. Ziel ist es Jugendliche aus der ganzen Welt zusammen zu bringen, zu vernetzen und gemeinsam mit ihnen ein Bewusstsein und Strategien für politische Partizipation zu entwickeln. Dienste des Web 2.0 wie Facebook, Twitter, YouTube sind dabei wichtige Werkzeuge vor, während und nach der Seminararbeit. Wie genau kann das aussehen? Was sind die Voraussetzungen? Welche Erfahrungen macht man als Erwachsenenbildner mit dem Web 2.0? Und vor allem: Was bringt das alles für die politische Bildung? Das sind die Leitfragen für den #pb21-Webvortrag mit Anselm Sellen.

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#pb21-Webvortrag mit Anselm Sellen – Web 2.0 und Social Media in der Praxis der politischen Bildung from pb21 on Vimeo.

Social Media und die Gesellschaft der Europäischen Akademien

Lange haben wir geplant und uns Gedanken gemacht: An diesem Freitag ist es endlich soweit: Die Gesellschaft der Europäischen Akademien wird es jetzt tun: Politische Bildung und Social Media – wir werden in ungeahnte Welten vordringen und neue Bildungsuniversen entdecken. Das Team des Europa-Haus Marienberg hat für diese Tagung die Federführung übernommen und wird mit lauter guten Beispielen aus der jüngeren Vergangenheit (Best Practice and Worst Case Szenarien) vorangehen.
Während der 2 tägigen Veranstaltung werden wir uns mit verschiedenen Thesen zum digitalen Lernen und digitaler Methodik auseinandersetzen. Als Experte auf diesem Gebiet wird uns Jöran Muuß-Merholz zur Verfügung stehen:
Jöran Muuß-Merholz ist Diplom-Pädagoge und arbeitet mit seiner kleinen Agentur J&K – Jöran und Konsorten an den Schnittstellen der Bereiche Bildung / Lernen, Medien / Kommunikation und Organisation / Management. Einen Schwerpunkt bilden die Auswirkungen der digitalen Gesellschaft auf Lernen und Bildung.
Von 2004 bis 2006 leitete er das Büro Hamburg der Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung. Anschließend war er bis Ende 2008 Gründer und Geschäftsführer des Archivs der Zukunft, einem Netzwerk von reformfreudigen Pädagogen und deren guter Gesellschaft. In der politischen Bildung arbeitet er seit 10 Jahren für verschiedene Auftraggeber:
Und das Beste an der Veranstaltung ist: All diejenigen unter euch, die jemals an unseren Seminaren teilnhemen sollten, werden in den Genuss ausgefuchster Methodik kommen und auf dieser Grundlage interaktive Partizipationsstrategien entwickeln können. Wir halten Euch auf dem laufenden!

YEP – Young European Professionals…building Europe

The Federal Agency for Civic Education in cooperation with the Representation of the European Commission in Germany (Regional Representation in Bonn) have announced another round of “Young European Professionals”. YEPs are younger European citizens between 16 and 23 who are trained in European issues to communicate the European Union to peers of the same age. You can ask YEPs to come to your school, sports club or whatsoever to have a special event about the EU.
Now you have the opportunity to become one of those YEPs. The application is published and you’ll find all necessary information on

Application for future YEPs!!!

It’s a great opportunity for you to be engaged and active in the field of European education. Train yourself and let others benefit from your experience. Build Europe by yourself!!!

Weiterbildungsportal RLP…just for the Germans?

Das Bildungsministerium in Rheinland-Pfalz hat das “Weiterbildungsportal RLP” gestartet. Auf der Plattform lassen sich diverse Weiterbildungsangebote und Trainings finden. Die Themenbereiche sind breit gestreut. Auch das Europa-Haus Marienberg ist dort mit Aktivitäten präsent. Natürlich finden sich dort auch Seminare und Jugendbegegnungen von “think europe” wieder. Vielleicht eher ein Einstieg für deutsche Interessenten, aber durchaus auch etwas für internationale Kollegen/innen, die auf der Suche nach einer geeigneten Fortbildung sind. Viel Spaß beim stöbern, einfach hier klicken…

Weiterbildungsportal RLP

Youth Democracy Award

“The Youth Democracy Award is awarded for the third time. By awarding a project, that advocates Democracy or Democratizing in Europe in an outstanding way, it aims to appreciate and acknowledge the commitment of/to young people. End of February, the Jury consisting of young people, is going to choose the winner. The awards assembly is going to take place in Mai in Bonn, in cooperation with the International Democracy Award, Bonn. The Jury consists of young people at the age between 16 and 26 years, who are politically active and engaged in different branches. 

This is an excerpt from the official announcement of the Youth Democracy Award. Remember back to October/November 2010 when we gathered all back here in the Europe House for our international Web 2.0 seminar connecting Social Media and democratic participation. Our event fits pretty well the requirements the Award is looking for. Thus we handed in our project and now we’re taking part in this competiton. Of course we are follwing the Olympic creed 

“The most important thing in life is not the triumph, but the fight;the essential thing is not to have won, but to have fought well.”

So, push your thumps. We did work alreday very hard and it was a fantastic project…maybe we can win even more 😉

If you are interested you can find more information here:

Youth Democracy Award – Federal Agency for Civic Education

We are Europeans – huge European opportunity for young citizens from countries in South-Eastern Europe in 2011

The main strategic aim of the project initiated by Polska Fundacja im. Roberta Schumana is to familiarize citizens of the European Union with the contemporary reality of candidate and potential candidate countries in South-Eastern Europe (SEE), thereby illustrating their potential as possible future member states.
During a 17-day long, two-route bus tour (EuropeTour) starting and ending in Warsaw one representative each of the six participating SEE countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia) together with a tour guide and photographer will meet face to face with citizens of Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Poland. They take part in common activities of representational, intercultural and informal kind (e.g. debates, conferences, local community meetings, sports activities and performances)…
…and the Europe House Marienberg is one stop on this tour!!!!
If you are from one of the SEE countries you are more than welcome to apply as participant for this fantastic European project. Call for participation on our
Alongside with approx. 100 NGO representatives, politicians, experts and journalists our participants will subsequently be part of a one-day international conference on EU enlargement in Warsaw summing up the results of the project. This series of international street events will be concluded by the participants presenting the project during the Schuman Parade and its European Village on 7 May 2011.


Breaking News: The European Presidecy has just announced the launch of 2011s year of Volunteering website. I guess it’s time for us to volunteer and go abroad or stay and join the voluntary work!

We will provide all the information we can get a hold of on this blog – so stay tuned and be amazed by the wide range of possibilities the EU offers! This is no commercial! We are aware of all the discourses that shed a negative light on the EU. But where there is shadow, there has to be light and this certainly is shining bright!

Youth Committee Meeting in Metz 2010

The European Voluntary Service (EVS), an EU scheme enabling young people to do voluntary service abroad, is the EU’s chief form of support for volunteering. It has reached its tenth birthday and the European Commission and others see this as a cause for celebration.

The EUNET Youth Committee has dedicated its last meeting in Metz to bringing this issue (and other chances to go abroad) to students of the Supélec in Metz (Grandes Ecoles). An Ivy League university for the field of economics and engineering in France.
Our Team consisted of 5 member institutions of the EUNET organisation. Students were quite reserved at the beginning of our lecture / Workshops, but thawed when it became clear that all “The-EU-sends-you-abroad-programmes” are offering a wide range of possibilities.check this presentation for further information

Looking back at our meeting Metz, which was also dedicated to come up with new and inventive projects for 2011 (a task fulfilled!), we must admit – it was a fun and productive time… stuffed with great food and some french sightseeing (Centre Pompidou). After two hard days of work our hosts (Michael Stange and Richard Stock from CERS) even made us try mussle – a more than doubtful pleasure.

To stay informed about the latest developments in our houses and within the EUNET organization you can follow the Youth Committee on Twitter.If you have any questions concerning EVS or other European programmes contact us any time – we are glad to help!

The Youth Committee Team: Anselm, Sylvia, Michael, Christian not in this picture but important parts of the team: Claudia and Michael “the Greek”

Christian Höfer, Michael Stange, Sylvia Heinrichs

Tough work

Arrival at the Supélec… oh and here we have Claudia on the far right

Creative Workshop Session

Stunned and thrilled students
Stunned and thrilled students 2

European Year of Volunteering

Every year is dedicated to a special topic in the EU. Next year we will have the European Year of Volunteering in the European Union. It is a great opportunity to show all the work done on voluntary basis and to promote the non-profit sector European wide. We learned from our Network of Europe House that there will be an officail start incl. the launch of the website of this European year on December 2nd 2010 in Brussels.

Beside the official material for the European year there is already a website online called “EYV 2011 Alliance”. The website is a plattform of various networks throughout Europe connetcted to the field of voluntary work. It’s a very good source to start into the topic and read about it. You can find the Alliance website here


More ressources from the EYV 2011 – let’s us know and we will promote it via “thinkeurope”!

EVS – European Voluntary Service

18 years old and tired of Germany? With the EVS Programme you will be able to do voluntary work in a European country of your choice.You need to be between 18 and 30 years old. The Programme covers all costs!!!

The European Voluntary Service (EVS) is Action 2 of the Community YOUTH IN ACTION Programme. It supports transnational voluntary service by young people. Its aims are to develop solidarity and promote tolerance among young people, primarily so as to sustain social cohesion in the European Union. It encourages active citizenship and enhances mutual understanding among young people. These general objectives will be achieved by: helping young people participate in various forms of voluntary activities, both within and outside the European Union; giving young people the opportunity to express their personal commitment through voluntary activities at European and international level; involving young volunteers in a non-profit-making, unpaid and full-time activity for the benefit of the general public in a country other than their country of residence.

YOU SHOULD GO – This is a unique chance to finally make some life changing experiences – I know this sounds like an advertisement, but in this case it’s not!
Here is a collection of paperwork / information that will allow you to develop a better picture of this Programme and what it does for you. (This is probably the most important piece of information, since it takes you through the whole Programme step by step – Very well written as well… easy to understand!)

Additional information (This link will help you to find a project of your interest)