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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: http://www.joeran.de
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!!!

Committee of Regions / Economic and Social Committee

Produced by young participants during our first seminar this year. Talking visuals: Very nicely executed! Great job!

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

Speakers Corner “think europe” – Youtube we are coming…

As promised…we are getting ready to include video blogging for you. We know it is already absolute fantastic to read all the news around the Europe House Marienberg and the seminars & gatherings within the European youth education “think europe”…but…many people asked us to see us again. That’s why we start now with more video messages for you.

There is now available the official channel of “think europe” at Youtube just click the following link:

Youtube channel of “think europe”

We will provide from time to time videos for you, update you on news around our work and include videos from different seminars.

Enjoy it and come forward with you own material. See you soon!

2011 has started…

Seminars are rolling in and we are prepared for the coming events. Last week the seminar season started with European youth seminars with German partcipants from Rhineland-Palatinate.Very good events and we are sure others will follow in the same spirit. Please forward any comments, wishes and ideas for the coming gatherings so we can include them into the programme. We’re also planning to post some video messages here very soon…so you can see us again LIVE…what a service….all the best from  the Europe House and a pleasant year 2011!!!

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
website
http://www.europa-haus-marienberg.eu/
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.

A wonderful European year to come in Bad Marienberg…

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Next year will be another exciting year in the Europe House Marienberg. We are already deep in the planning’s for 2011 and a lot of European projects are under way. As you might expect there will be especially in the first half of the year many projects with German youngsters who will attend European seminars to get acquainted with the European Union: presentations, discussions, simulation games, talk with experts, workshops and many more things will be available to discover the European reality.
Besides this area of work we will continue with our international work. No matter if a German-Polish or a German Hungarian seminar bi-national youth seminars will be on the schedule again. Meeting people from other countries is still the most effective way to build Europe from the basis.
The highlights of the year will be again the multinational youth gatherings with four to six countries coming for one week to the Europe House to experience intercultural learning and explore European issues. We will start again in April with the so called international spring gathering where we will ask the questions whether the EU is around us 24 hours a day and how this is affecting us on a daily basis.
This start-up is followed by the traditional international editor’s seminar in the Europe week at the beginning of May. The product will be a European online newspaper produced by the participants here in Bad Marienberg, ready to be read from everybody in Europe by the end of the gathering.
Also in May the Europe House will take part in a huge European project organised by the Polish Robert Schuman foundation situated in Warsaw. One of the two busses with youngsters from Southeast Europe will have a stop in Bad Marienberg while travelling through Europe discussion further EU enlargement to the Balkans. This project will be realised together with the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung a German political foundation as well as with the GD Enlargement of the European Commission.
Two more multinational youth gatherings in May will bring youngsters together incl. young citizens from Turkey. Here we will also focus on the European Year of Volunteering. Involved will be hopefully the EU youth programme Youth in Action.
The first half of 2011 will be closed with the international prizewinner gathering bringing up to 30 national winners of the competition “Europe at School” together in Bad Marienberg. From Cyprus to Finland, from Ireland to Slovakia this group will really be a huge European family.
You see we have a lot to offer and we expect all of you to be active and engaged to realise interesting, funny and exciting projects in the coming six month. If you’re interested to join please feel free to contact us any time! We are looking forward to welcome you here personally – See you soon!

German-Polish youth gathering

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Last week for the first time ever two partners from Cracow (Poland) and Idar-Oberstein (Germany) met in the Europe House Marienberg to start a vivid cooperation. 
Almost 50 youngsters from both countries worked in an intercultural atmosphere together and explored the other country and its culture. They learned together about the things we have in common and experienced certain issues where we are different. One remarkable sentence just after the kick-off was “Hey, I expected them to look different but they do look like us”. What a wonder…young people from another European country look like we do. This little scene makes it obvious that we still have to work on in Europe when in comes to stereotype and prejudices. 
To meet people from other countries is still the most effective way to diminish and to remove prejudices. Having fun and learning something are to sides of the same medal. The group experienced this in the past days in the Europe House.
When they left there were already ideas about a visit of the German group to Poland in late summer 2011. It would be fantastic if the seminar in Bad Marienberg starts a new bi-national cooperation which will last for a lot of years to come.

EYV2011

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!

http://www.eyv2011.be/

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 http://www.eyv2011.eu/

ENJOY IT!!!

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.

http://www.ngoserbia.com/EVS_guide.pdf (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
http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/youth/programme/action2_en.php

http://ec.europa.eu/youth/evs/aod/hei_en.cfm (This link will help you to find a project of your interest)

http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/youth/documents/info_kit_0407.pdf