Making Europe Work

From May 1st until May 8th, two Youth for Peace members, Anela Zorlak and Emina Frljak, attended seminar “Making Europe Work” at European Academy in Otzenhausen, Germany, together with young people from Western Balkans, France and Germany. The topics on the seminar were related to overcoming the past and creating better future. During the 6 days long program, young people were talking about topics and problems important and relevant to participants’ countries, so at the end of the seminar they proposed their own projects, which they will work on as an international teams in the following period. The content consisted of theoretical lectures and interactive exercises for participants, and the aim of seminar was to develop healthy communication, bring up own attitudes, all with respect for others and different. Besides this, young people had one more aim: with joint forces and previous knowledge to find solution for Europe to start functioning the way they want. All participants had opportunity to talk about topics they like to discuss about, but also about those more difficult, more complicated, more sensitive ones, and in safe team environment express their disagreement with their colleagues, using assertive way of communicating and by respecting other participants.

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In the next 3 years period, young people from Europe, including Youth for Peace members, will work together on the project they created themselves. YfP members will work on project called “Interchange”, which will be realized through three phases. The first phase includes visits to Balkans and European countries, with the aim of getting to know countries’ culture, tradition and history better. Second phase is creating YouTube channel, which will follow all the happenings during the trips and provide insight to the activities to wider public. Third and last phase of the project will consist of workshops for participants from above mentioned countries.

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