“Acting for Peace - Overcoming Violence“ - International Summerschool about Conflicts and Peace

27.08.2017 | 

From August 20-27, 2017, young people from Europe and the Middle East have dealt with conflicts and their effects and their own commitment to peace.

Simulation einer internationalen Konferenz zur Lösung eines Konflikts bei der Internationalen Sommerschule 2017
Faced with current, multi-layered sources of conflict throughout the world, this year's International Summer School has taken a close look at conflict dynamics and their effects, peace-building strategies and peace education. Under the title "Acting for Peace - Overcoming Violence", many young people from twelve different countries in Europe and the Middle East have come together, most of them partner organizations of the "Socialist Youth of Germany - Die Falken".

From August 20 to 27, 2017, 18 to 27-year-olds met in the Youth Education Center Kurt Löwenstein to better understand conflicts and their background, but also to learn about approaches to peace-building. Intensive work has been done in various English-speaking small groups. On an excursion to Berlin, the participants had the chance to talk to active people from organizations, that help to reconcile peace and reconciliation in conflict regions.

A highlight of the week was the simulation of an international conference on a conflict situation that dealt with the subject of "land grabbing". The results of the summer school were finally summarized in self-produced short texts and films.

"Particularly in times of conflict like these, it is important to create meeting places, and this has been successful this week," says educational officer Marie Wilpers. "Participants have learned to analyze and understand political conflicts and get a sense of reconciliation work," Wilpers continues.

She is sure that in addition to many political debates and learning processes, the young people especially enjoyed getting to know each other and learned a lot. For while some come from conflict regions, others live in states where stability has long existed. Integrating these different perspectives and experiences - this is what makes the international summer school special.

The International Summer School was funded by the European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe.

"Mindmap" zu politischen Konflikten