German-Greek youth exchanges have been given more priority in recent years. To ensure that quality corresponds to quantity, the Federal Youth Ministry and IJAB organise regular expert conferences. The latest event took place on 9 and 10 November, with providers of youth exchanges between Germany and Greece discussing how young people with a disability, too, can benefit from the exchanges. What ideas did they come up with in regard to inclusion? [read more]
Further development of the German-Greek Youth and Expert Exchange is an important political concern. Based on the foundation of a German-Greek Youth Office as stated in the 2013 coalition agreement, the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMDSDJ) is involved in furthering the German-Greek youth exchange in cooperation with its Greek partners. Currently, the ministries responsible in Germany and Greece respectively are developing a joint concept for an increased cooperation that also includes the establishment of a German-Greek Youth Office. IJAB supports the promotion of the German-Greek youth exchange by offering information, networking and partner exchange facilities.
On 26 July 2017 Federal Youth Minister Dr Katarina Barley and Pafsanias Papageorgiou, the Secretary-General for Lifelong Learning and Youth at the Greek Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs, met in Berlin to sign an agreement detailing the next steps towards establishing a German-Greek Youth Office in 2019. [read more]
On 6 and 7 April 2016, 50 youth work professionals gathered at the Ravensbrück Memorial for a symposium. Organised jointly by the BMFSFJ, IJAB and the Memorial, participants addressed the subject of "remembrance work in German-Greek youth exchanges". [read more]
By invitation of the Federal Foreign Office, 20 representatives from Greek communities that fell victim to Nazi-German atrocities during World War 2 and Jewish communities were in Berlin from 10 to 16 December to take part in a seminar organised by IJAB. They focused on the question of how war crimes and the Holocaust are commemorated in Germany and how the memory of a shared history can be integrated in the German-Greek youth exchange. [read more]
By invitation of the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ) and IJAB, civil society organisations from Germany and Greece met up in Bad Honnef from 3 to 6 November to develop project ideas within the German-Greek youth exchange programme. After a rather restrained start, the meeting developed an amazing momentum - a breath of fresh air for the German-Greek youth exchange, laying the foundations for a future German-Greek Youth Office. [read more]