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Stephanie Bindzus

Conference on current political developments and their impact on international youth work – Successful kickoff to IJAB anniversary event series

Rising nationalism, Brexit, Euroskepticism, Trump – these political developments are having tangible impacts on youth exchanges, too. What is the right response to racism expressed during youth exchanges or to xenophobia? What if discussing politics is taboo in the host country? What can be done to prevent exchanges being cancelled for fear of terrorist attacks in Germany or elsewhere? These questions were tackled at a conference on 22 February 2017 in Berlin. The event kicked off a year-long series of IJAB anniversary events on current issues in international youth work. [read more]

Lothar Harles, Chairma of IJAB and Marie-Luise Dreber, Director of IJAB
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50 years of IJAB – 50 years of international dialogue and cooperation

IJAB was established in 1967 as a nationwide organisation for international cooperation in the youth work and youth policy field. The chief motivation for this was reconciliation and understanding, an urgent necessity after World War II, along the wish to stimulate curiosity, a sense of adventure and an interest in the world beyond Germany’s borders. Half a century later, the international youth work community is facing a set of quite different challenges. We live in a globally connected world without physical or virtual borders, and are confronted with a rise in nationalism and isolationism. IJAB is responding to these trends with a long-term European and international approach that allows young people to grow up to become true citizens of Europe and the world. [read more]

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Christian Herrmann

German-Japanese study programmes on inclusion and social environments: "I'd like society to be as diverse as this"

Is there something that Japanese experts in Germany, or German experts in Japan can learn about inclusion? Are there any proven models in Germany or Japan for working with children and adolescents in social environments that could provide inspiration for experts? Study programmes were organised in 2016 to explore these two questions and in late November, all participants gathered in Cologne to discuss the answers. [read more]

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Cathrin Piesche

Inclusion in international youth work: Cooperate – even if the road is bumpy!

What needs to happen so that international youth work and learning mobility programmes become accessible for all young people, including those with a disability or impairment? At the international conference of the IJAB project VISION:INKLUSION on 21-22 September 2016 in Mainz, Germany, participants gathered to find an answer to this question. The group comprised 60 international youth work experts, representatives of disability and community organisations, researchers, members of associations, policymakers and practitioners from Japan, Tunisia, Latvia, Romania, Hungary, Finland, Slovakia, Greece, Turkey, Iceland, Serbia, France, Ukraine and Germany. [read more]

mehrere Personen sitzen an einem Tisch
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Stephanie Bindzus

Mainstreaming international youth work – A conversation with parliamentarians

Learning tolerance, curbing nationalism, creating an enthusiasm for Europe – that’s European and international youth work in a nutshell. And today, it’s more topical than ever. The hosts of this year’s Parliamentary Breakfast appealed to the participating parliamentarians to make full use of the community’s expertise and to mainstream international youth work in all areas of policy – which, incidentally, requires adequate funding. [read more]

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Christian Herrmann

Fresh product ideas for international youth work

Three project ideas were at the top of the agenda of the 5th Jugend global colloquium on 5 and 6 October 2016: the No Hate Speech campaign, the self-evaluation tool i-EVAL and online courses, otherwise known as MOOCs. As always, the participants in the Jugend global event had to decide which of the three ideas could be turned into an effective tool for the international youth work community and what that tool should look like. [read more]

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Christian Herrmann

Youth BarCamp: International youth work needs visibility and recognition

Young people who participated in international projects financed by the Federal Government's Child and Youth Plan innovation fund and provided media coverage of these projects came together for a BarCamp in Berlin to take stock. They call for greater recognition in politics and society and a more positive image for young people. [read more]

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Christian Herrmann

#WeAct - J7 returns to Berlin

The young participants of the J7 Summit in 2015, the youth counterpart of the G7 Summit, returned to Berlin one year later to discuss their recent achievements, prepare their next projects and draw up plans for the future. Dr Ralf Kleindiek, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, joined the J7 delegates from the G7 states, the EU and Africa who had travelled to Berlin with their backpacks full of ideas and experiences. [read more]

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Cathrin Piesche

Headline theme of the latest IJAB journal: Shifting perspectives

International youth work has much to do with moving away from familiar perspectives and opening up to alternative opinions and attitudes. Against the backdrop of current political developments, the articles following our headline theme explore how shifting one's perspectives can impact positively on our increasingly diverse society. [read more]

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