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Summer Camp 2006

Central Europe Meets Southeast Europe – and they get along just great!

This year’s Campus15 summer camp started on Saturday, July 15th, with the arrival of the 36 young people from seven countries (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Germany, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Poland and Serbia) and their counsellors in the Malteserhof in Königswinter near Bonn, Germany.

As it has become customary in Campus15 summer camps, the first week of camp was dedicated wholly to getting to know each other and to build confidence and trust between the participants. This was achieved through games, a common orientation hike, swimming, communication exercises, and numerous cooperative adventure games, from raft building to climbing. In a series of sessions, the participants presented their countries, learned about the circumstances of their different everyday lives, and discussed their common future in a more united and peaceful Europe. During the “Europe period” the young people wrote a “Letter to Europe” which was sent off to Brussels and to Berlin. (see attachment)

In the second week, four workshop leaders came in to offer the participants a chance to try something new – circus and acrobatics, improvisation theatre, African drums and music, and mask building and performance. At the end of five intensive days of work stood a memorable presentation of all the results.

The third week saw the “Campus15 Olympics”, a whole day of various sports activities, as well as visits to Cologne, Bonn, and the Phantasialand. Moreover, the participants finished their media projects, which they had been working on throughout the whole three weeks: They created a camp newspaper, edited a video that documented the many activities taking place, and they produced a radio show that was broadcast on local Radio Bonn/Rhein-Sieg on 20th Augst 2006.

All activities had one thing in common from the very beginning – they were carried out by young people who were ready to respect each other, to cooperate with each other, and who grew more and more fond of each other the longer the camp lasted.

“Thank you for showing me that there are some normal people in this crazy world…” says Ana from Bar on the evening of the common farewell. She speaks out what many other participants and counsellors know: They will come back to their homes, to places where a lot of people harbour their prejudices about “the others”, where the media is often selling their news by serving the resentments between national and ethnical groups, and where politicians hunt for votes by playing the national or ethnical card. “I still can’t fit in Bar and Montenegro and everything that’s going on here... It seems to me now that life in Malteserhof was like a fairy tale” Lara writes in the forum after her return home. But all those who lived together in this camp know it was actually not a fairytale. And they know that what they have experienced, those three weeks of living life together with no regard to nationality, ethnicity or religion, have changed their view of the world. What is more, it has made them want to change the world itself. They started with a small step, by writing a letter to the leaders of the European Union. In that letter, they asked for the removal of the visa barrier for young people from the Western Balkans, in order to allow them to travel to Europe, to meet their old friends and to make new ones, and thereby practise the simplest and best method to fight nationalism and racism: meet “the others” in person.

Background

After a year with no summer or reunion camp, CAMPUS15 – Youth Goes for Peace, organised its long-awaited sixth international summer camp. The finding of new partners during our training course for youth workers from Central and Southeast Europe in September 2005 allowed us to somewhat widen the geographical scope of our activities. During the planning stage, there were six countries involved, but with the referendum in favour of independence in Montenegro in the early summer, the number of participating countries rose to 7.

Among many other indications, this latest episode of further division in former Yugoslavia shows that there is still every reason for enabling these international youth meetings, which bring together young people just when their political leaders propagate the need to be apart. At the same time, the young people from EU member countries – through contact with their peers from the Balkans – realise more clearly the value of peace, prosperity, and freedom of travelling; things our generation takes for granted, while the “bad sides” of the European Union are stressed. Undoubtedly, international youth meetings like these help to put things a bit more into perspective.

Acknowledgements

As always, CAMPUS15 has the pleasant duty to thank our many supporters, who are making our activities possible
The European Union by its youth action programme and its substantial financial support
The LIONS CLUB Siegburg who since 1998 has helped us with the funding
The private donors and members of CAMPUS15
The staff of the Malteserhof
CATWEASEL in Cologne – Meike Schroer and others
The TuS Dollendorf for their sportsground
Harald Berwanger, political advisor for external affairs to the Social Democratic Party’s parliamentary group, gave us some background on “Europe and the Balkan Countries” and was available for a discussion – thank you for that.
The workshop leaders Marion Ladich (Circus), Lutz Pickardt (Mask building), Jochen Baum (Theatre) and Jul Sanwidi (Music)
The project advisors: Klaus Dahmann from the Deutsche Welle and the LORA civic radio group Bonn for the radio project, Uli Gilles from the Rhein-Sieg-Kreis youth office for the video support

Finally but not least the team of counsellors:
Hannah Kalhorn, Berlin (Chief)
Ana Marojevic, Bar (Montenegro)
Annelies Wasmann, Utrecht (The Netherlands)
Elena Schiemann, Lohmar (Germany)
Erik Klär, Bonn (Germany)
Milan Radulj, Banja Luka (Bosnien und Herzegovina)
Mirela Rozajac, Sarajevo (Bosnien und Herzegovina)
Milos Zivkovic, Bela Palanka (Serbien)
Monika Skutela, Piekary (Polen)
Sanda Lisicin, Zagreb (Kroatien)

Attached:

The Malteserhof-Letter to Europe

We kindly ask you to take the time and read this letter from a small group of young Europeans, and honestly we are looking forward that you are going to hear our voice.

We are 15 and 16-year-old girls and boys from seven European countries: Bosnia-and-Hercegovina, Croatia, Germany, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Poland and Serbia.

We met at a summercamp, which took place in Malteserhof near Bonn, Germany, organised by the German NGO Campus15, to spend three weeks together. The main idea of this camp was \"Central Europe meets Southeast-Europe\", and the aim of the camp is reconciliation between young people from countries that were at war for some time in the past.

After a workshop about the European Union and its institutions, we have realised that our voice can be recognised and can change something, if we share our ideas and conclusions with you. There is no doubt that we are different when it comes to nationalities, countries, customs and traditions. But there is one thing we all have in common, and that is our friendship.

All of us would like to feel as a European, equally, but if you imagine Europe as a big house, you can see that some of us are still locked in some of the rooms. We know how to use the keys, but some of us don´t have them. The question is whether we need locks at all. We have borders on the paper, but there are no borders in our hearts and minds....

We are looking forward to your kind answer.

Sincerely yours
Fortysix young people from seven European countries

P.S. We believe you understood that we were talking about the visa system...

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