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Training Camp 2005

A New Challenge – CAMPUS15 training course for youth workers from Central and Southeast Europe - September 2005 in Bonn

For the first time in eight years, there was no CAMPUS15 camp for young people this summer. The board of CAMPUS15 had decided that it was time to take a step back, evaluate what had been achieved so far, pass on own experiences to other people working in the field of reconciliation and peace promotion through youth meetings, and learn from the experiences of others. The board was confident that there would be considerable interest in such an activity, not least because organisation members and counsellors who participated in seminars all over Europe often reported that our projects received a lot of attention.

With this in mind, CAMPUS15 planned and organised a training course for youth workers from Central Europe and Southeast Europe, which took place between September 3rd and 10th, 2005, in the youth hostel Venusberg in Bonn. From over 100 applications, 25 participants were invited, representing ten countries: Albania, Bulgaria, Bosnia-and-Hercegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Serbia-and-Montenegro (including Kosovo), Romania, Poland, the Netherlands, and Germany. Many applicants from other regions (going as far as Iraq!) had to be turned down because – on recommendation of the Youth Action Programme – the focus was on Central and Southeast Europe. As in the past, there was a particular view to the countries of former Yugoslavia, which CAMPUS15 deems crucial with regard to completing the process of European unification.

AIMS and METHODS

During the training course, the projects of CAMPUS15 were presented as a potential “role model” for projects carried out by other organisations in the future. In a similar fashion, the participants, representing a large variety of NGOs active in youth work and peace promotion, presented their own past and future projects to the whole group. Programme items that CAMPUS15 has been employing in the past years were introduced in a “hands-on approach” – thus, the participants were able to try out adventure pedagogic and creative elements such as climbing, percussion, land art, or mask building.

In group sessions, one big focus was on how to secure financial funding for international youth meetings, particularly through the EU Youth Action programme. In this context, ways of introducing “Europe and European Union” as a specific topic during youth projects were also addressed. Apart from that, many formal and informal discussion rounds served as a forum for exchanging various experiences connected with different facets of practical reconciliation and youth work.

RESULTS

Judging from both the impressions of the CAMPUS15 staff and the detailed feedback received from the participants, the training course was very successful. People were generally very satisfied with the theoretical and practical information they were able to take home with them. One of the few criticisms uttered was indeed that there had often been too little time to reflect in more depth on some of the issues that were addressed in those six short days.

For CAMPUS15, the training course was an opportunities to establish personal contacts with representatives from organisations that would make suitable partners for carrying out our future activities. In addition to our established partners in ex-Yugoslavia, organisations from Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia-and-Hercegovina, Poland, and the Netherlands entered partnership agreements with CAMPUS15 after the training course, and will be joining the organisation for the Summer Camp 2006 in Germany. Moreover, a second project targeted at young people from different Central and Southeast European countries is being organised under the leadership of a participant from Bosnia-and-Hercegovina, and involves several organisations represented in the training course. The project, Diversity in Action, is scheduled to take place in Mostar in late summer 2006.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

The Training Course was co-funded and actively supported by the National Agency for the Youth Action Programme of the European Commission. CAMPUS15 would like to extent its gratitude for the support we received, in particular to Mr. Claudius Siebel, who also headed a session during our course. Of course, the same goes for our many continuous supporters and voluntary workers who make it possible for these projects to be realised year after year.

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