Anti-Racism in International Youth Work
Recognizing My White Privilege:  I Understand That I Will Never Understand. But I Stand.
Charlotte Lohmann, IYMC Krzyżowa

I understand that I will never understand. That I will never have to hear again and again the question "Where are you from"? That I will never be the only person on a train or bus asked for identification. That I will never be held back and hurt by the blatant systemic racism and everyday racism. That I will never be denied services or work or apartments because of my skin colour. That I will never have to endure struggles and obstacles in life because of my skin colour. I understand that I will never understand, but I stand.

When the pictures of the brutal police operation against George Floyd spread around the world, people began to demonstrate in the streets and the IYMC Krzyżowa was also faced with the question of whether and how we should express ourselves, because anti-racism is a fundamental principle for us: There is no neutrality towards racist and extreme right-wing positions and, quite clearly, the framework of the Convention on Human Rights can not be exceeded.

"Welcome to the new (virtual) reality"
28.05.2020, Charlotte Lohmann, Agnieszka Żegańska 

Before we finally realize a project, months of hard work are already behind us.

Almost a year ago, we, the Krzyzowa Foundation and our partner, the Kreisau-Initiative e.V., won the NETTZ-Förderpreis. The awarded project was #CreatingSpace A digital future with ethics in mind. The starting point for the project was the reflection that we, as institutions of civic education, increasingly see the need of not treating civic education and digital competences as separate issues. However, it seems to us that it is necessary to work on expanding media literacy through inclusion of competences in the field of digital media ethics.

Thus, first we were awarded the price. Then it was followed by the successful launch event in December and our first event on digital ethics took place in Kreisau. Full of energy for action we then went into the conception to continue the project series in 2020. The participants* were recruited and the financing was secured, but then came Corona and the question was: Do we dare to do it online? YES!

After an organisational marathon and thanks to the flexibility of our sponsors, the Foundation for German-Polish Cooperation and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the participants*, the concept for the online training was ready after a few days of intensive work.

Now follows an interview with Agnieszka Zeganska and Charlotte Lohmann, both education specialists of the IYMC Krzyzowa, how they experienced the online training. The special thing about the interview is that it is conducted in German and Polish, because that is the reality in which the IYMC in Krzyzowa works. In our daily work we are surrounded by different languages every day, which tuck us up like a piece of clothing that people like to wear. One gets used to it and never wants to take it off.

Language Emergency Service from Krzyżowa
19.05.2020, Lucyna Boryczko

For two months now, e-learning has been carried out in Polish schools. Much has been said about the increasingly visible social stratification and exclusion affecting a large group of students. Most often, there is talk about families without appropriate equipment and dysfunctional families. Unfortunately, apart from people who are digitally or socio-economically excluded, we also observe other groups that are severely affected by the negative effects of e-learning. Among them there are many students with migration experience.

To understand their difficult situation, it is enough to think about how e-learning looks in families where parents speak Polish. Through the eyes of our imagination (or our own, if we have children) we can see a somewhat comical picture of the family members, who often try to continue their duties - work and study, moved from offices and schools to their homes. The latter already makes us smile. Where did the home environment go? Parents, often uncertain of tomorrow, try to cope with their duties at all costs - they reply to emails, answer phone calls, and almost at the same time cook, resolve conflicts between children and manage the division of computer equipment between the household members. In addition, they often have to act as teachers for their own children. Easy? Now let's imagine that we don't speak Polish or speak poorly, and our children participate in remote learning taking place in this language.

Where to find inspiration? We recommend educational platforms
13.05.2020, Anna Kudarewska

Krzyżowa is a place whose heart is education. However, as we already know from the previous post on " The Pedagogue's Blog", the most important is the process. And we want very much, at different stages, to support participants of this very important and interesting process - students, teachers, parents - by showing new ways, unconventional solutions, interesting methods, inspiring materials.

The important areas in which the IYMC in Krzyżowa is active are - besides historical education and civic education - intercultural and global education. For several years now, we have been working and implementing tools that broaden, complement and enrich formal education in these areas, as well as providing ready-made materials, scenarios and training, thus supporting teachers and educators who then pass on their knowledge to children and young people.

We would like to recommend you two educational platforms - created or co-created by us - which can be a support during the period of e-learning forced by pandemic . What is important for us is that they address a very important issue in times of social isolation - global and intercultural education.

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