The freedom from & the freedom to…
in European and Arab Societies

Seminar for
youth leaders & project organizers
from Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Egypt, Tunisia and Jordan
26th November – 04th December, 2021

The Idea
We all yearn for freedom, no matter where we live. Only how can we free ourselves from authoritarian structures? And where are the limits of our freedom, especially under conditions such as the Covid-19 crisis? How can we preserve freedom and human rights in times of severe frictions in our societies? How can we counter political and religious extremism? How can we strengthen civil society? Young activists of civil society (from Germany, Poland, and Lithuania, from Egypt, Tunisia, and Jordan) will share their experiences and find answers to those questions. We will do so in four steps:

1. Freedom and democracy: Which paths to freedom & democracy did we take in each country? Which choices did we make, which impact had the Corona crisis & where are we at now?
2. The limits of freedom: What are the limits of freedom and the challenges calling for change? How can we counter religious and political extremism? 
3. Freedom and diversity: How do we handle diversity in our societies? How can we develop a true dialogue? We will visit NGOs, share best practices, and use approaches on diversity as an indicator of freedom and democracy.
4. Freedom and Coherence: How can we establish structures that keep society together? How can we strengthen freedom and democracy in follow-up activities back home?

The Topics
• The different concepts of reality: how to make democracy work
• The stony paths to democracy: chances and choices in European and Arab societies
• The limits of freedom: Covid-19 crisis and restrictions in human rights
• Diversity and district development: strengthening civil society (with visits to projects in Hamburg)
• The challenge of choice and freedom: Diversity and dialogue in democracy education
• Whom can we trust? Overcoming fears and trustbuilding measures
• advocacy work and civic empowerment

Project Design & Technical Details
• costs: 50,00 € for participants from Poland include full board, program costs & excursions
• travel expense refund: up to a maximum of € 180.- related to lump sums of Erasmus+ program
• Target group: youth leaders & project organizers from Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Egypt, Tunisia & Jordan
• Date of the seminar: 26 Nov. – 04 Dec. 2021
• Seminar language: English
• Participation certificates: will be provided in English with details on the program and sponsors

Please apply to:
Mr. Martin Kaiser
Gustav Stresemann Institut in Nds. e.V.
Klosterweg 4 ▪ 29549 Bad Bevensen ▪ Germany
Tel.: +49 (0)5821 955-111
Fax: +49 (0)5821 955-299
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Please provide all the information required in the application form.

Flyer. Application Form.pdf

Application deadline: 5th November, 2021


Cooperation partners
Germany: Gustav Stresemann Institute, Bad Bevensen is an independent center for democracy and tolerance education. Dialogue and diversity are major tasks of its training programs. GSI cooperates with local, national, and international networks.
Poland: The International Youth Center (IJBS), Krzyżowa is a place of international youth encounters and dialogue. Its projects and seminars include democracy education, anti-discrimination & diversity training. IJBS understands its activities as a contribution to strengthening a peaceful and democratic European society.
Lithuania: Vilnius University Students’ Representation (VUSA) has a general focus on students’ activities & representation. This includes international exchange programs with EU member states, Baltic States, and Scandinavia.
Egypt: St. Mena Forum for Peace and Development is a center of the Coptic Church located in the dioceses of Beni Suef. It engages in peacebuilding programs, leadership training for youth workers, and friendship programs designed for confidence-building measures.
Jordan: Debate Foundation, Amman, works on spreading the culture of dialogue and debate in
the community, enhancing the acceptance of others’ opinions, and generalizing positive examples. We work with discussion sessions, interactive meetings, simulations, and social media.
Tunisia: The Club Culturel Ali Belhouane Tunis is a non-government organization running cultural projects with young people. It supports them in widening their horizon, engaging in intercultural dialogue, and strengthening civil society. Its international projects are run with partner organizations in Europe and Northern Afric

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