1st European Youth Conference: Strengthening the Recognition of Non-formal Education in European Youth Work
19-25 March 2013 | Cracow, Poland
One of the main challenges of European youth work is the recognition of the value of youth work as non-formal learning among public and private institutions as well as among the general population on one hand and the recognition of learning outcomes of youth participating in youth work activities on the other hand. Facing the challenges of the new EU program “Erasmus for all” the requested project proposal therefore focuses on the two interlinked processes of formal/political as well as social recognition of youth work and non-formal learning. The objectives of the project are:
• To facilitate the communication between the involved stakeholders
• To foster the transfer of knowledge within the EU27
• To increase the transparency and quality of YW and NFL activities
The activities are based on principles & practice of non-formal learning including various activities as open space, lectures/ speeches/inputs, floors include. exercises, simulations, which are creating situations for deeper personal reflection, followed by concentrated debriefing, work in small mixed groups, inputs, presentations & discussion of results, e.g. through fishbowl method, field trips, meetings & roundtables, workshops, free time activities & intercultural activities. The methods are based on a learning process & stimulating creativity, active participation and initiative. Last but not least is to get connected and finding synergy-effects between us and new projects under the umbrella of YiA Programme of the European Commission.
The following countries are eligible:
· Czech Republic
you’re head over heels for non-formal education
you’re familiar with non-formal learning methods
you took part at least at one YiA-Activity
you’re an active member of a NGO or youth organization
you’re able to participate active at the Youth Conference
you’re not a Youth in Action tourist J
you love to share your experiences, ideas and passion
This is a open call for participants. Nevertheless priority is given to participants who are applying via the official project partners (please refer to our page as well as the provided guide).
A comprehensive guide with further information and application link is available under: http://www.cge-erfurt.org/?p=2585
Or apply directly via:
—summer university for peace
Teaching Peace in the 21st Century: 5th Annual Summer Institute for Faculty
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The University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies invites you and your team to register for the 5th Annual Summer Institute for Faculty in Peace Studies Program Development, June 9 – 14, 2013. APPLY BY FEB. 1!
The Summer Institute brings together teams of academics who want to launch a peace studies program at their college or university; strengthen or develop a new dimension to a peace studies program; or move an established peace studies program to the next level of design and rigor.
engage with leading thinkers on contemporary issues in peace studies practice, research, and teaching
explore the pedagogical, administrative, and communications challenges of developing peace studies courses and programs
collaborate with teams of faculty on course development while benefitting from the ideas and expertise of others in the field
The Institute begins in the late afternoon on Sunday, June 9, and ends just before lunch on Friday, June 14. George A. Lopez, an internationally recognized authority on peace studies program development, leads the program. Kroc Institute faculty and staff serve as plenary speakers and as consultants to teams.
The cost of the week’s program is $165 per faculty participant (each team should include at least 3 faculty members), plus transportation to Notre Dame and lodging in dorms or alternate accommodations. This fee, plus a subsidy from the Kroc Institute, covers the full cost of breakfast, dinner, snacks, and all program materials.
Peace through Mentorship
Interested in Mentorship? Leadership? Click here to find resources.
Peace X Peace calls on women from all over the world who have experience in peacebuilding toapply to be a mentor for our spring session!
Session dates are as follows:
Session 1: Feb 18- April 8
Session 2: March 11- April 28
Mentors are asked to commit 30-40 minutes each week (for a duration of 8 weeks) to the program. Complete our online application form.
*Please Note: We are only accepting Mentor Applications at this time. Mentee applications will be open Jan 29th. Please check back at that time, if you are interested in begin mentored.
This program is designed to foster a network of professional relationships between young women seeking to build peace and advance through their chosen professions and older women who seek to share their wisdom and experience. Mentors will be asked to provide mentees with guidance on career choices, answer questions about professional development, assist with developing resumes and finding internships and other opportunities, and instill in the mentee a sense of urgency and passion for peace and women’s rights. We want to ensure that the next generation of women are able to carry the torch for peace and empowerment by learning from the wisdom of those who have gone before them. As it is becoming increasingly important to empower women to stand for peace, this program is offering the chance for young women to gain extra support to be able to make a big difference
We ask mentors and mentees to commit to 30 minutes every week for two months. We recommend that calls/skype be 30 minutes each week on the same day and at the same time. Pairs will communicate their weekly meeting time with our mentorship coordinator prior to the first meeting. The pair can continue on after the initial time period, but consistency at the beginning is important to develop a rapport and to help the mentee develop specific plans and next steps.
Matching: The matching will be done by us through an application process in which we will pair the most compatible mentor with a mentee. This will be based on the five criteria for the different categories as well as those who fit our mission at Peace X Peace. Once the pairs are made there will be an initial phone call with our Mentorship Coordinator and the mentor/mentee to introduce them and get them acquainted with what is going to happen.
From then on we will pose a suggested conversation starter/question for each meeting to ensure they are getting something out of the partnership and have focused conversations. At the end of the program there will be an evaluation questionnaire to see what they both got out of it and see what can be improved
1) Peace Media
Women everywhere are successfully using media to promote peace and women’s empowerment. This mentor will be in the media profession, someone who has experience with publications, video, radio, television, or social media. She will mentor young women who are interested in gaining skills in one of the above-listed fields.
This category is specifically for women who work in peacebuilding, mediation, conflict resolution, or international relations. Women in this field are on the frontlines of the peace movement and will be able to mentor young women who seek to enter these fields.
3) Peace Arts and Peace Education
Peacebuilding pioneer Johan Galtung defines peace as nonviolence plus empathy and creativity. Mentors in this category will be artists whose work builds peace, peace educators, peace-minded mental health professionals, and experts in Nonviolent communication. Mentors will share their strategies for building peace through education and the arts with young women seeking to do the same.
4) Connection Point (Arab, Muslim, Western)
In 2011 Peace X Peace started the Connection Point project, which seeks to break down stereotypes and other barriers between Arab, Muslim, and mainstream Western women. A Connection Point mentor will be an Arab or Muslim woman mentoring a young Western woman or a Western professional mentoring a young Arab or Muslim woman. Their relationship will build peace while the young woman gains the guidance she needs in her chosen career path.
This is a broad category that can include most professions and business areas. We are seeking professional women with an affinity for peace in their daily lives, whether or not it is the focus of their work. This woman will be able to guide young women seeking a career in the same field who want to make room for their passion for peace in the bustling corporate world.
If you have any questions, please contact our Mentorship Coordinator, Nawal Rajeh email@example.com.
Please note: Because this is a program focused on women’s professional development, we will not consider applications from men.
—call for project:
exploring New Shores – great changes create chances
22-28 April 2013 | Beskydy Mountains -www.hotelameryka.cz/en/, Czech Republic
Interactive and experiential training course that aims to develop participants´ skills for dealing with change and challenging situations as well as foster their mentoring and leadership skills to support young people dealing with change.
A 7-days non-formal interactive training course for youth workers and youth leaders who wish to develop their ability to deal with change and challenge in order to support young people in their communities.
The training aims to empower the participants to put their true potential, creativity and strengths into action to get the best out of a new/ challenging period of life and to be able to use this ability for the good of young people (dealing with the topic of “CHANGE”) they are working with.
*to explore and identify how CHANGE can be used as an opportunity for young people both in their personal and professional life.
*to promote active citizenship, participation of young people and responsibility to make CHANGE in one’s and others life
*to promote international volunteering and exchange experiences within the youth field
*to generate strategies and tools that serve young people to use their creativity and talents to achieve their goals and dreams
• Countries involved:
EU countries: Czech Republic (hosting), Netherlands, Ireland, Spain, Italy
Euro-Med countries: Israel, Egypt, Palestine
• Target Participants: Youth workers, Youth leaders
• Language of the training: English
• Number of participants: 26
• Date and venue: 22-28/04/2013, Beskydy mountains, Czech Republic
• Trainers team: Bara Blahova (Czech Republic), Oliver Schneitter (Israel &Switzerland) and Gabi Steinprinz (Netherlands)
• Methodology: non-formal education, combination of indoor and outdoor activities
Dealing with change is considered a crucial competence with growing importance within European fast changing society. “Change” can be a new environment, a stay abroad or the change of living or working conditions for young people with different backgrounds. This new period of life comes with a lot of great moments as well as challenges. As a result of experiences on the training course, participants learn to turn difficult situations into valuable opportunities for personal growth. They are challenged to reassess their values, stretch their capacities and practice new life skills while gaining awareness of previously hidden aspects of their own personalities.
All the program elements are evaluated by the youth workers both on a personal level for themselves and on professional level as it offers tools that can be used while working with their young people in their communities.
This second edition of “Exploring New Shores” is implementing the evaluation of its pilot edition and changes made on the basis of thorough evaluation and post-evaluation 4 months after the first TC (see documents further)
For the 2nd edition the crucial innovative aspect is the stronger intercultural aspects reached by involving Euro-Med countries.
this Training course is
for 26 participants
from Czech Republic, Egypt, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Netherlands, Spain
and recommended for
Youth workers, Youth leaders, EVS mentors/tutors
—call for papers
CALL FOR PAPERS
European Communication, Research and Education (ECREA)
Organisational and Strategic Communication (OSC) Section
Public relations and strategic communication in divided societies.
Sponsored by the Institute for Research in Social Science (IRISS) University of Ulster and the Higher Education Connecting Fund of the University of Ulster.
Place: Belfast, University of Ulster
Time: Friday June 14, 2013 (9.30 -18.00)
Cost: £50 (Includes lunch, tea/coffee and evening reception)
Most empirical studies of public relations focus on the activity as it is practiced within ‘normal’ liberal democratic societies. This has arguably had a hegemonic influence on attempts within the academy to theorize public relations. An important if controversial question is whether the theory building, and ensuing public relations models, developed in these ‘normal’ societies have an application to the many countries in the world which are divided by deep societal cleavages along racial, ethnic, religious or linguistic lines. The purpose of this Conference is to not only respond to this question but also to explore how public relations practice in divided, conflicted and post-conflict societies may contribute to theory building in the field of public relations and strategic communication more generally.
Public relations and strategic communication can be defined as activities employed by organizations to promote competing discourses in order to facilitate a favourable position within local, national and global contexts. Such a definition obviously highlights the political role of public relations in purposively influencing the meaning making process. This intersection of public relations and socio-political environments, which characterizes much of the public relations and strategic communication practice in divided, conflict and post-conflict societies, will be a key focus of this Conference.
Submission: Extended Abstracts (500-1000 words) to be submitted no later than February 28, 2013. Notification of acceptance will be made by March 15, 2013. Deadline for registration is May 1, 2013.
Travel and accommodation bursary: a limited number of bursaries are available, up to the value of £400 to assist with travel and accommodation costs. Please contact Dr Ian Somerville for details: firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor Maureen Taylor, Gaylord Family Chair of Strategic Communication in the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Oklahoma, USA. Her address is entitled:
‘Nation building in the Former Yugoslavia: How can public relations rebuild relationships?’
Dr Margalit Toledano, Waikato Management School, University of Wiakato, New Zealand. Her address is entitled:
‘Dialogue with the enemy: Lessons for public relations from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.’
Submission of Abstracts
Selection of papers for the Conference will be based upon blind peer-reviewed Abstracts.
Format for Abstracts:
Length: 500-1000 words (Reference list does not count as part of the word limit)
Deadline for submission: February 28, 2013
Decisions about acceptance of Abstracts will be notified by: March 15, 2013
Submission of the Abstracts: Please e-mail your Abstract as a separate Word file to:
On the actual Abstract no name or designation should appear. The Abstract page should just include:
- Title of Paper
- 500-1000 word Abstract
When submitting your Abstract please include on a separate page the following personal contact information:
Organisation and Department:
Organising team: Dr Ian Somerville, Professor Owen Hargie, Dr Pauline Irving, Charis Rice
(School of Communication, University of Ulster).
The Atlantic Council, in partnership with the Ecologic Institute, is pleased to announce that the Emerging Leaders in Environmental and Energy Policy Network (ELEEP) is seeking applications from rising leaders in the United States and European Union.
Each year, InterAction’s photography contest focuses on incredible humanitarian and development work done in the field.
We encourage you to submit your most provocative photos that illustrate innovative, effective and inspiring efforts in international relief and development. All images should be of work in the field, outside the United States.
DEADLINE: March 1, 2013
Model European Union (MEU) is a prestigious simulation of Europeaninstitutions and politics. Organised by the Bringing Europeans
Association (BETA) e.V, it is an informal educational project which
aims to give young individuals a first-hand experience of the complex
the European Union’s decision-making process. Hosted in the European
Parliament, the 7th edition of the Strasbourg conference will take
place in Strasbourg, France between the 20th – 27th April 2013. During
this time, over 180 young people will take on the roles of Ministers
of the Council, Members of the European Parliament, lobbyists,
journalists and interpreters. The application process closes on the
31st January 2013. For more information and the rules of application,