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  • In March the City of Amsterdam will organize a European congress on integration. They asked Loesje whether they could print some of her texts on cards. Of course Loesje wants her texts to be spread all over the world so she agreed. The cards will be spread during dinner taking place on 8 March, International Women's Day. Participants will be asked to send the card to an important woman in their lives.

    These are the texts selected. You can find them in the poster archive:

    - international women's day / I greet my sisters on the other side of the world 
    - who is the director of your gender role
    - diversity / why do we like it in our supermarkets but not in the streets
    - coming out of the closet / why put people in there in the first place
    - who has something to loose by equal parenting
    - professional / is that a male word
    - Europe / a thousand miles from here there is another person smiling
    - European integration / spread wealth and people
  • Our Armenian Loejse member Hranush Shahnazaryan will represent Loesje at the Advisory Council on Youth of the Council of Europe the coming two years! We are very happy about this for the sake of Loesje as well as Hranush. The Advisory Council of Youth is made up of 30 representatives from youth NGOs and networks who provide opinions and input on all youth sector activities. It also ensures that young people are involved in other activities of the Council of Europe.

     

  • The January poster series is available in the Poster Archive. Print them and spread them around!

  • Dates: 28.07 - 08.08.2011

    Place: Tronle, Bertogne, Belgium
    Venue: Gîte Le Baty (http://www.gite-lebaty.be/)

    Loesje’s Summercamp 2012 will happen in Belgium from the 28th of July until the 8th of August. Let’s all come together and discover a bit more about this country. Because yes, Belgium hold the world record of the longest period without an official government, but it is also the country of tremendous inventions (as roller skates), three official languages available (Dutch, French and German), delicious food (chocolate, biers and waffles) and, last but not least, European Union capital town.

    To mix your brains a bit, I will try to explain the multilangual issue of Belgium. We are going to Wallonia. It is the part of Belgium where a lot of French speakers live in (but not all of them) and also where the German speaking Belgians lives in ( this time all of them). This Wallonian region, where the Summercap is happening, is called Province du Luxembourg which apart from the name, the complexity of language and the geographical proximity, is not related to the neighbooring country. To finish with this, the gite is located in a French speaking area but still every Belgians is learning at school Flemish and French, speaking it might be something else. 

    The gîte Le Baty is located in a tiny village called Tronle, near Bertogne in South East Wallonia in a region known for it nice forests and woods. We will be 60 km away from France and Germany, 10 km away from Luxembourg and 80 km away from the Netherlands. Pretty central for such a tiny village!

    At the gîte, we will find some habitable rooms, a big cooking area, a bar, 10 cosy sleeping rooms, a big play field, a piano, showers, toilets, an indoor fireplace and special area to play pétanque. There will be place to build up tents and woods all around.

    The program will be similar to last year's. Loads of interesting workshops - School of Freedom - where everyone can teach and show whatever he/she/whatever can or wants to share and people can attend whatever workshop they feel like to. In the evenings we will have either various, entertaining programs or some of our legendary parties, or likewise both of them, or free time, secret meetings, secret parties, secret other stuff…

    We can suggest various ways for traveling to Belgium

    > Hitchhiking: Free the hippie inside of you, grab a flower and go for it. Loads of long-distance truckers on the road. (Beware of burglary though - make sure that while they are stealing your bag, you steal their truck!)

    > Bike: You should know that it won't be as easy as biking though Amsterdam or Berlin even though it would probably be more relax and beautiful. But anyway summercamps are for adventures and it will be easier than riding though the Alps!

     > Eurolines/Ecolines: Check yourself from where you'd like to depart, it's really doable. Big cities around are Liege (80km,Be), Maastricht (120km,Ne), Aachen (120km,Ge), Luxembourg (50km,Lu) or Metz (150km,Fr).

    > Train: The closest train station seems to be Libramont (24km from the gite), check the national railway company, the SNCB. For people under 26, you can buy the "Go pass" which is 50 euros for 10 rides anywhere in Belgium. When you go out of the country make sure you found a nice young Belgian that is willing to buy what is left from your ticket. 

    > Local bus: There is the possibility of asking for bus upon request in the province where we will be. Here you can find more info (in French). We will probably make a group reservation in order to get to and go from the gite. http://www.infotec.be/index.aspx?PageId=634074614763892539

    > Plane: The fastest and environmentally most polluting way. We will be equal distance from Brussels and Köln/Cologne about 150km.

    > Carsharing: Look on the web to find people offering seats in their cars on Carpooling.com . There is possibility to search for “international” travels, from the Netherlands to Belgium for example :)

    > Car: You could put up a group to travel there by car.



    We are going to figure out how to get from the bigger cities around to the gite. We will either rent small buses or request one of the Tel-Bus.

    We really hope a lot of people can't resist the urge to come and we're looking forward to enjoying an unforgettable time with you guys! See you all in the summer! More information are following on this website, so keep tuned! Registration will be open around March 2012.

    All pictures ( except the map ) are authored by the team of Le Gite Le Baty. 

  • On Sturday, December 3, Warsaw welcomed the first Loesje's mural in Poland. The Polish version of the poster "The longer you wait for the future the shorter it will be" was (legally) painted on a wall in Warsaw's Praga Polnoc district, on 38 Stalowa St. As the size matters, the mural is about 4,5 meter wide and about 6 meter high.

    pic by Jarosław Żeliński

    pic by Jarosław Żeliński

    pic by Jarosław Żeliński

    Pictures by Jarosław Żeliński

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    About
    Pekarna.Tv  is a pilot project of the Cultural Association and Youth Center IndiJanez, the purpose of which is to present cultural events, local scene, society , everyday life and practices, cultural happenings and diversity - through the eyes of  young people. Multimedia portal www.pekarna.tv consists of various programmes that cover topics such as: activism, social commentary, documentaries, short interviews, local events, concerts, youth scenes, social and behavioral characteristics of urban life etc. The aim of Pekarna.TV is to be an independent, alternative television that reports about young people, society, different problematics (marginalization, discrimination, youth unemployment, prejudices, corruption, ecological and environmental problems etc.) and cultural events in lines with freedom of communication and expression. There is also room for humour and irony. The spirit of Pekarna.TV is that of  pacifism, active citizenship, freedom, critical thinking, tolerance, co-existence , anti-capitalism and anti-consumption, well being of all species etc.

    Volunteers will work in production of contents for Pekarna.tv from conceptualization to filming and making the final product, namely videos for the online television. They can work in front of or behind camera. Volunteers will work for 6 months in the city of Maribor, Slovenia. The project starts on 1st September 2014.

    The project has been designed to be a part of the EVS program. The volunteers will gain knowledge and experience in the following areas:

    Fieldwork
    Photography
    Film & TV production
    Computer design and desktop publishing
    Journalism
    Video editing
    Multimedia Design

    We are looking for creative, independent, open-minded individuals with a strong interest in working with camera and different people. Knowledge of English language is a must. We do however also understand German.

    Pekarna (meaning bakery in Slovenian language) is a complex of ex-army barracks squatted in 1994 and turned into a cultural center. It has an alternative status in the city and is a meeting point for different subcultures and various young people.  The organization  IndiJanez also runs a club (called MC) in Pekarna complex where concerts, exhibitions and cultural events are taking place regularly.

    Regulations
    You are not allowed to be Slovene or currently have Slovene residency
    You should be between 19 and 30 years old
    You should be a citizen of the European Union, EEA or CH
    You should have a permanent residence in Germany

    Application details
    Deadine for applying 5th August
    Please send your CV and a motivational letter to: office@klub-mc.si


    Contact
    Skype: IndiJanez_
    Phone: +386 0 40 337 099
    Mail: office@klub-mc.si
    Pekarna.Tv website: www.pekarna.tv
    web page of the Youth Center: www.pekarna.net


    Practical arrangements
    Accommodation is arranged and for free, you will be staying either in a cosy EVS flat where you will live together with the other EVS volunteer(s) or alone in a hostel-like room with your own kitchen and bathroom. You will get money for food and pocket money, insurance, a Slovene language course and a bike if desired. A mentor, as a personal guide will be present during your EVS period, although we encourage self-initiative, because an active attitude is essential for the work we do.
     

  • Ein Jahr voller abenteuerlicher Ereignisse habe ich im Rahmen des EFD in Frankreich erlebt. In Poitiers habe ich in einem Appartement im studentischen Wohnheim zusammen mit zwei Freiwilligen aus Spanien gewohnt. Zur Arbeit bin ich etwa 20 Minuten zu Fuß durch eine hügelige und romantische Landschaft gegangen. Zu meinen Aufgaben im Regionalen Informationszentrum für Jugendliche (CRIJ) gehörte die Betreuung des Empfangs und die Information des Publikums rund um die Wohnungssuche, Ausgehmöglichkeiten, Suche nach Mobilitätsprogrammen im Ausland…

    Außerdem habe ich viele Dokumentationsrecherchen im Internet gemacht und Datenbanken gepfelgt. Ich habe bei verschiedenen Foren von meinen Erfahrungen als Freiwillige erzählt. Was mir auch viel Freude gemacht hat war, dass ich meinen Kollegen in der Region Poitou-Charentes bei verschiedenen Veranstaltungen mit Partnern von meiner Organisation assistieren konnte. Auf diese Weise habe ich einen umfassenden Überblick über die Funktion der CRIJ bekommen. Die Kollegen waren sehr hilfsbereit und haben mir viel Zeit gewidmet, damit ich einen Überblick über die Arbeitsbereiche jedes einzelnen Mitarbeiters bekomme.
    Darüber hinaus hatte ich einen Tutor an meiner Seite und eine Sprachunterstützung ein Mal pro Woche.

    Da Poitiers eine Universitätsstadt ist, in der mehr als 20 % der Bevölkerung Studenten ausmachen, konnte ich dank der Studentischen Initiative Méli Mélo an vielen Ausflügen mit Erasmus Studenten teilnehmen, wie z. B. Latino- oder Polyglotabende, Exkursionen durch die Umgebung oder private Partys. In meiner Freizeit habe ich die Atlantikküste entdeckt, wo ich das bekannte Aquarium in La Rochelle oder den sehr bekannten Zoo in Palmyr besucht habe. Außerdem habe ich mithilfe von couchsurfing die Cote d´Azur bereist.
    Dieses Jahr hat mein Leben in persönlicher und beruflicher Hinsicht sehr bereichert. Ich habe viele herzliche und sehr interessante Menschen kennen gelernt und habe meinen Horizont erweitert.

    Ich empfehle es sehr, sich zu trauen neue Kulturen 

    und Lebensweisen im Ausland zu entdecken, da man dort viel lernt und man mit seinen Aufgaben wächst.

    Daria

  • Hupsakee, vier nieuwe posters erbij.

    Cyberpesten / niet enkel voor übernerds viaduct bij valavond knipperende lichtjes en zacht geroezemoes vreemd ben je enkel voor de ander warme winter, er zijn al panda's gespot in het Zuiden

  •                                                                                                                                        This is the training course where you can develop your trainer competencies
    in working with Human Rights Education on national and international level!
     
    Objectives:

     

    ■ Developing trainers’ knowledge and compe-

    tencies in key concepts of Human Right Educa-

    tion with young people.

    ■ Reviewing and addressing essential compe-

    tencies, skills and attitudes for a trainer when

    working with Human Rights Education in non-

    formal learning setting.

    In this training:
     

    ■ An analysis of the competencies, skills and values of

    trainers working with Human Rights Education.

    ■ Practical workshops on essential skills and attitudes

    for trainers.

    ■ A review of the evolution of Human Rights Education

    in Europe and the present challenges that it faces.

    ■ Opportunities to share experiences and challenges

    of developing Human Rights education in formal and

    non-formal education settings.

    General information
     
    ■Dates: April 16-25, 2014.
     
    ■Location: Armenia, city of Dilijan.
     
    ■The working language is English.
     
    ■36 Participants from 12 countries.
     
    ■Only for people from:
    Finland, Armenia, Egypt,
    Macedonia, Palestine, Hungary, Ukraine, Italy,
    The Netherlands. Latvia, Germany, Serbia.
     
    Financial conditions
     
    ■Accommodation and catering are fully covered.
     
    ■70% Reimbursement of travel expenses.
     
    Travel reimbursement
    Expenses for accommodation and catering,
    as well as 70 percent* of your travel costs
    are covered with financial support from
    Youth in Action programme of the European
    Union.
     
    About the organisation
     
    Loesje is an international network of young, creative citi-
    zens organised in both local informal groups and national
    associations. It is also a “Dutch girl” who so-to-say signs all
    the posters. The foundation ‘Loesje International’ was founded
    in the Netherlands, and has its international office in Berlin.
    The Loesje network’s main focus areas are culture and crea-
    tive expression; human rights and democracy; international
    peace, tolerance and the fight against racism and xenophobia;
    environmental protection and climate change and internation-
    al as well as personal development. With the posters Loesje
    inspires people to reflect, take action and form their own
    opinions. As well as this, Loesje develops inspiring projects
    which create space for the participants to develop and express
    their ideas, thoughts and opinions, and offer opportunities to
    disseminate the results to a wider audience, both locally and
    internationally.
     
    Deadline: 28th February
     
    For more information and for the application form contact: martina@loesje.org