War and Peace: How are we going to remember the future?

 

In commemoration of 75th anniversary of the end of World War II Loesje International organizes a training course for youth workers and activists under the name War and Peace: How are we going to remember the future? People from eight different European countries will come together for the duration of the project.

The main goal of War and Peace project is to overcome the alarming trend to forget many sad lessons of history and the dangers that come with it. Every day of the 7 day training course there will be Loesje workshops during which the participants are stimulated to exchange knowledge about such topics as: wars in past and present; how to gain and obtain peace; refugees then and now; censorship and freedom of speech and the importance of remembrance. 

Daily Loesje International reaches out to thousands of young people through the posters we create. We believe we have a lot to share. Our training course consists of topical lectures, workshops, educational games and poster-spreading sessions with target audience being youth and social workers and activists through whom we will reach and influence many young people in Europe and beyond, thus investing into the future. We want to equip youth workers and activists with new creative tools to inspire young people.

The main objectives of our project are:

- Promote and strengthen wider cooperation network with the other organisations and individuals working in the youth field.

- Increase capacities of youth organisations involved in the project, by equipping them with skills, competences and tools.

- Benefit from each other expertise and exchange experience.

- Draw attention to the connection between events of the past (such as xenophobia, propaganda, genocide and wars) and present day world situation and work on ways to prevent them

- Make heavy topics, which are being addressed during the training course, accessible and more personal, by means of employing our Loesje Creative Writing methods.

- Reach out to a broader and young audience through youth-workers education and foster youth-led dialogue about European values and culture of peace and non-violence.

- Bridge the gap between formal education and informal learning through youth-workers education.

- Provide youth workers with the skills to support collective actions and lead peace related dialogue.

- Promote fundamental values of tolerance, social equality and shared responsibility.

- Prevent xenophobia, social exclusion and discrimination.

War and Peace training course will take place at the Youth Meeting Center Ysselsteyn. Situated near the WWII German military cemetery, it is a perfect location for discussions about war and peace, since the Netherlands were occupied by Germany during World War II, the place itself rises controversial questions and discussions on the subject.

Since 2019 Our project is co-funded by the Dutch National Agency Erasmus+

Our International Partners:

 

Croatia - 

Germany - 

Poland - 

Estonia - 

Latvia - 

Italy - 

Lithuania - 

Youth Initiative for Human Rights

Mariaberg e. V.

Stowarzyszenie Bona Fides

Seiklejate Vennaskond

Talsi Region Community Foundation

Associazione "Il circo pace e bene"

Mano Europa

Our partners in the Netherlands:

 

 

In 2017-2019 we worked together with:

PAX for Peace

Wageningen 45

the National Liberation Museum 1944-1945

De Vrije Ruimte (democratic eduction)

House Across Borders Lommel

Apostolisch Genootschap Haarlem

 


War and Peace posters:

 


 

 

 
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