MINELRES: UNITED Summercamp 'Youth Challenges History'

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E-NEWS 20/6/05: UNITED Summercamp 'Youth Challenges History'

UNITED Summercamp  'Youth challenges History - Young people's
contribution to European History Discourses'
13-20 August 2005, Cracow (Poland)

Second and last selection round - just some places left

If your organisation is interested to nominate a representative, please
return the registration form (below) before July 6 by email to UNITED

Description and aims:
A group of 30-35 young participants (youth and young leaders aged 18-30)
from different European countries will work on innovative approaches to
history as a cause of conflicts. Participants will be challenged during
interactive sessions, case studies and simulations. Lectures by experts
and specialist for intercultural education and history will be the basis
for workshops. The participants are asked to take active part in the
whole training course and partly to provide units by themselves.

The training course will enable the participants to gain theoretical and
practical knowledge in the meaning of history for intercultural
education and mutual understanding in a European dimension. The project
consists of meetings with different experts, workshops and excursions to
Krakow and Auschwitz (see draft program attached).

A similar UNITED training course was already provided in August 2003. A
report of the 2003 training is accessible at:
http://www.united.non-profit.nl/pages/repsum03.htm and the resulting
thematic leaflet 'History  Interpretation as a Cause of Conflicts in
Europe' at: http://www.united.non-profit.nl/pages/thema01.htm

The aim of the training is to promote the idea of understanding and
non-violent conflict resolution by learning and exchanging knowledge on
history interpretations as a source of conflicts and misunderstandings.
We will have a look at regional and European historical developments,
enlarge our knowledge about European history and see how it is taught in

An important part of the training is to see how the media, state and
society are dealing with history. If we try to understand our history
and how it is part of our identity, we make the first step to
understanding others. This knowledge is important for all international
youth work. We will create the best conditions to fight intolerance and
discrimination when we know about circumstances and backgrounds of its

Main subjects of the training:
1. History interpretations as a motor for regional conflicts
2. Regional history: Krakow's history and the history of its minorities
3. European History and the new European constitution
4. The role of Media as modern writers of history
5. Case studies: present examples of how history was interpreted leading
to misunderstandings/fights.
6. Education against prejudices: encourage co-operation to revise
history and geography textbooks.

Active participation and the sharing of experience is essential to the
training. We will look at the historical and present situation in some
of our home-countries. There will be time in the program to speak about
important issues which come up during the training and to organise
follow up actions.


content / working methods (see draft program attached)
Plenaries, intercultural learning activities, role-plays, lectures from
experts, visits of historical places, films, music....
It's very important that the participants are motivated to actively
participate in the training course. The training course is divided in
four different dimensions around history.

History and conflicts: We will learn about history as an underlying
reason for regional conflicts and misunderstandings through lectures and
Media as modern writer of history: We will have a look on different
media sources and their impacts on history interpretation.
Case Studies: we will focus on a specific region and work out the role
of history. In that way, we will explore how history interpretations
stimulate conflicts.
Education against Prejudices: We will work on themes like tolerance,
discrimination, and human rights with the help of examples from history
and geography textbooks. Participants will discuss on how they can
revise, promote or prepare more objective books and come to a European
intercultural history interpretation.

- should be between 18 - 30 years old
- should be active in European youth organisations, anti-racist
organisation, human rights groups, minority support organisations
- should be very interested in non-formal history education, peaceful
conflict resolution and intercultural youth work
- should have some knowledge on European conflicts and ideas how to use
education to combat racism

We will try to reach a balance of female / male participants and a good
geographical distribution. Each organisation can nominate only ONE
delegate. Preference is given to applicants with a minority background.

The training language is English. All participants are expected to have
sufficient understanding of the working language. But don't worry,
English is almost nobody's mother tongue. If you have difficulties in
expressing yourself, surely we can help each other.

Contribution to travelcosts:
For a limited number of participants up to a maximum of 70% of travel
expenses can be covered by organizers - with a maximum of 300 Euro. The
accepted participants will be informed in advance about the possible
contribution UNITED can make to the travel costs.
People coming from a distance of less than 1000 km should use train or
bus or ferry. If this creates insurmountable problems for you, please
contact us before the training. Please look for the cheapest (Sparpreis
train, Europe-Spezial train, budget flights http://whichbudget.com,
youth fares), and most environmentally friendly possibility.
You will be expected to attend the whole meeting and to prove your
expenses with an original invoice, tickets and the boarding pass stubs.
Payment will be made to you by bank transfer upon receipt of all the
necessary documents after the activity.

UNITED activities can only take place when participants make an effort
to contribute financially to their travel costs. We ask you to find out
if there are alternative possibilities of funding. Sometimes it is
possible to find small local grants (e.g. a travel grant from a
foundation, a university, an embassy or another sponsor). We would very
much appreciate your help.

Participation fee:

100 Euro - Participants from Western Europe (1):

50 Euro - Participants from Central Europe (2):

30 Euro - Participants from Eastern Europe and Southern Europe (3):

Your participation fee will be deducted from the amount to be reimbursed
for travel expenses. The organisers will provide full board, lodging,
local transport and the complete programme.

Organisations that paid their 2005 supporter fee to the UNITED Network
will receive a 25% reduction of this participation fee - for
explanations about how to become a supporter see
www.unitedagainstracism.org under 'joining the network'.

Dates / place:
The arriving day is Saturday 13/08, and the training programme will end
on Saturday afternoon 20/08.
It will take place in the surrounding of Krakow, Poland. We have booked
a simple accommodation; you will share a room with 3-6 people.
If you wish to stay longer or arrive earlier (on your own costs) please
inform us before the training so that we can arrange accommodation.

Selection procedure:
Please, note that sending the documents does not guarantee your
participation in the conference - places are limited to 35.
UNITED for Intercultural Action is independent in the process of the
selection of partner organisations' and their delegates and has the
right to choose appropriate NGOs in accord with participant's experience
and motivation.
Please note that only selected participants can be contacted by email by
mid July - but feel free to contact UNITED (by email) after July 15 to
get information about your nomination.

Organisations interested in nominating a delegate should send their
nomination by email before the deadline of Wednesday 6 July 2005 - 24:00


'Youth challenges History - Young people's contribution to European
History Discourses' - 13-20 August 2005, Cracow (Poland)

please fill in this form completely providing all data as requested. If
you invest more effort in the application it has more chance to be
Each organisation can nominate only 1 representative (living in Europe).

Name Organisation:
Organisation's address
postal code:
Phone organisation:
Mobile phone organisation:
Fax organisation:
E-mail organisation:
Website organisation:

First name delegate:
Family name delegate:
Date of birth:
Male:               Female:
Private e-mail delegate:
E-mail address to send preparatory documents
Personal phone/mobile/email where you can be reached in emergencies
mobile phone:

Special needs (vegetarian, no pork, allergies, disabilities etc.):

Do you consider yourself to be part of a minority?
Yes: (please, specify)

Motivation, expectations and aims for participating: (max 10 lines)

Please Describe your skills (eg. leading a working group, reporting),
the work you are doing and the projects you have been involved in: (max
10 lines)

Indicate the field(s) of your activity:
put a cross before the relevant field(s)
[   ] - Anti-nationalism
[   ] - Anti-racism
[   ] - Anti-fascism
[   ] - Migrant / minority rights
[   ] - Refugee support
[   ] - Human rights
[   ] - Youth work

What will you do to share the experience of the course after your return
in your organisation, community, country? (max 10 lines)

Would you need financial support from UNITED for your travel costs?
If yes, why? Explain:
How much? (maximum 70%  and maximum 300 Euro)

Send this form by email to UNITED before 7 July 24:00.

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