Call for International Preparatory Committee: “Humanity Reclaimed” Conference, Greece

July 4th, 2018 9:09 pm

We are excited to announce an open call for the members of the International Preparatory Committee (IPC) for the youth conference “Humanity Reclaimed: Youth Perspective on Diversity and Inclusion”, that will take place in Greece, in December 2018.

We are living the reality when discrimination, intolerance, xenophobic attacks, violent extremism, unemployment, underrepresentation and many other challenges fill our daily lives. This is particularly relevant to youth and we need to prepare young people to respond to this harsh reality with the most effective way possible: with humanity! For the WSCF-Europe this is not a new notion – it’s the core to everything we have ever done, but in no way exclusive only to our belief. In fact, it represents a common ground of understanding among people of different faith and belief. Humanity fosters understanding, acceptance and respect for another human being. During the youth conference in Greece, we would like to nurture this concept among young people and promote its wider use as a proactive response to any existing or future challenge. We believe that this is one strong, effective and long-term oriented way forward to raise youth workers, leaders, community members or just citizens.

The topic and venue of the meeting have been selected on purpose. Thousands of refugees and migrants have been washed away on the shores of Greece in hope for a better life in Europe. These lives, mostly unknown ordinary people, are part of our humanity and by silencing our conscious about their death, we wash away our humanity, too. During the event in Greece, we would like to invite those young people directly affected by all of these challenges and those being in the forefront of protecting human rights of disadvantaged groups, democratic values of our society. The overall aim of the conference is to address challenges in Europe by finding innovative, effective, youth-led solutions. The conference will put youth perspectives at the centre of political debates, and highlight the importance of considering more active use of young people as part of solution.

If you would like to explore these topics both from local and European perspectives, you are interested to learn and use non-formal educational met

hods, work within an international team of young people, plan and facilitate the session with invited speakers and field experts, develop new skills, challenge yourself and have a lot of fun – than this project is for you!

DEADLINE for submitting online applications: 15 July 2018.

You may access online application form HERE.

The main responsibilities of the International Preparatory Committee’s members are:

Being a preparatory committee member at a WSCF-Europe conference would offer you:

Timeline and plan of activities:

Methodology: 

The programme of the conference is based on non-formal education and intercultural learning, with some key elements of group work, theoretical inputs, thematic field trip, workshops, presentations, followed by debate and discussion. The programme creates different learning spaces (role plays, simulation games, interactive exercises, plenary sessions, group work, brainstorming and independent reflections) for participants which will be rotated throughout five working days.

Practicalities:

Accommodation, food, travels and visa costs for International Preparatory Committee members will be fully covered.

The project is financially supported by the European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe.

If you would like to get a taste of how it is to be in a Preparatory Committee, read this reflection by Pavlina Manavskathis one by Annika Foltin, or this one by James Jackson.

For any questions, don’t hesitate to contact .

World Student Christian Federation – Europe
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