Information and education work
Encounters for new perspectives – promoting the North-South dialogue
Encounters between the North and the South, the developed and the developing world, foster understanding – especially if participants are properly prepared. In Germany a variety of programmes are open to young people wishing to become involved in development work and to find out how people live in very different parts of the world. The programmes involve more than just subsidising the wanderlust of curious young people. Seminars prepare participants thoroughly for their encounter with a strange land. They come to realise the opportunities they have to engage, but equally the limitations of their activities. And they take a critical look at expectations and hopes vested in their mission – their own and those of their partners in the host country. Long before participants leave Germany plans are laid as to how they can pass on their experience on their return to Germany. The young people become multipliers of development education.
"Learning by serving" is the motto of the "weltwärts" development volunteer programme, which fosters North-South exchange. It addresses young people aged between 18 and 28. They are given the opportunity to work for between 6 and 24 months in a developing country in any area covered by the wide spectrum of current development cooperation. Participants are expressly expected to become involved in development information and education work on their return.
The ASA programme addresses students and young employees who have completed their professional but non-academic training. It combines training seminars in Germany with a three-month stay in Africa, Asia, Latin America or South-Eastern Europe. Following this stay abroad, participants meet to evaluate their experience together and devise ways of passing on their experience to interested parties in Germany.
The ENSA school exchange programme is designed to build a growing network of non-governmental organisations (NGO), teachers and schoolchildren to work for global sustainable development. Any sort of German secondary school may participate. The young people involved should be aged between 15 and 24. ENSA works with NGOs to design the programme and supports the substantial and educational preparations and follow-up of projects. So far the ENSA programme has made possible more than 100 encounters between schoolchildren from Germany and their opposite numbers in developing countries and transition states.
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