peacecamp 2013: The question of peace: Youth of different culture groups explore obstacles and ways to peace within their own societies

peacecamp 2013 in Reibers and Vienna, Austria
July 4th - 14th, 2013

Pupils’ preparation

  1. individual preparation – “family album my family, my roots”: Each pupil should bring a documentation of the history of his/her own family with pictures, documents, stories, etc.

  2. individual preparation – “4 questions”: Pupils will be requested to send us their questionnaire “4 questions” (see att.) on two different dates (will be notified).

  3. group preparation - culture evening: Each group shall prepare an evening which conveys the characteristics of their own culture.

  4. group preparation – “talks for peace”: A topic will be given to each group. The pupils should prepare outlines of their topic in form of posters, which will be shown in Reibers on arrival day. Pupils will not be asked to lecture about their topics, but should be prepared to answer questions or explain their posters on request.

Topics for the Jewish and Palestinian delegations from Israel

Please think and bring posters which reflect your thoughts on the following topic:

Is there an Israeli-Palestinian “peace process”?
What were the attempts for peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians and why did they fail?
What are your personal ideas about how to achieve a peaceful coexistence between Israelis and Palestinians?
Please outline your personal “road to peace”

Topics for the Austrian and the Hungarian delegations

Your groups may split the following issues between participants.
Please think and bring posters which reflect your thoughts on the following topic:

A peace project called “European Union”

  • How was the European Union created and what led to the formulation of the Charter of Fundamental Rights?
  • What are the basic premises on which the European Union is founded?
  • What do you personally think of the charter? Do you personally agree with it/a part of it? Please specify.
  • How are these rights put into action in your country? Are you personally satisfied with the way your country realizes the charter?
  • What would you suggest/change in the way your country realizes the charter of fundamental rights?
  • What can be done in your country to improve the situation of minorities – particularly the Roma? What can your country do in order to dissolve prejudices and to allow better integration of foreigners/minorities into your society?
  • Freedom of expression and freedom of press in your country
  • Political parties in your country. Can political parties be a threat to democracy, freedom and equality in your country?
  • What can the European Union do to safeguard democracy in Hungary?
  • The situation of Jews in Austria and in Hungary before and during WW2, the Shoah (Holocaust). What is the current situation of Jews in your country?
  • Europe divided by the Iron Curtain; fall of the Iron Curtain

Suggestion for Reading:
• I shall not hate - Izzeldin Abuelaish
• We just want to live here - Amal Rifa’i and Odelia Ainbinder with Sylke Tempel
• The Diary of Anne Frank

Registration

In order to register for peacecamp, participants are requested to present

  1. a photo and a short description of themselves, with a few words about why they want to come to peacecamp, what they expect and what they could contribute
  2. the questionnaire “4 questions”* (will have to be filled in again at a later date)
  3. the participation sheet** with the signature of both – each participant and his/her parent
  4. a photocopy of the passport (groups from Israel only!)

Please note that participants may be requested to provide further questionnaires at a later stage before, during or after the peacecamp to enable us to evaluate the peacecamp, as required by some of our sponsors.
*
see attachment “participation sheet”

Evelyn Böhmer-Laufer
Director of the peacecamp project
peacecamptexts.blogger.de
2013.peacecamp.net

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