Public Discussion of Study on Civic Education in Berlin

Berlin, 11th December 2007: On 11th of December in collaboration with the foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future” the European Exchange presented the study by Stephan Malerius, director of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Vilnius, and Annegret Wulff, officer at the Theodor-Heuss-Kolleg, "Democracy through education in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine". The event was held in the House of Democracy (Greifswalder Straße 4) in Berlin and was attended by around 100 guests. The study, published in July 2007, is based on school visits, but also interviews of teachers, politicians and representatives of NGOs: “In each school, there is an island of democracy. It is essential to find it and support it.”

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Minsk, 25th November 2007: On 25th of November, at the International Day for the elimination of violence against women, the European Exchange in partnership with the Belarusian Helsinki Committee have carried on a campaign in Minsk. In spite of bad weather participants distributed leaflets about women's rights and violence against women in the center of the Belarusian capital. Violence against women and girls is a problem of pandemic proportions. At least one out of every three women around the world has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime — with the abuser usually someone known to her. Perhaps the most pervasive human rights violation that we know today, it devastates lives, fractures communities, and stalls development.

Learn more about the Belarusian Helsinki Committee here

Learn more about the Elimination of violence Against Women

Workshop "Reconciliation in old age?"

Berlin, 18th November 2007: From 16 to 18 November 2007, in collaboration with the foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future”, the European Exchange ran a two-day workshop entitled "Reconciliation in old age?" and focused on the social situation of the World War II generation in the new EU member states. During the session, speakers and delegates shared their views on all issues concerning the elderly. The event was held at the VCH-Akademie-Hotel in Berlin.

Learn more about the workshop "Reconciliation in old age?" here

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The Internet as a Source of information for Migrants from Eastern Europe

Berlin, 15th November 2007: With the support of the Foundation for Population, Migration and Environment (PME, Stäfa, Switzerland), the European Exchange currently is carrying out a research study on migration from Eastern Europe to Germany and the significance of the internet as a source of information for migrants from Non-EU countries in Eastern Europe. The main aim of the study is to explore possibilities to enhance the transparency of German and EU migration regulations for migrants from Eastern Europe and to develop future projects in this field.

The study will be published on the EA’s website and presented to the public in September 2008.

Learn more about the Foundation for Population, Migration and Environment here

Third Kiev Dialogue in Berlin

Berlin, 11th November 2007: From 9 to 11 November 2007, the European Exchange, in partnership with the DGO and PAUCI, organised the third Kiev Dialogue in Berlin. The Kiev Dialogue is a unique annual forum where gather decision makers and opinion leaders from Germany and Ukraine in order to discuss on current issues in the matter of policy, economy, media and civil society. The aim of the conference is also to point out options for political and social action, promote the democratic development in Ukraine and the integration in the EU. This year, the Kiev Dialogue was focused on the relations between Ukraine and the EU. The participants discussed with speakers and delegates from Ukraine, Germany and other European countries. The conference was held in two venues, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (9 November) and the Red Town Hall (10 and 11 November). The event is generously supported by the Robert Bosch Foundation, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, the German Foreign Office, Deutsche Welle, the German-Ukrainian Forum and the Heinrich Böll Foundation.

Learn more about the Kiev Dialogue here

Experience sharing session for Belarusian students

Berlin, 26th August 2007: From 20 to 26 August 2007, two members of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee had the opportunity to take part in a peer-learning session organised in Berlin by the European Exchange. The participants are all involved in a project led in Belarus in partnership with the European Exchange, called “Legal assistance for Belarusian students”. During their stay, the three law students met leaders of several NGOs dealing with Human Rights issues, as for example “Human Rights Watch”, but also opinion leaders in the matter of policy and civil society. Please get in touch if you would like to receive more information about this project.

Learn more about the Belarusian Helsinki Committee here
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Summer Human Rights Camp for Students from Belarus

Berlin, 11th August 2006: From 1 August to 10 August 2006 a group of thirty Belarusian law students attended a summer school on international human rights protection in Bad Liebenzell, Germany and Strasburg (Council of Europe). This is a common project of the Foundation for Legal Technologies, Minsk and the European Exchange, Berlin. The summer school is supported financially through the German Foreign Office and the OSCE. The Belarusian students got information on international mechanism of human rights protection as laid down through UN, OSCE and Council of Europe. From 10th to 13th August 2006 the leaders of the Foundation for Legal Technologies visited Berlin and met representatives from German NGOs, the Foreign Office and different foundations.
Summer Human Rights Camp 2006 (pdf, 2.8 Mb)

Democracy through education in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine

Berlin 1st July 2007: “In each school, there is an island of democracy. It is essential to find it and support it.” Stephan Malerius, ex-project coordinator at the German-Russian Exchange, and Annegret Wulff, officer at the Theodor-Heuss-Kolleg, have carried out in 2006 a research in partnership with the Foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future” on learning democracy at school in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine. The study, published in July 2007, is based on school visits, but also interviews of teachers, politicians and representatives of NGOs. Stephan and Annegret were both backed up by the European Exchange and the German-Russian Forum. Please contact us if you wish to receive a hard copy of the report.
Foundation "Remembrance, Responsibility and Future"
Democracy through education in Belarus (German, pdf, 828 Kb)
Democracy through education in Russia (German, pdf, 1.090 Kb)
Democracy through education in Ukraine (German, pdf, 824 Kb)

Bursary holders of the Marion Dönhoff Foundation in Berlin

Berlin, 1st June 2007: Between June and December 2007 the European Exchange has welcomed five bursary holders of the Marion Dönhoff Foundation in Berlin. Layla Ishkhaeva and Margarita Izzhieva from the NGO "Woman's Dignity" in Grozny, Chechen Republic have gone through a job shadowing programme for six months at Xenion, a non-profit organisation which provides psychological help to victims of political persecution and refugees in Berlin. Olga Slyuzar, student of International Relations at Kiev, Ukraine has performed a six-month internship at the European Exchange. Olga Karatsch, leader of the mobement "Nash Dom" (Our House, Witebsk Belarus has profited from the bursary to work on an essay on strategies for regional democratic movement in Belarus. Elena Tonkachova attended the international conference "Kiev Dialogue" in November in Berlin. The bursary holders had the opportunity to attend regular courses of German language and to learn more about the political cand social system in Germany.
Marion Dönhoff Foundation

Ukrainian teachers project

Berlin, 24th May 2007: From 20 May to 24 May 2007, the European Exchange was very pleased to organise a peer-learning session in Berlin for seven Ukrainian teachers and school headmasters. The idea of the project consisted in analysing the growing relation between education and social involvement developed in Germany during the past five years. Therefore the Ukrainian group had the opportunity to visit three schools and two German non-profit organisations. They could discuss with German teachers and headmasters in order to exchange their views and compare the both educating systems, but also meet some German pupils and learn about their opinion and feelings. Finally, both Ukrainians and Germans were deeply impressed about the social projects led in both countries.

German-Polish-Ukrainian Forum 2007

Warsaw, 12th May 2007: In partnership with Tri.net, a network of Ukrainian-Polish-German interests, PAUCI (the Polish-Ukrainian Cooperation Foundation) and the Polish Robert Schuman Foundation, the European Exchange organised a German-Polish-Ukrainian forum which took place in Warsaw from 10 to 12 May 2007. 52 participants, mainly NGOs representatives, attended the conference and had the opportunity to network and exchange their experiences. The forum was focused on the challenges of trilateral cooperation and consisted of panel debates and working groups. The aim of the event was also to strengthen civil society in these three countries.
Polish Robert Schuman Foundation