17 Nisan Çarsamba günü öglen mültecilerin kampına gittik.O gün kendi bayramlarını kutluyorlardı ve deyim yerindeyse gerçekten bayram havası vardı.Gitmemin hiç bu kadar keyif vereceğini düsünmemistim.Burda henüz yeniyim,geleli çok olmadı ama yeni insanlarla tanışmak,gittigim yerleri gözlemlemek,bir kültürü anlamaya çalısmak… insanı yasatan sey bunlar sanki. İlk gittigimizde o kadar fazla çocuk gördüm ve hepsi de o kadar neselilerdi ki ülkesinden ayrılmıs belki ailelerinde koparılmıs olmalarına rağmen hayat enerjileri inanılmaz yüksekti.Onları sevmekten,öpmekten kendimi alamadım.Ellerinde seker torbaları,boyanmıs yumurtaları,kendilerine özgü oyunlarıyla ev ev,kapı kapı dolanıyorlardı.Üzerlerinde inanılmaz tatlı,renkli,süslü kıyafetleri,boyanmıs elleri yüzleriyle çok sekerlerdi.Sonra Praxis Greece’ten tanıdıgımız,ofise gidip gelen birkaç mülteci bizi karsıladı.Evlerine gittik,harika donatılmıs sofra,çesit çesit yemekler,meyveler,sekerler,içecekler..Aman Tanrım gerçekten çok güzeldi..O kadar misafirperver insanlar ki kendi ülkemdeki o samimiyeti hissedebildim bi an sanki.Tok olmamızı söylememize ragmen evden çıktıgımda çantam dolup tasmıstı.Yine de döndügümüzde yememiz için olan ne varsa fazla fazla ikram ettiler,fazla fazla verdiler.Bambaska bir ülkedesin,çok zor durumdasın belki ama buna rağmen elinde olan ne varsa baskasıyla paylaşsbiliyorsun..Bu gerçekten inanılmaz bir sey..Belki de çogu eve ugradık ve hepsinde aynı cömertlikle ve içtenlikle karsılastık.Devamında büyük çadırda toplanıp konuşmacıları dinledik.Bir çok kurumun temsilcileri ve üyeleri de ordaydılar.Yedik,içtik ve sohbet ettik.Dısarıda dans etmeye baslamıs bir grup vardı,asıl aksam saatlerinde asıl gösterinin olacagını söylediler.Güzeldi,gerçekten.Burdaki ilk günlerimde böyle bir deneyim kazanmak bana birkaç sey kazandırdı..Ama kendime tekrar söyledigim ve hep hatırlattığım sey:insan olmak bu kadar kolay iste..
On the 23. of april, we celebrate the World Book and Copyright Day.
The first Book and Copyright Day was celebrated by UNESCO in 1995, since that, the day is growing from year to year.
Every year, the major sectors in relation to books, publishers, booksellers and libraries choose the World Book Capital City for the periode of one year. This year the capital is Sharjah because of the cultural diversity and the community-focused activity programme. Under the slogan „Read- you are in Sharjah“, the programm includes a lot of workshops, a conference about the freedome of speech, a contest and so one.
So fare so good, but why is that an important day? Why should we celebrate it?
„Books are are the intersection of the most essential human freedoms, primarily freedom of expression and freedom to publish. These are fragile freedoms.“
As Audrey Azoulay said, we have to take care about that essential freedoms, we have to protect them with all we have. And to focus that, we celebrate this specific day.
Books can spread knowledge, joy and exitement. They are important, not only for entertainment, but also for the science.
Books carry humanety on, let´s protect them.
By: Lioba Einhoff
You have all heard of the tragedy at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on Monday, April 15th, when a violent fire burns the entire frame of the roof for a long time before being controlled by firefighters. A total destruction of the frame, the spire, and partially of the vault.
A great tragedy, but a huge mobilization.
In a few hours after the tragedy, more than one billion euros were raised, with many promises of donations provided by billionaire, organization and citizen. Huge sums for this Gothic building built from 1163 to 1345.
A capital importance for this colossus of stone, historical monument and one of the biggest symbol of France, following this tragedy a tribute ceremony was held on Thursday, April 18, accompanied by many messages of support.
Written by Jordy Forget
Today is the International Mother Earth Day. On this day we celebrate our mother Earth for all its riches in resources, livable Habitats and everything that lives on our planet.
But not everything is good here, there is trouble, the Earth is in danger and we need to protect it from that. The danger comes in form of climate change and the destruction of the environment.
Everybody on the Earth is dependent on it and that is not limited to only Humans. That is why everybody should help to care and maintain it.
But change is not only found within every single person, much bigger Change can be found in large international companies who are the main source of global warming and the destruction of the environment.
That is why people should be aware what they buy and what they vote for with their wallet.
I do not condone consumption here, we all have our needs, I just want to appeal for more consciousness and Mindfulness.
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Post by: Bjarne Hundt
An article dedicated to the World Creativity and Innovation Day
What brought the human species where they are right now? The civilization of today is branded by Innovation and Creativity. These two factors are needed more than ever before in human history to find solutions for global problems like the climate change, poverty and hunger or the decreasing access to fossil resources. Nowadays a lot of people are convinced that younger generations should be prepared for the upcoming changes, which means that a simple transfer of knowledge doesn’t work any more. Instead, experts claim it might be more important to let young people the freedom to be creative, to teach them how to solve problems and to be responsible as much as to develop the social skills.
It might be this century that will decide about the future development of the human species and its civilization.
We need young people who are able to take risk and to step forward. New entrepreneurs who are willing to go new ways and to bring the society forwards a new future are necessary to ensure a worth living planet for further generations. Creativity and Innovation is nothing that only a few people are gifted with. Everyone has the skill to be creative, but most of us don’t know how to get access to it or how to use it. How many of you had already an idea for something that might solve a problem, but didn’t realize it? Probably a lot of you didn’t start to realize the idea, because people told you that it is unrealistic or it seemed to be too expensive. There are thousand reasons that will stop you from trying to realize the ideas you have, but if you are convinced and obsessed with your idea, why not at least try to realize it. The key word is trying. In the human history people always tried, maybe failed maybe succeeded. The point is that they started something, either they failed or succeeded it doesn’t matter. In the end they stepped forward, took risk and brought the civilization to another level. Through that the human species developed as far as nowadays. Take this as a motivation to realize one of your ideas, to start something you were afraid of before, to do something, to try. Do not wait at home or at work that other people will solve your problems or the global problems for you. Take your self in responsibility and be the master of yourself making the world a better place and saving the planet we are all living on.
Felix Neo Rieder
Lednice - Czech Republic, 20th – 28th March 2019
Once upon a time, 26 super citizens met in a small and beautiful village in Czech Republic at Lednice. There was a team with the code name “The Fantastic 4” waiting for them.
Once they met, they had to get to know each other. The two of them, “The Trainers” knew exactly what they had to do. They started form the team with energy games, ice breakers and team building exercises with numbers. A lot of numbers! Numbers everywhere!!!
The energy was continuously renewed throughout the week, since the food was plenty for all tastes. (Some cupcakes still missing!!). Full of energy and self-confidence, the super citizens would have to learn the details of their mission. Information on the program and the concepts of non-formal education. The first day ended with an intercultural night full of food, dance and games. The “Fellowship of Lednice” was formed.
The team started its mission and it did not take long to meet their first task. First, they had to get informed on the concept of citizenship and its evolution over time. Theater and creativity were the only tools they had. After that, they had to link this information to a realistic simulation and to discuss in more detail the issue of citizenship. They discovered the mean of citizenship and the role of the citizen at local, national and European level, shared knowledge and information. At the end of the day, they presented the super-organizations they represent at the NGO market.
Day three. The time has come to learn more about the local community. Meeting with local key actors, guided tour at the fabulous Lednice château and free time for discussions and walks to the wonderful garden.
Over the next few days things started to get tough. Full program with experiential exercises while the teams worked fast. Exploring citizenship in Europe through the eyes of the participants through maps and debate, was quite interesting and useful. Time is running out and there are left only few hours until the start of the TV Show. Great ideas, teamwork and new technologies have resulted in extraordinary, funny and substantial videos which aimed on the role of citizen in the society, human rights, Europe and the local communities.
The super citizens are approaching the completion of their mission. Their quest was to organize and suggest useful ideas for implementing future projects. After being informed of the possibilities of Erasmus +, they presented their projects and discussed for new partnerships.
The journey of the super citizens is coming to an end. Happy thoughts, hugs and the team are now rewarded with the title “Super Active Citizens”. They are now ready to travel back across Europe in order to disseminate all this information, to inspire and motivate other young people to become Active Citizens of Today!!
Moisidis Panagiotis-Georgios, Praxis Greece
“A healthy mind in a healthy body” is what once Plato said and nowadays it could be paraphrased with keeping a balance between sport and studying. It wants to show how important it is to do both of them in order to be healthy. First of all we have to notice that sport expresses a lot of different cultures and at the same time it is connecting them. It stands for peace, fraternity, solidarity, tolerance, non-violence and justice. Secondly studying plays one of the biggest roles in our life. But for living a good life it needs both with everything they stand for.
The international day of sport for development and peace, which we celebrate on April 6th, is reminding us about the gain of advantages we could earn by doing sports. The goal of this day is to emphasize the importance of sports for peace and fraternity between people. It also wants to promote sport as an ambassador for sustainable development. By looking at the sport industries everyone understands that the influence of money is big. But the values, which get represented by sports, could connect themselves easily with sustainable development. Therefore the goal of this day is to transfer to the sport industries a clearly mind about the aim of sports.
In my opinion sport is really important to be and to feel healthy because it shares a lot of different feelings and from one moment to the other it can change the way of thinking and motivation. As I was playing basketball for more than eight years I can’t imagine myself without sport in general and if someone would abolish sports I don’t think that I could live the way I do. Without sports everything would be different and colorless.
Letter from an ex volunteer to PRAXIS
My experience of European volunteering in Greece was certainly dynamic and exhilarating.
I would like to tell my best memories of this experience, let’s start from the beginning.
When I arrived in Thessaloniki, it was about nine o’clock in the evening and a certain Kostas was waiting for me at the airport. This person had the task of taking me to Serres, a small town in the north of Greece where the project was based.
Telling him that I had eaten nothing during the trip, he took me to taste a typical Greek food named "Bougatsa", explaining that what I was eating is a typical food of that city.
From there a great friendship was born.
That welcome gave me an idea of the family in which I was joining.
The most positive thing that remains to me about Greek culture is an immense hospitality.
Exactly from this hospitality, friendships were born between me and local people.
I am really glad about having took part on this project with guys from all over Europe, facing difficulties due to different ways of thinking, different cultures and different origins.
An aspect that shouldn’t be underestimated is that before leaving I had some prejudices about other nationalities, these same prejudices were extirpated by the end of project.
The classic stereotypes about nationalities turned out to be unfounded and not true.
Considering the educational and social gain of this project demonstrated on my person, we can therefore say that the name "bringing down the barriers" for our Facebook group is completely appropriate.
I learned a lot from my work on the radio, but what I'm really proud of myself is that I opened my horizons, I went further. I had direct contact with people less fortunate than me who were denied a fundamental right: "freedom".
I have learnt listening to them that we should appreciate more what we have.
I would define this like best experience I have ever had. It has been for me the first time living abroad, i met so many people an gained so many friends.
I won’t forget the football matches with sub-zero temperatures in which I took part with greek friends, the evening spent with guys chilling out, our adventures in other greek cities.
A special mention goes to Edina, a volunteer who was close to me, a strong shoulder to rely on, who helped me to pass difficult moments and shared moments of joy with me.
I am grateful for the opportunity I received, I really thank everyone.
I would like to take advantage of this article to publicly greet my friends Kostas Boubas and Giannis, Giuseppe Pino (the barber), Kostas Savvoulidis and all the families who welcomed me into their home.
See you soon Serres!!