Saturday, May 24, 2014

Ramadan tent

YCSD would like to present you the following intercultural and inter-religious project -- Ramadan Tent is an award winning student-led project aiming to participate in social change by bringing together different communities & fostering dialogue 


Aims:


  • Cater for the homeless or individuals in need through the provision of food and beverages during the month of Ramadan, as well as providing them with a space to interact and recreate social bonds
  • Provide Muslims with a platform to engage with individuals and other communities to discuss their faith and combat stereotypes
  • Invite together people from different cultures, backgrounds, beliefs and ethnicity to promote a community spirit and communal cohesion 
Description: 



Set up during the holiest month of the Islamic calendar the main goal of Ramadan Tent was to bring the true spirit of Ramadan to life for all; the spirit of community, unity, compassion and mercy. Fasting from dawn till dusk during the month of Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam. During the month students, university staff, the homeless and the general public were invited to share the breaking of the fast, known as iftar, each day.

Underlining the initiative is the belief that when people come together to break bread, unity in humanity replaces the social, political and religious differences that often separate us. By inviting people from all backgrounds and walks of life to share a meal the Ramadan Tent seeks to promote greater cross-community cohesion and understanding. The site of the Ramadan Tent was ideal for reaching this goal; SOAS, University of London is in many ways a perfect example with over 130 nationalities represented in its student body. It is a university that celebrates diversity and cultures from around the world. Led by SOAS students and alumni, Ramadan Tent had volunteers from over 50 different countries; both Muslims and non-Muslims. 

The initiative proved a great success in becoming a place for the general public to gain access to a culture that might have been alien to many. Conversations with the guests also made clear that one of the aims was successful in terms of challenging misconceptions about Muslims and Islam. With over 150 people attending the iftars on a daily basis and over 4000 people visiting Ramadan Tent in total over the course of the month, the reach of the initiative was beyond all expectations. 

Charity is a central part of Ramadan and emphasis is put on helping one’s neighbour. Serving the wider community is therefore at the heart of the Ramadan Tent; inviting the homeless to join the iftars is thus an important aim of the campaign. Homeless shelters were contacted and an outreach team sent out to invite the homeless and others in need to the iftars. Furthermore, excess food was distributed to the shelters. One of the most regular volunteers that became an important member of the Ramadan Tent family was in fact homeless. 

Through its flagship project Open Iftar, Ramadan Tent invites the homeless and the public at large, Muslims and non-Muslims, to break fast together at dusk during the holy month of Ramadan each year. Creating a Ramadan atmosphere in the heart of London, sharing meals, raising awareness about Islam, connecting neighbours and ensuring charitable endeavours continue. The Ramadan Tent Project delivers a platform that fulfils both the objectives of catering for people in need and promoting greater cross-community cohesion and understanding.


Our partner source: youth-in-action.org

Российско-китайская летняя школа по международным отношениям «Ответственность человека и ответственность государства в XXI веке»

III Международная российско-китайская летняя школа по международным отношениям «Ответственность человека и ответственность государства в XXI веке» пройдет 4-11 июля 2013 года в городе Москва, Россия. 

Организатор: Национальный исследовательский университет «Высшая школа экономики» и Восточно-китайский педагогический университет (г. Шанхай).

К участию приглашаются студенты 3-4 курсов бакалавриата, 3-5 курсов специалитета, магистратуры или аспирантуры вузов России принять участие в III Международной российско-китайской летней школе «Ответственность человека и ответственность государства в XXI веке». Рабочий язык Школы — английский.

В рамках Школы вы сможете:
  • Прослушать лекции профессоров Восточно-китайского педагогического университета (Шанхай) и лекции ведущих российских экспертов.
  • Узнать, как российские международники и их китайские коллеги подходят к проблемам развития Китая и России и их роли в меняющейся мировой экономико-политической среде. В 2013 году в фокусе внимания преподавателей и участников Школы будут находиться проблемы взаимного влияния и пересечения зон ответственности государства и гражданина в современных условиях, возможности выработки эффективных и устойчивых механизмов взаимодействия государства и общества. Отдельное внимание будет уделено проблемам влияния культур и традиций на государственную политику и взаимодействие государства и человека.
  • Задать интересующие Вас вопросы специалистам по проблемам международных отношений, российско-китайскому сотрудничеству, напрямую пообщаться с китайскими экспертами.
  • Получить опыт выработки подходов к решению актуальных международных проблем, приняв участие в подготовке совместного проекта.И в конце Школы представить этот проект!
  • Заложить фундамент для будущих профессиональных связей:на тематических вечерах культуры двух стран российские студенты и аспиранты смогут в неофициальной обстановке пообщаться с китайскими сверстниками и профессорами.
  • Получить опыт интенсивного обучения, при которомзнания усваиваются максимально эффективно за счет чередования лекций опытных профессоров и открытых дискуссий.
Студенты, желающие продолжить свою учебу в Китае, смогут узнать все интересующие их подробности напрямую у китайских студентов, а будущим ученым представится шанс найти себе научного руководителя из Китая. И все это можно будет осуществить на английском языке, который, как и в прошлом году, объявлен официальным языком Школы.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Help us mapping the best practices and tools on non-formal education

In early May, the Youth Partnership (a partnership between the European Commission and the Council of Europe in the field of youth) called for contributions in helping to map recognition tools and practices so that a compendium of stories on the impact of youth work and non-formal learning/education can be brought together. 

Over the past 15 years, recognition of youth work and non-formal learning/education gained an important place on the agendas of, not only European institutions, but also of many other stakeholders, at European and national level. The mapping of existing tools and practices and the compendium of testimonies/stories on the impact of youth work and non-formal learning/education are initiatives that will contribute to the promotion of youth work, which is one of the main priorities of the Youth Partnership. the main goals of this work are: to support young people’s place in society, their employability, their personal development as well as education and training.

The European Youth Forum fully supports this initiative, as youth work as well as the recognition of non-formal education is a key priority and its value needs to be recognised.

If your working field is related to youth work or non-formal education, please send your contribution to the Youth Partnership by the 15th June, using the link below.


Our partner source: youth-in-action.org

Ukrainian and Russian Youth Council consensus at Youth Forum’s Council of Members

At the end of April (25-26), member organisations of the European Youth Forum met in Brussels for their annual Council of Members (COMEM).

Over these days, there was a dialogue between the National Youth Council of Russian and the Ukrainian Youth Forum, supported by other youth organisations across Europe, about reaching an agreement and a resolution for a peaceful resolution of the Ukrainian crisis.

The resolution calls on the EU and the Council of Europe to ensure that a window is opened to young people in Ukraine. It also underlines the importance of youth participation and inclusion in the building of the democratic structures after the crisis. The resolution also demands the immediate opening of the mechanism for initiating projects on youth in the current Erasmus+ programme for Eastern partnership countries.

The European Youth Forum and its member organisations are glad that young people are able to discuss peacefully on this situation, sharing common values of solidarity, peace, respect and mutual understanding. We continue to urge all parties involved, especially the political decision makers, to seek peaceful solutions and to respect national sovereignty, civil and political as well as economic, social and cultural human rights.


Our partner source: youth-in-action.org

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Ramadan tent

YCSD would like to present you the following intercultural and inter-religious project -- Ramadan Tent is an award winning student-led project aiming to participate in social change by bringing together different communities & fostering dialogue 


Aims:


  • Cater for the homeless or individuals in need through the provision of food and beverages during the month of Ramadan, as well as providing them with a space to interact and recreate social bonds
  • Provide Muslims with a platform to engage with individuals and other communities to discuss their faith and combat stereotypes
  • Invite together people from different cultures, backgrounds, beliefs and ethnicity to promote a community spirit and communal cohesion 
Description: 



Set up during the holiest month of the Islamic calendar the main goal of Ramadan Tent was to bring the true spirit of Ramadan to life for all; the spirit of community, unity, compassion and mercy. Fasting from dawn till dusk during the month of Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam. During the month students, university staff, the homeless and the general public were invited to share the breaking of the fast, known as iftar, each day.

Underlining the initiative is the belief that when people come together to break bread, unity in humanity replaces the social, political and religious differences that often separate us. By inviting people from all backgrounds and walks of life to share a meal the Ramadan Tent seeks to promote greater cross-community cohesion and understanding. The site of the Ramadan Tent was ideal for reaching this goal; SOAS, University of London is in many ways a perfect example with over 130 nationalities represented in its student body. It is a university that celebrates diversity and cultures from around the world. Led by SOAS students and alumni, Ramadan Tent had volunteers from over 50 different countries; both Muslims and non-Muslims. 

The initiative proved a great success in becoming a place for the general public to gain access to a culture that might have been alien to many. Conversations with the guests also made clear that one of the aims was successful in terms of challenging misconceptions about Muslims and Islam. With over 150 people attending the iftars on a daily basis and over 4000 people visiting Ramadan Tent in total over the course of the month, the reach of the initiative was beyond all expectations. 

Charity is a central part of Ramadan and emphasis is put on helping one’s neighbour. Serving the wider community is therefore at the heart of the Ramadan Tent; inviting the homeless to join the iftars is thus an important aim of the campaign. Homeless shelters were contacted and an outreach team sent out to invite the homeless and others in need to the iftars. Furthermore, excess food was distributed to the shelters. One of the most regular volunteers that became an important member of the Ramadan Tent family was in fact homeless. 

Through its flagship project Open Iftar, Ramadan Tent invites the homeless and the public at large, Muslims and non-Muslims, to break fast together at dusk during the holy month of Ramadan each year. Creating a Ramadan atmosphere in the heart of London, sharing meals, raising awareness about Islam, connecting neighbours and ensuring charitable endeavours continue. The Ramadan Tent Project delivers a platform that fulfils both the objectives of catering for people in need and promoting greater cross-community cohesion and understanding.


Our partner source: youth-in-action.org

Российско-китайская летняя школа по международным отношениям «Ответственность человека и ответственность государства в XXI веке»

III Международная российско-китайская летняя школа по международным отношениям «Ответственность человека и ответственность государства в XXI веке» пройдет 4-11 июля 2013 года в городе Москва, Россия. 

Организатор: Национальный исследовательский университет «Высшая школа экономики» и Восточно-китайский педагогический университет (г. Шанхай).

К участию приглашаются студенты 3-4 курсов бакалавриата, 3-5 курсов специалитета, магистратуры или аспирантуры вузов России принять участие в III Международной российско-китайской летней школе «Ответственность человека и ответственность государства в XXI веке». Рабочий язык Школы — английский.

В рамках Школы вы сможете:
  • Прослушать лекции профессоров Восточно-китайского педагогического университета (Шанхай) и лекции ведущих российских экспертов.
  • Узнать, как российские международники и их китайские коллеги подходят к проблемам развития Китая и России и их роли в меняющейся мировой экономико-политической среде. В 2013 году в фокусе внимания преподавателей и участников Школы будут находиться проблемы взаимного влияния и пересечения зон ответственности государства и гражданина в современных условиях, возможности выработки эффективных и устойчивых механизмов взаимодействия государства и общества. Отдельное внимание будет уделено проблемам влияния культур и традиций на государственную политику и взаимодействие государства и человека.
  • Задать интересующие Вас вопросы специалистам по проблемам международных отношений, российско-китайскому сотрудничеству, напрямую пообщаться с китайскими экспертами.
  • Получить опыт выработки подходов к решению актуальных международных проблем, приняв участие в подготовке совместного проекта.И в конце Школы представить этот проект!
  • Заложить фундамент для будущих профессиональных связей:на тематических вечерах культуры двух стран российские студенты и аспиранты смогут в неофициальной обстановке пообщаться с китайскими сверстниками и профессорами.
  • Получить опыт интенсивного обучения, при которомзнания усваиваются максимально эффективно за счет чередования лекций опытных профессоров и открытых дискуссий.
Студенты, желающие продолжить свою учебу в Китае, смогут узнать все интересующие их подробности напрямую у китайских студентов, а будущим ученым представится шанс найти себе научного руководителя из Китая. И все это можно будет осуществить на английском языке, который, как и в прошлом году, объявлен официальным языком Школы.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Help us mapping the best practices and tools on non-formal education

In early May, the Youth Partnership (a partnership between the European Commission and the Council of Europe in the field of youth) called for contributions in helping to map recognition tools and practices so that a compendium of stories on the impact of youth work and non-formal learning/education can be brought together. 

Over the past 15 years, recognition of youth work and non-formal learning/education gained an important place on the agendas of, not only European institutions, but also of many other stakeholders, at European and national level. The mapping of existing tools and practices and the compendium of testimonies/stories on the impact of youth work and non-formal learning/education are initiatives that will contribute to the promotion of youth work, which is one of the main priorities of the Youth Partnership. the main goals of this work are: to support young people’s place in society, their employability, their personal development as well as education and training.

The European Youth Forum fully supports this initiative, as youth work as well as the recognition of non-formal education is a key priority and its value needs to be recognised.

If your working field is related to youth work or non-formal education, please send your contribution to the Youth Partnership by the 15th June, using the link below.


Our partner source: youth-in-action.org

Ukrainian and Russian Youth Council consensus at Youth Forum’s Council of Members

At the end of April (25-26), member organisations of the European Youth Forum met in Brussels for their annual Council of Members (COMEM).

Over these days, there was a dialogue between the National Youth Council of Russian and the Ukrainian Youth Forum, supported by other youth organisations across Europe, about reaching an agreement and a resolution for a peaceful resolution of the Ukrainian crisis.

The resolution calls on the EU and the Council of Europe to ensure that a window is opened to young people in Ukraine. It also underlines the importance of youth participation and inclusion in the building of the democratic structures after the crisis. The resolution also demands the immediate opening of the mechanism for initiating projects on youth in the current Erasmus+ programme for Eastern partnership countries.

The European Youth Forum and its member organisations are glad that young people are able to discuss peacefully on this situation, sharing common values of solidarity, peace, respect and mutual understanding. We continue to urge all parties involved, especially the political decision makers, to seek peaceful solutions and to respect national sovereignty, civil and political as well as economic, social and cultural human rights.


Our partner source: youth-in-action.org