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Berliner Willkommenskultur
Start date: 01 Jul 2016, End date: 30 Jun 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The aim of the project is that students deal with the issue of refugees in Europe. They learn how to interact empathetically with those who are affected, discover current problems and develop potentials. They work on solutions and put them into action. They get to know and use their own freedom of action. The structured dialogue plays a crucial role in this objective. Students learn thereby not only to formulate their demands clearly and to communicate in an appropiate way, but also understand the structure and mechanisms of democratic instances and experience how they themselves can initiate changes through democratic ways. Refugee youths are part of the project "Berlin welcoming culture" as well. It is taking place to ensure that those who are affected get themselves a voice and be heard. If they themselves turn demands into action, the project won’t only contribute to integration in Berlin, but will give the refugees decisive, fundamental democratic values, values that are the European idea.More specifically, this means that student councils from Berlin develop strategies in dialogue with decision transferor from politics and administration, in order to improve the situation of young people in Berlin who had fled and to promote a tolerant and respectful interaction with each other. Moreover the participating student councils are to initiate concrete projects to improve the integration of pupils from "welcome classes". At each consultation meeting will emerge at least six projects with focus on the project "Berliner welcoming culture" that are published on the “SV platform”. Of these at least three projects make young refugees the direct target group.For dissemination of the results of the project "Berlin welcoming culture"a website called SV platform will be created created, on which student representatives can exchange views on the projects. The website can inspire and encourage other pupils to start similar projects at their schools.The issue will be introduced at a qualifikation conference with 20 pupils of 20 Berlin schools who develop a strategy for the “SV-platform” right there. Afterwards they accompany the five consultation meetings as multipliers. At the consultations student councils of five Berlin schools work on projects dealing with tolerance and integration in their schools and districts and develope feedback on the current education- and integration policies, which is passed on to the Berlin Senate. Based on these experiences the multipliers formulate a list of demands to the Berlin senate at a mid-conference which is discussed on a following exchange-of-views-conference. At least 128 students representatives of a minimum of 20 schools in Berlin and several policy-makers take part at this conference. Students represent their projects to get as much feedback as possible. At the final conference the multipliers evaluate the results of the whole process and the evaluation is passed to "Youth for Europe" and all involved policy-makers. At all conferences students from "welcome classes" take part as well.The short term impact is to recognise problems concerning the integration of youth who had fled and to develop concrete approaches that will be discussed immediately with policymakers. Students develop and implement concrete projects. They expand contacts among themselves and make intercultural experiences which support the integration of pupils from welcome classes. Long-term effects are that students get to know each other better and learn to respect each other - a general improvement of the system school as such. They learn that they themselves are able to shape their environment. They learn how to do this in case to participate in society. In addition, longer-term projects are implemented, which support a durable positive school and integration culture. Espacially the multipliers learn skills in project coordination and communication. With this skills they can support the projects and structures at the schools over a long period and can push the work and commitment of the students council and of the students in general. The project empowers the participants and therefore also their own schools."mehr als lernen" understands the project "Berliner welcoming culture" as a necessary impulse that has to be done. Its impact has to be done further an integration refugee youths initially at state, and future federal and EU level ahead.
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