We are very proud to announcing the “Bridge the Gap” youth exchange within the scope of the association. Bridging Gaps is planning an exchange with the support of Engagement Global, which will be attended by ten young people from Germany and South Africa.
Within the framework of the new project “German-African Youth Initiative,” Engagement Global has set the exchange between young people as a goal and would like to promote a common future. We have designed our own concept for an appropriate youth exchange and now we are happy to announce that the majority of the funding is secured after several months of the application phase.
The aim of the project is to open up young people to new perspectives and raise awareness of global inequalities. All young people are encouraged to remain socially committed after the completion of the project.
The “Bridge the Gap” youth exchange consists of an accompanying program and two encounter phases. 10 young people will participate in these phases in Germany and South Africa. In addition, 30 more young people will participate in a program week (in their home country). The project runs from September 2017 to May 2018 and includes a two-week stay in South Africa after Christmas 2017 and in Germany around Easter 2018.
After a productive and exciting planning weekend the organization team is now firmly on the German side and we look forward to welcome new and old faces. Manuel, Nora, Johanna, Lea, Christian, Anna and Florian make it their task to organize and carry out the youth exchange together with the South African team in terms of content and organization.
The youth exchange is conducted on the German side by Manuel Gussmann and organized on the South African side by Zakhele Nkosi and Isaac Ndwendwe with the team in Pretoria. The two will keep an overview and be your contact persons throughout the project. Juliane Hoss is the first chairman of the association and will accompany the implementation of the youth exchange.
The youth exchange consists of two encounters in South Africa as well as in Germany and all participants from Germany are to take part in both meeting phases.
The encounter phases take place in the following periods:
- Between 27 December 2017 and 9 January 2018 in South Africa.
- Between 24 March and 7 April in Germany.
The whole project consists of the exchange and an obligatory framework program from which the participants can only be exempted in exceptional cases e.g. diseases or important family issues. The following table provides an overview of the framework program. The exact dates are set as early as possible.
News about the project
“The African-German youth exchange project has really opened my eyes to all the inequalities and injustices that we see and face in our everyday lives, that I once never noticed. The impact of the exchange on my life is tremendous apart from the educational aspect I have made new friends, no wait, new family.”
Chesney is reflecting on the time he spent as one of 20 participants from South Africa and Germany at the Bridging Gaps Youth Exchange. The project aims at opening up young people to new perspectives and raise awareness of global inequalities. After several introduction seminars, the young adults between th ages of 15 and 19 years old, finally met at a camping site just outside Pretoria from the 28th of December 2017 until the 9th of January 2018.
During their time together, they discovered how the discrepancies between the Global South and North and the rising gap between the wealthy and the poor shapes our world and essentially affects everyone’s personal life. The fact that the South African team has to undergo a long visa process while the Germans only needed a passport to travel was just one practical example. During the day trips to historical sites, such as the Apartheid museum, the teenagers got an impression of the struggle against injustice and for freedom in South Africa.
How you can support us
We are funded by Engagement Global gGmbH on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. In order to carry out our project, however, we are still dependent on further donations. Therefore, we started a campaign on Betterplace. We are looking forward to any support that we can get!
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