The world seems to be full of divisions. Rich versus poor, Islam versus Christianity, ‘the people’ versus ‘the elite’, religion versus secularism, Russia versus Ukraine, young versus old. Sometimes it feels like gaps are widening and divisions are deepening. ECPYouth believes Christian youth hold something to counter divisions and to even overcome them. The love and grace of Jesus Christ not only bridges the gap between God and this corrupt world but also makes it possible to overcome conflicts between people.
This already helped the first Christian communities settle their conflicts, like we read in a story in Acts 6. Christians hold a mission to ‘preach the word of God and serve tables’ and through that constantly work on overcoming divisions. However, how to make this practical in everyday politics? How can Christian youth be of meaning in an often violent world? How to reach out to secular politicians? How to bring hope to the hopeless? How to ‘heal’ broken societies? Questions to be answered at the Summer School 2017.
Together with its Ukrainian Member Organisations, Democratic Development Foundation and Christian Democratic Union Youth, ECPYouth is glad to announce that the registration for the Summer School 2017 is now open. Please find the registration form below. The Summer School will take place in Odessa (Ukraine) from Thursday 13th until Tuesday 18th July 2017.
The Summer School 2017 will especially focus on developing and implementing long-term strategies regarding conflict solution. It also will provide basic trainings in peacemaking and negotiating. The Summer School 2017 offers you a new perspective on concept of Christian leadership, which not only includes a certain knowledge of economics and society, but a strong spirit, an inner conviction and an awareness of the main Christian values.
During the program, you will be faced with questions on how you can relate yourself to overcoming divisions. We will ask ourselves about the role of politics, NGOs as well as of the church in this important topic. Discussing and visiting new places and cultures will open up your horizon to rethink your point of view. It will be a great opportunity to meet young Christian professionals from all over Europe. You will also get insight into Ukraine politics through interaction with members of the Parliaments of Ukraine, Georgia and other countries. After having talked some time about the subject, it is important to get things on paper. This is why we will also ask ourselves at the end of the ECPYouth Summer School 2017 what steps we can undertake in our own countries.
We welcome youth and young professionals (16-35 years old) from both EU and non-EU countries interested in issues related to political engagement and public affairs as well as those that are interested in learning more practical skills about political activism. The participation fee is 150 euros (excluding travel costs), to be paid in advance. Individuals from a few countries can file a claim for reimbursement of travelcosts or a part of the participation fee. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Registration deadline is June 18th at 18.00 CET. Cancellation deadline is June 23th at 18.00 CET. Cancellation fee after cancellation deadline is 100 EUR.
Odessa is the third most populous city of Ukraine (more than 1 million people), a major seaport and transportation hub located on the northwestern shore of the Black Sea. Odessa is also an administrative center of the Odeska Oblast and a multiethnic cultural center. Odessa is sometimes called ‘The pearl of the Black Sea’. The hotel we reside will be near the Arcadia beach district.
Andrey Kamenshchikov (USA) is the regional coordinator for Eastern Europe of the international association of civilian peacekeeping organizations “The Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict”. He will give a lecture on the global infrastructure of peacekeeping.
Igor Dubrovsky (Ukraine) is a representative of the Ukrainian Peacemaking School coalition, candidate of sociological sciences, expert on social dialogue issues, founder of the School of Social Mediators. He will give a training on the peacekeeping aspects of integration of victims in the course of conflicts.
Information on other speakers will be published very soon.
Thursday July 13 – Arrival & welcome dinner
Dress code: casual
Arrival and registration (14.00h to 18.00h)
Welcome speech and introduction
Friday July 14 – Inputs, Trainings, Workshops
Dress code: formal
Workshops (several speakers)
Lecture “Infrastructure of the world. Civilian peacekeeping” by Andrey Kamenshchikov
Practical training by Andrey Kamenshchikov
Saturday July 15 – GA, Leadership trainings
Dress code: smart casual
General Assembly ECPYouth (9.30h – 12.30h)
Meeting with regional leaders of Odesa region (representatives of political parties and public organizations)
Lecture “Peacekeeping aspects of integration of victims in the course of the conflict in the Donbass and Crimea” by Igor Dubrovsky
Practical training by Igor Dubrovsky
Odessa city center tour
Sunday July 16 – Church, teambuilding and visit
Dress code: smart casual, formal
Participation in the Sunday service at local churches
Visit to Karolyno-Bugaz village
Workshop: Value approach in the search for ways to resolve conflicts
Workshop: Music of peace and mercy
BBQ at the beach
Monday July 17 – Summing up the results of work, Closing ceremony
Dress code: formal
Visit to the Odessa city (or regional) council
Meeting with members of Parliament and the Regional Council
Drinks at the Arcadia beach district
Tuesday July 18 – Departure
Departure (10.00h to 12.00h)