Monday, December 13, 2010

German-Polish youth gathering

Last week for the first time ever two partners from Cracow (Poland) and Idar-Oberstein (Germany) met in the Europe House Marienberg to start a vivid cooperation. 

Almost 50 youngsters from both countries worked in an intercultural atmosphere together and explored the other country and its culture. They learned together about the things we have in common and experienced certain issues where we are different. One remarkable sentence just after the kick-off was “Hey, I expected them to look different but they do look like us”. What a wonder…young people from another European country look like we do. This little scene makes it obvious that we still have to work on in Europe when in comes to stereotype and prejudices. 

To meet people from other countries is still the most effective way to diminish and to remove prejudices. Having fun and learning something are to sides of the same medal. The group experienced this in the past days in the Europe House.
When they left there were already ideas about a visit of the German group to Poland in late summer 2011. It would be fantastic if the seminar in Bad Marienberg starts a new bi-national cooperation which will last for a lot of years to come.

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