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Roots and Borders

Training Course

2-9 September 2022 | Berlin, Germany

RaB deals with the topic of migration, identity and demarcation through borders. During workshops and seminar units as well as a training on photography the participants deal with the topic of migration and individual stories of people.

Minimum 82.4 million people are currently displaced globally. These are numbers of the UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, that does not include the amount of people currently escaping from the war in Ukraine. But these numbers are already illustrating the dramatic situation many people on earth currently have to face.

The flight movement from the war in Ukraine caused a high solidarity among people in different European countries, first and foremost in Poland, where a high number of people firstly arrived. Unfortunately this is not always a given. People having migratory backgrounds are often confronted with rejection and prejudices.

During this training we want to throw light on the situation of people having diverse backgrounds and who have undergone the fate of escape and war. By presenting various  methods of non-formal education we want to show professionals of youth work how to give young people an understanding of the topic.  Thereby we will deal with the method of participatory photography. Furthermore we will work with the method of Restorative Circles that allows to bring a deeper understanding of opposing opinions existing in a community. Additionally we are going to deal with the concepts of identity and migration and you will get the chance to benefit from the different experiences with youth work existing among trainers and participants.

You will learn how:

To bring together different perspectives on the topic of migration and bordersHow to approach young people and provide knowledge through non-formal education methods

How to use conflict resolution methods such as Restorative Circles in order to mediate in sensitive dispute situations

To promote tolerance and better understanding of cultures and what helps us to better understand the perspectives and stories of others

To develop critical thinking and grow awareness of the situation of people with a migratory background



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Training overview


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This Training Course is

for 30 participants

from France, Germany, Poland, United Kingdom

and recommended for

Youth workers, Trainers, Youth leaders, Youth project managers, Volunteering mentors, Youth coaches

Working language(s):



Kreisau-Initiative e.V. (Youth NGO)

As committed citizens of the European continent, we support the integration of Europe and present day' Krzyżowa. Based on the Kreisau Circle and Central and Eastern Europe opposition movements' ideas, we connect people from various backgrounds through active remembrance, mutual perception, and constructive actions.

What is important to us?

Following values lie behind our work:

mutual understanding in Europe built through active dealing with the history of resistance and opposition during the 20th century,
the individual sense of responsibility as the foundation for a democratic civil society in Europe,
ethical action respecting universal human rights,
inclusion and involvement of people from different social, national and ethnic backgrounds, of diverse age, gender, sexual orientation, political and religious beliefs, and disabilities.

Action-oriented education, learning by experience, and debating current political and social issues are characteristics of our educational approach.

What do we want to be?

Kreisau-Initiative is an important partner of the Krzyżowa Foundation for Mutual Understanding in Europe and a creative mind in the Krzyżowa network. We want to keep on being a vivid nongovernmental organisation, in which people from all over Germany can get involved. Furthermore, we want to deepen and broaden the connections between Krzyżowa and the civil society in Germany and Europe, inform the public about it, and win over decision-makers for our goals. We conduct our projects in close cooperation with the Krzyżowa Foundation for Mutual Understanding in Europe and develop contents and methods continuously. Our team is highly qualified; thus, funding and cooperating institutions can trust us. What's more, we are a recognised educational institution that realises innovative projects, also addressed at persons usually not included in international exchange programmes.

Contact for questions:

Carolin Wenzel


Phone: 004930538 931 63 63


Participation fee

90 EUR for participants from Germany, Great Britain and France

50 EUR for participants from Poland

Accommodation and food

Participation fee covers accommodation, full board and all program activities.

Travel reimbursement

The travel costs will be reimbursed to each participant according the rules of our donor. Shown amounts are presenting the maximum reimbursement which each participant can receive of the economy class travel.

up to 275 EUR for participants from France and Great Britain

up to 180 EUR for participants from Poland and Germany

Participants are entitled to receive a Youthpass certificate from the organiser, for recognition of their competence development during the activity. Read more about Youthpass:

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