Every year a special topic of our work is brought to the foreground. The aim is to draw attention to shortcomings and to encourage young people in particular to work for a more inclusive and participatory society. The focus for this year:
Divided Communities – Living in Divided Societies
While the majority of society is in favor of democracy, diversity and tolerance, opposing currents are becoming more and more apparent. This is also clearly visible in our project regions.
In Southeast Europe, the division of society(s) is not only visible on the basis of ethnicity/ethnicity and religious affiliation; the gap between rich and poor is also growing. Furthermore, minorities in particular are increasingly affected by exclusion, e.g. Sinti and Roma or people from the LGBTIQ (abbreviation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Inter, Queer) community.
There are currently over 650,000 registered refugees from Syria living in Jordan. The relationship between them and the local population continues to be conflict-ridden due to fears about the future and scarcity of resources, and is increasing the division of society. These mechanisms can also be felt in the education sector: for example, refugee and Jordanian children are often taught separately.
Supported by increasing right-wing populism, tendencies of demarcation and exclusion between social groups can also be observed in Germany. According to a recent IPSOS study, 81% of those surveyed in Germany believe that society in the country is divided. According to this, the greatest potential for conflict lies between immigrants and people born in Germany.
In order to counter these fundamental differences and problems, civil societies in the regions must take action above all. From our point of view, this means: facilitating exchange, developing common, solidary perspectives for society, promoting discourse in order to bring about long-term structural improvements. The point is not to leave public space to anti-democratic actors.
We would like to encourage children and young people to work in solidarity and actively for a fairer society in which there is no place for segregation and discrimination. Therefore we offer the Solidarity Action Day, pupil encounters and other activities.