9.35: long break at Hamminkeln primary school. Several students gather around placed partitions, mark their favorite places and share their opinions on what they like or dislike about Hamminkeln. With this kick-off campaign, “1000 for 1000” started today, an initiative that the Klausenhof Academy is implementing together with the youth work team and Hamminkeln town.
“1000 for 1000” is just one part of the current collaboration, which started in the autumn of 2021 in the project “OPEN – Open Youth Work and Community Education”. The collaboration is funded by the Mercator Foundation. “It cannot be taken for granted that open child and youth work works so well with political education. We are very pleased with the valuable cooperation. The successful cooperation in recent years, for example for the federal elections in 2017 and 2021, can be intensified in this way. “Explains Thorsten Gonska, head of department at Klausenhof Academy, at today’s press conference.
Strengthening child and youth work
In the OPEN project, long-term structural partnerships between open child and youth work must be strengthened, and new formats must be found to deal with political issues with young people. Mayor Bernd Romanski describes that demand has increased recently: “Both the developments during the Corona period and the current threat of war in Ukraine show how important democratic structures are. This extraordinary project makes it possible to illustrate political processes by involving young people and encouraging young people to get involved. ”
Three concrete initiatives
The partners have considered three concrete initiatives to promote the political participation of young people in Hamminkeln. On the one hand, the needs of young people must be determined on the basis of a social area analysis, and empirical data on the current life situation must be registered and published. On the other hand, children and young people are approached in activating sub-projects to involve them in the design of their living space. The project partners also involve the young people and look forward to the collaboration with the primary and lower secondary schools after the summer holidays. For the children in the open all-day school, walks should take place in their districts to offer the framework to present their social space from their perspective. Favorite places, leisure activities and scary spaces should be explored and explained by the children. They can provide comments and photos of the stations they have visited. At another meeting, the results and impressions will be brought along with the children to a small exhibition.
Young people with ideas
In the “1000 for 1000” measure, young people have the opportunity to apply with a project idea for the common good in order to receive financial support for this. If the young people have an idea of what is missing in their district, whether it is a concert, a gift box or a central meeting place, they get the chance to put their project into action. If necessary, the young people are supported by their partners. In addition to the campaign in the schoolyard, the young people can become wiser about the project in the various youth clubs.
9:55: The bell rings and the students go back to class. The youth work team and the staff at Klausenhof Akademiet are pleased with the successful start of the project and the constructive discussions with the young people. The first ideas were quickly put down on paper, the campaign showed that young people want to help shape their home – now the implementation follows.
Financing of the project:
OPEN – open youth work and political education engaged together “is a project of the Transfer Office for Political Education, a department of Transfer for Education eV It is funded by the Mercator Foundation.