JUB brings Europe to Groningen!
The city of Groningen, The Netherlands, was brightened up with the arrival of 24 youngsters from across Europe. They came to Groningen to take part in the training course ‘You (th) and Democracy?!’, organized by JUB International from the 27th of April until the 5th of May.
The aim of this training course was to explore the theme of minorities in societies. What happens to a minority if the majority decides? Are they included in society? How can we improve the situation for minorities, starting in our own environment? The interactive sessions were led by senior trainers Nik Paddison and Ingrid van Ommen, both active in the youth field.
It was an interesting and intensive week for both trainers and participants, from our partner organizations ADP ZID from Montenegro, Cerebra from Bosnia Herzegovina, CID from FYROM/Macedonia, Mus-e Kosova from Kosovo UN 1244, NAK Hellas from Greece, Resource Centre Leskovac from Serbia, TOG from Turkey, Udruga Ostvarenje from Croatia, YEU Albania, YEU Belgium and YEU Cyprus. They came to the Netherlands during a special time. Not only did they follow this training course, but they also celebrated the inauguration of the new king of the Netherlands with the local community in Groningen. And of course this event led an interesting discussion afterwards: do we need a king in a democratic system?
JUB project managers Laura Rossingh, Martijn Bergsma and Deanne van Iddekinge look back on a successful week. Deanne van Iddekinge: ‘It has been a great week with great participants. We as an organization have learned a lot. I’m looking forward to sharing our experiences with my fellow JUB colleagues, and work on new JUB projects’.