Youth Seminar ‘Peacing it Together 2’

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To mark the 30th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall and 21 years since the Good Friday / Belfast Agreement, this event followed on from the successful ‘Peacing it Together’ seminar, which took place in Belfast last year.

Building bridges

Funded by UK-German Connection and run in cooperation with NICILT, this regional youth seminar took place in the dynamic city of Leipzig from 7-10 November 2019.

Bringing around 50 young people from Northern Ireland and Germany together, the event gave participants the chance to build on last year’s discussions and further explore themes surrounding peace beyond borders, such as:

  • growing up in a post-conflict society
  • the role of intercultural youth relations in peace-building
  • creating a shared future

Discovering Leipzig: past and present

With Leipzig as a backdrop, this year’s seminar offered the young people the chance to find out more about the peaceful revolution, which led to the Fall of the Berlin Wall. As well as time spent exploring Leipzig, the group also spent a day in Berlin, to give participants the opportunity to delve into the past, present and future significance of the two cities.

Alongside thematic discussions, the programme included:

  • trips to historical sites of interest in Leipzig and Berlin
  • workshops with input from local experts
  • experiencing some of the Peaceful Revolution anniversary celebrations

What happens next?

Following their return home, our participants will be sharing what they learnt at the seminar with their wider community.