“One Humanity”: 300 Jugendliche, EU-Politiker und Friedensaktivisten treffen sich zum grossen internationalen Symposium im Kloster Eberbach

Am 22. July 2016 treffen sich EU-Politiker, ein Überlebender des Terrorangriffs in Norwegen, Manager, Vertreter von Nichtregierungsorganisationen und 300 Jugendliche im Kloster Eberbach, einem Kulturgut in europäischem Rang. Unter dem Motto “One Humanity” diskutieren 300 Jugendliche aus 30 Ländern über Lösungen für eine Welt, die allen ein zu Hause ist.

Dabei wird nicht nur diskutiert, es werden auch konkrete Resultate gezeigt. Die Jugendgruppe AYUDH unterstützt durch das Symposium die “No Hate Speech” Kampagne des Europarats. Diese hat sich zum Ziel gemacht, den 22. Juli, Jahrestag der Attacken in Utøya, Norwegen, zum offiziellen “European Action Day for Victims of Hate Crime” zu ernennen. So wird die deutschen “No Hate Speech” Webseite (www.no-hate-speech.de) in Anwesenheit von Anne Brasseur, Botschafterin der “No Hate Speech” Kampagne des Europarates, zum ersten Mal der Öffentlichkeit präsentiert. Die Webseite wendet sich gegen Hassreden im Internet und setzt sich für den Schutz und die Förderung der Menschenrechte im Internet ein. Zu Gast ist auch Friedensaktivist und “No Hate Speech”-Unterstützer Björn Ihler, welcher das Attentat von Andreas Breivik am 22. Juni 2011 in Norwegen überlebt hat. “Es ist grossartig, den Tag der Attacken und dessen Opfer auf so eine Art und Weise gedacht zu sehen”

Am Symposium sprechen Martine Reicherts (ehemalige EU-Kommissarin für Justiz), Anne Brasseur (ehemalige Präsidentin des Europarat-Parlaments), Ernesto Marinelli (SAP Vizepräsident für HR) und der indische Mönch Swami Amritaswarupananda. Letzterer ist Vize-Vorsitzender der NGO Embracing the World, der Schirmorganisation von AYUDH, die von Mata Amritanandamayi (Amma) gegründet wurde. „Amma macht mehr für die Armen als manche Regierung“ sagt Nobelpreisträger Muhammed Yunus über sie.

Die Veranstaltung ist Teil des 12. Jugend-Gipfels von AYUDH “One World. One Home” im Brombachtal. Die Jugendgruppe AYUDH wird gefördert von der „European Youth Foundation“ des Europarats, der Stiftung Kloster Eberbach, SAP SE, den Gemeinden Michelstadt und Brombachtal und der Lebenshilfe Offenbach e.V.. Sie ist ein offizielles Partnerprojekt der UNO zur Jugendförderung UNIANYD (United Nations Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development) und Teil der europaweiten “No Hate Speech” Bewegung.   

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Pressekontakte:

Sarah Straub
AYUDH Europe
Manager - Policy & Programming
s.straub@ayudh.eu
+43 650 248 2646

Alena Steffen
AYUDH Europe
Summit Media Relations
alena.steffen@gmail.com
+41 78 881 28 27

Grosses, internationales Treffen mit Jugendlichen, EU-Politikern und Künstlern

Brombachtal im Odenwald (Hessen), 16. - 24. Juli 2016

Unter dem Motto "One World. One Home" diskutieren 300 Jugendliche aus 30 Ländern über Lösungen für eine Welt, die allen ein zu Hause ist. Bereits zum 12. Mal organisiert die internationale Jugendbewegung AYUDH ein Treffen für 15 bis 30 jährige im Brombachtal.

Höhepunkt der hochkarätig besetzten Jugendinitiative ist das Symposium “One Humanity”. Am Symposium sprechen Martine Reicherts (ehemalige EU-Kommissarin für Justiz), Anne Brasseur (ehemalige Präsidentin des Europarat-Parlaments), Ernesto Marinelli (SAP Vize-Präsident HR für Europa, Mittlerer Osten und Afrika)  und der indische Mönch Swami Amritaswarupananda. Letzterer ist Vize-Vorsitzender der NGO Embracing the World, der Schirmorganisation von AYUDH, die von Mata Amritanandamayi (Amma) gegründet wurde. „Amma macht mehr für die Armen als manche Regierung“ sagt Nobelpreisträger Muhammed Yunus über sie.

Am Symposiums im Kloster Eberbach, ein Kulturgut von europäischen Rang, wird nicht nur diskutiert, es werden auch konkrete Resultate gezeigt. So wird die deutsche Webseite der “No Hate Speech” Bewegung (www.no-hate-speech.de) in Anwesenheit von Anne Brasseur, Botschafterin der “No Hate Speech” Kampagne des Europarates, zum ersten Mal der Öffentlichkeit präsentiert. Die Website wendet sich gegen Hassreden und der Stärkung von Menschenrechten im Internet. Ein weiterer prominenter Sprecher ist Björn Ihler, Überlebender des Attentats von Anders Breivik am 22. Juni 2011 in Norwegen.

Das Thema “One World One Home” wird an einem Podium zur Gleichstellung der Geschlechter vertieft. AYUDH war im März diesen Jahres von der UNO nach New York eingeladen worden, um am Jugend-Forum des CSW (Commission on the Status of Women) teilzunehmen.

Künstlerischer Höhepunkt des AYUDH-Jugend-Summits ist das Festival “OdenWorld”. Internationale Künstler wie der polnischen Rapper Spinache, die Diamond Breakers aus dem Brombachtal und die israelische Hip-Hop Band The Ultras stehen auf dem Programm.

Die Jugendinitiative AYUDH wird gefördert von der „European Youth Foundation“ des Europarats, der Stiftung Kloster Eberbach, SAP, den Gemeinden Michelstadt und Brombachtal und der Lebenshilfe Offenbach e.V.. AYUDH ist ein offizieller Partner der UNO zur Jugendförderung UNIANYD (United Nations Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development) und Teil der europaweiten “No Hate Speech” Bewegung.


Pressekontakt:
Alena Steffen
AYUDH - OWOH Summit
Media Relations
alena.steffen@gmail.com
+41 78 881 28 27

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Statements on AYUDH

Martine Reicherts, EU Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship
In relation to the youth conference ‘Strengthening Europe through Youth Empowerment’ which was jointly organized by AYUDH and the EU parliament in Strasbourg on 17 July 2014.

“For me, this youth experience has been absolutely unbelievable. All the young people I met in Strasbourg were amazingly convincing. I think it’s great, and an example the younger generation would probably want to follow – and that is great…More projects like this one should exist.”

 

Kirty Matabadal, UN Ambassador for Youth, The Netherlands:

“Youngsters nowadays are not really interested in what is happening in society, but AYUDH showed me the difference. It showed me that youth are capable of making a change and they are willing to make a change.”

 

Jani Toivola, Member of Parliament, Finland:

“I think the AYUDH summit is a one of a kind opportunity for young people to reflect on their life, values and the choices that they want to make. This is especially important in the modern world, where young people are still too often left outside and are not heard. It is important to give every young person support and opportunities for dialoge with each other and the community. Being present, willing to share and able to love is a great vision that I will take with me on my political journey. I am inspired by all the young voices I met at AYUDH.”

'Together for a better world' - Press Report, Odenwälder Echo, 23.07.2015

YOUTH EXCHANGE - Ayudh Community Impress Again with International Meeting in Kirchbrombach

Press-report Odenwälder Echo, 15.07.2015

Kirchbormbach – Youth from all over the world gather in the municipality of Brombachtal in Odenwald.

It is a hot morning in the big riding hall of Hof Herrenberg in Kirchbrombach. Approximately a hundred young people sit in front of a large stage, most of them on the floor. All are barefoot. Many wear a T-shirt with this year’s theme of the exchange ‘Together We Can.’ Some are drinking ‘chai’ – a beverage of black tea, milk, sugar and a mix of Indian spices. They are waiting for the two speakers of the day.

It is the eleventh time that the annual week-long gathering of the international youth movement ‘AYUDH’ has been hosted by the Hof. A total of 250 young people aged 15 to 30 years from twenty countries participated – coming from as far as Costa Rica, Thailand, India and the Ukraine. The common language of the camp is English; and presentations are simultaneously translated into German, French, Italian and Spanish by a few volunteers.

Peace Champions are in Demand

AYUDH aims to enable young people to become compassionate leaders for a peaceful future. The programmes are designed to help the youth to discover their own creative potential, to gain self-confidence and to share their ideas on how to make the world a better place.

Each day during this youth week a lecture is scheduled, today there are two. The session is moderated by Andreas Nath Hirsch, the head of Ayudh Europe. The first speaker is Rabbi Shai Mosche Piron, a Rabbi, educator and politician from Israel. He is a member of the Knesset and was the secretary of education in Israel from March 2013 to December 2014.

‘Education’ is a topic close to his heart and he spoke about how he would like the education system in his home country to adopt a Montessori style pedagogy.

With emotion and animation, he told stories of moving experiences with disabled children, who found their place in life. At the end he took his guitar and taught a traditional Israeli song with actions about building bridges to those present.

The second speaker was Adi Altschuler who is also from Israel and works closely with Shai Piron. She is a young, contemporary businesswoman, committed to social responsibility who was named by Time-Life Magazine in 2014 as ‘Leader for the Next Generation’.

Encounter with ‘Amma’ a Milestone

After an encounter with ‘Amma’ she was so impressed that in 2002, at age 16, she founded the nationwide active youth movement ‘Krembo Wings’. ‘Normal’ young people are inspired to meet with physically and mentally disabled peers and talk, play and make music together. The results are two-fold: some learn to assume responsibility and to develop compassion and understanding, and others learn to see themselves as an equivalent part of society.

The office of the M.A. Center has been located at Hof Herrenberg since 2005, the two letters standing for the initials of Mata Amritanandamayi. The now 62 year-old Indian lady, who is commonly called ‘Amma’ (mother), has dedicated her life to the relief of the suffering of the poor and disabled by hugging and consoling them. ‘Embracing the world’ is the name of the network founded by her that became a major non-governmental organization with consultative status to the UN. It is not just that she only hugs the people who come to her, but Amma also inspires them to support the basic needs of all those who cannot help themselves, by helping provide access to food, shelter, health and education. The youth organization AYUDH is part of this global network. A big picture of ‘Amma’ is standing next to the stage, framed by flowers, candles and small flags of twenty countries.

 

 

Strengthening Europe through Youth Empowerment 2014

Strengthening Europe through Youth Empowerment 2014

Several Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) joined AYUDH Europe, the youth wing of the Mata Amritanandamayi Math (MAM), for its 10th Anniversary Celebrations at the European Parliament at Strasbourg in France.

The event titled “Strengthening Europe through Youth Empowerment”, engaged nearly 300 young participants from 23 countries. Inspired by the life and teachings of Amma, AYUDH has reached out to thousands of young people across Europe during the last ten years with its programmes in intercultural exchange, voluntary service, sustainable development and leadership building.
The dignitaries who participated in the event included MEPs Frank Engel (Luxembourg), Deirdre Clune (Ireland), Miltiadis Kyrkos (Greece) and Jani Toivola (Finland) besides Martine Reicherts, European Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship.

MAM Vice-Chairman Swami Amritaswarupananda, in his keynote address, emphasized on the importance to inculcate values in our educational system and ways of teaching. About the alarming increase in the rate of school dropouts, use of drugs, violence, abuse of nature and crime rates among youngsters, he cited examples from Europe and other parts of the world. “The main reason for these dangerous situation is that education is not valued,” he said. “Life itself is not valued and true awareness and action are not valued.”

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Swami Amritswarupananda further elaborated on the point saying, the goal was to help young people understand their relationship with the world in which they live, nature and the law of the universe. “In a democratic society, each individual should be endowed with various talents and proficiencies. One among them is the inner capacity to deal with people from different cultures,” he noted. “Based on this value system, they should be able to take objective and impartial decisions. Democratic societies must therefore take an interest that such skills be encouraged.”

Ms Clune applauded all those who joined AYUDH movement. “I am sure you will carry the positive experiences from this for the rest of your life,” she said, and stressed on the certain measures taken by the EU on youth employment and ecological protection.
Mr Engel, who leads the Luxembourg delegation to the Parliament, said this continent which had been the home of war and destruction, now is a continent of peace and construction. “We have values that we cherish and the way to ensure that they are retained is through the youth carrying them ahead,” he said.
Martine Reicherts said a life in politics and a spiritual life are both possible. “Never go below your dignity. Keep up the values and don’t make it cheap,” she noted.

The AYUDH youth also presented a five-point statement requesting the European leaders to consider taking the following steps: incorporate participation in voluntary and community service into formal education through recognized academic credit or curriculum design; encourage young people to take up the protection of biodiversity and community farming through the provision of awards and grants; establish high-quality, accessible care dedicated to improving mental health and wellbeing of youth, with particular emphasis on enhancing emotional and spiritual intelligence; provide young people with learning environments which nurture and support holistic lifestyles and creative self-expression; implement proactive, innovative measures to address the issue of youth unemployment through job creation, education, investment and dialogue.

The event concluded with Swami Amritaswarupananda and Ms Reicherts taking questions from the youngsters. The focus was on different problems faced by youth in society today and their resolution.
Since 2007, AYUDH has been working closely with European Commission for Education and Culture under its ‘Youth in Action’ programme. The Commission selected AYUDH as ‘Best Practice Project’ in 2011 for ‘Reaching New Heights’, a musical on the challenges of young people in today’s world and in 2013 for the project ‘Our World. Our Vision. Our Future’, which focused on non-formal education of school children on ecological sustainability.
The event at the EU Parliament in Strasbourg is a part of a week long youth summit on the topic ‘Awareness in Action’, held in M.A. Center Germany (Frankfurt) from July 13 to 20. 

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