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International and bi-national events, seminars and workshopsof the Gustav Stresemann Institute in Niedersachsen e. V.

To tell the truth.
The story of democracy in European and Arab societies. Train-the-trainers program for activists of civil society

  • Date: 16.09.2022 – 26.09.2022
  • Lecturers: Trainners: Inga Balzekaite-Sauliene, Nourjahen Jamaa | Pedagogical staff: Martin Kaiser
  • Cooperation with: Club Culturel Ali Belhouane, Tunis, Tunesien, St. Mena Forum for Peace & Development, Beni Suef, Ägypten, Debate Foundation, Amman, Jordanien, Internationale Jugendbegegnungsstätte Krzyzowa / Kreisau, Student Representation, Vilnius, Litauen
  • Funded by: EU Programm Erasmus+
  • Fee: 100 €


Who tells the truth in times of crisis? Which is the true story of democracy in our countries? Which different stories shape the political reality in our societies? Who speaks the truth about handling Covid 19 challenges? What is the story of our lives as (future) active citizens? With this project we will make stories happen; we will not just share them. We will use them to understand each other, to compare our narratives, to learn about the different paths to democracy in our countries, to understand the concept of diversity and to design our future projects as activists of civil society. We will listen carefully to those, who are afraid and left behind; we will provide a space to be heard for those who doubt; we will create a platform for those who want to act. 

Aims and Guiding Topics:

1. The truth about democracy: Which paths to freedom & democracy did we take in each country? Which choices did we make, which impact had the Corona crisis & where are we at now? Participants will give accounts & updates on political development and personal involvement.

2. The truth about freedom: Where are the limits of freedom and the challenges calling for change? How can we counter religious and political extremism and foster deradicalization? We will use simulation games and first-hand reports to identify the issues and find solutions. Activists will share their concepts and practical methods.

3. The truth about diversity: How do we handle diversity in our countries? How can we counter discrimination and exclusion? In practical exercises we will learn how to establish true dialogue in our environment. In field visits to NGOs and youth projects we will learn how to have an impact on current events.

4. The truth about our impact: How can we establish structures that keep society together? How can we strengthen freedom and democracy in follow-up activities back home? This is what the project aims at: It will inspire participants to make use of their skills, to build up capacities, take over responsibility and to continue their engagement in civil society.

    Inga Inga Balzekaite-Sauliene

    Inga Balzekaite-Sauliene

    intercultural trainer, Vilnius. .

    Nourjahen Nourjahen Jamaa

    Nourjahen Jamaa

    , Tunis. ...

    Martin Martin Kaiser

    Martin Kaiser

    Institutsleiter, Bad Bevensen. Martin Kaiser studierte Politikwissenschaft, Germanistik und Pädagogik in Bonn und in den USA (University of Kansas). Bereits als Schüler und Student sammelte er Erfahrungen im internationalen Jugendaustausch und in der deutsch-deutschen Begegnungsarbeit. Die Schwerpunkte seiner beruflichen Tätigkeit liegen in interkulturellen Trainings (Dialogarbeit mit Partnerorganisationen in Ost- und Westeuropa, Nahem Osten, USA), in der vergleichenden Geschichtsbetrachtung (Vergleich von „historic narratives“, Vergangenheitsbearbeitung), in der Demokratiebildung („education for democratic citizenship“) und im interreligiösen Dialog. Seit 2007 ist er Mitglied am Runden Tisch der Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung sowie im Vorstand des Arbeitskreises deutscher Bildungsstätten (AdB). Zahlreiche Veröffentlichungen erschienen u.a. im Wochenschau-Verlag und im Wissenschaftlichen Verlag Trier. Im Juni 2012 übernahm er die Leitung des Gustav Stresemann Instituts.

Fee: Room Costs *)
Beitrag DZ/VP 100 €
Beitrag EZ/VP 250 €

*) All prices include German VAT.

All fees refer to program, full board - of course also vegetarian - and accommodation per person in the specified room type with shower / WC. Expressly stated contributions with accommodation in a single room (SR / FB) already include the valid single room supplement. Participants from the region who are not staying in the house: please ask for reduction.


Or in writing, by fax or e-mail with name (s), address, phone / fax / e-mail, as well as date and title of the seminar as well as room request.

Gustav Stresemann Institut in Niedersachsen e. V.
Europäisches Bildungs- und Tagungshaus
Klosterweg 4, 29549 Bad Bevensen
Tel.: (0 58 21) 9 55-0, Fax: (0 58 21) 9 55-29 9


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Martin Kaiser

Politische Bildung & Diversity Trainings
(0 58 21) 9 55-11 1


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