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No.29 (October 2012) "Active Citizenship through Volunteering”
No.28 (June 2012) "Volunteering for peace and understanding”
No.27 (February 2012) "Youth and Globalization”
No.26 (October 2011) "Gender Equality"
No.25 (June 2011): “EYV 2011 - Volunteering matters!“
No.24 (March 2011): "Youth Empowerment"
No.23 (October 2010): "Youth combating poverty and social exclusion”
No.22 (July 2010): “Youth & Development”
No.21 (February 2010): “Youth and the disabled”
No.20 (November 2009): “Youth and women’s empowerment”
No.19 (July 2009): “Youth volunteering in Arts & Culture”
No.18 (February 2009): “Youth and Children’s Rights”
No.17 (November 2008): “Youth against Violence”
No.16 (July 2008): “Youth and Environmental Protection”
No.15 (February 2008): “Youth volunteering in rural areas”
No.14 (June/July 2007): “Youth Active Citizenship”
No.13 (February/March 2007): “Youth Volunteering and Intercultural Dialogue”
No.12 (November 2006): “Youth and Community Service”No.11 (June 2006): “Minorities and Migrants"
No.10 (February/March 2006): “Youth and Health Education”
No.9 (October/November 2005): ”Young Volunteers working with Children and Youth”
No.8 (June/July 2005): “Best Practice of International Volunteering”
No.7 (March 2005): “Youth and the Homeless”
No.6 (October 2004): “Youth and the Environment”
No.5 (June 2004): “Human Rights, Refugees and Youth”
No.4 (February 2004): “The Elderly and Youth”
No.3 (October 2003): “Disability and Youth”
No.2 (May 2003): “HIV/AIDS and YOUTH”No.1 (February 2003): “Children living in difficult circumstances”
ICYE Newsletter No. 30 - February 2013
2012 was designated the “European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations” by the European Commission. Enhancing the quality of life of the older generation implies working towards a holistic society that is fair, just and equal, and sustainable across board for all generations. In this 30th edition of the ICYE newsletter entitled “Working towards intergenerational solidarity”, we take up the motto: “Everyone has a role to play!”
Sixteen young volunteers participating in the 2012-13 ICYE EVS project “Youth and Intergenerational Solidarity” have been contributing to the development of a society for all ages by working in intergenerational community development projects or those addressing the elderly in Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America. In Volunteers Voices, six of them describe how they close the gap between generations and contribute to local efforts aimed at improving living conditions and life options of the ageing generation. In the UK, an Indian volunteer describes her work at Freshwinds and how it has inspired and motivated her, as well as providing her valuable work experience. A Swedish volunteer in Honduras tells us he is surprised and touched by the tender care and time spent by the staff with the elderly residents of “Hilos de Plata”. In Poland, a Colombian volunteer narrates her experiences at “Pomocna Dlon” as magical and says that the elderly are ‘different’ possibly because “they don’t lose their sense of wonder”. In Morocco, a Danish volunteer explains that the elderly at her project are at once crazier and more ordinary than she had ever expected, and that the non-verbal moments are the best – all one needs to do is join in the dance. Also in the UK, an Indonesian volunteer reveals that she has learnt how support workers help to improve the quality of life of refugees, which has helped her understand how, for example, age, immigration status, gender can add different layers of discrimination onto the lives of people, one not distinguishable from another. A Spanish volunteer in Colombia divulges that the exchange and discussions with the elderly about life in Colombia or the culture and customs of Spain, the role of religion or women in different periods of life - are what she likes best! This exchange, this mutual gaining of knowledge, of sensitivity is what bridges the distance between generations.
News from International Organisations feature, among others: Videos by young people on Decent Work; “Your action counts” – People around the world celebrate International Volunteer Day; ICPD Global Youth Forum Declaration; “Compass - Manual for Human Rights Education with Young People” by the CoE; and the global photo contest "WORK4YOUTH" launched by ILO.
News from NGOs report on: “Asian and African youth state their demands for post-2015 development”; Amnesty International launches a “New interactive human rights education tool for youth”; “Asian and African youth state their demands for post-2015 development”; and “Human Rights Watch World Report 2013”.
ICYE Programme News include: ICYE Taiwan 20th Anniversary’s celebration; The Asia-Pacific Region seminar “InterACTs”; report from the UNITED conference “Wake up Europe: It´s Time to Act”; BVBP/ICYE Peru 30th anniversary’s celebrations; International Volunteer Day in Poland by SPW; and a report from the UNITED Study Session on “Against Racist Propaganda: Be Active and Hate Speech Online”.
Wishing you an interesting and inspiring reading! We would like to encourage readers to send us articles and pictures for the next issue of “Worlds of Experience”, dedicated to “Migrating Identities” and to be published at the end of June 2013.
ICYE International Office