“Believe what you want!”


Who is behind this?

Julia Birnbaum-Crowson

aubiko e. V. - association for exchange, education and communication



Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

Discrimination against religious minorities is a threat to every democratic society and a contradiction of the European idea. This project focuses on 4 countries that differ in the essential meaning of religion in society, it will discuss the reasons for discrimination and what civil society can do.

Where will your idea take place?

Vlotho, Germany

Why does Europe need your idea?

In the European Union minorities of all kinds are protected by law,as well as freedom of religion being a guaranteed human right. Regardless of that we currently observe an alarming number of movements and actions with (not only) anti-Semitic and anti-Islamic content - expressed by organisations such as Pegida and shown in surveys gathering data regarding attitudes towards “others” in various European countries.Getting high school students with different cultural and religious background together,encouraging them to empathize with each other,to learn from each other and to discuss and argue in a constructive way will help them to overcome their own stereotypes and be ambassadors for greater religious tolerance.The concept of the project then needs to be transferred to further countries.

What is your impact?

A project for high school students from four different countries to discuss one aspect of the European ideal of peaceful cooperation and mutual understanding – namely, what role does religion play in my country and that of my European neighbours and how do my and other societies interact with religious minorities? The project will impart necessary knowledge, help the participants to understand and empathize with others and develop strategies to react to discrimination. By consciously addressing the issues and broadening their minds the participants can act as multiplicators when they report their experiences and trigger a chain reaction in their home school and around them as well as initiating their own projects around this topic.

How do you get there?

- place and time: educational centre Jugendhof Vlotho, February 2016
- we find 20 high school students from DE, TR, PL and DK through the local associations of teachers for German we often work with
- through our network(DAAD, Robert Bosch foundation, German universities), we recruit experts on Religions as well as on religious minorities in our four target countries
- we use experiential education methods and theatre workshops to approach discrimination from different perspectives, thereby helping the participants to understand the mechanisms behind it, as well as developing empathy for the people concerned
- a teaching unit about religion and religious minorities with ideas for further projects, a short theatre play and a quadrilingual newspaper will help to initiate follow-up projects

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What makes your idea stand apart?


€ 20000,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 25785,-

Total budget

Major expenses



Julia Birnbaum-Crowson

Idea created on April 13, 2015
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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