18. March 2022

Start of the 2022 Fellowship

With a kick-off weekend in Berlin, the fellowship “Thinking of Europe” was launched early this month. The agenda included a visit to the Humboldt Forum, team-building and content-related formats and a workshop with Reporters without Borders.

From 4 to 6 March, our six Fellows, arriving from six different countries, met for a kick-off event in Berlin. After a welcome and first getting to know each other, the expectations of the participants were discussed. This was followed by a brief introduction to  Understanding Europe and the Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft.

The focus of the first day was on pedagogical approaches which can be used when developing new workshop formats. The first Fellows also presented their project ideas, which they will implement over the course of the fellowship.

  • All photos © Stefanie Loos

On the second day, the presentation of further workshop ideas was followed by a visit of Humboldt Forum and the exhibition “After Nature”. The Fellows were accompanied by Dr. Ibou Diop, who critically analysed the visit from a postcolonial perspective. In the afternoon, there was a deepening of educational approaches and a workshop with Amock Alikuleti on “Self-development as systemic change for intersectional sustainability”. For dinner we went to the amazing Baraka restaurant in Kreuzberg.

The focus of the last day was on a workshop with Lisa Dittmer from Reporters Without Borders, which revolved around freedom of information and media. After a final module on pedagogical methods, work plans were drafted, open questions and feedback exchanged.

What’s next?

In the coming weeks and months, the Fellows will work intensively on implementing their workshop ideas and running them in schools for the first time. The next meeting will take place in June 2022. Until then, we will introduce you to the Fellows and their projects in more detail!

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Video by Laurent Hoffmann | Music by Joakim Karud