About the Project
Preparing young people for a globalized world and equipping them with the knowledge and skills they need is one of the most important tasks of education policy today. The study trip is designed to support these efforts by contributing the perspective of civil society. International youth exchange programs are a simple but highly effective tool to foster international understanding, and the study trip aims to convince education policymakers of this. The journey gives them an opportunity to establish a dialog among each other and representatives of civil society across country, department, and party lines. The intention of this project is to promote educator-escorted youth exchanges as an integral element of the high school curriculum. We invite education policymakers from all German states to take a look beyond their everyday business of politics and immerse themselves in the field of international education. This project offers the chance to gain insights into the diversity of international exchange activities through project visits, lectures, and round tables. Furthermore, it helps to identify relevant instruments for improving the general conditions of youth exchanges and facilitates in-depth exchange with experts, players, and participants in a safe space. The study trip to Nice, France is scheduled for March 31 through April 2, 2019. It is organized by Youth for Understanding (YFU) Germany and supported by Pädagogischer Austauschdienst (PAD), the international exchange service of the Secretariat of the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs, as well as the Robert Bosch Stiftung.