Your Story Moves II! German-Israeli Youth Exchange – Encounter of Young People in Migration Societies

Exchange program for young educators organized by ConAct and the Israel Youth Exchange Authority as part of the project „Living Diversity in Germany and Israel“ in cooperation with Dialog at School and the Arab-Jewish Community Center Tel Aviv-Jaffa

© ConAct/Ruthe Zuntz

Young people in Germany and Israel have diverse cultural, religious and national identities. Many of them come from families with a history of migration. They have often experienced immigration to Israel or Germany themselves. Over the past ten years, this has also become tangible and visible in youth exchanges: the youth groups are becoming increasingly diverse.

How do we further develop the German-Israeli youth exchange in order to live up to this reality? How can we value the diversity of personal and collective narratives while taking into account the historically significant connection to National Socialism and to the Shoah? Which migration (hi)stories can young people and their families tell nowadays? During the exchange project “Your Story Moves II! German-Israeli Youth Exchange – Encounters of Young People in Migration Societies” young educators are going to discuss these questions focusing on diversity-conscious and discrimination-sensitive educational work and future perspectives for the German-Israeli discourse, while discovering both countries as (im)migration societies.

The second youth exchange project will be realized with the partner organizations Dialogue at School in Germany and the Arab-Jewish Community Center Tel Aviv-Jaffa in Israel. Its first bilateral encounter with young adults from both countries will take place from October 22 to 28, 2018 in Israel, followed by a return visit in the spring of 2019.

Further exchange projects on diversity, migration and their stories in the German-Israeli context of education and exchange are being prepared in cooperation with partners from Germany and Israel.

The project “Living Diversity in Germany and Israel – Challenges and Perspectives for Education and Youth Exchange” was developed by ConAct – Coordination Center German-Israeli Youth Exchange and the Israel Youth Exchange Authority in close cooperation with the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth. It is conceptualized as a supportive project in the German federal program “Live Democracy!