Learning in Stadiums – Civic Education at Learning Centers in Soccer Stadiums

The idea of using soccer stadiums as places of learning is based on the British “Study Support Centre” model, which utilises young people’s enthusiasm for the sport to encourage them to take up educational offers.

Since 2010 the Robert Bosch Stiftung has been working in conjunction with the Bundesliga-Stiftung (German federal soccer league foundation) to fund centres of civic education in soccer stadiums in towns and cities such as Dortmund, Bochum, Bremen, Berlin, Bielefeld, Gelsenkirchen, Frankfurt, Dresden, Rostock, Braunschweig, and Nürnberg.

These learning centres are aimed at school students, particularly from Hauptschulen, in grades seven to ten and young soccer fans in general. The idea is to use the atmosphere of the stadium to appeal to the types of young people on whom traditional educational services generally have little impact.

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Roundtable – Peaceful Responses to the Crisis in Ukraine

The European Peacebuilding Liaison Office (EPLO), the European Foundation Centre and the International Renaissance Foundation are hosting a roundtable on peacebuilding responses to the crisis in Ukraine on Wednesday 28 January in Brussels.

The purpose of the roundtable is:

• To assess the medium and long term impact of the current crisis;
• To assess the different international approaches to the conflict;
• To identify peacebuilding responses to end current violence and to tackle the root causes of the conflict.

This roundtable will bring together participants from academia, international organisations and civil society selected for their expertise and experience in peacebuilding initiatives in Ukraine.

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RSVP to Nabila Habbida (nhabbida@eplo.org).

Entrepreneurs for Social Change

Along the shores of the Mediterranean the effects of the economic crisis are still being felt with high levels of youth unemployment and a lack of opportunities.

Where the local communities are bereft of economic activity and upward mobility is scarce, innovative social entrepreneurs committed to making positive social change are assuming a pivotal role in the creation of a more promising future for all.

Entrepreneurs for Social Change (E4SC) is a project aimed at supporting young social entrepreneurs from the Euro-Mediterranean area whose business activities seek to create employment opportunities and promote non-violent social change. The E4SC project was devised by the Fondazione CRT in collaboration with the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Through a week of training and 9 months of mentoring, 20 young social entrepreneurs from the MENA region are given the chance to acquire the business, funding, marketing and intercultural understanding needed to help take their businesses to the next level and create positive social impact.

here is the link for the Webdoc on La Stampa’s website which gives a brief outline of the 2014 participants social initiatives:


Citizens for Democracy

This t-shirt was created for the ‘Design hate away’ t-shirt contest, part of the Stefan Batory Foundation’s Citizens for Democracy Programme. The contest aimed to address the alarming level of acceptance of hate speech in Poland. Young graphic designers were asked to create a positive symbol of hate speech prevention to express support for society’s most vulnerable groups and to promote attitudes such as tolerance and respect for diversity, which are essential to democracy.

The Citizens for Democracy programme aims to strengthen civil society development and enhance the contribution of non-governmental organisations to social justice, democracy and sustainable development.