Global New Generation Berlin e.V. was launched in January 2008 as a parent initiative and registered in 2009 as a non-profit association in the register of associations Charlottenburg/Berlin.
As parents of multi-ethnic children, we are confronted with racist-motivated prejudices and attacks in everyday life.
Many of our children are Germans – they were born in Germany, they grow up here, visit the school here. Here are their friends, grandparents – in short: Germany is their home.
Nevertheless, they are all regularly asked where they come from, how long they plan to stay in Germany, where they’ve learned the language from.
Each of these children already makes their first experiences with racism in kindergarten. Female painters who are more susceptible to find vermin in their hair , children who do not play with them because they are “brown like a kacka” are just a few examples. They are a minority, they always catch the eye and are often the “bad boy” for all the nonsense that other kids do.
The n-word in the worst versions, often with attacks of physical and / or psychic violence on themselves or their parents, they know at the latest in adolescence.
Unfortunately, their search for justice is rarely supported by the German justice system, they often experience incomprehension and aversion, here too they are a minority.
Disadvantage in the search for work and accommodation in adulthood are also part of their everyday lives.
And again and again, like all other parents on earth, this one question arises: how can I protect my children? How can we empower the growing generation so that they can be ALL, wholesome, healthy members of our society.
The well-being and the future of our children depend crucially on the survival of our planet. For that, we need to be able to understand global relationships. We need the ability to question right and wrong. Our eyes have to be trained to see from different perspectives.
Sustainably, the soil on which our children grow must be strengthened.
And that is the purpose of the existence of our association.
We create a safe environment in which all children are unique and special.
In wich families and educators of all backgrounds work together cross-generational on the competencies of our children and young people and their environment.
We strengthen their self-confidence, giving them the opportunity, in our workshops, to learn all the tools they need to live well in a global world of change.
For this we maintain international contacts, our network is represented worldwide, in joint projects we conduct Skype conferences with cooperating schools. We create sponsorships and exchange trips. Our working materials are always printed / accessible in several languages, even smaller local language groups have a place.
There is no universal definition of Global Learning. It is a value-oriented, pedagogical concept of political education. It addresses the interactions of global contexts, provides skills for the design of a sustainable and just world society.
Methods and content of human rights education, education for sustainable development, anti-racist education, development education and democracy education bring together global learning.
Important elements according to the Beutelsbach Consensus (Glossary, p.43) are:
- change of perspective
- Establishing connections between colonial history and the present
- Recognize and refute clichés stereotypes as well
- Breaking up Eurocentric worldviews and ways of thinking
Through exercise, children learn to correctly assess their physical strength.
In sports, children learn to abide by rules and take care of their comrades. They need to align movements and actions to make a good team. Furthermore, sport is a good outlet for reducing pent-up anger and ensuring a good mood – just ten minutes of exercise per day lift the mood. Mood and Well-Beeing improve proportionally to the extent of movement, because thereby the body’s own messenger substances, so-called neurotransmitters, released. For example, serotonin makes you happy and reduces anxiety.
Creativity is vital, we all need it to independently develop solution strategies in all situations of our lives. We also need them to set goals and achieve them, so to lead a successful and satisfying life. Creativity creates worlds.
Art, music and literature in an intercultural ambience are the cornerstones of our work. They serve as a mouthpiece with which our participants learn to formulate their needs, hopes, dreams and goals in a respectful and creative way and to share them with their environment. You have the opportunity to develop freely and in a safe environment. Art, music and literature are also the mouthpiece of our educators. They use it to strenghen the participants personalities. They use it to encourage them to learn.