VSPS Migration Program - Visegrad School of Political Studies

VSPS Migration Program

VSPS Migration Program 2017-03-16T14:45:01+00:00

The 2016 VSPS Annual Program „Perceptions of migration in Visegrad School and Germany” (VSPS Migration Program) is designed to influence and shape the public debate on migration in Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. During 4 sessions, the program takes 20 young leaders to 4 cities in 3 countries, where they will attend workshops, discussions and meetings covering different aspects of migration.

The VSPS Migration Program is a full-scholarship initiative, covering workshops, materials, certificates, accommodation, meals, flights to and from Strasbourg and partially covering other travel expenses.

The goals of the VSPS Migration Program are threefold:

  • to deepen the participants’ knowledge on the issue of migration, develop their ability to identify and solve the complex challenges facing Central European societies, as well as enhance their capacity to shape and strengthen the democratic processes in their respective countries;

  • to share different perspectives on migration between Visegrad Group and Germany and discuss their root causes;

  • to influence the younger generation by conducting meetings with high school students and providing them with unbiased view of the migration crisis, as well as presenting them with a forum to express their own views, doubts and thoughts.

The program is organized within the framework of the Schools of Political Studies of the Council of Europe and in cooperation with Foundation for Polish-German Cooperation, Mercator Stiftung and Das Progressive Zentrum.

The VSPS Migration Program will gather 20 participants – social activists, humanitarian workers, human rights defenders etc. –  from Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, who have a proven track record of involvement and engagement within their community, demonstrating leadership potential and a desire to take an active role in positively shaping the world around them. The program targets equal representation of female participants.

Throughout the year, the participants attend 4 sessions, with over 70 hours of discussions, workshops and simulations:

  • Session 1 – Warsaw (Poland), 3 – 6 November 2016

3 days of workshops dedicated to providing the participants with a detailed analysis of the origins and history of the migrants crisis, as well as an overview of the political, social, and military developments in the MENA region. Additionally, the participants attend a public speaking workshop, as a preparation for the conference in Cracow and presentations in high schools.

  • Session 2 – Strasbourg (France), 7 – 9 November 2016

Participation in the World Forum for Democracy organized by the Council of Europe – an annual conference for political decision-makers and activists to debate solutions to key challenges for democracies worldwide. The 2016 Forum is titled “Democracy and equality – does education matter?”. On the sidelines of the Forum we will hold meetings with sister schools from Morocco, Tunisia and Turkey.

To find out more about the World Forum for Democracy, please click HERE.

  • Session 3 – Cracow (Poland), 13 – 15 January 2017

2 days of workshops on EU and national responses to migrant crisis, building of multicultural societies and innovative methods of non-formal education (CoE’s Compass – manual on human rights education with young people).

Participation in the conference of the Academy of Young Diplomats “The EU Migration & Refugee Crisis – perspectives from Visegrad & Germany”. Chosen participants will be asked to act as speakers during panel discussions.

  • Home countries, February – June 2017 

Each of the participants will be tasked with organizing 2 meetings in high schools in their home countries, to present the topic of migration to the students and gain insight into the views and attitudes of the younger generation.

  • Session 4 – Berlin (Germany), 23 – 25 June 2017

Summary session, where the participants will compare their experience with the high school students, analyze the outcomes of the meetings and prepare a report with the conclusions on how to shape the public debate through education.

  • Full-scholarship program, covering workshops, materials, certificates, accommodation, meals, flights to and from Strasbourg and partially covering other travel expenses;

  • Participation in an unique, hands-on program, which allows sharing of experiences regarding dealing with migration between current and future Visegrad and German states leaders;

  • Obtaining an activist toolkit – fundamental skills required to be successful in influencing the dialogue in communities, as well as regional and national governments;

  • Joining the Council of Europe network of leaders from 21 Schools of Political Studies;

  • Receiving a joint EAD and Council of Europe graduation diploma (upon successful completion of the program and fulfillment of all requirements)

  • Participation in the World Forum for Democracy in Strasbourg, France;

  • Access to the EAD Alumni Club and Career Office.

  • Minimum 23 years of age;

  • Minimum 2 years of working experience and proven track history of involvement and engagement within their community society (i.e. involvement in the NGO sector, student unions, local and national political parties);

  • English language competency: C1.

  • Participants must submit an online application form, including:

    • CV in EuroPass format,

    • letter of motivation.

Chosen applicants will be asked to take part in a phone interview.

  • Active participation in sessions in Warsaw, Strasbourg and Cracow.

  • Elected participants of the VSPS will be asked to act as speakers during the conference in Cracow.

  • Participation in the summarizing session in Berlin – presenting of the outcomes of the high school meetings and creating a report with the findings.

  • Sharing the Council of Europe and VSPS values (democracy, human rights, rule of law) and committing to their promotion in their respective communities.

The Robert Bosch Stiftung is one of the major German foundations associated with a private company and has managed the philanthropic bequest of company founder Robert Bosch for over 50 years. Indeed it was his entrepreneurial vision, political farsightedness, moral fortitude and charitable initiatives that set the standards for the work of the Robert Bosch Stiftung. The foundation is divided into four areas to support and operate its aid program. In order to pursue the foundation’s objectives, it promotes external projects and initiates its own projects for developing and running programs.

The Foundation for Polish-German Cooperation provides funds for Polish-German projects that are carried out by institutions from Poland or Germany with a partner from the other country and carries out its own projects. The main goal of the Foundation is the support of valuable Polish-German cooperation. The Foundation in particular supports partnerships between Polish and German institutions, educational projects that propagate knowledge of Poland and Germany and of the Polish and German languages, scientific cooperation, and artistic and literary projects. The Foundation is also an initiator and creator of projects, including study visits, scholarship programs, publications and debates. Both thanks to grants and the projects initiated by them the Foundation for Polish-German Cooperation wishes to have an inspiring effect on Polish-German relations.