Why do we exist?
Based on our expertise in local youth work, we believe that it is important to establish direct contact with local actors and youth professionals to help them with the preparation and realization of international exchanges, both logistically and pedagogically. This is essential in order to reach young people who have never had the possibility/opportunity to meet other people in the context of intercultural exchanges. These professionals are the only ones to have the trust of young and disadvantaged people and their social environment : because only they often have a strong bond of trust with young, disadvantaged people and their social environment, we support on them in order to guarantee a life-world oriented preparation for an intercultural experience and an associated active learning process support.
Today in Germany, many youth welfare institutions are desperately looking for socio-pedagogically trained professionals. Employees of youth institutions have hardly any capacity to offer, prepare or implement international mobility projects for their target audience. However, in order to offer an intercultural opening to a part of a growing young generation in the context of rising social inequalities, we believe that a direct dialogue between local actors is necessary.
Pangera plays a key role in this. We are locally anchored specialists and actors of youth welfare institutions with many years of experience in the implementation of exchange projects. We see ourselves as a decisive link between local, regional and international youth work. We are aware of the many obstacles that prevent institutions, social workers and ultimately young participants from choosing such a mobility experience. With our experience, we are able to advise local actors in a targeted manner, to convince them to implement projects and to offer them the necessary pedagogical support.
By bringing together our members who are directly involved in local youth structures with internationally active intercultural youth leaders and trainers, we combine the necessary skills and expertise to bring exchange programmes to previously neglected neighbourhoods and regions in urban and rural areas.
What do we stand for?
Social inequality is one of the most pressing problems of our world. Indeed, inequality can easily turn into injustice when it comes to educational opportunities and social participation.
As youth professionals we have learned that this inequality is also reflected in the access to non-formal education. There are an incredible number of programmes designed to enable young people to gain experience abroad, acquire intercultural and social skills or come into contact with other languages. However, information on these programmes often circulates only in certain social circles or is advertised in such a way that only a limited proportion of young people have access to them.
In 2016, the Franco-German Youth Office launched the “Diversity and Participation” strategy, which aims to achieve more diversity in youth exchange programmes, to enable exchanges between young people from different social backgrounds and above all to appeal to young people who have limited access to Franco-German, European or international mobility.
We believe in a direct dialogue between professionals from youth institutions, social workers, social environment of potential participants and the young people themselves to jointly overcome the economic, geographical, social, cultural or educational obstacles that often arise.
Because of the ever-widening division of our societies different groups of people have completely different life experiences and are offered fundamentally different life opportunities. We think that it is of the utmost importance to make this type of non-formal education vailable for young people growing up in isolated environments, regions or parallel societies. To this end, we have been fostering the greatest possible diversity within our projects and have managed to bring social groups that might never have come together in everyday life into contact. nto contact with social groups that might not come together in everyday life.