"We should also have a camp in Germany, not only in South Africa. This would be even better because we could get to know young people from a completely different country!"
Our ‘Bridges Camp’ project
In 2013, we have launched our ‘Bridges Camp’ project in cooperation with the Psychological Clinic of the University of Pretoria, in South Africa. Since then, more than 250 South African young people have been able to participate in the camps we have facilitated so far. The ‘Bridges Camp’ aims at bringing young people from different social backgrounds together in order to overcome stereotypes and raise awareness about topics, such as racism and social injustice. Together, we want to send a powerful and inclusive message to the world.
This year, we have taken it a step further and are excited to organise an international youth exchange between ten German and ten South African students. This project is taking place from September 2017 to May 2018 and includes a two-week-long contact phase in each country, where an additional number of young people will be able to participate in a week-long seminar. The first encounter is taking place in South Africa, just after Christmas and the second one will be in Germany around Easter. The young people reflect upon their experiences and put them into a theoretical context by covering topics, such as racism and global inequality.
Our youth exchange is part of the "German-African Youth Initiative", a new project by the organisation ‘Engagement Global’, which aims to promote interaction among young people from different countries and advocates a shared future.
Bridging Gaps e.V. is a young organisation that aims to raise awareness of everyday racism and to reduce social inequality. By critically questioning existing structures, and with the help of targeted actions and initiatives, we want to reduce different forms of discrimination and promote greater social equality. Therefore, our work focusses on two different countries: South Africa and Germany.