The German-Dutch Youth Fund (Dutch-German Youth Fund), registered association, was founded in 1993/1994 as a non profit association with the participation of Dutch and German personalities and institutions. This was occasionally prompted by the so-called “Clingendael Study“, which revealed a sometimes difficult relationship between young people from Germany and the Netherlands in the early 1990s.
WHO ARE WE ?
Since its foundation, the Youth Work has been committed to promoting mutual understanding and reducing prejudices. The projects are aimed in particular at pupils, students, apprentices; working young people and children (from e.g. kindergartens, primary schools) from the two countries.
The association is largely supported by Industrie- und Handelskammer (IHK) Aachen.
The social and cultural contacts between the two countries form the backbone of successful and long term economic relations, whereby the different characteristics of the two nations complement each other and harness untapped potential. Borders are becoming less important and global exchange is becoming more and more intensive. Global competition and structural change are also generating pressure to adapt in Germany and the Netherlands. Young people in particular today need to be flexible, mobile and internationally oriented in order to be successful at least in the open European labour market. What could be more obvious than adapting to the labour market requirements of the neighbouring country ?
The aim of the funding group is therefore to promote the qualification of young people in order to give them the opportunity to make the most of the opportunities offered by the German and Dutch labour and training markets. The focus is on intercultural learning improving language skills and cooperation skills. A skilled, multilingual and intercultural workforce can strengthen the attractiveness of the Maas-Rhine Euregio and its position in Europe. If companies in the region are able to use this workforce in a targeted way for business purposes, they gain competitive advantages and economic success.
In the spirit of the European Union, which seeks a „citizens`Europe“ in which people get to know each other and learn to understand and respect their differences, the Circle organises, initiates or subsidises measures designed to awaken and promote an understanding of the living conditions, culture and the economic, political and social environment of each other through encounters between the young people of the two countries. Therefore, activities have been carried out or supported, such as:
The European Union attaches great importance to the pursuit of integration and to the reduction of economic and social fragmentation due to national borders. Thus, the German-Dutch Youth Agency strives to focus its work on overcoming the labour market or training barriers in order to open up the labour market and training opportunities in Europe to young people in particular. Promoting young people`s intercultural and linguistic skills is a priority. Various activities support this objective.
Unfortunately, physical exchanges between young people are still not possible due to the pandemic.The DNJW is therefore working in cooperation with interested parties on digital exchange formats, which can also be used later to establish cross-border contacts or as a first approach for future follow-up projects in physical exchange.
The funding group is financed exclusively from donations. Therefore, projects can only be supported within the current financial framework.
In principle, eligible measures and projects include projects between the German and Dutch youth. These include:
In order to be eligible for funding, the following conditions must be met:
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guided tours on pedagogical paths including geological and mining information, visit of a museum and sections of the tunnel.