In the efforts to facilitate learning processes that forward mutual understanding and sustainable peace, Crossing Borders designs and implements the following activities.
- Crossing Borders Global Studies focuses on the core dimensions of globalisation and how globalisation is experienced by different communities around the globe. This course is offered in cooperation with the Krogerup Folkehojskole in Denmark. The course is held in the Spring from January through June and in the autumn (fall) from August through December. The programme includes a study tour to various sites around Denmark. The main target group of the course are socially and internationally engaged youth and adults who would like to make a positive difference in their own lives and the world around them. For more info visit: http://krogerup.dk/Crossing-Borders-Global-Studies,175.
- In addition there are related courses, which global studies studenst can choose. Among these courses are Current International Affairs, the Middle East Behind the Headlines, Cultural Jamming, Outdoor Life etc
- short training courses, seminars and workshops in conflict management, intercultural communication, media skills and climate designed for youth, young journalists and educators, with a special focus on conflict areas.
- Publication and distribution of the Crossing Borders magazine for and by young journalists. Entirely user-driven by the young journalists, the magazine is distributed in schools, community centres and youth clubs in the Middle East, Europe and the USA.
- Development, publication and distribution of teaching materials as a direct outcome of CB teachers’ seminars and workshops. A manual on using and developing the Crossing Borders concept and magazine has been published in Jerusalem and online, totalling 3,500 copies. CB also engages in advocacy, networking, cooperation and coordination with public and civil society institutions, forwarding intercultural dialogue, understanding and the peaceful resolution of conflicts.
- Consultancy services, training and lectures, reports and articles on dialogue and peace for public and civil society organisations.
The contents of CB courses and seminars
The content of CB courses and seminars is comprised of intercultural communication, conflict management, media, journalism, project development and intercultural pedagogy skills designed for the target groups. The courses also involve the exchange and introduction of new pedagogical ideas, experiences and aspirations to fellow youth and teachers from different cultural backgrounds. Participants also learn various media, video, poster, drama, roleplay and simulated presentation and public speaking skills and methods. The programmes give the participants the opportunity to apply their communication and journalism skills in the production of the magazine and teaching materials. In this way, the youth learn how to understand the increasing importance and the power of the media and to demystify journalism as a whole.