Let’s share our vision!

You find here thoughts, suggestions, ideas from all GLEN stakeholders submitted through the form in relation to GLEN’s vision process

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“GLEN est une initiative louable car permet un brassage des jeunes européens et africains. Ils peuvent ainsi partager et les connaissances et expériences diverses et leurs vision de la vie et du monde.
Mais nous regrettons un peu que les déplacements ne se fassent que dans un seul sens car,  permettre aux jeunes africains de venir en Europe briserait certainement le Mythe qu’ils se font de celle-ci.
D’autres part, le fait que vous encouragiez les participants à réfléchir de manière critique sur ce qu’ils voient, entendent, lisent ne crée t-il pas des confusions? Il serait intéressant que les participants comprennent bien que la critique ne renvoie pas à réfutation ou à la contradiction de toutes proposition parfois même les plus souples qui soient.
Nous souhaitons également que GLEN fasse un peu plus confiance aux responsables des structures qui encadrent les stagiaires, que tout ce que disent les stagiaires ne soit pas pris pour des paroles d’évangiles et que la communication  soit plus fluide entre GLEN et les responsables des structures quelque soient les situations parfois même erronées que présentent souvent les stagiaires pendant leur stage.”

“GLEN is a commendable initiative allows for a mixing of young Europeans and Africans. They can share experiences and knowledge and diverse and their outlook on life and the world.
But we regret that some do not travel in one direction because enable young Africans to come to Europe certainly break the myth that they make it.
On the other hand , the fact that you encourage participants to think critically about what they see , hear, read he does not create confusion ? It is interesting that participants understand that criticism does not refer to refutation or contradiction of any proposal even the most flexible of all.
We also want to do a little GLEN trust structures responsible for framing the trainees, that all the students say is not taken to the words of the Gospels and is more fluid communication between GLEN and accountable structures whatever situations sometimes erroneous often have interns during their internship.”

Aristide (Cameroon)

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“I wish that work done during internship is valuable and gives great contribution  or at least new perspective on how to solve needed issue, that it is done in cooperation with host organization. Cross-cultural understanding is crucial towards understanding of global interdependencies.
I believe that visits or some short term internships from host organizations might be useful too.”

Laila (Latvia)

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“Un programme qui maintienne ses objectifs actuels, mais avec le souci de prendre en compte le soutien aux stagiaires africains. ceci permettrait e promouvoir avec efficacité des échanges d’expériences plus enrichissants aussi bien pour les africains que pour les européens “

“A program that maintains its current objectives, but with the desire to take into account the support for African students. e this would effectively promote the most rewarding for both African exchanges of experiences for European.”

Armand (Cameroon)

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“Glen à notre sens est un organisme bien pensé; ambitieux mais auquel manquent les moyens appropriés d’action; sa structuration est encore inachevée; sa vision, noble poursuit une mission globale de service public dans un univers européen globalisé, et meme au delà; Glen est donc conçu pour etre une grande organisation; comme toute les grosses machines, il vit de ses principes qui, confrontés aux réalités locales des partenaires, laissent souvent à désirer;
Glen forme seulement les jeunes européens à aller vers les autres; et c’est par là que comment mes propositions: pourquoi ne recevrait pas Glen des jeunes leader citoyens du sud pour formation, notamment les responsables ou membres de ses organisations partenaires?
Glen ne fournit pas à ses stagiaires, des contrbutions matérielles ou financières à titre d’appuis, meme pour les projets sélectionnés; ce qui arrive souvent les stagiaires et l’association partenaires se trouvent devant un drame dans les pays du sud, il y a un problème pertinant à étudier, pas de budget dans des états où le sujet est encore tabou; c’est le cas du handicap. De façon claire, je suggère qu’après sélection du projet Glen et son partenaire lui trouvent un budget;”

“Glen in our opinion is a thoughtful organization , ambitious but lacks the appropriate policy , its structure is still unfinished , and his vision , pursuing a noble overall mission of public service in a globalized world European , and even beyond , Glen is designed to be a large organization , like any large machines , he saw his principles , faced with the realities of local partners , are often inadequate ;
   Glen form only young Europeans to reach out to others , and this is where how my proposals , why not receive Glen young people leading south to training, including leaders and members of partner organizations ?
    Glen does not provide its trainees, material or financial contrbutions as support , even for the selected projects , which often students and association partners are faced with a tragedy in the South , there a pertinant to study, no budget in states where the subject is still taboo problem in the case of disability. Clearly , I suggest that after selecting the project Glen and his partner find him a budget;”

 Dakeyi (Cameroon)

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“J’envisage GLEN comme une entité dans laquelle les partages d’informations sur :
-le résumé de la communication des volontaires dès leur retour du stage et leur point de vue sur la structure d’accueil, leur proposition d’amélioration de fonctionnement et les activités de cette dernière
-la mise en relation avec les partenaires financiers d’allemagne selon votre appréciation de la structure d’acceuil sur votre satisfaction selon une grille d’évaluation propre à GLEN
-l’accueil de 1 ou 2 membres de structure d’accueil en Allemagne selon votre critère de sélection de GLEN

GLEN a le souci de faire partager les différents enjeux mondiaux qu’en s’occupant que de leurs ressortissants; il est souhaitable de mondialiser cette mission en prenant en compte aussi que la structure d’accueil bénéficiant des stagiaires (par ex GARDEGI aussi a besoins de voir et observer comment l’agriculture allemande se pratique)

Certains volontaires GLEN sont capriceux donc il faut savoir les sélectionner ou nous envoyer un formulaire d’évaluation pour chaque volontaire envoyé (GARDEGI peut participer à l’élaboration de ce formulaire)

GLEN peut devenir un entité de subvention des structures à faible moyens d’action à conditions que les volontaires envoyés participent à la réalisation de l’action proposée ou peut être remplacer par un autre binome lors la période n’est pas compatible.

je vous remercie “

“I plan GLEN as an entity in which shares information about:
- summary of communications volunteers upon their return from training and their views on the main structure , their proposal to improve operations and activities of the latter
- linking with financial partners from Germany according to your appreciation of the home structure on your satisfaction by a rubric specific GLEN
- the home of one or two members of SPE in Germany according to your selection criteria GLEN

GLEN has the desire to share the various global issues that concerned that their nationals, it is desirable to globalize this mission taking into account also the host receiving trainees structure (eg GARDEGI also needs see and observe how German agriculture is practiced )

Some volunteers are GLEN capriceux so be aware select or send an evaluation form for each volunteer sent ( GARDEGI can participate in the development of this form)

GLEN can become an entity subsidy structures with low means of action conditions as sent volunteers involved in the implementation of the proposed action or may be replaced by another binomial during the period is not compatible .

thank you”

 Ayawo (Togo)

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“Une organisation internationale favorisant les échanges, le partage de connaissances, de savoir et de cultures entre les peuples(communautés) du Nord et ceux du Sud.”

“An international organization promoting exchanges, knowledge sharing, knowledge and cultures between people (communities) in the North and South.”

Bienvenu (Botswana)

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“Que la réciprocité devienne une planification réelle entre les partenaires au nord et au Sud
Echanges vers le Nord et le Sud des participants avec des moyens consistant “

“That becomes a real planning reciprocity between partners in the North and the South
Exchanges to the north and south of the participants with means consisting ”

Stanislas (Cameroon)

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“I am Rev.Vincent Kageya the former Southern Presbytery Bishop of The United Church of Zambia, in Zambia, where GLEN has been sending young teachers in Science and Mathematics at Masuku secondary school. I would like my organization and GLEN could have some of our youths visit Europe to share their experiences. The period of being at school could be increased to two terms of 3 months each if that can be possible. We would be pleased if the number of youths from GLEN could increase to 4 so that more pupils can be helped because Masuku secondary school is real in the rural part of Zambia, not yet connected to electricity,so many of our young Zambian teachers are not very willing to work there. ”

Vincent (Zambia)

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“GLEN keeps offering much insight into many global issues and giving its participants a priceless tool for life.
I wish that GLEN motivates its participants to make it a part of their lives to transform the world in their own small way.
In as much as GLEN offers a perfect opportunity into life and tourism in the host countries, I think participants should give big attention to global education activities upon return.
A GLEN with a code of conduct or guide for partner organizations in the global south would be helpful.
A GLEN with focus on cultural sensitivity and mutual respect from interns in the global south.
A GLEN with a quality control mechanism set up to ensure interns do not come under any duress or undue pressures to guarantee a quality internship and also to ensure the needs and expectations  given in the internship descriptions are met. This will help interns enjoy working on their projects.
That host organizations are given insight and adequate knowledge of GLEN so as to lower certain expectations.”

Samuel (Germany)

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“GLEN is a great program to put in contact youngs from all the world and to open our mind, we are not the norm as europeans but we are all people.”

Carletti (France)

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“I wish GLEN would integrate a part of spirituality in its activities because I think it is a fundamental part of Human Being and it would help to link tighter all of us.
So I wish GLEN would be a promotor of the importance of this component of Human Nature. I think that would help in connecting all of us and for driving development projects.”

Charles (France)

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“A place where young people from North and South could equally participate and contribute to better understanding and addressing of global issues through exchange internships.”

Katja (Slovenia)

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“GLEN becomes a wholesome provider of skills and means for young europeans and host organisations”

Moses (Cameroon)

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“I suggest that it would be good for GLEN to have a programme where they send volunteers two times a year, that means in the month february to march you will send young Europeans who are working but would like to volunteer a broad in community projects , the second lot will be the students who will be going out for volunteer work in the month of July . we love to work with GLEN & the volunteers sent to us by GLEN .”

Otiri (Kenya)

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” a) GLEN to work with Tanzania artisans through exchange of ideas, experience, lobbying and advocacy by promoting and developing their handmade products to the Local, Regional and International Market Standards.
b) To provide forum for interchange of information and experience among artisans in the handcraft sector/Tancraft Association in order to achieve optimum results in use of recycling materials and other available resources without environmental distraction”

Elihaika (Tanzania)

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“An organization that bridges the world to be one country with information and knowledge sharing. GLEN should also support organization and students from the rest of the world to work in Europe and also organize exchange visits to share experiences.”

Nsubuga (Uganda)

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“Glen is driving a program that I see as a constructive mirror that helps each of us to look at oneself, make a comparative analysis of different actions and finally understand what can make life easy for people globally speaking. I cannot deny the significant contribution of the volunteers in our struggle to gulf the gap between the north and the south. After the internship period Glen asks volunteers to make assessment but never asks assessment from the host organizations and this one of my objections. Our assessment can help to know which kind of guidelines she can set forward for the future internships. My second point concerns the host organizations. I think it will be helpful  that the organizations working in partnership with Glen can be regroup in a kind of small network for instance for the organizations in west Africa. Since the organizations in south could not participate in the annual evaluation, this will enable us to know first each other and have also the possibility to meet every year at our level. We will have many things to exchange that can consolidate the work we are doing together.”

Komla (Togo)

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“GLEN for me is a geat and big partner organisation; it help us in capacity building process;we even had a study on disabiliy concerned in school in cameroun that was selected as one of the best by EU; for me the organisation néeds substantial changes: in the relation with partners organisations from africa; particularly, our organisations are still young and not suffisantly structured; we still lack in human, material et financial ressources; so it’s difficult to work with students on no budget; governemental additionnal ressources are non exting, some time they ignore volontarily our action; so, after selecting a project, more communications are needed to explain, understand… what is to be done by each party; i think also, glen must look forWard to help financially and materially its parteners from the sud, nkoWning their financial contraints.this help should contribute in keeping positiv result after the departure on the students;
FROM what we’ve seen, after the selection of candidates, african partners could be consulted or implied in the training process; these young europeeans who come for their first contact with our countries, langages, cultures,climate, difficulties know nothing appart from theories of the difficulties to face; sometime, they don’t want to submit as young workers or student, they want to act as people mandated by Glen who have no order to receive from us. they also devolop a sort of superiority complex because of their financial and material means.
there must be an open communication between the glen volonteer and his mentor in our organisations; this is a very important aspect of this cooperation because it open the way for mutual exchange and for future positiv concrete action
the report of the action of the volonteer need to be made nkown and published by all parties;
i think here ends my contribution; but i xould have like to write it in french “

Dakeyi (Cameroon)

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“To become an agent of social change, by utilizing the positive energy of the youth.”

Johny (India)

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“Nous souhaiterions que GLEN soit une organisation qui prépare le stage des jeunes du Nord et du Sud et qu’il soit une organisation de coopération international capable de faire face à la réalisation des projets de développement mis en place par ses jeunes du Nord dans les organisation d’accueil du Sud. Augmenter les capacités logistiques des stagiaires afin qu’ils puissent faire face à certaines dépenses liées aux travaux pratiques du terrain. GLEN dois revoir le système de réciprocité des étudiants c’est-à-dire offrir la possibilité à nos organisations d’envoyer des étudiants au Nord et donner la chance au maitre de stage de participer au séminaire de préparation en Europe.”

Krogone (Benin)

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“GLEN vision for me would be the same but wish GLEN to evaluate projects well in the south well especially after the first placement and report. I know they take care now but should take it seriously when GLENNIES report about the realities on the ground.
I am also suggesting that GLEN could have a branch that all its host partners in the South have a conference or meeting that they present their projects and share a common vision of GLEN.
I am further suggesting that GLENNIES should be given a project in the projects they work in the South to see how they could be funded because most funding is being wasted in luxury cars that some who are doing some great work in the community do not have a means to reach out in rural areas.”

Joshua (Cameroon)

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“1. GLEN should do well to insist that all sending organisations build a strong communication link with volunteers and host organisations while volunteers are volunteering to help share ideals and also to encourage volunteers to stay focus and determine.

2. sending organisation should be advice to do their best to help volunteers if possible to get other additional funding or support before coming to volunteer. A case we witness was that it seems quite difficult for some volunteers to stay focused noticing that other volunteers get more from their sending organisations in terms of funds than others. We believe explaining these to volunteers would help them to stay focus during their internship.

3. we also plead with GLEN to select volunteers who are ready to stay till the end of the project period. If possible special commitment agreement should be sign with volunteers to stay till the end of the project period. Volunteers leaving before the end of their project do affect us of our program plan activities. To the community and the school they sometimes get disappointed since we inform them of the duration long before the arrival of volunteers.”

Ebenezer (Ghana)

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“Living in a country that is facing serious internal problem (financial and social coesion)I believe that Global Education in Europe should overcome the North-South Approach. Global means global and global problems have local impact and local impact is what citizens (the ones that global education should reach) mainly care of. This change should be seen as a part of a new narrative process that will strenghten Global education potentials to rach out people and increase their commitment for a more justice world.”

Marina (Greece)

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“A trendsetter in the field of development volunteering building capacities and involving people with high motivation and capacities to change things for the better”

Tigran (Slovakia)

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“From my experience in the European Global Education scene, I would recommend GLEN to deal, in the vision process, with the following conceptual and strategic issues:

1. Post development

In the beginning of GLEN, the “projects” in the South where very much in the focus. GLEN was closely linked to development co-operation in Africa, Asia and South-East Europe. In the decade behind us, a lot has changed: Going beyond the close link to development assistance in the South, key actors in Global Education have clearly defined learning (understanding global interdependencies, developing global citizenship) and responsible action (engagement for just and sustainable lifestyles and institutional structures) as their core mission. GLEN as well as the whole GE sector should further follow this way out of the developmemt niche. GLEN is not about the South. GLEN is about decent living conditions for people and living beings all over the globe and about our role in creating or destroying such conditions.

2. Post North-South

North and South, colonial powers and former colonies, rich and poor countries, “us”and “them”: all these binary distinctions are not making sense anymore in a world where crises are both local and global, where exploitation, injustice and pollution are both local and global, where dreams, hopes and movements are both local and global. Global Education can no longer be conceptualised as the information-and-activism-at-home-annex to development-cooperation-abroad. Global Education must go global. European actors have to link up with social movements from all over the globe and from different social spheres. With members from more diverse backgrounds and/or global partnerships and network activities GLEN should seek to be part of this global civil society movement.

3. Transition

More recently, the European GE community has started to discuss the question, how Global Education can contribute to the “Great Transition”, meaning a fundamental restructuring of our societies. The Great Transition means the emergence of radically new ways of producing, distributing, consuming and developping new cultural narratives to make sense of it all. The deep global crises show that small remedies in a system which is culturally, economically and politically based on the exploitation of the environment and of disempowered people will not be enough. We need a system change, a true transformation. But we do not know what the new system will look like and how to facilitate this fundamental change. Great Transition: no easy task but if GE wants to be relevant, it should engage in it.

I would be happy to see the new GLEN vision inscribed into the agendas of post development, global civil society and Transition!”

Johannes (Germany)

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“GLEN: open for everyone, networking and especially X-CHANGE, common activism for a better understanding!”

Laura (Germany)

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“GLEN is a network of open-minded Europeans that want to create change. During seminars, Glennies get tools to think differently and focus on how to create change from the inside, in Europe, not abroad on the contrary to the traditional model of development. Glennies then get the opportunity to be active abroad to gain knowledge and experience in the field to bring back ideas for change in Europe. GLEN creates links between people who think differently, gives them the opportunity to network and creates space for new ideas. Glen is a generator of motivation and ideas for change makers.”

Isabelle (Switzerland)

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That becomes a real planning reciprocity between partners in the North and the South
Exchanges to the north and south of the participants with means consisting

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