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Sunday 21 September 2014

Berlin visit for youth group

Published 09/08/2014 | 00:00

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A GROUP of Louth teenagers travel to Berlin this weekend to take part in an international study visit.

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Members of Louth Comhairle na nOg will take part in the programme from 10th-13th August in the German city.

Project Co-ordinator Kevin Moran explained that the aim of Comhairle na nOg's work is to raise young peoples' awareness of the 'Troubles' and to build youth leaders ability to share their knowledge and skills with other young people.

'To further their understanding of the impact of conflict, a group of 24 young people and support staff will travel to Berlin,' explained Kevin.

'Having played a central role in both the Second World War and the Cold War there are many scars still visible in one of Europe's most fascinating cities.'

Included on the trip is a visit to Sasenhausen Concentration Camp where thousands of prisoners were exterminated during World War 2.

Visits to the Jewish Museum and to the famous Checkpoint Charlie as well as some fun activities will ensure the young people have an interesting time.

Under the Cross Border Youth Council Networking Project funded by the Peace III Programme as awarded by Louth Peace Partnership youth council members from Louth, Cavan, Monaghan, Newry, Armagh and Dungannon have been undertaking Peace Building events in the last couple of months exploring historical and current conflicts and developing new skills in this area.

'The project has been an excellent example of young peoples' genuine interest and ability to be the next leaders in our community. The uniqueness of this project working on a cross border basis will ensure future generations will approach difference and inclusion from a new perspective,' says Kevin Moran, Project Coordinator.

'The whole group is looking forward to the trip to Berlin to see all the sights. I am interested in seeing the concentration camp and the Bundestag as I am very interested in Politics,' added Shay McArdle, Louth Comhairle na nOg.

The project has been five years in existence and the current group are very thankful to the Peace III programme for providing funding for this phase in the last 18 months.

For more information visit Louth Comhairle na nOg Facebook page.

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