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This article is taken from the December 2003 Phatlalatsa newsletter

 

A week of castles, snow, free beer

A week of castles, snow, free beer   imageS&T partner David Everatt was a Fellow at Session 413 of the Salzburg Seminar, on 'Engaging youth in community development'. The Seminar takes place at Schloss Leopoldskroon, a palace renovated in the 1930s and the setting for the film 'The Sound of Music'. The Scholl has acres of ground, its own lake, and lies in the foothills of the Alps. More importantly, it has its own beer cellar, open 24 hours a day, where the local Stiegel brew is consumed. The Schloss is a couple of kilometres from Salzburg, birth-place of Mozart and (like much of Austria) a place of postcard beauty at every turn.

S&T partner David Everatt was a Fellow at Session 413 of the Salzburg Seminar, on 'Engaging youth in community development'. The Seminar takes place at Schloss Leopoldskroon, a palace renovated in the 1930s and the setting for the film 'The Sound of Music'. The Scholl has acres of ground, its own lake, and lies in the foothills of the Alps. More importantly, it has its own beer cellar, open 24 hours a day, where the local Stiegel brew is consumed. The Schloss is a couple of kilometres from Salzburg, birth-place of Mozart and (like much of Austria) a place of postcard beauty at every turn.

Some 70 participants from 38 countries attended Session 413. A week of hard work and hard playing ensued, while stories were swapped from youth engagement from Peru to Malawi, from Palestine to Kazakstan, from Hong Kong to KwaZulu-Natal. What was clear was the commonality of problems: youth being shut out of decision-making processes, commonly seen as a 'problem' rather than part of the solution, and blamed for social ills. Many innovative programmes were described, but as ever: youth development must be both holistic and localised. Assumptions cannot be carried from one area to another, let alone across national borders.

After a week of plenaries, working group sessions, informal optionals, poetry readings, a classical recital and some more beer, the seminar drew to a close with a banquet in the Great Hall.

 

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