Share histories, understand conflicts, foster togetherness
An opportunity for further training directed at groups of employees in institutions
(childcare and educational institutions, schools, public administrations and agencies)
For some time, society has been paying greater attention to the physical and psychological suffering of people as a result of violence, flight, displacement, and/or destruction. The consequences of colonization and decolonization are becoming particularly prominent. At the very least, they are reflected in the various demands for reparation and compensation. It becomes difficult when the experts working in institutions belong to different groups of victims or perpetrators and/or have suffered violence themselves as children or youths. They are put into the position of taking responsibility for a past for which they bear no blame.
This multifaceted problem poses a particular challenge for institutions such as daycare centers, schools, youth welfare offices, immigration authorities, employment centers, companies, and even universities. Polarizations or even divisions inevitably arise if these people do not adequately perceive and address the wide range of tensions, which are rooted in experiences from different eras/times and places in such a way that ambivalences and ambiguities can be endured: the most prominent example of this in Germany is the divide between the proponents and opponents of Germany’s handling of refugees at the moment. The way that institutions operate can be severely impaired if such mechanisms are not handled constructively.