About Us

OUR EUROPE. OUR HOME.

We are a non-profit, non-governmental organization based in Erfurt, founded in 2005 and run by young professionals, who are designing, implementing and evaluating local and international youth projects.

CGE Erfurt e.V. has more than 10 years of experience creating educational concepts, that allow participants to develop a self-defined strategy of learning in the framework of non-formal education.

FIELDS OF WORK

CIVIC EDUCATION

Every individual holds immense potential to shape the world around them. Young people in particular can bring unique innovation to the key challenges of our times. To be enabled to drive this change, these communities need a strong foundation of civic education and CGE sees youth organisations having a central role in delivering this, through their non-formal education methodologies.

EMPLOYABILITY

Mega-trends, such as digitalisation and globalisation, are profoundly impacting the labour market. This is disproportionately impacting young people, who are often inadequately prepared for the Future of Work by formal education. Young people need diverse capacities, such as self-directed learning and digital skills, and youth organisations must drive connections between formal educators, policy-makers, and young people to ensure universal access to quality education.

MEDIA LITERACY

Information is more accessible than ever, which can create endless learning opportunities if young people are supported to developed critical media literacy skills. Youth organisations need to platform young people to navigate the complex media environment and to ultimately enable young people to play an active, informed, and critical understanding of the world.

SUSTAINABILITY & WELL-BEING

Global momentum on climate action is largely being driven by young people, who are using innovative approaches activism to mobilise broad communities. Youth organisations have a responsibility to support these movements and to ensure the movement is as inclusive and effective as possible through combat the climate emergency through their unique access to diverse young communities.

WHY WE WORK

We believe in the importance and fundamental imperative of equal opportunities for all, independent from national, social or personal backgrounds. We work towards open and peaceful societies in Thuringia, Germany, Europe and beyond that promote a diversity of thought, human rights and civic engagement.

To promote these values, CGE Erfurt e.V. provides a variety of educational opportunities and programs that bring together young people, adults and experts from across Europe to share and discuss their experiences and opinions. Doing so, it is our aim to encourage a mutual understanding that transcends national borders, social backgrounds and personal affiliations and work towards a shared identity as engaged citizens of Europe and the world at large.

The implementation goes through diverse learning opportunities like training courses, seminars, workshops, study visits, youth exchanges, work camps, volunteer services, symposia, conferences, forums and other formats with local, regional, national, European and other international partners on local, regional, national, European and international level through non-formal education.

THE TEAM

Meet the international team driving our projects. Our team is united in diversity, bringing together different academic, professional and national contexts within one organisation.

Dr. Ammalia Podlaszewska

Chairwoman

Expert in interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary setting of urban planning studies and architecture. Networked in South-East Asia.

Marina Bykova

Vice-Chairwoman

Experienced in non-formal education, voluntary service management and digital education tools. Networked in Eastern European countries.

Moritz Borchardt

Treasurer

Inter-disciplinarily trained social scientist, NGO-administrator and writer with the focus on the future of the European idea. Networked in European Union.

Zafar Saydaliev

Programme Manager

Experienced in programme/project management, project development and evaluation, with international experience. Networked in Central Asia.

Natalia Gonzalez

Project Assistant

International law practice experience with a focus on copyright and digital responsibilities. Networked in Latin America.

Daniel Freudenberger

Project Assistant

Experienced in international social work, community building and project management. Networked in East Africa.

Volunteers

As part of the European Solidarity Corps programme of the European Union, we are currently hosting a team of volunteers.

Sofia Sá

Portugal

Artem Firsov

Russian Federation