Encounters as contribution to integration work
From the very beginning, our residential education centre has been is a bridge between East and West, a place of reconciliation and encounter. Life-long learning and living together under one roof promotes understanding of the situation of the others. People from different countries and of different origin come together, exchange their biographic stories, learn with each other and from each other. Encounters at our education centre always take place on the same level: between participants and staff, between "new comers" and "natives". These encounters are our contribution to integration work.
Curiosity and joy of discovery
Dr Michael Reitemeyer, chairman of the AKSB (Association for Catholic-Social Educational Centres), in his greeting to the 60th anniversary calls our residential education centre a "Real laboratory for dangerous encounters". "During these" dangerous encounters " such people come together who at first sight belong to completely different culture groups. It is necessary to engage in such "dangerous encounters" so that something new can arise at all. In the positive sense it has something to do with curiosity and with the joy of discovery, with the desire for some surprise. In this way, a platform for new ideas emerges in dealing with the social problems that surround us - a platform for new developments in the encounter with refugees, with other religions, with other worldviews, with other parties. "
Since its existence our education centre was often visited by religious dignitaries as well as by numerous high-ranking politicians from Europe, from the federal government and the state of North-Rhine-Westphalia. Here they all personally got to know more about our work, honoured and supported it.