II Methods Description Foreword Sheet Page 4 <strong>Emergency</strong> brake Once upon a time red lights marked all the houses. Every time violence occurred they started to blink. This was really awful; it was always too late for the victims of the violence. Then a group of people gathered together and started a discussion. They came up with the idea that no red lights should blink anymore. They realised: ”What the world needs NOW is a green light! Let’s push the button against violence before it happens. It’s time for an EMERGENCY BRAKE!” And here it is! In reality the decision to working together was made in 2005 by people who worked in a variety of contexts with children and teenagers all over Europe. The partners were: • Abierto Asturias Spain • Mladinski ceh Slovenia • Anatoliki S.A. + “Elpida” Drug Addiction Prevention Centre Greece • Cubic Austria • Ale Fritid Sweden • Landesjugendwerk der AWO Thüringen, Germany (coordinator of the project) These organizations applied together for a project in the DAPHNE programme. DAPHNE is a programme run by the European Commission which aims at supporting organisations that develop measures and actions to prevent or to combat all types of violence against children, <strong>you</strong>ng people and women and to protect the victims and groups at-risk. When our project was accepted, we came together to have a starting conference. The plan was to work together for two years to develop and exchange good practice methods for violence prevention in non-formal education/learning in all our countries. We all agreed that violence prevention was a big need everywhere. Firstly we worked on clarifying what violence meant for all of us. What we realised was a difference in the way that expressions were used in the various countries. And hence how non-formal education/ learning can mean so many different things depending on the setting. Therefore it was really necessary to work hard to ensure that we were working in the same direction and with the same aims.
<strong>Emergency</strong> brake One of the outcomes that came from the starting conference in Erfurt (Germany) was not only to begin on doing seminars and workshops at home, but also to have a midterm meeting to exchange our experiences and, to develop common and widely adaptable methods. Another outcome was to establish a homepage which would be updated by all involved in the project At www.emergency-brake.de <strong>you</strong> can see the green light in action: every time there is a non-violence project we click on it! After two years, three conferences, three job-shadowing projects, numerous seminars for children and teenagers and training for multipliers, lots of discussion and uncountable creative moments we met for the last time within this project in Izola (Slovenia) to put all this together. You <strong>are</strong> holding the result in <strong>you</strong>r hands! We hope <strong>you</strong> (and <strong>you</strong>r <strong>you</strong>ng people of course) will have as much stimulation from the activities and ideas contained here as we did! 5 Foreword Page II