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The Mindchangers Summit 2023 in Baden-Württemberg

(from left to right) Emmanuel Niyoyabikoze, Farhad Alsilo, State Secretary Rudi Hoogvliet, Navika Deol and Member of the State Parliament Josha Frey at the Mindchangers.

At the second Mindchangers Summit on April 15th, 2023 at the “Fair Handeln”, an international exhibition focusing on fair trade and globally responsible trade and activities in Stuttgart, young activists met with state politicians – there, they demanded to make the issues of climate justice, migration, and diversity the focus of statewide development policy.

“The earth is our cradle, why do we destroy it? Let‘s think about her and protect her together – for a healthy planet and a liveable shared future“ emphasized speaker Emmanuel Niyoyabikoze, climate activist working for climate justice in the “Greening Burundi” project.
For this, we need to ask ourselves “how we can create more social justice so that no one feels disadvantaged.” – added speaker Farhad Alsilo, a young author who brings the topic of migration into schools in Baden-Württemberg.
Global justice can only be achieved if all people are included, which is why the topic of gender justice played a major role at the Mindchangers Summit. “Gender should not decide what our future looks like” said speaker Navika Deol, who is committed to gender equality and is an integral part of the Mindchangers community.

Everyone is working together!
At the Summit, young activists from the Mindchangers projects came together with already established development policy networks, such as migrant-diasporic organizations or the BW-Burundi network. CSO‘s, Schools, universities, municipalities, churches as well as state politicians and State Secretary Rudi Hoogvliet, responsible for development policy, were also represented.

In the context of a bar camp, whose content sessions are developed by the participants themselves on site, the participants exchanged views on questions such as “What can we do for social justice?”, “How can we strengthen young people’s commitment to municipal climate protection?” or “Art and reality – what role can art play?”. The participants worked together on the basis of ongoing projects, such as the reforestation project “Greening Burundi”, to develop concrete approaches on how the topics of climate justice, migration and diversity can be implemented into the nationwide development policy. The Barcamp was prepared in cooperation with the Center for School Quality and Learning Education (ZSL).