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Youpedia

Expeditions in culture and history. An online platform by young people for young people

The goal of the educational project “Youpedia” is to offer young people access to culture and history in a self-determined and participative manner.

Based on experience gained from the projects “Weimarpedia” (Klassik Stiftung Weimar) and “Grenzgeschichten” (Stiftung Zuhören / Bayerische Sparkassenstiftung), this joint project by the Klassik Stiftung Weimar and the German Youth Hostel Association now plans to develop a new format. Its primary objective is to create the participative web platform “Youpedia.de”, slated to go online in spring 2019. The website forms the basis for several-day, independent excursions and expeditions to cultural, historical sites in public areas, museums and commemorative landmarks.

Youpedia aims to introduce adolescents to cultural and historical themes and emphasise their relevance to their daily lives, which includes the use of mobile devices (tablets, smart phones) and research on the Internet. Following their school-organised and extra-curricular excursions, adolescents can write and upload reports, articles and creative presentations on topics they found interesting. These, in turn, will serve as resources by other project participants. The project reports are linked to their corresponding locations in Weimar via an online map. This allows users to navigate through town and find their way around the commemorative sites. Other visitor groups can use Youpedia.de as a navigation system and discover what the adolescents learned about the history and culture on location.

Although Youpedia is a Bavarian-Thuringian joint venture, organisers are considering the possibility of expanding the programme to include other German states. The first model projects are taking place in Weimar and Nuremberg. The joint website will feature thematic links to the corresponding projects beyond their respective location and ensure visibility of the supraregional context.

Until the website goes online, you can learn more about the project on our blog.

This project is sponsored by the Bayerische Sparkassenstiftung.

Projects of the Klassik Stiftung Weimar are funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Free State of Thuringia, represented by the State Chancellery of Thuringia, Department of Culture and the Arts.

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