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Friends around the world


What is Global Learning and how can we succeed in getting to know each other worldwide - and at eye level? An international editorial team from the programme YOU + ME: FRIENDS AROUND THE WORLD will keep you up to date regarding Global Learning and the children's programme. Stay curious and discover the diversity of our children's network in our blog.

YOU + ME: FRIENDS AROUND THE WORLD is an educational programme for children in Children's Service and primary school. Children get to know one another worldwide. They meet at eye level in an ecumenical context. And they are open for what they share and where they differ. YOU + ME: FRIENDS AROUND THE WORLD is a programme of the Evangelical Mission in Solidarity, a network of churches and mission societies in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Europe. Emso, the elephant, and Pipit, the little bird, accompany the children on a journey of discovery. Together with the children, they discover different countries, cultures and religions.

Blog posts

  • Exchange
  • Fair trade
  • Festivities Worldwide
  • Intercultural Learning
  • Children worldwide
  • Children's service
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  • Exchange
  • Fair trade
  • Festivities Worldwide
  • Intercultural Learning
  • Children worldwide
  • Children's service
  • Alle
01. December2017
Epiphanias Collage aus Jordanien / Epiphany Collage from Jordan (Artwork by Anwar Boulos Haddadin)

In the new children’s service about Epiphany, Emso and the children discover the feast of Epiphany. Therefore Emso travelled to Jordan und tells us what he discovered there: a wonderful artwork! Be curious!

03. November2017
Die Kirche der Heimatgemeinde von Frank Fabian Daffa in Tansania. / Frank Fabian Daffas homechurch in Tansania. (Photo: EMS / Frank Fabian Daffa)

Frank Fabian Daffa was born and raised in Tanzania. Here he gives us an insight of the children's service there.

10. October2017
Friedenstauben aus Südkorea. / Peace doves from South Korea. (Photo: EMS / Heekyung Jeong)

Reverend Heekyung Jeong from Southkorea gives us an insight into the children’s service in the presbyterian Youndong-Church in Seoul. The children dealt with the topic of peace and they made peace doves.

01. September2017
Kinder in Sabah singen im Gottesdienst. / Children in Sabah are singing in front of the congregation. (Photo: EMS / Eric Cuadrasal)

Eric Napoleon Cuadrasal from Sabah, Malaysia was part of the South-North-Exchange of the EMS Ecumenical Youth Volunteers Programme (EYVP) in 2016. Today he gives us an insight of the children’s service in in his church.

13. July2017
Kinder spicken in die Fenster einer Grundschule hinein. / Children peek through a primary school window. (Photo: UNESCO/ Alland Dharmawan)

An UNESCO paper named “Leaving no one behind” reveals that 263 million children are out of school. Here we give you an insight of the study.

05. July2017
Kinder führen im Kindergottesdienst in Bangalore in Indien ein Musical auf. / Children's Musical in a Sunday School in Bangalore, India. (Photo: EMS / Benjamin)

Solomon P. Benjamin is pastor and Liaison Secretary for East Asia and India. Today he talks about children's service in India.

14. June2017
Mega Kamase Sambo is a pastor from Toraja Church in Indonesia. / Mega Kamase Sambo ist Pfarrerin in der Toraja Kirche in Indonesien. (Photo: EMS / Corinna Waltz).

Mega Kamase Sambo from Toraja Church tells us how Sunday school in her church in Indonesia looks like.

31. May2017
Vanessa Kluge und Jasmin Huttenlocher sind Kindergottesdienstmitarbeiterinnen in Heiningen, Baden- Württemberg. / Vanessa Kluge and Jasmin Huttenlocher are in charge of the children's service in Heinigen, Germany. (Photo: privat / Huttenlocher and Kluge)

Jasmin Huttenlocher und Vanessa Kluge are in charge of the Sunday School Service of the Swabian town called Heinigen in the Evangelical-Lutheran Church in Württemberg. We interviewed them for you:

18. May2017
Emso freut sich auf den Kirchentag. / Emso is excited about the German Evangelical Church Assembly. (Photo: EMS / Kallenberger)

The 36th German Evangelical Church Assembly (Kirchentag) takes place in Berlin and Wittenberg from 24 to 28 May 2017. Emso, the Elephant will also be there! Come and join us!

08. May2017
Herzliche Einladung zum Fest der weltweiten Kirche und Mission. / You are welcome to join the Pentecost Festival in Stuttgart, Germany. (Grafik: EMS / Monika Richter)

50 days after celebrating Easter, Christians worldwide celebrate the next festival: Pentecost. In 2017 the Lutheran Church of Württemberg, Germany hosts a very special festival on White Monday in Stuttgart: The celebration of the worldwide church and...

28. April2017
Emso liebt Bananen aus fairem Handel. / Emso loves fair trade bananas. (Illustration: EMS / Gert Albrecht)

The FAIR TRADE exhibition in Stuttgart has been the first big event in public for Emso, the walk-act-elephant. Many children attended the workshop on fair trade bananas and – together with Emso – they discovered the fair and unfair elements in banana...

03. April2017
Emso und das Ehepaar Röders. / Emso and his creators Mrs and Mr Roeders. (Photo: EMS / Heiligers)

Emso is now a two meter high blue puppet and is on the way for children worldwide. It took a lot of needle stitches, but finally the elephant made out of cloth has arrived in Stuttgart. Today I want to explain to you what this is all about and why.

09. March2017
Spielen in Südafrika. / Playing in South Africa. (Photo: EMS/ Lohnes)

Global Learning with children is exciting and fascinating. Today we will have a look on three more basic principles that are important in the field of Global Learning.

03. February2017
Pause in der Schneller-Schule / Break time at the Schneller school

Global Learning with children – what exactly is this? There are six basic principles on Global Learning which are important to us in that context. Let us start with three of them.

23. December2016
Pipit bei Epiphanias-Recherche / Pipit doing research on Epiphany

Pipit, the little Bird, is curious and enquiring and she loves to get to the bottom of things. Today, she follows the traces of the festival of Epiphany.

07. December2016
Mädchen in Indien / Girls in India

The Elephant Emso accompanies Children on their journey worldwide. In his first blog he describes the aim of the Children´s programme of the Evangelical Mission in Solidarity. Emso tells what he and Pipit the Birds have to do with the programme.