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Communicating Human Rights in Diversity
Start date: Mar 1, 2015, End date: Jul 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The main aim of “Communicating Human Rights in Diversity” is to develop sustainable strategies to assist youth and volunteering NGOs to infuse a culture of human rights in their diverse local contexts. The project centres on a learner-centred educational approach that acknowledges the value of personal action and personal change taking into account the social context in which learners are situated. This will happen through a human rights in diversity training (henceforth termed HRE approach) that lays emphasis on interpersonal, intercultural communication, a key factor for conflicts in the fast-paced globalized world we inhabit. A culture of human rights in diversity will be infused in volunteering NGOs by examining instances when the human rights of vulnerable groups, e.g. people with disability, LGBT, women, street children, etc. are not respected. This awareness becomes the basis for change in practices supported by HRE modules and methods developed in this project. This will serve to build capacity of youth and social workers, volunteers and organisations changing perceptions and practices within their organisations and in their diverse local communities. With 19 participating countries - Austria, Finland, Iceland, France, UK, Italy, Sweden, Germany, Poland, Denmark, Mozambique, Kenya, Nigeria, Honduras, Ecuador, Colombia, India, Vietnam and Indonesia - this project comprises the following components: a) Taskforce meeting to plan process and structureb) 'Training for HRE Multipliers' building capacity of 21 youth workers in human rights and qualitative researchc) Eight-month EVS for 14 volunteers - 9 from EU and 4 from non-EU countriesd) HRE modules implemented by HRE multipliers with volunteers and/or host organisations to infuse a culture of human rights in diversity within local NGOs (minimum 50 direct beneficiaries)e) Qualitative study testing socio-cultural and personal impact of volunteering and the human rights in diversity approach on the 14 EVS volunteers f) Taskforce meeting to discuss results of the study and plan the evaluation seminarg) 'Gauging Impact Seminar' with 21 HRE multipliers evaluating the entire project, discussing follow-up, dissemination and usage of project outcomes and productsThe learner-centred HRE approach will build capacity by improving intercultural learning and communication and transversal skills of youth and host and coordinating organisations. Through the exchange of experiences and good practice, the project will serve to strengthen cooperation and improve capacity, management and support systems of youth and volunteering organisations. The qualitative study will enable the assessment of the capacity building of youth workers indirectly, i.e through the project's impact on volunteers' socio-cultural and personal development. The study will fill gaps in knowledge about practices likely to lead to the maximising of volunteers’ learning outcomes, allowing them to reach their full potential.

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