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Developing an Oppressive practice in International mobility project
Start date: Oct 1, 2015, End date: Mar 1, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

If you need a summary under 3000 characters with spaces this is it. This project brings together 8 countries to investigate the issues related to anti-oppressive practice within international youth work. Within the sphere of international youth work, trainers, coordinators and partners (hereafter called practitioners) have a duty of care to create a positive intercultural learning environment for participants of their international projects. However, depending on the practitioners’ own knowledge of the cultures they are working with and stereotype they may hold, it is possible for them to display an attitude of oppression, even if they are not aware of it. This could be manifested in the language or expressions they use while delivering the international programme. There can be many reasons for this. The common ideas about race or religion within their nation could be a factor as an example. During the course, we will explore this topic and gain the experiences of participants from the group, to work towards a common definition of what anti-oppressive practice within international youth work means and what are the common practices that need to be followed in order to deliver this. The aims of the course are as follows:1. Teach the pedagogical approaches of anti-oppressive practice and how to effectively implement this into non-formal education with young people and youth workers, teachers or mentors.2. Promote the area of the Western Balkans for further cooperation in projects under the Erasmus Plus framework.3. Identify common issues of inclusion and participation for young people in the EU and Western Balkans, then suggesting methods and approaches to overcome these. 4. Address areas of conflict related to all partners national realities, identify what lies and the core of each and promote empathy as a method of resolution.5. Look at reflective practice as another tool in managing anti-oppressive practice.6. Develop a common understanding of anti-oppressive practice within international youth work and create common practices that need to be followed for its implementation.After the course, a publication will be created that will take the learning from the course and develop a best practice guide for anti-oppressive practice within international youth work linking EU and West Balkan Nations and a website that share the results and information about the topic.The project will last for 8 days and will be based in North East Bosnia. The participating countries in this project will be Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Portugal and Estonia. We will conclude the project with an evaluation seminar in Serbia inviting 2 participants per country. The seminar will also coincide with the Serbian launch event.
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