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Dialogue Responses
Start date: May 1, 2015, End date: Sep 30, 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The course proposal appeared after the attacks on freedom of expression at the start of 2015 in Paris that have been followed along this year by terrorist acts in all the Euro-Mediterranean basin (Beirut, Istanbul, Sinai, Paris) The organisers wanted to enhance youth work as a tool to de-construct the xenophobic and populist movements in Europe that associate terrorist to the same victims escaping war torn communities in the Middle East. The course underlined the urge for intercultural dialogue and tolerance-building to address these pressing challenges of today's Europe. From the civil society members of this project partnership it became urgent to address these issues from the youth work perspective. The project "Dialogue Responses" gathered 25 youth leaders, educators from EU and Middle East to get support and inspiration to continue the working of the peace-building, and to discuss the challenging topics, including current challenges in youth work. The objectives set for the course were kept as: To explore the challenges that intercultural dialogue faces in the Euro-Mediterranean context and the role of youth work in developing basic competences promoting core values central to human rights; To develop Youth work core competencies for active intercultural citizenship based on inclusive democratic participation in the public sphere and de-construct hate speech; To exchange youth work non-formal education methodological approaches promoting intercultural dialogue challenging prejudice and discrimination; To increase the quality and develop strategies of cooperation within the Erasmus + Youth in Action programme, especially in the Euro-Mediterranean area, creating synergies and create basis for moving towards increased networking of cooperation between youth organizations that promote dialogue among cultures. The course included the following content blocks on its programme development 1. De-constructing stereotypes and prejudices among European and Mediterranean communities “Communities in dialogue” 2. Clarifying Learning Competences and Key Competences 3. Construction of Identity and Multiple Senses of Belonging (reflection and input) 4. The Complexity of dialogue, exemplified by Barnga exercise: raising awareness on the complexity of inercultural encounters, specially addressing migrants and refugees Sleepyville simulation to explore the challenges we face from individual level to society to fully engage in open dialogue 5. Youth work developing intercultural sensitivity (and not just superficial exchange of traditions that reinforce stereotyping) 6. Interaction with the local reality organising the intercultural event in the frames of the Tartuff Festival 7. Introduction to Human rights and the complex relation with cultural relativism 8. Exchange of best practices and creation of new tools to support a meaningful dialogue 9. Erasmus+ youth in action: Introducing the programme and generation of follow-up ideas based on identified needs 10. Developing synergies for the organisations co-operation 11. Follow up and impact at community level (planning the local actions)
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