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Differences Challenge Assumptions
Start date: Aug 1, 2016, End date: Mar 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Often in international projects or the ones including intercultural dialogue, learning or diversity sessions will include one sessions of 1.5 or 3 hours where a simulation or a games will be implemented (from the variety of alternatives mentioned before), with fast debriefing (if at all), which will introduce very fast concept of stereotypes, prejudices and discrimination and taken for granted and not pushed outside of the comfort zone. Not to mention the projects were the intercultural learning is left just for the intercultural nights or the free time of the participants. Of course this is not a constant in the field but rather an observation after years of working in international field. The main need that this project wants to answer to is the lack of advanced intercultural working competencies and sensitivity in youth work field and especially of the ones active and working in international or multicultural settings. The main goal of this project is to increase the level of intercultural competent, sensitive and quality youth work field.More specific Objectives that will contribute to achieve the main aim:• To increase/upgrade the knowledge level of youth workers in Intercultural Learning Topics (culture, identity, prejudices, stereotypes, assumptions, relativism, communication, clashes, intercultural sensitivity);• To contribute to a deep understanding of the global settings and influence on the cultural awareness and features of young people; • To develop practical skills in working and managing quality intercultural learning process in international projects with young people;• To upgrade skills in managing and facilitating intercultural encounters in youth work (international volunteering, exchanges, local projects in multicultural settings, trainings, etc);• To develop high intercultural sensitive attitudes in youth work field;• To empower youth workers to act as responsible intercultural sensitive actors in international field and project ;• To encourage participation of young people in social processDuring the project the participants will deepen the understanding of how Europe is build today, the roles and responsibilities of European citizens which are strongly connected to multiculturalism and intercultural education, the links between multiculturalism and active citizenship; the beneficiaries will have a more complete understanding of European Citizenship in the context of globalization and will act upon.The training will have duration of 9 working days and will be implemented in Ashburnham (Battle), UK for 28 participants from 13 European Program Countries (UK, Romania, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Greece, Croatia, Slovakia, Spain, Germany, Poland, Malta, Czech Republic and Turkey
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