Digital Storytelling for Intercultural Dialogue
Start date: 01 Jul 2016,
End date: 31 Dec 2016
Modern European societies are getting more and more diverse in terms of culture and religion. The present influx of migrants and refugees is causing tensions and misunderstanding between minority and majority groups and many young people are prone to radical or even violent behaviors. The problem stems from lack of understanding between people with diverse cultural background, who often lack the possibility to truly get to know each other's opinions and values. We believe that the way to address this problem is to give young people an opportunity to interact more in a peaceful manner and provide them with a safe space for dialogue, which should in turn lead to a better understanding between them. This project is to teach youth workers and young leaders who work with youth with diverse cultural background how to encourage their beneficiaries how to interact more by creating and sharing their digital stories. Everyone has a story to tell, and those digital stories are always very powerful, since in many case they describe very important issues, such as violence, discrimination or a struggle to find one's place in the society. As they are all made by concrete people, they also give a very personal angle to those problem. Hence, creating a personal digital story can have a positive influence not only on those who make them and go through the process of self-reflection, but also on those who watch them, as it helps them to gain a new perspective and see the "real people" behind the discussed problems. The proposed Training Course is to gather 29 youth workers and young leaders from both Program and Eastern Partnership countries and introduce them to the concept of digital storytelling. Participants will have a chance to explore the positive impact it can have when used as a method of working with youth with migration background. Digital storytelling is based on the assumption that every person has a unique story to be told and shared with the others. It is a modern extension of the art of storytelling that has been an important part of social interactions since the very birth of humanity. However, in the modern world where we people are constantly exposed to the flood of information, we tend to forget how reflecting on personal experiences and sharing them with others can be beneficial for one's personal development. The digital storytelling is the concept that combines two crucial aspects - the power of creating personal narratives and our modern need to "go digital", giving people a chance to tell their stories in a creative ways that involve using their digital skills. The objectives of this projects are as follows:- To provide participants with an opportunity to go through an intensive facilitator course that will enable them to understand digital storytelling as a method of working with youth with diverse cultural/migration background- To equip them with the skills necessary to design and implement digital storytelling projects for intercultural dialogue in their own respective communities - To enhance participatns' ITC skills and to promote the use of innovative youth work methodology based on digital means- To reflect upon the specifics of work with youth at risk of discrimination due to their cultural/religious/national background and to discover methods for avoiding radical behaviors- To encourage cooperation and exchange of methods and experience between organizations from Programe Countries and Eastern Partnership- To establish a network of individuals and organizations interested in further cooperation on the topic of working with youth with diverse cultural background - To develop a concrete plan for follow-up projects focus on promoting intercultural dialogue The training course shall improve the competences of youth workers who implement projects addressed to young people at risk of discrimination due to their cultural/religious background. Participants will gain an opportunity to learn a very practical method of working with their beneficiaries and in result they are expected to design and implement follow-up projects in their respective communities. In a long term perspective the project shall result in an increase openness amongst youth workers to use more innovative and creative methods, especially those that are based on using ICL skills and tools, which in turn should contribute to a higher quality of their everyday work for promoting social inclusion.
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