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East-West dialogue
Start date: Sep 1, 2014, End date: Jan 31, 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

„East-West dialogue“ is a project that will host 30 participants from 5 different countries (Czech republic, Spain, Belarus, Romania and Ukraine) for 10 days in ZČ HB Modrý kámen, which is based at ecological leisure time centre Švýcárna, near Adamov, Czech Republic. Choice of the theme of planned youth exchange was based on the conversations with our international volunteers. They were asking about the world’s day of cultural diversity and dialogue. It is now on May 21st, but it was adopted by UNESCO because of terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001 which was previous day of cultural diversity. Having this conversation and meeting our volunteers every day and talking with them about diversity and also about Europe and political situation in different countries, brought us idea to make small international forum for young people where they can share their knowledge and experiences in this field and also (to talk about these topics in personal and non-formal way) share their emotion about living in Europe or outside of Europe. In modern societies, from Europe and all over the world, we can easily notice big social, cultural and economical inequalities between people. This is usually a problem for the young population that, instead of having a proper environment for personal and social development, they deal with poverty, social exclusion and unawareness. These socio-economical and cultural inequalities can be found in all European countries. This project aims to fulfill the need of both the youngsters and the youth workers in their organizations, to get the necessary skills that would help them in their personal and social development. So, in this way they will be able to know and apply methods and instruments that can make possible the exit from the shadow cone of the cultural unawareness that generate stereotypes and prejudices. Through the activities proposed for the training sessions, the participants will become more aware of their active role that they can have in their own communities, aware of what means to be an active citizen in general and an European citizen in particular. The participants will develop their degree of European awareness by participating to the sessions in the exchange and will realize that they are individuals with common aims, common values, similar or different customs and traditions, but they are all a “part” of this family that is called Europe.
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