European Minority Youth Inclusion
Start date: Oct 1, 2015,
End date: Jul 1, 2016
“European Minority Youth Inclusion” is a 8-day training course organised in Mitrovica, Kosovo from 01.02.2016 until 08.02.2016 that gathers 30 youth workers, youth leaders, active young people from Kosovo, Italy, Romania, Slovakia, Poland, Bulgaria, Turkey, Macedonia, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.There is no doubt that Europe is a very diverse continent composed of people coming from different racial, ethnic, religious, national and social backgrounds. There are few, if any countries in Europe, in which there are no minority groups, being that based on their ethnicity, nationality, religion, race or social belonging. But, even living in democratic societies and peace, social, political and economic exclusion remains an everyday challenge and reality to millions of minority members living in Europe today. It is also a challenge for the people and youth in Mitrovica where our organisation is based which is a town with long lasting and strong ethnical division since the conflicts in recent history. Low living standards, discrimination, intolerance and exclusion are reality in which people of Mitrovica are living every day. These situations especially affect the young people from Mitrovica and Kosovo in general who learn from what they hear, see and live every day from elders, media and society as a whole and create wrong perceptions and stereotypes which lead to discrimination and exclusion of the “others”.We believe that the civil sector and youth work can significantly help addressing the above mentioned issues in Kosovo and Europe in general, especially when it comes to youth. That’s why the Training course “European Minority Youth Inclusion” aims to train, empower and improve professional competences of youth workers, youth leaders and professionals in the youth sector that are working with minorities, vulnerable, marginalized and excluded groups within their organisations and communities. The Training course will equip participants with skills and competences to work on social inclusion and intercultural and interfaith dialogue of young people from minority and majority groups while in the same time exchanging best practices, experiences and initiating concrete activities that can bring positive social changes in our communities and encourage active participation of young people from minorities in democratic life. The training promotes and raises awareness about social cohesion, tolerance, diversity and solidarity while in the same time fights against discrimination, racism, homophobia, xenophobia and exclusion in general in any form.The methodology for the activities of the Training course is based on non-formal education, experiential and intercultural learning. The methodology is participant-centered and provides participants the time and space to share their own ideas and expertise, but also to exchange their inputs as well as to learn from each other.
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