Game of Cultures: Active Communities for the Inclu..
Game of Cultures: Active Communities for the Inclusion of Young Migrants and Refugees
Start date: Aug 1, 2016,
End date: Feb 28, 2017
What is “Game of Cultures: Active Communities for the Inclusion of Young Migrants and Refugees”? “Winter” is coming.More than a million migrants and refugees crossed into Europe in 2015, sparking a crisis as countries struggle to cope with the influx, and creating division in the EU over how best to deal with resettling and including people. We feel that working in the intercultural competences of local communities throughout Europe is a key element for a healthier relationship between all parties and a better Europe towards the future, therefore an international team of trainers and partners prepared a training course very focused on intercultural learning in the field of youth and alternative approaches towards it. Taking different points of view (arriving and hosting) to the situations and possible conflicts, we will be exploring and using different tools that youth workers can use when organizing activities related to cultural diversity, but also giving space for discussion and theoretical considerations.This context gave birth to "Game of Cultures: Active Communities for the Inclusion of Young Migrants and Refugees”. It is an international 8 days training course that will host 30 participants from 10 countries and partner organisations, plus 3 trainers and 2 support staff (total number of participants: 35 people).The main aim of this TC is to support, empower and develop the competences of youth workers so that they can act on their local youth communities in order to create multiplier agents, promoting and encouraging intercultural dialogue in their local communities in order to enhance its openness to the inclusion of migrants and refugees.The main objectives are: - Reflect on the current European and National realities concerning the flux of migrants and refugees and their inclusion;- Learn and develop knowledge, competences and tools to work on diversity, intercultural learning and intercultural dialogue;- Create awareness of the importance that influence of culture has on person’s behaviour and identity;- Raise awareness on the cultural differences between different European countries and to what extent this impacts the inclusion/exclusion of migrants and refugees in different societies;- Develop tools, activities and sustainable strategies to promote inclusion of migrants and refugees;- Explore the potential of young people as actors of inclusion and change on a local level.- Share good practices related to youth work, inclusion and active participation- Acknowledge the Erasmus+ Programme as a tool for intercultural learning, Youth Work and inclusion;- Develop an informal network of youth workers and youth leaders tackling the Refugee Crisis and promoting follow up projects and initiatives.The training course will be facilitated by experienced trainers, using methods of NFL and will include input sessions, experience-exchange sessions, reflection-groups and discussions. Trainers aim to use the resource of the participants' as much as possible during the programme, therefore participants will be encouraged to share their knowledge, ideas and questions related to the topic. The working methods will be varied and interactive in order to ensure a balance between theory and practice, between information and application. Taking into account the diversity of the participants in terms of culture and working experience, the methods will provide an effective group communication and will allow all participants to fulfil their expectations and needs through a progressive and valuable intercultural learning experience.One specific quality of this training course is the focus on projects and concrete use of learning products, therefore participants will be supported and guided on development, implementation and evaluation of their own tools or projects for intercultural learning and dialogue.This training is not only for Youth Workers who work directly with refugees and migrants, but for all those who work in multicultural environments and work in communities who face the challenge of newly arrived cultures.As Cascais was selected to be the European Youth Capital in 2018, this will also be a great opportunity to develop our own capacity building, preparing ourselves for the upcoming activities, strengthening/enlarging our local, national and European networks, and promoting what will be a great important event for our town, for Youth and Europe.
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