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Global Village
Start date: 01 Sep 2016, End date: 31 May 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Global Village is a project aiming to bring 16 volunteers to 4 small communities from Dolj(Filiasi, Bailesti, Segarcea, Bals) for 6 month with the purpose of imlementing non-formal activities in 8 high schools(2/community) directed at preventing discrimination, xenophobia and stereotypes and stimulating tolerance and understanding of both the target group and the volunteersThe recent migration crisis has shook the EU foundations as EU states and populations have struggled to put into practice the EU core values such as “United in diversity”. In this context we wish to rise the level of intercultural knowledge, fight prejudice and open the way towards a more tolerant and inclusive society in Romania. The idea of the current project also has its roots in our previous experience of working with international volunteer in disadvantaged rural or small urban setting where we found that many times the people were very interested in just getting to know the foreign volunteers, talk to them and get to know the cultures they come from. Prejudices are the lifeblood of right-wing populism and extremism, both of which threaten social cohesion and peaceful coexistence in the European Union. Populists channel prejudice into calls for exclusion, while right-wing extremists take their prejudices further and often propagate ideologies of violence against those seen as “foreign” or “different”. These developments can be observed in all the countries of the European Union. Where it succeeds in concealing its violent leanings, right-wing populism makes relatively successful use of prejudices by playing on people’s existing concerns and fears. The study report “Intolerance, Prejudice and Discrimination A European Report” concludes that willingness to exclude immigrants is strong, as expressed especially in a tendency to support immigration restrictions. The report “Tolerance and xenophobia across EU” places Romania in the middle of EU ranking of xenophobic attitudes but the same report mentions that when attitudes towards domestic rroma people(who are widely considered not romanians by the majority) are accounted for then Romania drops towards the bottom of the ranking. Romanians often feel like they’ve been unjustly maligned by history, and that foreigners don’t appreciate their considerable cultural and historical achievements. As a result they may display a nasty inferiority complex that manifests as the need to constantly put down Westerners, or try to impress them. Romanians are still largely victims to stereotypes or ignorance when it comes to other cultures. Romania is to a very large degree a very heterogeneous country in terms of culture, especially in the south are. The socio-economic climate in Romanian made it very for many Romanian (especially those from rural villages or small cities) to be able to travel and experience other cultures so, at best, their knowledge about other countries comes from second-hand information sources such as movies, TV shows (most of them portraying other countries from the American point of view) or folk tales that portray other in simplistic stereotypical way. The general objective of the project aims towards fighting discrimination, xenophobia and stereotypes and stimulating tolerance and understanding of both the target group and the volunteers by rising awareness on other cultures, spurring intercultural learning and cultural discovery.Specific Obj: 1.Raise cultural awareness, tradition and customs diversity of 400 young people(14-18 years) from 4 rural communities by organising 100 workshops in each community 2. Increase cultural awareness for 300 young persons from Craiova city by organising here the “Global Village Inter-Cultural Festival” in the last month of the project3.Provide the opportunity for personal and professional development for 16 volunteers and 400 youth from the target group. 4. Promote the lifelong learning opportunities generated through the Erasmus+ programme to 1000 young people (aged 14-30) in 4 communities.
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