Start date: Dec 1, 2016,
End date: May 31, 2017
In the current immigration crisis we are facing problems arising from intercultural relations, clash of cultures - a new wave of xenophobia, racism and social fears that can be seen particularly in the eastern part of EU. This is a new problem that arises from strong social fears, stereotypes that need to be combat. We are witnessing events of violence involving migrants and refugees that can evolve into more dangerous phenomenon. We held in our international partnership skype meetings with ngo leaders and their youth workers who face the problems arising from intercultural clashes in their life and work. The problem has been evident enough even without our social survey which we have delivered online. Our survey among 200 youths online in each state showed very little social acceptance of diversity and a large social tolerance for racist behaviours. As FRA stated (based on their last annual report) “Barriers persist in implementing effectively EU legislation that prohibits and penalises manifestations of racism, xenophobia and ethnic discrimination. The sixth year of the economic crisis and turbulent developments in the Middle East and North Africa are raising concerns and considerations for migration and integration policies in the EU. Meanwhile, Europeans are increasingly responsive to parties and movements with xenophobic, anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim agendas. Migrants, refugees, asylum seekers and members of ethnic and religious minorities suffer manifestations of violent hatred and continuous discrimination in many areas of social life. Moreover, the increasing use of internet and social media proliferates some political rhetoric and racist hate speech.” Across the EU, members of minority ethnic groups, including migrants and refugees faced discrimination in access to key areas of social life. The internet remains a critical tool for spreading hate speech. As FRA concluded Member States are encouraged to adopt and implement policies and measures aiming at combating racism and hate crime.In order to face that problem we will provide international training event for youth workers from the partner countries. We will introduce new methods efficient in learning multiculturalism. Moreover,experienced trainers from each partner organization will share their skills in the field of multiculturalism with all other participants. We will also work on a common final publication containing the combined training methods. The youth workers have to be better prepared to address European youths, to combat social fears, face problems related to xenophobia, racism and stereotypes among youth learners. The project aims to promote intercultural dialogue and strengthen knowledge and acceptance of diversity in society. We support youth workers in developing and sharing effective methods in reaching out to marginalised young people, refugees, asylum seekers and migrants, and in preventing racism and intolerance among youth;We aim to: -support professional development of youth workers, trainers to cope better with intercultural problems, racism, xenophobia, social fears of youth learners, particularly based on the recent immigration crisis and refugees in EU.-raise youth workers' awareness, responsiveness and understanding of other cultures and countries (so they can better transfer that to the youths), enhance English language capacities of non-English participants, offer them the opportunity to build networks of international contacts, develop a sense of European citizenship and identity;-increase the capacities, attractiveness and international dimension of participating organizations so that they are able to offer activities and programmes that better respond to the current needs of the youths;By combining the set of workshops delivered by experienced in this field trainers from the partner organizations which proved high efficiency in the partner organizations, we are going to provide a high quality outcome – a combined training methodology that will be published after the event and used in the project dissemination.In this way trainers from partner organizations will lead certain training sessions, share their intercultural experience. It will increase competences of our youth workers, share mutual experience, establish a international network of youth workers involved. It will also bring further benefits for the youth workers involved: raise their ability to work in international environment, enhance English skills, allow to establish professional relationships across EU, gain basic experience in providing training sessions for international learner.The learning results of the participants will be gained thanks to their participation in the training event in Poland, Zakopane in 3-8 April 2017. The event will be attended by youth workers from Poland, Macedonia (FYROM), Czech Rep., Spain, Moldavia, Georgia, Armenia, in total 30 people.
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