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Let's Talk About Diversity!
Start date: Aug 1, 2012,

From the 19th to the 26th of August 2012 MIJARC Europe, as sending organisation, will coordinate a 8-days Youth exchange, taking place in Velingrad (Bulgaria) for 65 young people living in rural areas and coming from 11 different countries in Europe (Portugal, Spain, France, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Bulgaria, Hungary, Netherlands, Romania and Malta). The main theme of the whole event is "The role of the religion in the integration of minorities." Through non-formal education methods (working groups, icebreakers, energizers, pedagogical games, field visits, debates, brainstorming, plenary sessions with experts, sharing of knowledge and best practices, movies) and informal moments (thematic evenings), participants will be acquainted with multi ethnic and religious diversity in rural areas in Europe. This Youth exchange "Let's Talk About Diversity!" aims to: - analyse and exchange the realities in our communities and best practices on the topic;- raise awareness about minorities and to break mutual stereotypes and prejudices;- reflect on the participants' own cultural identity;- develop awareness on concepts such as identity culture and intercultural sensitivity;- raise awareness about differences and similarities in cultural and religious diversity in Europe;- identify ways and to generate ideas to integrate minorities via religions; - identify ways to overcome the mutual exclusion and to increase the involvement of the minorities in the social life in local communities and develop projects, based on an intercultural approach.

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