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More education, less discrimination
Start date: Jul 1, 2016, End date: Dec 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The project „More education, less discrimination” is a training course which will take place in Bucharest, in October 2016. 25 youth workers from 5 countries will spend 10 days together learning non-formal methods to fight discrimination.The purpose of the project is teaching youth workers to identify, understand and disarm discrimination. We will focus on youth workers that work in an area where discrimination is a problem. From our interaction with St. Stelian orphanage we discovered these main needs:• a deeper understanding regarding discrimination• quick identification of discrimination• ways to discourage youngsters to discriminate and to be discriminated • knowing methods of underlining the negative effects of discrimination• a better way to communicate with the young people they work with• more confidence in the capacity to make a change• a bigger motivation to improve their work• examples of good practices• personal and professional developmentWith this information in mind we formulated the following objectives:At the end of the 4 month project, the 24 youth workers:1. Will have accumulated knowledge regarding the types of discrimination, the negative effects of discrimination, what are stereotypes and prejudices and how to avoid them, what is non-formal education and how can we use it to fight discrimination2. Will have developed their ability to use non-formal methods to raise the awareness regarding the negative effects of discrimination, they will have succeeded in adapting non-formal methods to different target groups, they will have prevailed in communicating more efficiently regarding difficult subjects, they will have improved their abilities in working with youngsters and to work in a team3. Will have more confidence in their own strength, will have developed an protective attitude regarding the people that are discriminated, will be trying to stop discrimination and to explain to young people what are the side-effects of discrimination, they will pay more attention towards their attitude to other people (especially youngsters) and they will try to be less discriminative and also less discriminated.Together with the volunteers from the Soliddar association and our partners, we structured the projects schedule in such a way that the participants will extract as much as they can from this experience. We will discover together what the best methods to prevent discrimination are and through our visits to the high schools we will put in practice what we have learned.Because of the activities done during the project, the participants will have the instruments necessary to identify discrimination and to find solutions suited to the needs of a targeted group. Thus, through the accumulated information, the participants will have more confidence to act when they see a discriminative behavior. Also, they will better understand the European dimension of this situation and they will be better equipped to handle intercultural interactions.
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