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On the frontiers of intercultural clash and dialogue
Start date: Aug 1, 2016, End date: Jan 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Development of economies and technologies lead to unimaginable growth of traveling, migration, intermarriage, trade and essentially all human interactions. Migration flows make our societies increasingly multicultural, which can happen on harmonic ways of planned migration and immigration policies, and can take the extremely chaotic form, as it happened during the last humanitarian catastrophe in Middle East.People are exposed to various cultural and faith traditions that once were hidden behind several curtains. For a searching mind the whole World Cultural Heritage is open to be explored and exploited, but this outstanding opportunity sometimes is causing more confusion than clarity in minds and hearts of the people.Intercultural challenges appear on individual and organizational level. It is evident that societies face the extensive internationalization of businesses.There is a lot of work done on developing intercultural communication skills of the people, there are several legislative and program frameworks which are aimed at raising the efficiency of integration and communication processes, but in reality it is clear that it is not enough. Youth was, is and will be always on the frontiers of all the processes. On one hand it is one of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable parts of the society (which is especially relevant for several aging societies), but on the other hand due to its natural flexibility, youth energy and huge potential can be also one of the major forces for transforming the potential Clashes to fruitful Dialogues.This Training Course is aimed at developing efficient strategies and methodological approaches to address the aforementioned issues through our day to day work within our communities. We do hope that networks of like-minded youth NGOs and groups can change a lot in this field of Intercultural contacts and create possibilities to pass from Clashes to more Harmonic ways of living through this processes.The specific objectives of the training course are as following:➢ To provide an opportunity for participants from youth work sector for reflection on one the nowadays challenges of our societies in the spheres of inter-cultural and inter-civilizational dialogues;➢ To raise the awareness of youth workers on the influence and importance of intercultural communication, learning and dialogue on individual, business and global levels;➢ To equip participants with innovative tools and methods, which can be used in their communities in work with young people to support them in increasing the efficiency of their participation in various dialogue processes;➢ To reflect on the topics of World Cultural Heritage, needs of its protection and ways to increase the awareness and access of young people to it in order to widen their world-views as well as finding solutions for their today’s challenges in it;➢ To empower participants to deal with issues related to poly-cultural society development, identity change as a result of migration, ghettoization problems.➢ To increase the intercultural communication competences of the participants and to equip them with multiplying skills to further this work in their local communities;➢ To give participants the chance to commonly develop strategies to extend their activities by developing multi-stakeholder cooperation in the sphere of Intercultural Dialogue;➢ To develop follow-up projects for international cooperation to further elaborate the topics of current Training Course and involving more participants in the study and social transformation processes.The project will consist of one seminar to be held in Armenia from 25 October - 2 November 2016. It will involve 33 youth workers and youth leaders (+ two facilitators and one support staff) from 6 program (United Kingdom, Macedonia, Greece, Italy, Spain, Norway) and 5 EECA partner countries (Armenia, Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Belarus).The methodology of the Seminar is based on the approaches, values and models of non-formal education. This will be guaranteed by the involvement of professional facilitators with long-term background in organizing and conducting training courses. The course is participants-based and participant-oriented, presentations are accompanied with interactive special games and discussions, so learning process supposes sharing of knowledge and experience. Participants will discuss the topics of the Project and develop new methods and tools addressing them, try to find ways for answers to the world corresponding challenges, share their experiences in the field of youth activities, and design new projects as follow-up... and in this way will ensure the multiplication of the Project.
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