Our Future Together
Start date: Aug 1, 2014,
End date: Jan 1, 2015
Our project will gather 39 young participants, between 18 and 30 years old, and 7 group leaders with no age limit (a total of 46 people) from 7 European countries (Romania, Poland, Estonia, Denmark, Turkey, Spain and Latvia) to form a strong group and work all together as a team in order to raise awareness regarding the inclusion of immigrants. The activities will take place between 20 to 31 October 2014 in Poiana Negrii, a village in the vecinity of the resort Vatra Dornei, in Romania's historical region Bucovina.
As we all know, immigrants have always had a tougher time when trying to adapt to a new social and cultural context. Except the cultural and language differences, this happens especially because they are not allowed to by the existent members of a particular group. Discrimination, prejudice and stereotypes are the main causes of social exclusion. As a consequence, the marginalized individuals do not adapt to the new environment and start acting in a negative way, confirming the general beliefs that "immigrants aren't their equals". Even more, this kind of behavior is affecting the job market as well. Immigrants have problems when trying to find a job. Because of prejudice, the employers avoid hiring immigrants or, when they to, they don't respect their rights and take advantage. With this project, we want to take a stand and try to make a small step that will make a difference in the minds of the participants. We aim to change their way of seeing things and make them our partners for this cause.
During the project, the participants will be involved actively in different activities and will also create materials which will help us disseminate and promote the values and the raising of awareness when it comes to persons that will make contact with immigrants. The main purpose of the project will be the active participation in the integration of everyone.
We will try to find reasons which promote conflicts, to find difficulties and communication barriers by stimulating conversation about cultural differences, discussions about situations and sharing of views.
Because we are aware of the fact that the society equals all the individuals, not just one or a part, the concept of inclusion is something that we should all know and benefit from. A society cannot develop and thrive when its citizens don’t get along and work together. By getting involved and saying “Stop!” to social exclusion and discrimination we can all make a change.
All in all, this project is about emphasizing that we are not that different. As a Colin Raye (American musician) quote says: “I laugh, I love, I hope, I try, I hurt, I need, I fear, I cry. And I know you do the same things too, so we're really not that different, me and you.“
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