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School of Tolerance
Start date: 15 Aug 2016, End date: 14 Mar 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

This project brings together 26 youth leaders, workers, multipliers, trainers and volunteers from over 11 different countries during a 6 day lasting TC in El Altet, Elche ,Alicante, Spain, and it involves them in a long lasting preparatory and follow-up process. Roma rights are violated every day in Europe. Even if authorities acknowledge the socio-economic situation of Roma as a problematic issue, they are often denied their full rights as equal citizens, excluded from an active role in policy design and implementation, and approached in a patronizing manner. Such ‘applied anti-Gypsyism’ is the background to the unequal treatment of Roma – on the labour market, or in the provision of social services such as housing, healthcare and education. The European Union’s Fundamental Rights Agency concluded that the Roma are the most discriminated against group in the EU: “Every second Roma respondent said that they were discriminated against on the basis of their ethnicity”The 9th meeting of the EU Platform on Roma pointed out that emphasis should be placed on promoting Roma equal citizenship and human rights approach when addressing the situation of Roma. Official recognition of anti-Gypsyism should be done at all levels, including the EU levelThe project develops participants skills and knowledge on active European citizenship around key values of the European Union, it strengthens civic and democratic participation of particularly Roma communities and it contributes to a new, just initiating policy making process on antigypsyism. It address the question how a conceptual reframing of challenging antigypsyism as a key competence of European citizens can impact civic education, solidarity and social inclusion. This project aims to raise the awareness and critical thinking of young European citizens about antigypsism and its historical roots in Europe as well as to strengthen their capacity as youth activists and educators to rum education activities. Output of the project: - Organized public event “The people meet the books” for the occasion of 10 December the International Human Rights day- Local campaigns in 11 countries using Library methodThe main aim is to raise awareness of and enable dialogue about discrimination and Antigypsyism that lead to social exclusion of Roma young people. Objectives To develop the skills of youth leaders and multipliers to apply Living Library as non-formal educational method in their work with young people based To raise the awareness of discrimination and Antigypsyism and their negative consequences to Roma young people that led them to social exclusionTo exchange and share realities about the marginalization and social exclusion faced by Roma young people from different European countriesTo promote tolerance and respect for human rights;To initiate/organize youth projects in their local realities and to engage in local and European institutional channels of decision-making;
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