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See it Our way - Participatory Photography for intercultural Dialogue
Start date: Sep 12, 2016, End date: Apr 11, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

In a very diverse Europe where migrants flow and refugee crises is still dividing communities, it is more and more important to deepen the understanding of the characteristics of the other. Visual methods admits us into a world where people can tell us their own life stories through images.SocialVisions participatory method is rooted in both photojournalism and international development and has its basis on the methodology of participatory photography developed by the organization Photovoice. In our participatory workshops, the focus is on identity-related issues identity and the aim of the workshops is to bring lasting change to the participants, empowering them to inform others and to be actively involved in decisions that affect their own lives and their community’s development. Participatory photography raises awareness in order to bring about change. During the proposed Training Course 28 youth workers and youth leaders from program and EECA partner countries will learn what participatory photography method is and how it can be used as a powerful tool for intercultural dialogue. The specific objectives of the training course are as follows:- To provide participants with knowledge about participatory photography methods and its benefits for intercultural dialogue;- To enhance participants ICT skills and encourage them to use open source technologies in their work;- To provide a platform for sharing and discussing best practices of youth workers and youth leaders working with visual arts regarding the integration of young people in risk of exclusion;- To establish a network of like-minded organizations and individuals, who are interested in the further exchange on the topic of using visual methods for working with youth; - To develop follow-up projects using the skills and knowledge gained during this Training Course;The working methods will be based on the ideals and principles of non-formal education. After participation in the training course the youth workers and youth leaders will be able set up initiatives in their own communities connecting intercultural competence.Photography is a powerful means of communication and accessible for everyone. It can bridge linguistic barriers and cultural differences, bringing personal perspectives closer to a public. Teaching photography, we teach a process of seeing, of self-discovery, and a visual language that can then be used to communicate with others.
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