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THE BUTTERFLY EFFECTRaising Awareness Among European Youth on the Refugees Crisis
Start date: Aug 1, 2016, End date: Jan 31, 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The project THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT Raising Awareness Among European Youth on the Refugees Crisis is part of a medium term strategy undertaken by Lunaria and other European organizations, aimed at fighting the racism and xenophobia wide-spread.Europe has been crossed in 2015 by an increasing migratory flow because of the explosion and the growing of conflicts and war, persecutions, poverty at international level.Actually we are seeing the wide-spread of racist behaves and actions in the European countries that are hosting refugees, as well as in the ones crossed by migrants and asylum seekers.For this reason THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT aims to develop tools and methodologies to raise awareness among young people and adults, about the racism wide-spread on line and off line and afterwards, as second step, to fight the phenomenon.The project includes three actions: a Training Course – TC, a Job Shadowing - JS and a Youth Exchange - YE. We expect to involve 32 participants in the TC, 10 in the JS e 31 in the YE, including 6 group leaders. Participants are: youth workers, activists, peer educators and young people both native and with migratory backgrounds or coming from migrant families.During the actions, different activities will be realised, such as: laboratories, thematic workshops, work in groups, plenary sessions, interactive presentations, activities to share the good practices, the working methods and the pilot projects in the field of anti-racism, methodological sessions, study visits, final events to test the methodologies and make the assessment and upgrading.The project is based on interactive methodologies coming from the non formal education. Here it's foreseen the involvement of participants in each stage of the process and it's promoted the horizontal exchange of knowledge. This approach ensures the respect of the different learning styles and the flexibility in the learning process, which can be re-adapted during the action itself taking into account feedbacks and comments of participants.We expect to achieve the following results: empowerment of the raising awareness toward the racism wide-spread; development of interactive tools, for youth workers, young people and organizations, to fight racism and run sensitization activities; development of an educational package to develop at EU level, activities in the anti-racism field; development of networking at national and international level among civil society organizations.Indeed the different follow up measures aim to multiply the anti-racist action in the different local backgrounds and to join not only the direct beneficiaries, but also the indirect ones and new stakeholders, guaranteeing a sustainable perspective in the long term.

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