‘The Inclusion Puzzle’ youth exchange will last 12 days and take place in Palermo, Italy, in September 2012. A diverse group of 54 young people (age 18-25) from Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Greece, Latvia, Portugal, Romania and Italy will take part. Participants will explore their own understanding of inclusion, and be given the tools to take action in their local community as champions of inclusion. We will particularly focus on developing participants’ understanding of multiple discrimination as this is a serious but little understood issue. They will be encouraged to explore the different layers of their own identities, particularly exploring their identity as European citizens through debate and action on social issues. They will explore the themes through the creation of a short film about multiple discrimination, and an artistic exhibition of giant ‘puzzles’ representing the problems of discrimination in Europe and their vision of an inclusive future for all citizens. The participants will also spend time learning about each others’ culture, experiencing the culture of Sicily, and interacting with the local community by visiting local projects and exhibiting their work in the city. The exchange will be based on non-formal education, with a high level of participation and input from the young people through varied innovative working methods. Project aims to:• Develop participants’ understanding of discrimination, including multiple discrimination through non-formal learning methods. • Encourage participants to visualise a more inclusive Europe, and take positive action at their local level, developing their understanding and experience of European citizenship.• Foster participants’ sense of identity, as individuals, and as European citizens through intercultural learning processes. • Celebrate the creativity of young people through the creation of art and film projects, and disseminate the results to other young people and local community.
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