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The Power of Tolerance
Start date: May 2, 2016, End date: Nov 1, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The Power of Tolerance (TPOT) is a youth exchange organised by the youth members of Cross Cultural International Foundation together with Handimak, Mokymosi Idejos, IFALL and Coaching 4EU. This youth exchange project will include 3 youth mobilities of a week each, taking place in Malta between July 23 and 29, 2016, in Romania between August 12 and 18, 2016 and in Sweden between September 16 and 22, 2016. The project which is 6 months long, will bring 40 youths and 10 youth leaders from 5 different countries, which are Malta, Macedonia, Lithuania, Sweden and Romania.With the present challenges in Europe with the immigration crisis, intolerance and racial discrimination in Europe has drastically increased. The exchange aims to identify the common causes of intolerance and analyse persisting cases of non-tolerance on the basis of culture, religion, gender, sexual orientation and race against various minorities, formulate good practices in order to reduce it, as well as strategies, which could help increase tolerance toward minorities in the participant countries and beyond. The specific objectives of this project are: - To increase awareness among young people from a minority background (cultural, ethnic, etc.) on European citizenship;- To empower youth to take an active role in local communities;- To bring together young people from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds;- To create space for dialogue;- To foster their feeling of sharing common values;- To raise their sense of belonging to Europe. Tolerance nowadays has become a major factor in life and we want to equip ourselves and fellow youths with the knowledge and skills to use to as to live in harmony and raise awareness on various topics related to human rights, democracy, social inclusion, faiths, and culture. The methodology to be used during the project includes workshops, debates, hands on activities, case studies, simulations, visits to NGOs and outreach projects. The three mobilities will include various activities, mainly:- Group exercises, games, quizzes, simulation activities and interactive workshops on different types of discrimination; - Country presentations on discrimination cases persisting in Europe;- Various art-related activities (poster, photo-wall making, theatrical plays, etc.);- Team sports and outdoor activities;- Special video afternoons; and- Civic journalism.We envisage that the initiative will equip all participating youths with self awareness, tools to promote culture and equality amongst males and females, to become active citizens and promote social justice and social right to vulnerable groups. Participants will be empowered to deal with issues related to all forms of discrimination, stereotyping, ethnocentrism and prejudice - all issues of concern in many EU communities. The activities to be held during the youth exchange are not competitive but fun packed learning experiences that will motivate us and other youths to take part in such activities and learn further more. In the long term, we envisage to increase the networking between all participating organisations and preparing youths that will indulge tolerance in their small groups and work places. Ideas will be initiated and experiences will be exchanged that will positively impact the communities we are active in.

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