The Right of Being Human
Start date: Jan 12, 2015,
End date: Aug 11, 2015
The project was focused on individuals, on their rights and their inclusion in the local and international community. The idea was developed and took place in a context where it is not simple to find a legal job, where civil, social and economic rights are often sacrificed in the name of Economy, in an area of the South of Europe full of resources but often destroyed by individualistic behaviours which originate from an economic disadvantage.
As the Universal Declaration of Human Rights affirms in Art.1 “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood”. Everyone should have the opportunities to enjoy completely his own rights as a citizen and as a human being.
Main object of the project: promoting the mobility of youth in order to create an open dialogue about human rights and the meaning of respect of each person and each culture, with a specific attention to minorities and people with fewer opportunities such as migrants, refugees and Roma Communities.
An Italian team, expert in cooperative forms of work, with the collaboration of a Moldavian team, expert in communication, promoted a deep reflection among youth/youth workers coming from several contexts. Participants from both the Western and the Eastern side of the European Continent have been supported to have a concrete debate on cultural and political conceptions which brought to the formulation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that joins any perspective (principles recovered by the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union).
The reflection was based on non-formal and informal learning methods, combining non-formal and informal activities.
Non-formal activities: a seminar on migrations in Apulia and Salento, workshops on the categories of human rights, witnesses of refugees and people with international protection.
Informal activities: besides games to get to know each other, role games and group building activities, during the training, the participants were trained by experts on photo and video making techniques and “challenged” to create their artworks dealing with human rights. Through the project, the expectation was to sensitize and to train 36 participants from 10 different countries (youth workers/operators and people who work in the youth field), of which 18 coming from the Weastern side of Europe and 18 coming from the Eastern Europe. The 18 participants coming from the Weastern side of Europe came from 6 Countries: from Italy (the Country where the activities were implemented), 3 from France, 3 from the United Kingdom, 3 from Portugal and 3 from Austria, while the 18 participants coming from the Eastern Europe came: 6 from Moldavia, 3 from Georgia, 3 from Armenia, 3 from Belarus and 3 from Ukraine. There was a specific attention to participants with fewer opportunities (with cultural, social and economic obstacles) in order to foster social inclusion.
Results of the project: a photo gallery and 5 short films dealing with a specific human right chosen by each team the group was divided in. The results were exposed during the final event, on March 8th, 2015 promoted by Cooperativa Rinascita with the collaboration of the Municipality of Leverano and other no-profit organisations of the territory. The initiative is also carrying out by the other Partner Organisations of the project, in their own Countries.
Achieved impact: the training has been increase the awareness of the 36 participants on human rights, on sending and receiving organizations (their workers, their contexts, their beneficiaries), on the local context where the project took place. The impact is also achieved on the territories of the sending organizations, through the dissemination of the results of the project. In a long term perspective, the awareness of the 36 youth workers and people who work with youngsters on human rights and on the inclusion of disadvantaged categories could have a stronger effect on local and global policies.
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