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UNITED - Understand neighbors Integration Through European Dances
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

UNITED - Understand neighbors: Integration Through European Dances is KA1 Youth Exchange - Programme countries project which will be held in Fasano (Italy) from 22 to 30 of October 2015. The eight partners organizations from 8 programme countries are: Italy, Poland, Macedonia, Lithuania, Greece, Romania, Spain and Croatia and each partner will send 4 participants and 1 youth leader, for a total of 32 participants and 8 youth leaders. The youth exchange aims to support young people on a path of building mutual understanding of different cultures and is going to help raise awareness of the rich world of dance in diverse Europe. Dance is a medium used to convey very effectively and powerfully a hidden message in the movements. This time will be used as a tool to break taboos and prejudges among the youth and to strengthen the relationships. UNITED has a strong intercultural learning aim fostering understanding of European diversity. We are committed to ensure that effect of the project is reinforcing the civic attitudes of participants and their awareness of how is important today's understanding of origins and reflection on identity. The project will contribute to possibility of finding new contacts, create group work dynamic and will teach participants how to solve problems encountered (in terms of intercultural learning). Objectives: • to point out the connection between diversity societies, creativity approaches for building understanding between different cultures; • to foster mutual understanding and respect for traditions and customs represented by our participants; • to learn about culture heritage of Europe through dances and music; • to experience, discuss and share cultural background among our participants; • to foster participants' self-reflection on personal, national and European identity and being open-minded towards diversity; • to set set up partnership among partner promoters in order to involve more youngsters in future projects. The activities which we will organize during "UNITED" are various and combined with theory and practical workshops and demonstrate creative ways to obtain information about music and dance heritage of every participating country. All activities are designed keeping in mind non formal education as the best approach to learn new thing in non-formal way for young generation - learning by doing. Non formal education is a participatory methodology which makes every young people to get involved immediately because they learn by doing and by sharing with others and not in an obligatory way. Theory and practical workshop will be mixed during all the activity as well space for participants to discuss and to express their ideas will be provided. Using non formal education methodology, providing knowledge, skills, and attitudes the youth exchange is specially designed to encourage participants to act as multiplier agents for the improvement of youth participation in society, to highlight the importance of inter-cultural learning in order to develop democratic societies.
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