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Unity in Diversity
Start date: Jan 1, 2016, End date: Dec 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The project entitled 'Unity in Diversity' is a youth exchange involving a total of 56 youths from 6 different countries: Malta, Hungary, Turkey, Belgium, Ukraine and Armenia. These 56 individuals will consist of 7 young people with special needs and 35 youths with fewer opportunities who will come together at a camping site in Dwejra, Gozo, to implement this project. This project will also involve 7 accompanying persons and another 7 group leaders. The applicant organisation, ERRC developed the idea for this project with the collaboration of other organisations which also work in the youth sector. By this proposal, ERRC intends to implement a project that involves young people from both EU and non EU member states who come together to participate in a number of activities that are both interesting and educational. This project aims to motivate disabled persons and young people with fewer opportunities to take part in activities in order to promote healthy living, active participation in society and social inclusion. The main themes of this exchange are to develop more awareness on the need for social inclusion of persons with some form of disability and those with fewer opportunities and to promote active citizenship and mutual understandings of different cultures. The applicant organisation together with the partners have decided to implement this project at at a camping site because camping in itself is an activity that brings people closer to each other. Camping is also very appealing to young people, and it is considered a very social activity. The participants will also participate in other interesting activities such as scuba diving and zip-lining. Moreover, through a combination of 6 different countries, the involved participants will not just learn to respect each other but they can also learn how to be more tolerant towards other cultures and histories. This will be mostly highlighted throughout the culinary events of our project which will be held each night. The main activities include a mixture of outdoor activities, workshops and discussions, and culinary nights, presentations and tutorials which are all intended to promote the main themes of this project. Our project will also involve a number of informative sessions such as talks, workshops and discussions. Through these talks and discussions the youths will learn how to listen to each other and voice their opinions. These discussions will also serve as an exchange of best practices and experiences.This project will seek to help young people to understand better the concept of solidarity because they will have to work together and assist each other in order to obtain the desired result. During this project the young people will also be involved in a voluntary experience where they will offer assistance to another organisation. The notion of team work is very strong in our project. The main expected learning outcomes form this exchange will include the following:- A better understanding that the disabled persons and persons with fewer opportunities can interact with the society and not left marganialized;- The development of interpersonal skills ( increase a sense of initiative, self-empowerment and self esteem);- The exposure and experience of outdoor activities, which in the long term, will encourage more physical activity amongst the youths;- A better understanding of each country's culture;- Becoming more familiar with dissemination methods and the promotion of events;- To improve communication skills and be more confident in oneself when expressing an opinion;- To reach compromises and be more tolerant within a team;- To participate in a team building environment;- To enhance inter-cultural awareness; - To increase an additional motivation for taking part in future ( through formal/ non formal) educational or training opportunities
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