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"Unlock your Mind"
Start date: Mar 1, 2016, End date: Nov 30, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

This e.p.a. International Youth Exchange will bring together 60 young people from Kiev (UA), Bucharest (RO), Liverpool (UK) and Hamburg (DE), hosted by the Sibirian groups from Kurgan and Tyumen (RU), under the theme “Unlock your Mind”. It invites young people from East & West to discover a critical reflection on politics and the accompanying propaganda and misinformation rolled out each day by the Media. All young participants have “fewer opportunities”: some of them with “special needs”, being HIV positive, suffering mental instability some from migrant and refugee background, living in conflict situation, from communities affected by social exclusion and geographical remoteness.This East-West exchange will take place the first week Kurgan and the second week in Tyumen.Considering the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, this opportunity to come together will be especially relevant, as it will follow on from the very successful e.p.a. International Youth Exchange in Hamburg in 2015, understand each other, cultivating friendships despite the hatred spread by media and the propaganda.This European Youth Exchange in Siberia will address openness, critical understanding and shared values. We will look at problems and issues that challenge young people – common and different ones – and how to handle them. Facing the different realities between multicultural cities and homogeneous and monochrome peripheral regions, the participants will be encouraged to deepen their dialogue and intercultural understanding.The Programme of Activities will be focused around the needs, interests and issues of the young participants, who will prepare and present 6 Workshops on the “theme” in an interactive, proactive and playful way. All workshops will be presented in creative and methodological ways, celebrating non- formal learning, appropriate to the skills and abilities of the groups. They will be the high spots during the Exchange programme and provide a collection of informative, and accessible set of skills.The Methodology will follow the principles of non-formal learning, ensure a high quality of non-formal and informal learning processes and offer space for playful interaction between the participants and encourage their exchange of experiences and insights.Following this International Youth Exchange, young participants will feel encouraged to think and act independently, be able to respect differences, gain a common understanding of European values and enjoy new competences, that they can value on a daily basis throughout their lives. Facing the Ukrainian-Russian conflict, the exchange will support an understanding of conflicts and peace building processes, where 60 young people from 5 countries will become ambassadors for peace, reconciliation and understanding.
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