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Youth Work in Digital Era through Cultural and Religious Diversity
Start date: Sep 5, 2016, End date: May 4, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Youth Work in Digital Era - through Cultural and Religious DiversityThis is an innovative training programme for youth workers (Key Action 1 – mobility of youth workers) combining elements of cultural and religious diversity training with digital media skills (photography, video, editing, social media). The project is co-ordinated by "Milžinų lizdas", a N. Akmenė-based youth-led organisation recognised for its expertise in youth empowerment, in co-operation with partners in EU and Caucasus countries. The main aim of the project is to train participants – 66 youth workers from different European countries (four per course to assure a balanced learning environment) – in the use of digital media tools in youth work, mostly through, photography, video, editing and social media to promote the positive image of cultural and religious diversity. The project will also develop participants’ skills in facilitating intercultural dialogue activities for young people.The project is composed of two courses: the first one in Baku, Azerbaijan (November 2016), will focus on photography and historical cultural heritage, whereas the second one in N. Akmenė (Februaryr 2017) will look at digital media editing and social media tools, migration and contemporary cultural diversity. For the Azerbaijan course, we will use the cultural heritage sites of the Azerbaijan’s capital city of Baku. For the Lithuanian course, we are planning to use cultural and religious diversity resources including visiting community centres and places of worship, in order for participants to discover the importance of cultural diversity in Lithuania. Project methods will include: intercultural dialogue activities, exploring the Lithuanian’s and Azerbaijan’s cultural diversity through site visits and field work, digital media workshops and Erasmus+ project management and development workshops. The project aims at achieving a lasting and long-term impact: increased youth worker competences in promoting cultural diversity using digital media, increased quantity and quality of partnerships between EU and Eastern European youth organisations and increasing digital competence of young people through youth work.
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