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YW - Anti-Bias Approach for Youth Workers
Start date: Sep 1, 2016, End date: Oct 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Discrimination is a worldwide social problem and a common ground for individuals without the recognition of social statuses. According to the European Commission, accepting of diversity in the public sphere is increasing, but there is still gaps and differences between countries (“Discrimination in the EU in 2012”, Eurobarometer). Although types of discriminations are different for all countries, the factors which cause all forms of discrimination arise from the same sources: the combination of prejudices and social power. One of the most effective methods to fight against discrimination in accordance with the Anti-Bias approach is to be aware of one’s own social power and power relations in the society beside the effort to get rid of prejudices. The main aim of the project is to focus on the awareness of these fundamental principles. The project is specifically designed to provide a learning environment for the participants who are youth workers, youth trainers and project managers in the field of anti-discrimination work. The objectives are:- To learn about the characteristics knowledge of Anti-Bias approach and to gain its methodogical skills - To develop new perspectives by experiencing on prejudices, power relations and discrimination - To integrate the Anti-Bias approach into fields where they work in order to fight against individual and institutional discriminations - To develop new projects or support current projects by using Anti-Bias approach- To enable them to empower young people in order to raise awareness of discrimination through Anti-Bias approach- To gain information about YouthPass and Erasmus + and to manage to use these tools in fields they work inThe project consists of two trainings. The first activity consists of 7 days, 9-15 April 2017, excl. travel days and takes place in Sveio, Norway. The second activity consists of 5 days, 13-17 June 2017, excl. travel days and takes place in Istanbul, Turkey. The program makes use of non-formal methods, to create mutual learning and interaction. They will have elements of simulation games, group work, presentations, energizers etc. The participants will gain awareness of anti-discrimination in youthwork, social inclusion and intercultural learning, which will reflect their behavior and attitudes in youth work. They will get experience by implementing new knowledge and skills into their work fields: they will develop a project after the first training course in their local reality, using different methods in anti-discrimination work. Moreover, the participants will improve the quality of their projects and will be able to develop different projects in the framework of Erasmus Plus. Another important envisaged impact of the project is that the participants will gain a sensitivity to intercultural learning.The long term benefits:- To foster anti-discrimination in youthwork by using new methods- To increase intercultural cooperation in youthwork- To empower the European and international dimensions of projects in youth field- To diversify the context of projects in Erasmus +.

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