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Zukunftswerkstatt "Spielend Diversität begleiten - finding diversity through play"
Start date: Jan 1, 2015, End date: Dec 31, 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The game as a method is an important building block in the informal and non - educational work with fe/male children and young people. Concurrently special regional developments in culture and education, very different country-specific approaches (E.g. game Pedagogics, game education, play therapy, etc.) and experience exist in the EU. Similarly diversity and gender issues relating to children and youth welfare of individual countries are very different. Our aim was and is to help support the game as an educational method in the European context, as well as the increase in the variety of methods of intercultural and gender-equitable learning through play as method of non formal education and target informal learning. The focus of our project was based upon a common location and definition, used to anchor the exchange of theories, approaches, and methods and further develop project ideas. This made it possible to anchor game and diversity in equal coexistence in the European context. Each of the two five-day intensive seminars made the vision of a Europe changing through play clear to the participants, where the aspects of diversity (age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, impairment/handicap) were kept in mind and used to ensure a creative and future orientated coexistence with peace and freedom for all. The participants from eight countries made good progress on the way to building a sustainable European network for diversity and gender-neutral awareness in play. This was used and connected to regional best-practice projects. Nine organizations from eight countries took part as project partners, which examined different ways the method of play in work with girls and boys is taught and developed by both young female and male students and professionals. A special interest in international themes, technical exchange, and the wish to participate in the experiences of other organizations to build a common network became clear during both the process and results. 18 experienced professionals, including those from both management level as well as the front line working with children were at the seminars and used the supporting online platform to help young people and adults. The process in the second seminar, a future workshop, which took place from 9 to 13 September 2015 in Berlin was particularly exciting. In an intense exchange, we succeeded in developing three further and in-depth project ideas which will be applied for on 1 October 2015 and 4th February 2016 in Lithuania, Netherlands and Germany and in which the eight organizations present will participate equally. To ensure sustainability, the online communication platform supporting the project will be reused This guarantees a reconnection of the findings in the sending institutions, the participatory development of joint follow-up projects, as well as an opening for other participants in the organizations.

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