CLARO: Challenge Labels & Appearance…Reach Out! — Portugal

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Programme: ERASMUS+: Youth, Key Action 1: training course

Dates: 17—23 July 2021

Venue: Águeda, Portugal

Number of participants/national team: 6

Please read the info-pack

Hosting organisation: CAAB – Centro Cultural e Recreativo de Aguada de Baixo

Participating countries: Portugal, Czech Republic, Greece, Turkey

Popis projektu:

One of the biggest challenges that Europe faces nowadays is related to the peaceful dialogue between different cultures, mainly those coexisting in the same country, city or community.

In fact this dialogue is often problematic, mostly in relation to ethnic minorities, refugees and migrants who, in any territory, as a minority, are given a lower and weakened space in the dialogue, being expected of them that they make the whole effort of «including» themselves.

Thus, it is essential to act within the dominant culture so that inclusion and dialogue between peers are assumed on an equal footing, eye to eye. It is not enough for official discourse to be inclusive when in reality, in everyday life, in spontaneous interactions, veiled discrimination remains, the clear notion of superiority in those who are part of the dominant culture.

It is important to train youth workers and institutions – with knowledge, tools and strategies – to act in their community among young people and to assume themselves as actors of change; it is essential to enable young people to understand their behaviour in relation to diversity and how they often contradict their discourse and promote micro-aggressions.

Only through this double intervention do we believe that we are capable of promoting social change in our society: through the conscious, intervening and denouncing role of both social institutions and youth.

Objectives:

  1. Systematize the concepts of Invisible Discrimination, Inclusion, Microaggressions and Hate Speech;
  2. Empower youth workers to create meaningful methodologies based on non formal learning;
  3. Create 4 methodologies that raise awareness to those issues;
  4. Promote cooperation among youth workers and a safe space for sharing good practices in the field;
  5. Capacitate youth organizations to become better support systems for Youth;
  6. Develop citizenship, active participation skills and social awareness among youth workers;

Participants’ profile:

  • …is above 18 y.o.;
  • …is a youth workerorinterestedin being one;
  • …is part of the involvedcommunities/organizations;
  • …IS available tobe part of the whole project;
  • …is interestedin the topic ofdiscrimination andracism;
  • … interestedin meeting other youth workers;

Contents to be addressed during the TC:
a) Invisible Racism/Discrimination;
b) Inclusion;
c) Microaggressions and Hate Speech

Contents to share in the TC by each national group (to be prepared BEFORE the training course):

  • a) Community profile (minorities, social groups, concrete examples of inclusion/exclusion in their community),
  • b) Profile of the young people of their community (interests, hobbies, initiatives).As it is visible it is essential the selection of motivated participants as they are going to be responsible for the creation of methodologies during the TC and their experimentation in their local communities during the local sessions. Bear in mind that the participants selected should be available to develop local sessions with young people in their own community the months prior to the Youth Exchange.

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