Programme: ERASMUS+, Key Action 1: training course
Venue: Puente Genil, Spain
Dates: 27 April—3 May 2022
National team size: 2 participants
Hosting organisation: Asociación Europa 2000
Participating countries: Spain, Czech Republic, Romania, Cyprus, Turkey, Croatia, Bulgaria, Greece, Serbia, Estonia, Poland, Portugal, Italy and France.
During the previous years, more than one million migrants and refugees had crossed into Europe, as a result of the continuous conflicts in Syria, the abuses in Eritrea, the existing violence both in Iraq and Afghanistan and the extreme poverty situation in Kosovo. This year, the situation seems to become even worse, with thousands of families who have been encountering problems which are strongly related with the decline of the political systems in their countries, are still attempting to approach the European territories, mainly via Turkey, Greece and Albania, thus seeking to achieve a better quality of life. And of course, we cannot forget the last European conflict in Ukraine.
Despite that the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) has been providing common minimum standards for the treatment of all asylum seekers, it places a lot to the discretion of EU members, a fact that inevitably leads to various types of treatment of asylum seekers and simultaneously to a variety of recognition rates in the States of EU members. Respectively, the refugee crisis accompanied with the lack of consensus, has led to conflicts within the EU, inasmuch The EU’s current institutional and legislative arrangements were clearly not up to dealing with the huge influx of migrants.
This also implies that, the existing situation has brought new conditions in modern European communities, inasmuch as individuals with counter-identities are invited to coexist and furthermore, to interact, whilst a new model of collectivities which includes settlements, neighborhoods and communities is being formulated, with multiculturalism to appear as its main qualitative feature.
However, apart from the detection of ways through which a smooth integration of migrants and refugees into the modern EU societies will be accomplished, what is being argued here, is that special form of education should also be provided in order for the indigenous inhabitants of EU countries to adapt to the new order of things.
Based on such rationale, the project ‘Give it a Go’ aims to provide high-quality training to young educators/ trainers who deal with multiple issues arisen within a multicultural context. The content of the specially-designed training course that will be conducted, also appeals to young people in communities influenced by displaced population.
The methods employed have been developed on the basis of the rationale that, in fact, the young locals of a community are those who should first receive specialized education in order to be prepared to accept the integration of displaced population in their communities.
The activities of the training course “Give it a Go” concentrate on a plurality of related concepts, such as social inclusion, conflict management, intercultural learning, coexistence of religions, violence applied by social networks and the net, psychology of digital victims, racism and anti-racism, multicultural bonding, tolerance, democracy, diversity appreciation, citizenship, leadership and active participation.
Particularly, the project aims to:
- to provide a broader understanding on the notion of cultural identity, staring from the formation of a purely experiential definition of the notion, as it emerges from communities’ shared symbols, shared stories and shared beliefs, to end up with participants’ involvement with a vector of interwoven to the cultural identity theories and concepts, such as collective memory, subculture, blended identity, counter-culture and counter-identity.
- to combat the formation of stereotypes and stereotypical behaviors in general, thus grappling with those unconscious tactics and mechanics of one self which might lead in attaching labels to both individuals and communities
- to foster empathy towards the ‘other’ by primarily using VR technologies, such as the usage of a 360 degrees video (Google Cardboard) as well as through specially-designed simulation exercises related with the concepts of Migration, War and Terrorism and human rights.
The issue of developing inclusive communities is being investigated, mainly through the introduction of theory around the philosophical discourse on the Ethics of Admissions, as a means to provide tools for the understanding of integration policies approaches and positioning of one self on them.
The target of maintaining inclusive communities through the applicability of sophisticated methodologies, policies and critical paths, is also being approached by invoking concrete methodological constructions, such as geographical exploration and building of social relationships.