Programme: ERASMUS+, Key Action 1: training course
Dates: 19—27 April 2022
Venue: Bucharest, Romania
National team size: 3
Participating countries: Romania, Czech Republic, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Ukraine, Croatia, Latvia
Hosting organisation: COSI (Civic Orientation and Social Integration)
The European Union is based on values such as non-discrimination, tolerance, justice, solidarity, and equality. However, European citizens still discriminate and are discriminated against based on: race and ethnicity, religion, age, disability, and sexual orientation, with discrimination for Roma is the most widespread (61%), followed by discrimination based on ethnicity and skin colour (59%), sexual orientation (53%), religion and belief (47%), disability (44%), age (40%) and sex (35%).
Young people, especially those who suffer discrimination, face uncertainties about the future, as a result of globalization but
especially of the political populism with which they are frequently assaulted, discrimination, social exclusion, and false news. Our
NGOs advocate for overcoming socio-cultural barriers to achieving equal rights and non-discrimination values and are committed to promote EU values among young people, with a focus on young people with fewer opportunities, such as those at risk of discrimination and social exclusion. Thus, the need to improve the level of success of spreading the message of ‘tolerance for diversity’ in local communities is essential for each partner, and the solution is to develop skills and share practical tools to combat discrimination.
We have identified difficulties in reaching the target group in the awareness campaigns and in disseminating opportunities for local youth, due to the low level of multimedia/ICT skills, as well as the lack of digital skills of youth workers in promoting diversity, tolerance and non-discrimination through social media and multimedia platforms.
Social media is a very competitive landscape, but also an opportunity for NGOs to use digital space to achieve their goals. Online interaction has become more attractive to young people than traditional, face-to-face communication, signaling that civil society needs to keep up with the change of mindset if they want to achieve their goals.
- Participants: Improving the skills of 29 youth workers in promoting tolerance for cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue, and combating discrimination among young people, through the use of multimedia software (content creation) and social media
platforms (dissemination channels).
- Partners: Developing the capacity of 8 NGOs on the effectiveness of awareness campaigns by learning new digital skills and exchanging good practices between practitioners from EU countries and countries in the EaP region.
- Networking: Promoting Erasmus + and ESC programs as collaboration tools for future projects/events by creating a HUB, in order to achieve new collaborations, share specific results and approaches, good practices and successful strategies used among participating NGOs in the EU and the region EaP.
- Participants should be youth workers (18+).
- This is a very practical and technical training, and the participants should be involved (in any kind) with civil society/education in order to make sense of it.