Dates: 10-17th September 2020
Venue: Uzana (Gabrovo region), Bulgaria
Number of participants: 6 (5+1 Group leader)
Deadline: 8.8.2020 Apply via this link.
Programme & action: ERASMUS+: Youth, Key action 1: youth exchange (YE)
If you would like to apply for this youth exchange, please read carefully Infopack – YE Youth and Art
Hosting organization: IYAC Bulgaria
Age: 16-30 (Group leader without age limit)
Participating countries: Bulgaria, Serbia, Czech Republic, Croatia, Romania, Portugal and Greece
The project “Youth and Art: a story of inclusion” will be held between 10-17 September 2020 in Uzana, Bulgaria. The participants will be 42 young people from Bulgaria, Serbia, Czech Republic, Croatia, Romania, Portugal and Greece. Participants will be aged 16 to 30 years old. There is no age limit for group leaders.
The idea: The World Migration Report of 2018 stated an effective number of 244 million migrants in 2015 with an average growth of 0,5% every 5 years. That means it is expected 30 to 50 million more migrants in 2020 if no new and different actions are taken, starting with the raise of awareness which is the core foundation to make a change. The New European Crisis on Migration emerged through the rising number of refugees and migrants coming to the European Union, across the Mediterranean Sea or Southeast Europe, and applying for asylum. They come from areas such as the Middle East, Africa, South Asia, Western Balkans and the reasons behind these flows come from many different push and pull factors. However, these massive flows have been raising many concerns in Europe as they tend to be connected with violent extremism without proof and evidence. The result is a bad public image that leads to fear, prejudice, xenophobia and discrimination towards migrants, all of which are against the values of EU and have a great impact in peace and prosperity of Europe. For these reasons, we, youngsters, decided to develop this project idea to involve youngsters like us on this topic. It’s an idea that has been developed after our participation in previous Youth Exchanges and local activities on the topic of migration, brain drain and intercultural learning. It is a topic that is very relevant to us and our partners and this mobility is chance for us, the youth in our country, and in our partners’ countries to play an active role in this process of change making. These past experiences highlighted the value of these exchanges and the need of their continuation/improvement. After several meetings and surveys with local and international partners we decided to promote the topic through art, more specifically Theater(performative), Painting/Drawing(visual) and VideoMaking(digital). Humans have used arts to express/communicate for centuries. It shaped their culture, nationality and identity. Arts have been a major catalyst for change in society around the world and it’s a method known for the very good results/feedback it provides by stimulating self-reflection, development of oneself and also by overcoming xenophobia, prejudices and stereotypes.
The main problems the project responds to are: low awareness on the migration crisis happening in Europe as well as the prejudice and discrimination towards migrants and refugees linking them to violent extremists and therefore develops more fear and xenophobia, a vicious circle we must break in Europe.
The main aim is: – To raise young people’s awareness/understanding on migration crisis in Europe, offering the opportunity to create strong networks and develop a sense of European citizenship and values, thereby promoting non-formal learning and cooperation in the field of youth.
The objectives are: -To foster positive interaction, active participation, self-reflection and personal growth of young people from different social backgrounds of EU by involving them in Youth Exchange that develop their key competences and address issues relevant for them, conducting joint vicarious activities, with holistic experiences and reflections. -To develop positive attitudes towards arts and its expressions, encouraging experimentation and involvement, stimulating creativity and imagination. -To raise awareness on migration panorama and its difficulties within participants’ societies and within EU using artistic products on the youth exchange: Theater play, an exhibition and a video on migration. -To promote diversity, intercultural dialogue and intercultural learning, developing the sense of unity through diversity within EU, thereby promoting social inclusion -To promote the Erasmus+ programme, EU values and participation in future activities through the use of non-formal education while promoting its recognition through the YouthPass certificate.
The project objectives are connected to the specific objectives of equity and inclusion and the main themes/focus for the year 2019 such as the increase of awareness about refugees/asylum seekers and migrants, promotion of diversity, tolerance and human rights while reaching out to marginalized young people and preventing radicalization.