Title: “The Culture Next Door- Training Course on Intercultural Learning and Dialogue”.
Description of the project:
TC will train participants in the art of facilitating dialogue & equip them with tools required to implement activities on the topic of migration & integration
The migration flows towards and withinEuropehas increased drastically the last years and has become a highly politicized topic across the region. With the crisis inSyriaand the resulting influx of refugees into European countries, the issue of integration will remain a key challenge for years to come and it is of vital importance to the social cohesion inEuropethat this is addressed in a qualified manner. This project emphasizes dialogue as an important tool in this endeavour. While we have seen a huge number of European civilians organising and taking ownership to welcome our new citizens within these last months, it is no secret that xenophobic and islamophobic attitudes have generally been on the rise in Europe for the last decade. Topics like religion, freedom of speech, integration and civil rights are discussed frequently in the media, but unfortunately the discourse around these issues is too often aggressive and filled with emotionally charged and adversarial language, which means that we are not getting closer to understanding each other or ourselves better. Examples of this include the Muhammed drawing crisis inDenmarkand more recently the Charlie Hebdo shootings inParis. These incidents are a testimony to the importance of raising awareness on intercultural empathy and dialogue.
We use the term dialogue in a very specific way. It is not just any conversation, but one that involves deep listening, honest sharing and mutual respect, ultimately leading people to a greater understanding of each other and themselves. Dialogue can be a huge challenge, if you are talking to someone you disagree with profoundly, but it is through dialogue you can exchange opinions and viewpoints in a manner that can create insights and expand our thinking. Intercultural dialogue entails a focused exploration of differences and commonalities, including how these could contribute to misunderstandings and tensions as well as being a potential for cooperation and new possibilities.
With the proposed project we would like to train youth workers, working with intercultural understanding and integration in their home countries, in the art of facilitating dialogue. Through a reflective learning process we want to contribute to enhancing their personal dialogical and intercultural competencies, and to equip them with the tools required to design and implement dialogue workshops/activities on the topic of migration and integration. In addition to this, the project will also create a platform from which these youth workers will get the opportunity to knowledge-share, create and have dialogues about the challenges and opportunities in the intercultural meeting.
Our objectives are the following six:
Partner sought: 9 more partners from Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries, Partner Countries Neighbouring the EU.
Deadline: April 8th, 2016.