Bridge of Cultures

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Date/time
Date(s) - 17/09/2021 - 25/09/2021
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Locality
Misaktsieli, Georgia

Project type

Selected participants


 

It is a privilege to live in the 21st century, where youth have access to all kinds of information from different sources such as the internet (social networks, websites, educational resources), Media (TV, radio, newspapers, online resources), direct communication etc. However, it creates an informational environment affecting the young people’s way of thinking, seeing the world and judging the political, economical and cultural situation. Terrible things happening worldwide such as terrorist attacks and threats in France, Belgium, Russia, Turkey; wars in Ukraine, Syria, Iraq causing a huge refugee and migration wave in Europe. Due to this citizens in European countries are on a larger basis confronted with cultural differences and newcomers. 

This migration-crisis has shown an urge to define and underline what it means to be part of a society, what to expect from each other, and adaption. In a modern world one would think that an increased confrontation with new cultures would also increase the acceptance and respect of differences. Unfortunately the opposite has shown to be the case and countries that has normally been known as some of the most free, democratic and multicultural of Europe mentioning Germany, Denmark, France, Sweden, Spain and Greece, are now introducing border-control, ignoring UN and EU common regulations and organizing anti-foreigner-campaigns and movements to influence national law. Looking further east to Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, the issue of ethnic minorities and nationalism has been vivid since the break of USSR that enquired numerous countries to redefine their existence based on people’s values as a group.

Aim
The TC aims to empower young workers to take an active role in transforming intercultural misunderstandings and conflicts on all levels, and to foster understanding, tolerance and acceptance between differences. The TC will provide youth workers with tools and instruments how to approach intercultural issues such as intolerance, misunderstanding, inability to communicate and to appreciate diversity and work with group identity in a way that does not stimulate conflict. In order to solve the mentioned problems and to meet further challenges we will educate the youth workers using non-formal education (NFE) and give them information about intercultural learning and a space for intercultural dialogue.


Participants were from Armenia Armenia, Azerbaijan Azerbaijan, Finland Finland, Greece Greece, Georgia Georgia, Hungary Hungary, Poland Poland, Ukraine Ukraine and Slovakia Slovakia. There were 3 participants from each country.