Date(s) - 17/09/2021 - 25/09/2021
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 young people’s way of thinking, seeing the world and judging the political, economic 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 adaptation. 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 have 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 TC aimed 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 provided 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 educated the youth workers using non-formal education (NFE) and gave them information about intercultural learning and a space for intercultural dialogue.
Participants were from Armenia , Azerbaijan , Finland , Greece , Georgia , Hungary , Poland , Ukraine and Slovakia . There were 3 participants from each country.