Europe becomes more and more culturally diverse as a result of rapidly growing migration and citizens’ movement. This process poses both opportunities and challenges to European societies. Culture is not only part of our identity, but also part of our problem. It remains the primary source of our identity, and the primary source of our marginalisation of others which it constantly reproduces and reaffirms. Young people have the difficulties to accept foreign culture while most of them are comfortable interacting with people, behaviors and ideas they are familiar with, but react with fear and apprehension when forced with the unfamiliar. The intolerance toward each others culture, misunderstanding, cultural conflicts and social exclusion often results in raised radicalization of certain youngsters; hate speech and hate crime. We can name examples of strengthened far-rights movement in Europe with increased participation of young people.
Objectives of the project:
A primary goal of culturally responsive project is to help participants become respectful of the multitudes of cultures and people that they’ll interact with. The project will show that cultural differences are to be cherished and appreciated rather than judged and feared and cultural diversity is more advantage rather disadvantage. We believe that intercultural dialogue has a crucial importance especially for conflict effected youth and those with difficult political and economic situations, raise migrations, hate speeches and hate crimes. We feel confident to address the intercultural dialogue to make youngsters more open-minded, tolerant, respectful to human rights and integrated with other youngsters with diverse cultural and national background. We believe, we can create a space for intercultural dialogue where the youth with different national and cultural background will gather, share skills and experience, launch communication and develop open minded approaches to the diversity of cultures in Europe.
We also contribute to the enhancing tolerance and sense of equality that is a fundamental value for the development of democratic community. The main reason for developing this project is to make youngsters of various cultural, ethnic, religious and linguistic backgrounds come together and interchange ideas to support developing of democratic and inclusive society. It is unique possibility for all participants to experience exchanging of ideas, attitudes, habits, culture at international environment and use cultural differences as a tool of unity in diverse Europe. The project is devised to exchange information about different cultures and international settings that is necessary to broaden horizon for bringing positive changes within the societies at local and regional levels.
The specific objectives are as following:
- To increase intercultural awareness and dialogue by promoting diversity through unity;
- To raise awareness on common values of democracy, tolerance and respect of human rights and EU founding values;
- To foster dialogue among youngsters with different cultural background and get rid of cultural conflicts;
- To discover new cultures and lifestyles and promote active citizenship.
Location: Köln, Germany
Date: 15th – 23rd of October 2021
Have these plans gotten you all excited? Register now! All costs, i.e.: travel, training costs, food and hotel accommodation, are reimbursed by the European Union. (Travel costs are reimbursed up to €275,- p.p.)
There are a few requirements to participate:
- Participants must be between 18 and 30 years old.
- You must be proficient in the English language
- You must be living in the Netherlands or be in possession of a Dutch proof of identity.
- You must be in possession of a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)
- You must be willing to be filmed during the sessions and workshops of the activities
- And to be a broad-minded person who can work together in a group
- The form below must be completed