Project place Yerevan, Armenia
Project date 23 – 30 August, 2016
Deadline for application 9.06.2016
About the training course
Recently the world has been reminded about the threat of extremism. This phenomenon is on the rise in Europe. Extremist movements, ideologies, parties and individuals present some of the most pressing challenges for European democracies. They continue to gain large levels of support from different segments of the society, even among some of the most economically secure and highly educated regions of Europe. Many young people are affected by populism and anti-immigration sentiments and fall into a very dangerous rhetoric. Taking into account those extremist movements in Europe, raising xenophobia and Islamophobia, we consider it highly important to gather active young people, youth workers and activists to discuss questions of multicultural society, inter-religious and intercultural dialogue as well as to think about some practical tools how to fight discrimination and combat extremism.
It is our belief that it is quite important to have a cultural and social connection with the neighbors around the EU in order to contribute to more understanding. Thanks to the meetings between young people and active youth workers, they can learn about the ways of living in other countries and different ways of thinking. In this way we can overcome differences and fight together against prejudice and xenophobia. That is why with this Training Course we target both the EU and non-EU countries. Armenia, Belarus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Italy, Georgia, Macedonia Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Russian Federation, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine and United Kingdom During the Training Course we will look deeper into the issues of extremism, migration, discrimination, nationalism, intolerance and intercultural misunderstandings. The Training Course will support young people and active youth workers to learn about the ways of living together, accepting differences and fighting together against prejudice and xenophobia in these turbulent times
With this Training Course we aim to empower youth workers and youth leaders with skills, knowledge and attitudes to play an active role towards an intercultural society.
Our objectives are the following:
- To analyse today’s multicultural society in different countries;
- To gain knowledge on key concepts, such as stereotypes, prejudices and discrimination,
- extremism, intolerance;
- To understand the causes of extremism and where they develop;
- To analyse the European values and how they can be used in contrasting those phenomena.
- To promote active citizenship, international dialogue and non-formal education.
- To overview the European programs and create new projects related to the topic.
Information about organizers:
International Youth to Youth Initiative (Y2Y)
Y2Y is an umbrella non-profit which aims to foster change and to construct an effective environment for youth participation in the decision making process and community development worldwide. Unicity of the concept allows “Youth to Youth Initiative” to work on three different levels: with youth, during the annual thematic International Summit, designed as a platform for dialogue and networking; with projects under “Youth to Youth Action Hub”, a highly responsive, community-driven online incubator for socially beneficial ideas, projects, initiatives, non-for-profit organizations and businesses created by youth and for youth; and with young leaders from all around the world, selected to be “Youth to Youth Ambassadors” who aims to maximize the impact of youth-led initiatives on international level, promote vision and mission of “Youth to Youth Initiative” and help to raise awareness about challenges concerning youth
Armenian Progressive Youth (APY)
Armenian Progressive Youth (Armenia) is a non-profit, non-political youth organization aiming to support, inspire and engage young people from Armenia and all over the world to develop their social leadership skills, to take their civic responsibility and to act as change-makers. Through different projects, initiatives and non-formal education tools we help young people to succeed, ensuring that they develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes and competences to fit to the modern world. We believe that progressive, educated, skillful, open-minded and engaged young people possess all the power to become actors of change in Armenia and beyond because youth is not the future but the present!
Profile of the participants
- Youth workers, educators and Youth leaders aged 18-35.
- Ready to work on the topic of Intercultural Dialogue.
- Motivated to transfer knowledge to youth back to their organizations by organizing local projects.
- Fluent in English.
- Willing to share their experience with CID
- Available for the whole duration of the Training Course.
Financial aspect of the project
Food and accommodation will be covered 100%.
Travel cost will be covered up to 275 EUR (reimbursement will be done after receiving all the tickets, boarding passes and invoices)
Visa costs will be covered 100%
Participation fee NONE
Sending fee 500 MKD