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Intercultural Education and Youth Work for More Inclusive Europe

 

International Projects’ Association INPRO was a partner for the project “Intercultural Education and Youth Work for More Inclusive Europe”.

“Inclusive Europe” – a 2-stage project targeting 36 youth workers in CSO activists in 16 countries. The first stage of the project – a Training  Course – took place in Vilnius, Lithuania, while the second part – a Stud Visit – took place in Yerevan, Armenia. The project involved 36 youth workers from Armenia, Belarus, Czech Republic, Estonia, FYR Macedonia, Georgia, Germany, Italy, Moldova, Poland, Portugal, Lithuania, Romania, Serbia, Ukraine and Sweden. The same 36 trainees took part in both stages of the project to ensure a better effect.

The Training Course (Lithuania) and the Study Visit (Armenia) had the following main objectives:

  1. To provide conceptual framework on the notions of emigration, immigration, integration and multiculturalism to 36 youth workers from different European countries;
  2. To analyze the emigration and immigration situation in participating countries and to find out the causes of migration, namely push and pull factors;
  3. To discuss and analyze the current migration challenges in Europe and try to offer solutions from the perspective of youth work;
  4. To foster tolerance, respect and open-mindedness towards migrants while working with young people as a target group;
  5. To share experiences and best practices of integrating young migrants in youth organizations;
  6. To equip youth workers with capacity to combat hate speech towards migrants, misinformation about refugees and xenophobic discourse;
  7. To create a network of NGO’s willing to be involved in the migration management process and contribute to the refugee integration process in participating countries.

Activity 1:

3-11 September in Vilnius, Lithuania

During the Training Course in Lithuania, the participants analyzed the emigration and immigration situations in the participating countries, discussed the causes of migration, push and pull factors as well as shared experiences and best practices of integrating young migrants in youth organization. As a result of the Training Course, the participants were equipped with a capacity and confidence to combat hate speech towards migrants, misinformation about refugees and xenophobic discourse back home.

Take a look at the video below:

Activity 2:

15-22 October in Yerevan, Armenia.

The Study Visit to Armenia started at the Aleppo Compatriotic Charitable Organization where participants learned about the emergency relief assistance to the most vulnerable Syrian families and individuals as well as met refugees from Syria. Participants also exchanged the information on the issue during the question and answers session. The participants were given the opportunity to pay a study visit to the UN House in Armenia. At the UN, we met the representatives of UNHCR – The UN Refugee Agency who delivered an explanatory presentation to demonstrate the current situation of refugees in Armenia and the UNHCR’s tireless efforts to help them to adopt in the hosting countries.

     

“Inclusive Europe” was organized by Armenian Progressive Youth (Armenia) NGO and International Youth to Youth Initiative (Lithuania) in cooperation with 14 partner organizations. The project was funded by Agency of International Youth Co-operation of Lithuania under the Erasmus+ program of the European Union.