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MORE THAN CULTURE- The diversity-conscious approach in practice

Training Course

21-25 September 2012 | Berlin-Konradshöhe, Germany

The discourse on aims and structures in international youth work includes a perspective on diverse backgrounds of the participants and takes into consideration the expertise of diversity education, anti-discrimination work and social justice practises.

ATTENTION: The concept of the course requires that the partners from the YiA Programme Country and from the regions of the YiA Neighbouring Partner Countries should participate togethter in this course. Make sure your partner also apply to this call!

The discourse on aims and structures in international youth work includes more and more a perspective on diverse backgrounds and different possibilities of the participants and takes into consideration the expertise of diversity education, anti-discrimination work and social justice practises.

The diversity-conscious approach requests an exclusive focus on cultural differences (that we still find f.e. in some ‘traditional’ intercultural learning concepts) and is based on a discomfort with generalisations and simplified explications.

In the last 10 years in Germany the diversity-conscious approach has been developed in the field of non-formal learning. It is explicitly on distance to an understanding of diversity which is coming from and used mainly in the economic sector. Both concepts share the perspective on a broader set of differences. But apart from nationality or different cultural backgrounds there might be relevant categories like gender, class, abilities or concrete contexts or the family background or subcultural belongings to assume differences. But diversity-conscious education strengthens the perspective on social justice and reflects power structures and discrimination in society and daily life.

As one of the main initiatives of the JiVE project (Youthwork international experiencing diversity)
(www.jive-international.de) diversity-conscious education will be theoretically discussed and
implemented in the pedagogical approaches of International Youthwork. With this training course we would like to make a step forward to shift paradigms in the practise of international youth exchange. It’s not about teaching the ‘right’ way but about critical reflexion, movement and about developing a diversity-conscious attitude.

 How can we create a pedagogical frame in which participants are not reduced on their
country of residence or their nationality?

 How can we see more than the assumed ‘typical’ or ‘normal’?

 How can we learn about diversity without simplifying complexity and losing sight of social
valuations and structures?

 How can we discover inequality and work in an empowering way?

Objectives for participants:
 to learn what a diversity-conscious approach is about

 to deepen the consciousness about our own belongings, power positions and experiences
with diversity and discrimination in your international co-operation with your partner(s)

 to experience and reflect a diversity- conscious attitude as facilitator

 to experience concrete methods for international youth exchange and reflect, discuss and adapt them

 to plan concrete steps to implement a diversity-conscious perspective in a concrete
seminar and in their organisations

Target group:
The training course is designed for participants who are

 able to motivate your international partners for common participation

 Educators, youth workers or facilitators …

 Experienced in facilitating international youth exchanges

 Willing to reflect their educational practise and the dominant focus on cultural differences in youth exchanges

 Interested in adapting a new perspective to their work

Teamwork:
If you are interested to participate, ask your international partner to come with you and to apply to this call, too!
We would like to invite teams of two partners who already worked together for an international
youth exchange in the last years and who plan to continue a close partnership.

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Training overview

http://trainings.salto-youth.net/2640

This activity has already happened!

This Training Course is

for 20 participants

from Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries , Partner Countries Neighbouring the EU

and recommended for

Youth workers, Trainers, Youth leaders, Project managers

Working language(s):

English

Organizer:

Youth for Europe - German National Agency for the YOUTH IN ACTION Programme (National Agency)

Co-organizer(s):

  • Anne Sophie Winkelmann (NGO/Others)
  • Ahmet Sinoplu (NGO/Others)
  • Stehan Schwieren (NGO/Others)

Contact for questions:

Christof Kriege

E-Mail:

Phone: 00 49 228 9506 260

Before applying please contact the NA of your residence country to check if it is involved in this concrete project and committed to cover travel costs. NB! Learn about possible participation fee and other relevant rules.

Costs

- Participants coming from "programme countries"
Costs for the seminar, for board and lodging are covered by the German NA. Please contact your National Agency to get your travel costs reimbursed. Your National Agency is going to reimbursed your travel costs after the training with the exception of a fee.

- Participants coming from "partner countries"
Costs for the seminar, for board and lodging are covered by the German NA. The travel costs will be reimbursed after the training with the exception of a fee of 25.- € which is to contribute to the total seminar costs.

This training activity is funded by:

The Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme
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