PAX: Peace Against Exclusion

Peace Against Exclusion (PAX) aims to provide tools to youths from minority positions to deal constructively with their experienced inner and outer conflicts.

We are planning to apply for the first round of the Erasmus+ programme for 2021. With a passion for contributing to a larger peace movement, focussed on both inner and outer peace, we designed the project PAX: Peace Against Exclusion. To learn more about the project, please see the project summary below. The project involves a Training Course for youth coordinators, workers, leaders, activists, facilitators and trainers who are interested to learn about providing tools for youth in minority positions to cope with inner and outer conflict, thereby enhancing their experience of peace. It also involved a Youth Exchange, targeted specifically at youths in minority positions (deviating from the mainstream in terms of cultural-, ethnic- or nationalistic background, gender, sexual orientation or mental and/or physical disabilities), to put to practice the lessons from the Training Course.

People in minority positions are more likely to face social exclusion and thus are at a higher risk of material deprivation and inequality, marginalisation and health issues, which in turn can cause more social exclusion, thereby reinforcing a vicious cycle. They are also more likely to experience conflict, both within themselves (through their social identity) and outside themselves (in conflict with other groups). The focus in the activities is on helping youths from a minority background deal with conflict in a way that will enhance de-escalation and peacefulness, through improving self-awareness, communication skills, conflict management and resolution skills, emotional intelligence and inner calm and peace.

We also envisage to produce output of the project. For the Training Course, this will be a toolkit with non-formal methods, formulating activities, steps, and instructions on how to enhance inner- and outer peace in oneself and subsequently, in others too. For the Youth Exchange, the output will be a creative work (a movie or other digital art) that symbolises the importance of peace and the lessons learned, to be disseminated amongst the youth’s local communities and other stakeholders.

The Training Course will gather 20 participants for 6 days (1 day arrival + 5 days activities + 1 day departure) and the Youth Exchange will gather 40 participants for 7 days (1 day arrival + 5 days activities + 1 day departure). These mobilities will take place in an eco-village in the centre of Portugal, between June and September 2021 (dates to be confirmed after the approval of the project).

We are looking for six partner organisations, with an interest in the topic of social inclusion and peace, from the programme countries willing to actively participate in the project and be involved throughout all remaining stages. If you are interested in becoming a partner, including sending 3 youth workers and 6 youths for the activities (including 1 or 2 group leaders), please get back to us, as soon as possible, with the filled-in partner identification form. You can send this to mia.madhavii@anandamarga.pt. Thank you in advance.

PROJECT SUMMARY

TOPIC
In 2011, statistics produced by Eurydice showed that a third of the youth (18-24) in the European Union was at risk for poverty or social exclusion. This can lead to material deprivation and inequality, marginalisation, and health issues, which in turn can cause more social exclusion, thereby reinforcing a vicious cycle. One of the ways to remedy social exclusion amongst youth has been the adoption of the Youth Strategy by the European Union, thereby making use of youth work, which can mitigate the increase of social exclusion and improve its consequences (Eurydice 2013).

The intrinsic idea of social exclusion is that there is a group from which one is excluded, which generally is the majority or mainstream in society. Experiencing social exclusion thus also involves the experience of a dividedness within, or distance to, the general society. This has consequences for the experience of conflict, both intrapersonal (regarding one’s social identity), and interpersonal or between groups (experiencing separate groups, with in- and out-group processes, stereotyping and groupthink). Although conflict in and of itself can be considered an integral part of life and an opportunity for growth, the way we deal with conflict is detrimental to the potential to (de-)escalate conflict. Furthermore, the concept of inner conflict, and thus inner peace, is often left unaddressed, whereas we believe that every type of conflict one gets involved in is a reflection of inner conflict. Cultivating inner peace would thus be the most accessible and steady method for generating outer peace.

OBJECTIVE
The objective of this project is therefore to expose youth in minority positions to tools and activities that will help them to become more peaceful, both internally and externally, which will in turn empower them to obtain a more equal position in society and to stand up for their rights, thereby dealing successfully with the conflict this might arouse and ultimately contributing to a more inclusive society.

To address some of the causes that contribute to social exclusion, this project has formulated the following goals:
- Connecting individuals to increase and improve intergroup contact, communication and understanding;
- Creating continuous self-awareness about one’s values, intentions, emotions, feelings, needs and behaviour;
- To empower marginalised individuals to stand up for their rights and to meet their own needs;
- To provide youths with the tools to deal positively with inner and outer conflict, ultimately contributing to a sense of inner peace.

ACTIVITIES
To achieve these goals, the following activities will be carried out:
- Introductions with attention to social and cultural identity, ranks, and intercultural exchange;
- Non-Violent Communication workshop;
- Tools for third-party conflict management and resolution;
- Emotional Intelligence workshop;
- Inner Peace activities.

Most of these activities make use of role playing and theatre, games, physical activities, group discussions, talks in smaller groups, and accessibility to and talks with an expert/counsellor/coach, as well as introspective and grounding practices (meditation, yoga, sharing meetings, journalling, time in silence (Manobrata), and time in nature).

OUTPUT
We envisage to produce output of the project. For the Training Course, this will be a toolkit with non-formal methods, formulating activities, steps, and instructions on how to enhance inner- and outer peace in oneself and, subsequently, in others too.

For the Youth Exchange, the output will be a creative work (a movie or other digital art) that symbolises the importance of peace and the lessons learned, to be disseminated amongst the youth’s local communities and other stakeholders.

ACTIVITY
Training Course: max. 20 people, 6 days (1 day arrival + 4 days activities + 1 day departure)
Youth Exchange: max. 40 people, 7 days (1 day arrival + 5 days activities + 1 day departure)

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Project overview

PAX: Peace Against Exclusion is a project by
Ananda Marga Portugal
taking place
from 2021 till 2022
This project relates to:
Youth Exchanges, Training and Networking
and is focusing on:
  • Art
  • Conflict management
  • Democracy/Active citizenship
  • Environment
  • Human rights
  • Intercultural dialogue
  • Minorities
  • Non-formal learning
  • Peace and conflict
  • Unemployment/employability
This project can include young people with fewer opportunities like
  • Social obstacles
  • Disability
  • Cultural differences
  • Geographical obstacles
The target group involves youths (18-30) that are part of a minority group or position (in terms of their cultural-, ethnic-, or national background, gender, sexual orientation, and physical or mental disabilities), NEET and youth workers that work with this target group or have personal experiences being in a minority position. The support that is needed for the project involves finding participants from the target group and providing them with the needed care, especially in the preparation and follow-up phase. We want to be open and inviting to people from all backgrounds and abilities, but have to bear in mind the organisational capacity and the purpose of the project.

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http://otlas-project.salto-youth.net/12980

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