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How to survive the multicultural society? A practical training for young idealists

The training activity took place
in Yerevan, Armenia
organised by Armenian Progressive Youth with JUB International
19 - 27 September, 2015

Aims & objectives

- 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 it develops;
- 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 that can be used to address the topic, develop future cooperation and new projects.

Target group & international/intercultural composition of the group & team

Youth Workers and Youth leaders from Armenia, Georgia, Italy, Latvia, Moldova, Poland, Russian Federation, Sweden, The Netherlands, Turkey and Ukraine.

Training methods used & main activities

The activities were implemented with the support of non-formal education methods and tools (exercises, group presentations, workshops, debates, role plays, forum theater, open space, open cafe, outdoor activities, team building).

Outcomes of the activity

The Training Course supported young people and active youth workers to learn about the ways of living together, accepting differences and fighting together against prejudice and xenophobia. During the Training Course will looked deeper into the problems of discrimination, extremism, nationalism, intolerance and intercultural misunderstandings. It was highly important to discuss the questions of multicultural society, inter-religious and intercultural tolerance as well as to think about some practical tools how to fight discrimination and combat extremism, which nowadays threatens democracies all over the world.

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

Together with my 4 co-trainers I was mainly responsible for designing and implementing the program, content of the Training Course and thematic sessions. I was also supporting participants in networking and developing their own projects.

I worked on this training for 8 days as a full time trainer.

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