"Take a step against discrimination"
Youth exchanges in Slovenia
What do you want to achieve by implementing the project? What are the objectives of your project?
The project seeks to make young people more aware of the meaning of minorities as well as the word itself, because it is often falsely interpreted. We wish to banish stereotypes that are steered towards certain minorities and contribute to greater tolerance towards each other. The project seeks to continue to develop a string of cultural crashes and highlight the issue in an international environment. Simultaneously, we wish to contribute to other organisations deciding to prepare similar projects with the same name – "Take a step against discrimination«.
Goals of our project: familiarize ourselves with minorities that live in the area of partnering countries, the culture, habits and traditions of partnering countries, familiarize ourselves with the diverse culture through practical examples, develop young participants' personal competences, get to know minorities in the region of Pomurje and Slovenia through practical examples, get to know life near the border and the cultures that inhabit the same space, get to know the Roma and LGBTQ community in Slovenia, make young people more aware of the importance of diversity, encourage young Europeans to participate in similar projects through social media, spread tolerance among young people towards different minorities, include young people with lesser opportunities, get to know the field of human rights, improve team work skills, network organisations and strengthen the partnership.
What activities do you plan to implement? What is the number and profile of the participants involved?
We will implement two Youth Exchanges, a youth exchange with the title "Take a step against discrimination", where we will get to know minorities and tolerance towards one another and a youth exchange "Take a step against discrimination: next level!", which will be a continuation of the first part of the activity. The project includes 72 young participants from Slovenia, Croatia, Lithuania, Romania, Poland and Hungary.
Participants of the youth exchange are aged from 16 to 30, among them are participants with fewer opportunities and youth leaders that are over 30 years old. Some participants have been a part of the Erasmus+ projects in the past, while most are encountering these projects for the first time – our aim is to promote the Erasmus+ programme among young people that are not familiar with the programme. Emphasis is placed on including young people with fewer opportunities and young people that come from weaker economic backgrounds or geographically remote areas, e. g. peri-urban areas where accessibility to programmes for young people is limited.
What results and impact do you expect your project to have?
The project aims to promote European cooperation in the field of youth, active citizenship of young people in general and European citizenship, as well as mutual understanding of young people from different countries and contributes to the development of quality support systems for youth activities.
At the local level, all young participants will certainly leave a footprint in the interaction with people in the local environment. People will probably become more open to foreign guests and become more hospitable, while the remaining young people who are not participants in youth exchange will get to know the Erasmus + program and may be motivated to participate in youth exchange projects. At the same time, we want to enthuse young participants to reintegrate into youth exchange projects as well as for active inclusion and participation in society in other forms. The aim is also to encourage organizations in the local, regional, national environment and, last but not least, at international level, to organize various projects for young people and to attract them to participate and participate actively. Through activities we will learn new people with different national, cultural backgrounds and learn how to accept the difference. At the same time, we will surely learn something new about other countries and cultures, especially through presentations of individual countries and cultural and culinary evenings. We will connect each other, get to know each other more closely, as part of the team work, we will strengthen our teamwork competencies and the importance of adapting to the group
Food, accommodation and local travel costs (only during the activity program) will be covered 100% by the grant from local National Agency of Erasmus+. Travel costs are refunded up to the limit described in the Infopack.
SAFETY AND INSURANCE:
Travel and accident insurance is a responsibility of the participants. You are advised to buy a regular travel and/ or accident insurance during your travel and your whole stay.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.