Intercultural Competences dissemination brochure

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Make the experience go worldwide DISSEMINATION


21.05 – 28.05.2017 , PORONIN , P O L A N D

ABOUT THE PROJECT 30 international people took part in this exciting journey to reach the multicultural understanding and appreciation. Under the Erasmus + KA 1 Mobility of Youth Workers activity, the host Green Elephant Foundation from Poland invited motivated youth facilitators and leaders from Poland, Czech Republic, Macedonia, Spain, Georgia, Armenia and Moldova to explore on non-formal tools to work on the topics of equality, stereotypes, diversity and multiculturalism. This publication is a final result of our week work and it contains the combined training methods, pictures, reflections and comments after the workshops delivered by our participants and meetings organized by them.

AIM The project aim was to promote intercultural dialogue and strengthen knowledge and acceptance of diversity in society. We supported youth workers in developing and sharing effective methods in reaching out to marginalized young people, refugees, asylum seekers and migrants, and in preventing racism and intolerance among youth.

TABLE OF CONTENTS 1. Macedonia - diversity at school, combating interethnic conflicts, by Kristina Laova p.1 2. Spain - social inclusion activities for Red Cross beneficiaries adults and children by Rosa Chaparro, p.3 3. Armenia - stereotypes and racism by Hayarpi Aahakyan and Azganush Mnatsakanyan, p.5 4. Armenia - racism workshop and sharing experience by Ashot Tadevosyan p.7 5. Czech Republic - Erasmus + meeting by Zuzana Rychla p.8 6. Georgia - surprising workshop by Kakha Gigauri and Kristijan Petkovski, p.9 7. Moldova - identity and multiculturalizm by Ion Mocanu and Nicolae Mocanu p.10

“The European Commission support fort the production of this publication does not constitute endorsement of the contents which reflects the views only of the authors and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein."

MACEDONIA DIVERSITY AT SCHOOL COMBATING INTERETHNIC CONFLICTS BY KRISTINA LAOVA Kristina is an English teacher in one of the ethnically diverse schools in Skopje, Macedonia. The follow-up activity, she proposed to her students can be found below: Themes: Combating interethnic conflicts, familiarising youngsters with different cultures and customs and making friends. Target group: Children aged 13-15 Group size: around 20 Time: 1h Objectives: -Raise awareness of the differences and similarities of the peers in the same school - Arrive at the conclusion that we are all alike, sharing the identical needs and expressing the same feelings. Materials: 1 bowl, strips of paper, 3 glasses with some colourful liquid Instructions: - Introduction of the workshop (facilitating intercultural exchange with the English language being the medium) 5min - Getting to know each other by arranging of the pupils in a circle and throwing a ball at each other 5 min - A warm-up exercise 5min - Distributing strips of paper so that pupils can write whatever they want to know about the other culture, i.e. the other ethnic group in the classroom, issues that need to be solved, etc, or share an interesting event they have experienced with children from other nationalities and religions. 5min The bowl is placed in the middle of the circle with two chairs. When 1 strip of paper is picked two children sit on the chairs and discuss. If another child has something to add or ask, takes its chair and sits around the bowl. Thus everyone who feels ready can participate. 25min - They should send each other postcards for certain holidays or for no reason at all – instead of spending money on stamps they can simply give them out through a secret friend! - Their assignment would be to share what they have learnt with their parents and if agreed upon this, their parents could prepare a traditional dish and meet the same pupils and have a small party, because happiness comes from full stomach. It can be done for an observation of an American or British international holiday and they will eventually realize they have quite similar or maybe the same dishes. 5min


Debriefing: Questions regarding what the pupils have learnt may be asked, what they already knew and they wanted to learn that did not come up at the workshop. 5min Evaluation: Two half-full glasses (“like” and “dislike” glass) with liquid in different colours can be used. Every pupil will approach the glasses; say what they liked or disliked and pour or more spoonful of water in the appropriate glass. 10min



Rosa works on a farm (sometimes called sanctuary) but it is a special one! In order to know more, we recommend to click here or type "El Refugio del Burrito" in your social network web. Rosa has proposed 2 activities and below you can find how she describes them herself: One was with children of all ages. 80 children in total from different nationalities/ ethnics / backgrounds. All at risk of social exclusion due the low income level of their families. They came from different places in the region. It was like a gathering for them to meet each other. I implemented some ice breakers activities (like the one that we did a circle). It works very well and really made them think about discrimination and social roles) and some activities around communication and intercultural differences /learnings. We also teach them how animals (horses, mules and donkeys) also communicate in a different way and how we can learn to feel the energy and communicate with them in “their language”. We also did leader roles and how to project our energy. Practicing with equines. We ended the session with some hug donkey therapy with our rescue donkeys, leaving them with the message that whatever that happen in the past, shoudnt block us to enjoy our present. The best example are our animals, all rescued from neglect and cruelty. Children and I really enjoyed the session, it was a wonderful morning and I think they came out of it with a different mindset.


The other activity around social inclusion was with 11 adults, also Red Cross beneficiaries. They also were mix of different nationalities and ethnics, between them a muslim woman who was very afraid of animals, who make the session very powerful and interesting. We did an ice breaker game. This time, because the group was smaller we did a “name activity”. Then we did a first interaction with equines and I teach them about how animals communicate in a different language and what we should avoid to do not scare them. All this lead to the discussion of what scares us or what we are afraid of and why? They all agree that we are scare of the unknown, of what we do not know. So the first step to break this fear is to know each other. So we did a game in couples about “I am (sth)” . for three minutes they have to describe themselves with a sentences. One sentence one, one sentence the other. And the other 3 minutes “you are…” (same dynamics). The aoutcome of this game was that we all have more things in common that differences and that sometimes other people can have their own conclusion of what we are, they don’t need to be right, it is just their perspectives. The we ending the session doing a yoga session with amongst equines and meditation. They ended very happy and relax which helped them to forget about their difficult realities and approach the problems they face with a more positive attitude.


ARMENIA STEREOTYPES AND RACISM BY HAYARPI SAHAKYAN AND AZGANUSH MNATSAKANYAN Azganush and Arpi conducted the workshop for the students of Yerevan State Medical University. What did they propose to them? You can read below: Themes: Intercultural Competence: Stereotypes and Racism Target group (Students and Youth workers) Group size: 15-40 Age: 20-40 Time: 3.5-4 hours The participantes were from Armenia, India, Iran, Jordan, USA. Overview: Many educators use privilege walks as an experiential activity to highlight how people benefit or are marginalized by systems in our society. There are many iterations of such walks with several focusing on a single issue, such as race, gender, or sexuality. It is a good tool for classes learning about privilege or social justice and could also be used to discuss intersectionality in classes that have the danger of singling out a single aspect of social injustice. Objectives: This particular walk is designed with questions spanning many different areas of marginalization, because the goal of this walk is to understand intersectionality. People of one shared demographic might move together for one question but end up separating due to other questions as some move forward and others move back. Step Forward- on an example to understand the meaning and influence of stereotypes. The participants were given sheet of papers where was written roles like “You are an unemployed single mother OR You are the girlfriend of a young artist who is addicted to heroin” and so on, then the facilitator reads kind of situations and events, the participants should decide to step forward or to stay his/hers place. The statments are like „1. You have never encountered any serious financial difficulty. 2. You have decent housing with a telephone line and television. 3. You feel your language, religion and culture are respected in the society where you live.” and so on. You can make about 20 situations and then discuss with the participants. Labeling- on an example to understand the meaning of racism. The facilitator made labels like “Lesbian, Man, Liar, Philosopher etc.” and then it is sticks on the participants forehead, the participant can see what is written on th others forehead, but can’t see what is written on his/hers forehead, the other participants should treat her/him what is written on their forehead, they can give the participant tips and the participant should guess what is written on their forehead. Materials: Markers, flipcharts, paper, pens, stickers, pencils, laptop. I


Agenda 15:00-15:20 Acquaintance (the participants presented themselves to the others) 15:20-15:40- Brief Introduuction What is Intercultural Competence? What is stereotype and its forms? What is racism? 15:40-15:50- Energizer 15:50-16:20- “Step Forward” activity 16:20-16:40- Discussion of the activity 16:40-17:20- Watching the Video ( and discussion the video 17:20-17:30- Energizer 17:30-17:50- “Labeling” activity 17:50-18:10- Disscusion of the activity 18:10-18:30- Answers and Questions Debriefing : What are the most spread stereotypes in the participants' societies? Is there racism in their societies? Evaluation: After the session they told their opinions, they gave feedbacks.



:Ash organized 2 dissemination meetings, one of this for youth workers of KASA and the other one for Book Readers club he is member of. Below you can read how Ash describes his experience himself: " I had two sessions one was dedicated to racism and Martin Luther King jr. the other was about my trip to Poland and the new things I learned (Energizers,fuck-up night,new methods,etc ) There were around 10 person during each of two workshops. I shared the methods and energizers I learned in TC and the other one was in my club (I have to clubs-Book Reader's and Know-it-all club ) it was about racism an tolerance and had so many aspects similar to our workshops."



:Zuzka is a busy young entrepreneur to be, though she decided to share her Erasmus + experience with her friends: Zuzka has organized a dissemination meeting in a form of picnic, where she has facilitated a small workshop sharing her experience and knowledge gained during the course. "My friends already knew about Erasmus+ projects from me before this picnic - I explained to some of them what are these projects about, how are they funded, who can involve etc. because I was really enthusiastic about it. They had some questions and I answered them briefly but this picnic was a great opportunity to tell everyone everything. Me and my friend who was also on one project were telling them the basic information and differences between EVS and TC or YE. We shared our experiences and stories and also gave space for others to have some questions." - Zuzka says.



Kakha is a trainer himself and he decided to surprise his group by an unusual Skype call from... Macedonia. Read below, how it went: After the TC “Intercultural Competences” Kristijan and me decided to make some workshop together by Skype call. I'm one of the trainers in EMT(Education and Management Team) in Future Leaders Club and the participants have different kinds of trainings. One of them was Stereotypes and Discrimination. Kristijan prepared some speech and Georgians had some questions. We had some exercises for them as well. The participants liked Kristijan's part very much, because they didn't know much about Macedonia and they heard some new things. It was very pleasant for me as well. I think it was successful because of feedback from participants. They said that the subject was very important and the chance to ask questions someone who is not from their country gave them the new information. Mariam Bakradze: “I was thinking that that the stereotypes about gender, religion, ethno etc. were very sensitive only for our countries. Now I know that for example Macedonia has the same problems and the ways how they are trying to solve this problems”


MOLDOVA IDENTITY AND MULTICULTURALIZM BY ION MOCANU AND NICOLAE MOCANU The activity they shared with their colleagues from AISEC organization was focused on identity and multiculturalism. The discussion about racism, stereotypes and discrimination followed. During the dissemination activity Ion and Nicolae used youtube videos introduced during our training course and also, some materials about other cultures prepared specialy for this purpose by our participant Arpi from Armenia. At the end of the meeting, guys presented the official video from our training course, which we hope, will encourage other young people and youth workers to give a chance to European mobilities under Erasmus + and not only.


PARTICIPATING ORGANIZATIONS Green Elephant Foundation, Poland (host) Youth for the World, Georgia Asociatia Obstesca ARTENA, Moldova Zdruzenie na mladi KREAKTIV Skopje, Macedonia DRAMBLYS, Spain, KASA Fondation Humanitaire Suisse , Armenia ICM Jindřichův Hradec z.s., Czech Republic

Dedicated to all the multiplyers of this projects - our participants who delivered such amazing activities. Keep growing your circle of intercultural friendships! Good luck!