Non-formal Education and Diversity in European Youth Work

 "All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights", says the first article of the universal declaration of Human Rights. The article is suggesting that each person is different and in the same time valuable and unique, much more that each individual deserves respect, appreciation and recognition despite of its origin, gender, skin color, sexual orientation, religion and conviction. 

Brave new world? The reality looks different. Homophobia and racism - just mentioning two forms of discrimination - are deeply rooted in all societies. Not knowing and denial of diverse concepts of life and styles are not only hampering the living together, but much more endangering the social peace massively and sustainably.  Complex and heterogeneous milieus as well as collective and individual concepts of identity produce ambiguities and require from society as such and from pedagogues especially a high level of competences. The diversity approach is reacting on that. 

About the Project:

From 28th of October – 4th of November 2015 a Training Course for youth workers, pedagogues and other experts working with youth from 19 different European countries took place in Weimar, Germany, initiated by the European Youth Meeting and Education Center Weimar (EJBW) and its international partners.

What means diversity? Which role does it play within the context of non-formal education? What about our own attitudes and values - as experts and multipliers in non-formal education? Where are the strengths and weaknesses within our daily work with the target groups? In the center of attention is the exchange about personal experiences, the reflection on the challenges when dealing with the „diversity approach“, and its implementation. As a results the strengthening of multipliers is expected, e.g. through initiating own initiatives and projects with the topic of diversity in their region

 The project line, initiated by the European Youth Education and Meeting Center (Weimar, Germany) with an overall duration of one and a half years is dedicated to the discussion of the theme „Non-Formal Education and Diversity in European Youth Work“ with project partners from 19 different European countries.

 In 2016 the project line continued by focusing on local realities: in April and June 2016 two regional expert panels will take place in Tetovo, Macedonia/FYROM and Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina. As a closing of the project line, a final evaluation meeting will take place in August/September in Rodowo, Poland. The project results from a cooperation of the project group within the AdB (Arbeitskreis deutsche Bildungsstätten), supported by the EU program „Erasmus+ Youth in Action“.

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