November 12-20, 2019, three representatives of RI-WEB, Shahrokh Ashraf, Polat Yilmaz and Lukas Maschunskas, participated in a Training Course „Dialogue Above Judgment“, organized in Bakuriani, Georgia, by Danish NGO Mellem Education.
The objectives of the Training Course were:
Understanding of existing problems and its causes, exploring existing lines oftensions/conflicts in Europe; Teaching young leaders useful tools and methodologies in order to reduce discriminatory and stereotypical thinking; To have a space for young leaders to share their best practices of their local societies; To involve young leaders from minority groups from various European and neighbor countries; Strengthening partnership cooperation among European Union and Eastern Partnership countries and empowering EECA NGOs; Creation of a network of likeminded organizations and individuals interested in further cooperation in the field of anti-discrimination and inter-cultural dialogue.
The context that was addressed by these objectives was:
Processes of the globalization, social-economic conditions in neighboring countries, and conflicts in developing countries force thousands of people to migrate in Europe for sake of finding shelter and better living conditions there. It caused mixing of various people and nationalities, coexistence of people with different backgrounds; however, this process also led to conflicts
among those groups, judging people by their backgrounds, judgment based mainly on stereotypes and prejudices. All these reasons interrupt process of developing civil societies within states. Each conflict situation can be multiplied in future and lead us to dangerous situations in various countries. Thus, the main aim of the training course is to increase level of awareness of youth workers, to give useful tools, teach new methodologies and activities that will help them to make their local realities better, to lead their societies change towards peaceful civil society. Nowadays we often face discriminations based on religion, race, nationality etc. Europe needs more cohesive and inclusive societies, to promote common European values, foster social integration, enhance intercultural understanding and a sense of belonging to a community and to prevent violent radicalization. Our Erasmus+ training course is an effective instrument to promote the inclusion of people with disadvantaged backgrounds, including newly arrived migrants. For above-mentioned reasons, main aims of the project are to build civil societies with tolerance, to create a space where people with different backgrounds will live peacefully. Thus, this investment in knowledge, skills and competences will benefit individuals, institutions, organizations and society as a whole by contributing to growth and ensuring equity, prosperity and social inclusion in Europe and beyond.
The countries participating in this Training Course were: Denmark, Portugal, Poland, Croatia, Netherlands, Moldova, Ukraine, Armenia, Georgia.
The RI-WEB participants rated the Training very high assessing both the educational and organizational parts, concluding they have learned a lot and really liked the country.