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Balkans without hate
Date du début: 1 mars 2016, Date de fin: 1 mars 2017 PROJET  TERMINÉ 

The Balkans is known for frequent conflicts and disagreements. Especially when it comes to disagreements along ethnic and religious grounds. The main aim of this project is to explore how young people and youth work can benefit from creation of genuine youth documentaries on what kind of (multicultural) societies we want to live in. The purpose is to showcase that youth from different, and usually perceived as conflicting, national identity groups can work together and produce something valuable. Also the purpose would be to show that young people are more than those who enter into fights and that they also have solutions and ideas of how they would like the Balkans and Europe to function without Hate. Despite tendency to underestimate the power that young people can have in leading processes of change we will outline five reasons that contribute to youth being a potent change resource. Firstly, young people are more open for change and so are more open and willing to listen what others have to say and to experiment with new strategies. Secondly young people are future oriented. The past is inherited as a memory and is passed down through parents and schools. Thirdly, youth are idealistic and innovative. Driven by their optimism many social changes have been led by young students and activists. Moreover, young people have at their disposal more time to read, think, get together with peers and develop ideas and alternative solutions for problems. There are many reasons for aiming at increased inclusion of young people and giving them chance to contribute to development of local communities: to begin with, young people are active participants in community life, therefore a solution that does not incorporate their views may lead to failure in the future; next, political exclusion of youth may contribute to the weakening of dynamics enhancing their political development and leadership potential; moreover this exclusion robs adults of important information that only youth know.Our proposed project relates closely with the Youth on the Move initiative under the EU 2020 goals – strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth - as we would like to support youth workers to use new means and to mobilize the youth in order to empower them through active participation and use of video production and media.