Date du début: 1 août 2014,
Date de fin: 28 févr. 2015
“Culture takes diverse forms across time and space. This diversity is embodied in the uniqueness and plurality of the identities of the groups and societies making up humankind. As a source of exchange, innovation and creativity, cultural diversity is as necessary for humankind as biodiversity is for nature. In this sense, it is the common heritage of humanity and should be recognised and affirmed for the benefit of present and future generations.” Article 1 UNSECO Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity.
The youth exchanges are conducted with young people from different backgrounds and different cultures in the Program countries and Partner countries. Although a friendly and democratic atmosphere is aimed to be created in the youth exchanges, there sometimes arise difficulties and misunderstandings due to the different cultural backgrounds. Thus the young people's learning process may fall at risk. Youth leaders should have some certain competences on preventing conflicts and misunderstandings based on cultural differences. “For-Ex”, which is abbreviation of For Exchanges, is the training course to bring together the youth workers and youth leaders from the Program and Partner countries to develop their competences on working on intercultural learning process, referring and creating tools to promote mutual understandings, cultural diversity, European citizenship and active participation of the young people in the youth exchanges. The participants of the training course who have been in youth exchanges as a youth leader before. There will be total 33 youth leaders from Macedonia, Cyprus, Georgia, Slovenia, Italy, Bulgaria, Armenia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Russian Federation, Lithuania, Poland, Austria and Turkey to meet 09 - 15 August 2014 in Sinop, Turkey to make realise the following objectives: * Reflect on participants' own cultural identity, * Mirror the participants how the others see them, * Address the necessity of cultural sensitivity and mutual understanding, * Experience intercultural conflict management: discrimination and xenophobia, * Identify and analyse common elements of intercultural competence, * Improve the quality of the youth exchanges by drawing attention to useful tools, * Equip participants with new skills on generating tools for intercultural learning, * Measure the impact of the tools, * Follow up with new youth exchanges. Our main activities are: "Who am I?", "ID T-shirt", "Iceberg Model on Identity", "Perceptions & Misconceptions", "What I see, What I think, What I feel", "Culture Quiz", "Definition of Culture", "Island Joke", "Cultural Diversity", "Conflict Cases Based on Cultural Diversity", "Conflict Management", "Intercultural Competence", "Cross-Cultural Sensitivity - Bennett's Stages", "Quality on Cultural Diversity Projects", "My Tool", "Project Management" and "Our Youth Exchange" with these methods and techniques: ice breakers, team building games, group work, pair work, brain storming, role play, quiz show, puzzle, discussions, lecture, case study and selfreflection. With the training course participants will create tools for developing intercultural learning in the youth exchanges to be disseminated in the youth portals and in SALTO Toolbox for Training. Therefore we will have an multiplying effect on the quality of the youth exchanges.
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