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Poster for the Developing Youth Voices against Discrimination with date, location and the topics covered
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The goal of the training was to raise awarness of the different types of discrimination that are present in our life and to provide the participants a space where they can identify the ways they can fight or speak up against discrimination, social exclusion meanwhile using inclusive language. The training was organised within this year's Work Plan: Developing Youth Voices against Racism and Discrimination since it enabled young people to find their voice and identify strategies to tackle discrimination with the help of non-formal education.

The day consisted of four workshops with the following titles and aims:

  • Together against Discrimination: Building Solidarity between international and local students: aim: to present the participants the actions they can take for each other to fight against discrimination
  • objectives: 
  •     pax will be able to define different types of discrimination;
  •     pax will understand the different ways international and local students are discriminated; 
  •     pax will be able to identify and apply strategies about how international and local students can help each other to against discrimination;
  • Excluded and Marginalized: Understanding the Causes and Effects of Social Exclusion: aim: to present the causes, effects and possible solutions against social exclusion
  • objectives: at the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:
  •     define social exclusion
  •     recognise the causes and effects of social exclusion
  •     identify a number of solutions for the issue
  •     choose the right methods to combat social exclusion
  • Inclusion starts with language: aim: to introduce an inclusive words into the participants vocabulary
  • objectives:
  •     pax will understand the role of language in a diverse environment
  •     pax will learn how to use inclusive language 
  •     pax will be able to identify non-inclusive language
  • Create your personal practical Guide!: aim: to provide the pax with their personal practical guide (tips, tricks, advice) with ways to tackle discrimination, social exclusion and use inclusive vocabulary
  • objectives: at the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:
  •    Understand the ways the pax can use what they learned during the workshops;
  •    apply the tips and information they’ve learnt during the day
  •    create their personal practical guide to fight against discrimination, social exclusion and use inclusive vocabulary

Developing Youth Voices against Discrimination

The activity consisted of four workshops focusing on the following topics: discrimination of local and international students, social exclusion, inclusive language and the last workshop reflected on the day with the creation of a guide with parctical advice to tackle these issues. It helped to promote a culture of inclusion and diversity, and raise awareness about the importance of addressing discrimination in all its forms. The participants were ESN volunteers and local students together with the facilitators who created the workshops.

The group of facilitators started working on the workshops two weeks beforehand after getting a general understanding of the event and expectations. Before the event they gave feedback on each other's TSOs and discussed more about the sessions. The sessions consisted from different activities in order to reach the learning objectives of each session and the facilitators used non-formal education methods to reach the desired outcomes. 

Moreover, the promotion of the event started in the beginning of May, the event was promoted on different social media channels (Instagram, Facebook, WhatsApp) as well as during our department meetings and General Assembly in order to attract not only the international and local students but also our volunteers. Furthermore, it was also shared on different faculties groups to attract more local students. 

The location was ClujHub and the activities started from 10 in the morning and followed the agenda:
10:00-11:30: Together against Discrimination: Building Solidarity between international and local students

11:30-12:00: Coffe break
12:00-13:30: Excluded and Marginalized: Understanding the Causes and Effects of Social Exclusion

13:30-15:00: Lunch break

15:00-16:30: Inclusion starts with language

16:30-17:00: Coffe break

17:00-18:00: Create your personal practical Guide! 

Each workshop had an impact both on local students and ESN volunteers connecting them by their experiences on discrimination and exclusion. At the end of the day the main objectives were reached, the pax and facilitators were happy of the outcomes of the training day. Each of the participants took the guide they created to share and use it. We successfully reached volunteers from our local section as well as local students who attended the trainings. They managed to connect and share ideas which led to more questions during the workshops, not to mention the ideas occuring after the workshops. Finishing the day with not only the experiences and connections created but also with a tangible practical guide will encouraged the participants to actually take action and fight discrimination and social exclusion and use inclusive language in their everyday life. They found it very useful to summarize and personalize the tips and what they've learnt during the training and they also explained how will they put these tips into practice in their everyday life.

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By organising this activity, the organisers want to contribute to the following Sustainable Development Goals
Counter Stereotypes & Embrace Cultural Differences
Diversity and Inclusion of Minority Groups
Foster Experiential Learning (NFE)
Foster Intercultural Dialogue
Inclusive Education

This activity is part of the project:

Developing Youth Voices
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