Youth in Action
3.1 – Youth in the World
„Shooting Down Stereotypes”
25th October – 1th November 2013
Italy - Serbia - Greece - Montenegro - FYROM - Croatia
On the behalf of the Association of Active Youths of Florina (OENEF) we are privileged to welcome you to the multilateral youth exchange, which is being realized within Action 3.1, entitled: “Shooting Down Stereotypes”. The project takes place between 25th of October and 1st of November 2013 in Florina. Below you can find a brief description of the project.
About the idea and main objectives of the project:
Shooting Down Stereotypes” is a multilateral youth exchange designed under the frame of the Youth In Action programme, action 3.1, the basic motivation of this project is to gather youths around Europe to work together in the concept of a common European future. The main goal of the project is therefore to increase the European awareness of youth.
Europe can be seen as a box full of cultures, traditions, beliefs, languages, mentalities, lifestyles and so many other peculiar features, which make incredibly complex the concept of Diversity. All these aspects cannot always fit each other, differences often lead to conflicts at an interpersonal or social level, such as: xenophobia, discrimination, violence, misunderstanding, exclusion, intolerance and so on. Social issues are clearly visible at each corner. In this context stereotyping and prejudices support the development of those negative effects.
Through “Shooting down Stereotypes” we want to connect youngsters from different corners of Europe, and try to make them aware about these delicate issues. We want to build up a social environment, safe and creative, towards a better understanding of diversity.
As people are different because local history and geography; traditions, cultures, politics, mentalities and lifestyles have developed in a way that often goes beyond tolerance or understanding.
The main aim of the project is to fight stereotypes and prejudices using cinema as a central tool. Cinema is one of the seven arts, which nowadays gives large possibilities of expression. We mean to present and use all the aspects regarding cinema, including techniques, details, histories, styles, going deeper into the creation process.
Moreover most of young people carry in their pockets expensive items which we think that are used in a wrong way rather than in a productive way. An example, for instance wasting so much time on facebook instead of, being active or getting involved for real matters.
The general objectives of the project are:
- To raise awareness about social problems (exclusion, discrimination, xenophobia, etc.)
- To provide knowledge of film production which can be used for developing skills in the social-media area;
- To support creativity and active participation towards acknowledging problems/issues in the local communities;
- To enhance cultural diversity;
- To debate new perspectives of the use of free time;
- Last but not least on the list, to get youth motivated and inspire a sense of initiative.
“Shooting Down Stereotypes” is a youth exchange within the Youth in Action frame, action 3.1. The project will take place in Florina - Greece for 7 days and the main theme will be arts & culture.
A non formal methodology will be based on brainstorm, team building, energizers, visual presentations, role games, technical workshops, thematic visits, cultural evenings, debates.
The activities will be based on a non formal methodology
Local organizations will support the event letting young people take part into their activities and with the local community, then participants may express their creativity. We will encourage them to make the difference, to understand that they are the difference and can go beyond the limits of their age and they do not need to wait for becoming adults to start up, managing or handling any kind of activity. What is really active participation? This is the question we'd like to answer with the participants. Greece is getting through a particular moment and that is why it is a perfect environment where to set up the activities. And then the Greek youth, people who well know what means going beyond and looking ahead and in this way youth initiatives multiply the message and people become the change. Greece needs also this kind of space: where people listen to each other and look for the solution rather than discouraging each other.
Partner organizations and number of participants:
The event gathers together 30 young people from six different European countries: Greece, Italy, Serbia, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro and Croatia. Each country has 4 participants aged between 18 and 26 years + 1 leader (no limit age) (5 in total).