From 11.-21.02.2022 a training course about antidiscrimination took place in Väiko-Härmä village in Estonia. Snowy and icy Estonia was greeting youth workers and active youth from eight different countries.
Training course objected
✩ Train youth workers to understand their own identity to discover their own prejudices and stereotypes
✩ Find solutions to cope discrimination resulting from stereotypes and prejudices in youth work
✩ Exchange good practices between participating organizations in diversity education and fight against discrimination (including hate speech online/offline)
✩ Train youth workers to be able to facilitate workshops in non-formal context and foster the use of peer to peer methodology
✩ Prepare workshop plans to be implemented on local level in participating organizations to prevent prejudice based discrimination
Beside extremly icy weather conditions really particiants spent really productive 10 days together. Participants could share their experience and thoughts on safe ground. After getting into the topic they were got instructions how to develop their own workshop. All of them also got a chance to implement their own workshop with the group and gaining knowledge of being a trainer.
First half of the training course focused on team building and sharing some good practises. Open discussions led to the common ground of the anti discrimination topic. Every morning started with discussion minutes with a learning buddy. It was important part for depicting learning process and it being helpful material for filling in the youthpass. During involving sessions participants gained new knowledge as well as new facts about their peers. In the evening there were reflection groups where in small groups participants could discuss how the day has passed by. Programme also included diversity nights where participants could share facts, folk dances and food from their countries.
Participants own experience can be heard from the video
People from 9 different countries have joined forces to “Take Action - Together Against Discrimination” for the first partner meeting of the new Erasmus+ Key Action 2 project in Estonia. Our project is funded by Erasmus+ program and will endure 18 months. It aims to raise competences and awareness of youth workers in different areas such as discrimination, hate-speech, diversity, social inclusion and so on.
We have not only discussed about topics related to discrimination and hate speech, but also shared good practices and strategies that each of the organisation uses in their countries to fight against them. Oh, have I mentioned that we also went ice skating, escaped TWO rooms and had magnificent sauna experience?
On a first day, we arrived in Estonia in a snowy but wonderful day to meet the representatives of the partner organizations. We spent the whole morning together in Tallinn, getting to know each other while discovering Tallinn. We had fun in escape rooms, some of us learnt/have learned how to ice-skate and tasted some amazing typical Estonian food. Then, with full of energy we left the city and head to our meeting location. Estonian countryside, nature, calmness, snow, and silence but very passion participants.
On a second day, we had a fruitful presentation about important and basic details of our project and actions both local and international ones. The working schedule for 2022 has been decided and presented by host organization. Each partner organization shared specific information regarding their context, competences, and expectations in accordance with their work. Thus, we spent 2 very intensive days together discussing and planning about next steps. In this manner, we will have 1 training course for youth workers, 9 transnational job-shadowing, and 2 evaluation meetings more beside many local activities.