Youth Vision: a new perspective on ICL

24 participants from the Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Malta, Lithuania, Portugal, Italy, Slovakia and Latvia

Intercultural learning is a key competence to identify and adapt to the challenges that Europe is currently facing, in particular in response to the global crisis of values. Intercultural learning helps to identify and understand one’s own and other cultures better, is oriented towards tolerance and understanding and helps young people to recognize cultural diversity and the common heritage of mankind. Intercultural dialogue is an important landmark in the European Union and one of its cornerstones is multicultural society. In order to motivate young people today, it is necessary to implement changes and innovations in the methodologies used in youth work, therefore the aim of the project was

to improve the quality of youth work by bringing innovation into it and to promote tolerance and mutual understanding between young people in Europe.

In order to achieve it the following tasks were set:

  • to explore the concept of intercultural learning, discover new models and approaches to intercultural learning, exploring change in different European countries
  • to explore innovative and alternative forms of education for young people (storytelling, graphic facilitation) and use a variety of relevant materials, gaining knowledge of all the opportunities offered by Erasmus +.
  • to promote positive relationships between youth workers from different cultural and historical backgrounds

Through group work, participants learned about key concepts of culture and identity, different cultural models and key elements of intercultural learning as well as shared their own concepts and definitions.

During the group work
Italy, Czech republic and Slovakia presenting their countries

Later on participants were introduced with different online tools (Steller, Spark Adobe, Storyboard That, Pixton, Make beliefs comix, Powtoon, Sketchbook, Canva, Adobe Photoshop Sketch, Piktochart, Visme, Biteable, Mural) regarding storytelling and graphic facilitation that can be used as innovative methods in youth work.

Storytelling methods: DIXIT cards, dice and online tools

After they had the opportunity to consolidate their newly acquired knowledge of new methods by preparing activities for secondary school students. During our visit to the Riga’s 9th Secondary School, students were introduced with the key concepts of intercultural learning and with non — formal education, as well as informed about the Erasmus + program and opportunities that they can use within the program.

Pupils are participating in workshops prepared by the project’s participants.
Project’s participants with school students

The training course went on with exploring the concept ‘culture vs globalization’ as well as participants had an opportunity to present their organization and enlarge their network by making new contacts for future collaborations.

NGO fair — participants have an opportunity to represent their organziation

The participants of the course were visited by the organization ‘AFS Latvia’ which is an organization that prepares and motivates future leaders, global citizens, and agents of change for effective engagement, leadership, and collaboration across cultures. During the visit, the representatives of ‘AFS’ shared their experience and knowledge about intercultural learning and participants took part in the simulation game that helped to understand intercultural learning better (More about the organization and opportunities it offers you can find out here- https://afs.org/)

Participants together with “AFS” representatives — Amanda Ļoļāne, Agnese Caune and Chiara Turci
During the game prepared by “AFS”

The last days of the training course were dedicated to learning the key components of project writing, working on project draft ideas, presenting them and working on the dissemination plan.

At the end of the project, the partner organizations involved have gained new experience and knowledge in intercultural learning, discovered new tools that can be used in youthwork and widened their network of contacts and created brand new partnerships.

A video made by one of the participants - Iva Crispim
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