New Project "TAYA" will train European Youth Workers in anti-discrimination-education

TAYA -Training Active Youth Workers in Anti-Discrimination-Education aims at enabling European youth workers to address topics related to discrimination and racism among their target groups and qualifying them to carry out educational activities that aim to increase empathy and tolerance among youth in their communities, using topical approaches from intersectional, postcolonial and critical whiteness studies.

During and after the so-called “Summer of Migration” an unprecedented number of refugees entered the European continent, which led to a broad right-wing backlash on societal as well as political levels. This caused the common idea of European solidarity to dwindle and nationalism to thrive, while public attention towards the suffering at European borders decreased. One consequence of this polarization is social tensions and conflicts which rise parallel to concerns about the refugees’ plight on the one hand, and the well-being of European host societies on the other.

TAYA targets youth workers who are interested in anti-racist and decolonial concepts, and equips them with the tools to integrate anti-racism action into their work through pedagogical methodologies of anti-bias, enhancing their abilities to design and conceptualize educational activities that address racist patterns of thought and action. 
To further sustain the results of the project, findings and lessons learned will be spread through facilitation guidelines developed jointly by participants and CRISP/facilitators to support fellow youth workers to develop their own activities addressing racism in their communities. 

The project will take place in the form of two trainings, each around a week long, where participants will be introduced to theory and practice as well as methods of anti-discrimination-education to foster youth awareness in their communities. In the first workshop, participants will learn the theoretical foundations of postcolonial and critical whiteness studies, as well as discrimination, racism and intersectionality. In the second workshop, participants will use decolonial and anti-racist approaches to develop facilitation guidelines focused on non-formal education-methodologies of anti-bias and anti-racism-education. Both workshops will include various interactive methods such as betzavta exercises, simulation-games, self-reflection, case studies, expert talks and related interactive exercises, forum theater methods, and day-long study visits. 

Find out more about the project here and apply here

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