Intercultural learning, diversity and tolerance

Breaking Stereotypes - Building Tolerance

The overall goal of the project is to contribute to combating racism and fostering tolerance of young people in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania by fighting traditional and new stereotypes, training specialists working with youth and education of young people.

The main objectives are as follows: · to make research on existing stereotypes and prejudices of young people and to recognize reasons and essence of racist attitude, to reveal racist stereotypes of young people, to understand better it sources and roots; · to examine and analyse situation in partner countries with anti-discrimination policy, anti-racist education at schools, state level programmes, anti-racist projects by NGOs; · to collect and exchange experience and good practise of combating racism, breaking stereotypes and promotion tolerance among young people on state level, in educational institutions and in NGOs; · to prepare manual with information and good practise on anti-racist education for specialists working with young people; · to train specialists working with young people in anti-racist education and intercultural learning; · to organize educational activities for young people in order to promote diversity, tolerance and equality; · to disseminate outputs of the project

The project is intended to address two main target groups:

1. Young people both majority and minorities in their place of residence, immigrants from third countries between 15-23 years old.

2. Individuals working with young people in a professional capacity (youth workers, youth leaders, teachers, pedagogues, community and social workers, etc.).

Both target groups will represent NGOs, schools, universities, youth clubs and centres, etc.

The project is supported by European Union programme "Fundamental Rights and Citizenship”

Lessons of tolerance

The project was implemented in 2007. The objectives of the project were:

- to promote tolerance, diversity, Human Rights values and multicultural communication among young people;

- to encourage young people to share their thoughts and ideas about tolerance and diversity

- to develop creative skills and intellectual potential of participants;

The project was devoted to tolerance, diversity, discrimination and equality. It foresaw conducting of painting and essay competitions of young people from Latvia. The best drawings and quotations from essays were published in the desktop calendar. The calendars were distributed in schools and NGOs.

Development of personality in the context of intercultural learning

In 1998-1999 our organization started carrying out serie of seminars on legal education, intercultural learning and development of personality for school students.
The seminars were called "Personality development in the context of intercultural learning" and conducted in the frame of educational programme for minority youth leaders devoted to human rights and human rights education. The programme of the seminars included games, workshops, discussions, lectures and thematic evenings.
The project was supported by Confidence building measures programme of Council of Europe.

Seminar "Communication as a Way of Integration"

The seminar was held in April, 1997 in Jurmala. The seminar was devoted to issue of social integration and minority - majority dialogue.
Members of our organization as well as sudents of 13, 10 and 40 secondary school took part in this event. The programme consisted of lectures, games and discussions.
Deputy of Riga City Council Mr. Boris Tsilevitch, professor of the University of Latvia Mr. Aivars Stranga and head of the Board of Naturalisation Ms. Eizenija Aldermane gave lectures. Mr. Tsilevitch answered who are national minorities; Mr. Stranga told about history of minorities in Latvia; Ms. Aldermane introduced terms and rules of naturalization.
The sponsor of the seminar was Small Grant Programme of U.S. Democracy Commission.

Seminar "Friendship"

The first activity of the new organisation was carrying out the seminar “Sadraudzība” (Friendship), which was conducted in April 20-22, 1996.
The main purpose of the seminar was to show diversity of cultures in Latvia, try to bring together young people of different nationalities and help them to learn more about culture and history of different nationalities.
Teenagers (13-16 years old) of various nationalities living in Latvia have taken part in the seminar. Overall seven national teams - Latvian, Russian, Jewish, Ukrainian, Polish, Armenian and Georgian - have participated.
The seminar was carried in two languages - Latvian and Russian.
The sponsor of the seminar was SOROS Foundation - Latvia.