YEU Estonia on youth workers and Europe in Crisis
After more than a few years, YEU Estonia is back to the stage of Non-Formal Education (NFE), with an international training course “Europe in crisis: Call for a dialogue, what can youth workers do?”.
More than a million migrants and refugees crossed into Europe in 2015, as a result of the ongoing wars in the Middle East. Most of them were Syrian, followed by Afghans and Iraqis. They arrived and are still arriving in a moment of time where many citizens in European countries feel threatened by foreigners. In about every European country there is a heavy debate ongoing, on how to deal with the situation. Estonia is one of them, we see that the debates of today are very much based on stereotypes and prejudices. With this project we call for a dialogue, to share opinions from all sides to develop better informed opinions. We also believe that knowledge is the key to understanding and compassion.
So we decide to organize training for youth workers from 11 different countries. Youth workers are coming from: Netherlands, Romania, Turkey, Poland, Cyprus, Slovenia, Belgium, Macedonia, United Kingdom, Greece and Estonia. Training course takes place in Ardu, Estonia. Together in order to gain competences on ‘promoting intercultural and interreligious dialogue in local and international activities’, particularly focused on the European Refugee Crisis, and learned about prejudices, stereotypes and discrimination in our countries. Since everybody is coming from very different backgrounds and cultures we shared our experiences on working with refuges in different situation. Participants will cooperate intensively with each other in order to gain additional knowledge’s and skills needed for organizing different local activities.
We as a team using a non-formal education aimed to create space to exchange experiences and knowledges between representatives from different European youth organizations, about the European Refugee Crisis. As a product of training every country will prepare action plan based on their needs. Plans have local character and will be implemented by participants of training with support of their organizations.
We hope that we will have very productive and successful week! Stay tuned, warm greetings from cold Estonia!
By Srdjan Petkovic, Helen Link and Valentina Antic.