Variety is the spice of life - Breaking the Boxes
YEU, as an Organization which aims in building capacities and developing people and mentalities with the use of Non Formal Education methodologies, has just started the implementation of the current one-year programme/workplan called “Variety is the spice of life – try walking in my shoes".
Developing people and mentalities, as mentioned, YEU in 2017 Workplan will be addressing intercultural dialogue through the gender perspective and aims in defining new approaches, methodologies and activities in intercultural dialogue and gender diversity practices. Therefore, in order to achieve this aim, from 4th till the 13th of March 2017, the first Activity of the Workplan - "Breaking the Boxes" - was implemented bringing together 15 young people from around Europe to address, discuss and work on the topic of the process.
Starting officially the process, Stockholm hosted the group of experienced Youth Workers from Azerbaijan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, France, FYROM/Macedonia, Greece, Italy, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Ukraine and United Kingdom who got to work with the Team consisted by PET members and Administrative Office.
The group got the chance to present their local realities in relevance to cultural practices, gender and other topics related to the project and at the same time addressed issues of culture, gender and populism. With the training tackling these schemes and building on the capacity to acknowledge their diversity, participants had to go deeper and therefore be able to discover what could be developed to work on intercultural dialogue through the gender perspective.
Parallel, to support this process of developing new approaches, Stockholm was used as a space to share best practices and experiences. Representatives local organizations and bigger networks joined the process and got to present their actions and programs that could inspire the group. Namely, the representatives who joined the process were Levent Yusel (YEU member based in Stockholm), Dejan Bojanic (Vice president of European Youth Forum), Cecilia Wewel (Amnesty International in Stockholm) and Andrés Esteche (RFSL Stockhom).
Last and most important part of the process was the use of the knowledge gained and actual development of Local Activities which will be implemented during the second part of the Workplan. This group of young people, from this point and on, needs to prepare, implement and evaluate their local activities in order to collect feedback and data that would be used for further development in the third Activity. The third Activity will take place during the YEU Convention which this year will be taking place in Greece, Albania and FYROM/Macedonia and involve the people of the Activity One as Facilitators of the process. Taking a look on the timeframe, the groups has to implement their Activities and follow up the expected outcomes from April till June. From that point and on, the preparation for the Convention will start and more people will have the chance to be engaged and support this long-term process.
Stay tuned for more information on the Workplan and the process of the Variety is the spice of life-try walking in my shoes".