Intercultural education does not occupy a top place among the subjects approached in the formal education. Therefore, young people having little contact with the topic and not getting to interact with diverse people from different cultures are less capacitated with intercultural competences. This is the reason why our organisation together with our Czech and Slovak partners decided to organise a project that address this need of youths regarding the necessity of acquiring intercultural competences. The project’s methodology consisted in using dance as a mean to promote diversity, solidarity, tolerance towards other cultures as well as a mean to actively exert citizenship and propagate opinions.
The project included a youth exchange that reunited 54 young people from Romania, Czech Republic and Slovakia in order to develop knowledge, abilities and positive attitudes in the field of intercultural understanding through dance.
20 – 30 August 2018
Among theobjectives of theproject were:
• Increase the capacity and adaptability to intercultural environments by making full use of the freedom of expression through dance among 54 young participants;
• Increase the level of tolerance and solidarity towards other cultures, as well as cherish diversity of 54 young people;
• Increase the capacity to promote intercultural understanding and involvement in international of the three partner organisations.
Through its nature the project contributed to the achievement of the objectives of the Renewed Framework for European Cooperation in the Youth Field 2010-2018 by fostering understanding between young people and encouraging youths to participate in transnational development cooperation activities and of the Inclusion and Diversity Strategy by contributing to the common understanding among youths, increase commitment to inclusion and diversity, promote Erasmus+ Program and reduce obstacles for young people with fewer opportunities by involving them in transnational mobilities.
Also, can be used to educate youngsters, to animate groups, to stimulate solidarity and to promote gender equality, including combating stereotypes in all spheres of the society.
The young participants disseminated the results to their peers and school colleagues, promoting the opportunities of the Erasmus+ programme and the experience and competences gained in the project