In an era when nationalistic conflicts rages across societies, racism and xenophobia threats Democracy and European Union cohesion shakes under numerous political and financial pressures, there comes “The R project”. It aims to motivate European citizens from 6 countries to discuss, deepen their understanding and take actions towards some of the most pressing issues of minority groups are facing in their everyday societal life, such as antisemitism, xenophobia and anti-gypsyism. Remember the past, Remind to the present and React for the future is the motto of this project.
We will travel back to the darkest pages of European history in order to shed light to the future. Jewish then, immigrants now, somebody else in the future. Minority groups had faced and still face racism and discrimination.Having set the Holocaust and anti-Semitism as the base for discussions, the participants, together with the local community, civil society organizations and policy- makers, will interact, share experiences and set the frame for raising awareness within their communities.
Good practices of combating racism through the last decades, understanding of the key role of society and of the arising minorities within it and Refugees Rights constitute the major backbone of the project content. Public discussions, simulation games, interactive and peer to peer working groups as well as innovative activities such as open space workshops will enable participants to better understand the role of the civil society towards combating discrimination and the measures that should be taken upon the protection of these minorities.
Equipped with new tools and methodologies provided by experts and trainers in Human Rights, European History and youth policy, the participants, who are young people with fewer opportunities will start their own ventures in bringing the much needed Right positive change affecting their social environment.