Erasmus+ KA1 Youth Exchange
What is IdentiTale?
IdentiTale was a Youth Exchange, co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. IdentiTale took place from March 6th to 13th (including travel days) at the Youth Hostel Calarreona, in the municipality of Águilas, Region of Murcia, Spain. The organization coordinating this project was Euroaccion Murcia.
The idea of this project started from the premise that the narratives we are surrounded by and the different filtering mechanisms through which we look at reality seems to have become reason for separation instead of richness. Diversity is often misused and misrepresented to create misunderstandings and obstacles for a cohesive and inclusive narrative. Such representations are powerful fuel for frustration and creation of stereotyping and othering, which we see today in a world divided in “people with us and against us”, with little possibility to go deeper and beyond the “with us or against us” notions.
OBJECTIVES OF THE YOUTH EXCHANGE
The general objective of this project is to give young people a space where to meet and explore narratives and counter-narratives of today’s Europe, and the values they promote. Participants were invited to explore concepts such as identity, intersectionality, representation, narratives and counter-narratives through personal storytelling, in order to foster the understanding of the impact that hate speech has on growing populist narratives and focus on othering instead of belonging in the current society.
The Youth Exchange’s specific objectives were: to understand how narratives shape our culture and their role in democratic society; to increase knowledge about identities and intersectionality, in order to foster the understanding of oneself and other people; to raise self-awareness, empathy, respect and willingness to understand others based on their stories; to develop non-verbal, verbal and digital communication and storytelling competences; to stimulate critical thinking in order to evaluate news’ veracity connected to selected narratives of populism, radicalisation and extremist discourses and attitudes; to increase social media literacy and to learn how to appropriately address hate speech and fake news on social media.
During the youth exchange, methods of informal and non-formal education were used. This helped participants to understand the reasons and consequences of marginalization, hate speech, youth radicalisation, populism and social exclusion.
The methodologies used during this Erasmus+ Youth Exchange were the following:
- Indoor-outdoor activities
- self-directing processes
- active participation and sharing
- group work
- creativity labs
- guided self-reflection
PARTICIPANTS AND PARTICIPATING ORGANIZATIONS
- Asociación Cultural Euroaccion Murcia (coordinator, Spain)
- Ocean Znanja u Republici Hrvatskoj (partner, Croatia)
- Viomatiki Paremvasi NDI (partner, Greece)
- Giosef Torino - Marti Gianello Guida A.P.S. (partner, Italy )
- Tarptautinis bendradarbiavimo centras (partner, Lithuania)
RESULTS OF THE EXCHANGE
LINK TO THE INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT: https://www.instagram.com/trolling_stones_campaign/
LINK TO THE FACEBOOK ACCOUNT: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100079195071105
Impact of the activities
The first part of the YP (the certificate of participation) was awarded to all the participants on the last day of the Youth Exchange, by the General Director of the Department for Youth of the Region of Murcia.