Preparatory Visit for the TOGETHER AGAINST DISCRIMINATION project that took place in Grudziadz, Poland, from 1st July to 3rd July 2023. The purpose of this visit was to lay the groundwork for a Youth Exchange program aimed at addressing issues of tolerance, non-discrimination, and equal opportunities in a new European cultural context. The project aims to empower young people by promoting inclusivity and providing them with the necessary skills to overcome various forms of exclusion.
The TOGETHER AGAINST DISCRIMINATION project is a collaborative effort among several organizations with the common goal of fostering understanding, tolerance, and equal opportunities. The project partnership includes the following organizations:
- Stowarzyszenie I LIKE CZERSK, Poland
- Zift Hayat Boyu Ögrenme ve Egitim Dernegi, Turkey
- Healthy Generations Youth Group, Ireland
- L ASSOCIATION EURO-MEDITERRANEENNE DES ECHANGES, VOLONTARIATS, EVENEMENTS, Tunisia
- ASOCIACION AMIGOS DE EUROPA, Spain
- UNION GEORGIAN YOUTH FOR EUROPE, Georgia
- NVO NAUCNO – ISTRAZIVACKO UDRUZENJE ZA UMJETNOST, KULTURNO-OBRAZOVNE PROGRAME I TEHNOLOGIJU EPEKA, Montenegro
- Foundation of Regional Initiatives, Ukraine
The Youth Exchange program aims to facilitate meaningful discussions, educational activities, and intercultural experiences that promote inclusivity and combat discrimination. The project intends to equip young people with the necessary knowledge, skills, and attitudes to overcome exclusion based on various characteristics, including social and ethnic background, family economic situation, disability, different sexual orientation, and access to facilities or places of living.
During the Preparatory Visit, key activities and discussions took place to lay the foundation for the successful implementation of the Youth Exchange program. The following highlights summarize the main outcomes of the visit:
Planning and Coordination: The participating organizations collaborated to define the objectives, activities, and timeline of the project. Detailed planning sessions were held to allocate responsibilities, set project milestones, and establish communication channels.
Cultural Exploration: The visit included opportunities for cultural exchange and exploration. Participants had the chance to experience Polish culture, traditions, and history through guided tours, visits to local landmarks, and interaction with the local community.
Evaluation and Risk Assessment: The project team conducted an initial evaluation of potential risks and challenges that may arise during the implementation phase. Mitigation strategies were identified and documented to ensure smooth progress throughout the project.
We look forward to the next steps and the positive impact this project will have on promoting tolerance, non-discrimination, and equal opportunities for young people.
On this project, Irina Stamatović represented the NGO EPEKA MNE.