I will cooperate with partner from Poland and three more countries who work with vulnerable young people. The partner organization will help recruit participants and will support them through and after the project.
The project is about teaching cultural diversity and mutual respect between young representatives of different cultures using food and traditional cuisine. Participants will be young people coming from 4 countries and will be of difficult background.
Through cooking together will find out about each other cultures and they will simply make friends with people representing other cultures. Culinary workshops (led by participants) will be accompanied by activities related to food, hunger, ecology.
The project focuses on promoting multiculturalism and respect towards other cultures through a rather unconventional way: preparing traditional food and cooking together.
The method I chose in this project to challenge intolerance and reluctance to other cultures is cooking together. It leads to getting to know other cultures and to bonding and making friends.
The project will also address another issue: global food situation (hunger, world food security, sustainable agriculture).
I will consider my project successful if participants will:
- become more open towards other cultures.
- gain specific knowledge on other cultures (mainly about food, cuisine and every-day customs related to eating);
- become more aware of global issues connected to food and will be willing to share their knowledge in their schools/organizations;
- will gain specific knowledge on how they can carry on European projects themselves,
- - will become inspired to work on their own personal situation.
a) Cooking workshops (the core of the project); each group will teach other groups how to cook traditional dishes of their own country;
b) Other activities:
• Presentations about their cultures; each group will prepare something (whatever they wish: presentation; short film; quiz) to tell others about their country/nation/culture;
• Workshops on food and eating customs differences around the world;
• Workshops on healthy eating/sustainable table/building consumer awareness,
• Workshops or movie screening (to be decided yet) on food and hunger as global issues.
• Integration activities (at the beginning of the project);
• Building future cooperation workshops (at the end of the project; we will give young people tools to continue common initiatives in the future).
At the center of the project are 20 young people (from 4 different countries) who are of difficult background (poverty, not well educated, families with difficulties, other social problems). Why?
c) The target group are ones who are often xenophobic, intolerant, prejudiced towards other groups. They need to be educated towards tolerance, understanding and compassion.
d) This group has very limited access to interesting, international project which could help them to overcome their situation.
It may not seem very serious. But that is exactly the point. Finding common ground (common hobby) for young people to communicate is the best way to build mutual understanding, respect and to make young people connect.
Youth with problems very seldom has opportunities to participate in international project and in this way to bring new perspectives to their lives.
Participants will have a chance to act as ‘givers’/trainers (teaching how to cook) which can be therapeutic.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
Travel, accommodation and subsistence of participants + trainers/experts: about 20 000 Euro; Fees for trainers and experts + personnel costs: about 5000 Euro Rental of cooking space + food (ingredients): about 2000 Euro.
1) I would like to know what activities you would incorporate. The core of the projects are culinary workshop. But we still have room for extra activates related to cuisine, food and hunger as global issues, etc. What would be your idea for such an activity? 2) Do you think it would be a good idea to invite some king of celebrity to the project? Would it add value to the project? Or (on the contrary) it would harm the project by taking the minds off from the main value of the project?