PS: EUROPE Political and Social Research Institute of Europe
In today’s Europe, against the growing prejudices of the understanding of a shared community, we’d like to create a public space that can give 10-12 years old school children a chance to better know each other and respect/embrace/recognize existence of differences in the same community. Thus, it will lead to healing the lack of social dialogue among future generations of Europe.
Vienna and Istanbul
One of the main problems facing Europe is the growing anxiety towards foreigners, as a result of decades-long immigrant flow and the current Syrian refugee crisis. European citizens’ ideas are mostly shaped by their socio-economic and political concerns, while direct social dialogue with “the other” is absent. So, social projects offer us great opportunity to create new channels of interaction among children of different origins and backgrounds, and enhance shared thinking within community.
We’d like to develop a project with which we want to create a sense of togetherness and demand for co-existence among people who live in the same European cities but come from different cultures and value-systems. We believe that the ‘sharing’ process is impossible without knowing and touching each other. So, with this platform, we would like to emerge a project that can tell the children that they can live together without prejudices about each other.
In the first step, two workshops, one in Istanbul and the other in Vienna, will be held by the participation of teachers of selected schools in the city, specialized workshop trainers, and experts from political science, political history, communication, pedagogy and child development. The experts will educate our NGO team, school teachers, and trainers who will lead the second phase with students. The aim of workshops is to discuss and decide the roadmap of the program. In the second part, this program will be realized within the body of selected schools, focusing on a sample of students from 10-12 age group from different backgrounds. Our team imagines of a program that will provide children knowledge of values of a shared community by social activities like drawing, dancing and music
We are doing it for the future generations of Europe. We will bring together children from primary schools at the age of 10-12 including those students with dominant identities of the country they reside, those with minority identities and those with background of migration in either Istanbul or Vienna. The target is to reach those children whose minds are not full of prejudices yet.
This project is directly related to future generations: Children. Moreover, by gathering academics in the workshop and transmitting the academic knowledge to children through creative games and social activities, we make children in our project active participants rather than passive audience. Thus, in a process of shared endeavor and shared thinking, we will create a public space in which future generations of Europe will find a chance to communicate with each other.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
5000 EUR for Travel, 3000 EUR for Public Relations, 3000 EUR for accomadation, 6000 for Personnel Costs