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( April 2013.)

As the follow-up to “ToTrain is ToTransform the Future!”, training for trainers in intercultural learning, the Youth Dialogue Programme organised another international training “Beyond Clashes”, focused specifically on dealing with intercultural clashes in international youth work.

“Beyond Clashes” was support by the Youth in Action programme of the European Commission, and it took place from 5th to 14th of April 2013 in Sremski Karlovci, Serbia.

Main aim of the project was to contribute to a more cohesive society by empowering 26 youth workers and trainers with competencies for managing intercultural processes and conflicts in their work in multicultural settings.

The training targeted youth workers, facilitators and trainers that have experience in leading international projects and/or working in multicultural communities, as well as experience in leading intercultural learning activities. The participants were coming from 10 different countries: Serbia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Romania, Italy, UK, Germany, Turkey. The team was composed of 2 trainers: Andreea Loredana Tudorache (Romania) and Snežana Bačlija Knoch (Serbia) and 1 external consultant: Mark Taylor (France).

Participants were provided with the space and methodological frame to analyse culture and intercultural topics and dynamics, to understand the features and characteristics of an intercultural clash and conflict, as well as practical opportunities to develop skills for managing it through different methods.

The outcomes of the training are:

  • Competencies for recognizing, understanding, facilitating and transforming intercultural clashes in both participants' personal and professional life;
  • Increased intercultural sensitivity;
  • Understanding of the situation of interculturalism in Europe today: the big picture;
  • Participants equipped with mediation, active listening and feedback skills;
  • Strategic approach to implementing intercultural learning in their local communities and on the international level;
  • Transfer of gained knowledge and skills into new initiatives and projects within the Youth in Action programme.

One of the participants in the training, also journalist for Deutsche Welle, published 4 articles that are either directly promoting the training course, or talking about issues related to its main topic. They can be on the following links:

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