“Souls without Frontiers”

TC “Souls without Frontiers” on migration for  youth workers coming from 12 countries and supported by the European commission in the framework of “Erasmus+” took place between 23rd and 29th July, 2019, in Velbert, Germany.

Based on the European Commission’s integration policy, the project ‘Souls without Frontiers’ aims to provide high-quality training to young educators/ trainers who are dealing with the issue of refugees’/migrants’ integration into modern EU societies, by setting as a prime aim to disseminate this specific approach-system of integration, composed of nonformal methods of education, to other organizations and NGOs deriving from the rest of the EU countries. Specifically, “Souls without Frontiers” is seeking to provide young educators with the appropriate know-how, through a wellestablished and concrete method on inclusion and integration. Hence, after the training’s completion, the young workers/educators will be capable to methodically work with mixed groups consisting of both Europeans and migrants/ refugees, in order to achieve the social integration of the latter into the already existing communities.

To accomplish this target, the activities of the training course “Souls without Frontiers” concentrate on a plurality of related concepts, such as social inclusion, conflict management, intercultural learning, coexistence of religions, violence applied by social networks and the net, psychology of digital victims, racism and anti-racism, multi-cultural bonding, tolerance, democracy, diversity appreciation, citizenship, leadership and active participation. All these concepts are being approached through creative, experiential methods, based on non-formal educational tools, including simulation exercises, role play, creative activities, structured dialogues, group building, energizers and breaking the ice activities, theatrical games, guided discussions, presentations, activation of five senses, online activities, experimental processes, cultural activities and strategic planning.

The concrete objectives of the project were:

-To develop practical skills concerning the notions of diversity, cultural awareness, citizenship, leadership and active participation and to improve specialized knowledge on human rights.

-To develop abilities correlated to conflict management, direct thinking and structured dialogue within the notions of tolerance, freedom of speech, anti-racism and multi-cultural bonding.

Project organizer was JuBuK (Germany) in cooperation with 11 NGOs: GEYC (Romania), BYF (Bulgaria), SYTEV (Slovakia), LUMEN (Croatia), Youth Dynamics (Cyprus), Copenhagen Youth Network (Denmark), DEL-ALFOLDI EUROTENDER (Hungary), STOWARZYSZENIE NA RZECZ DZIECI I MLODZIEZY USKRZYDLAMY (Poland), Pi Youth Association (Turkey), FNEE (Portugal).