Diversity is one of the strengths of Europe, but we can observe and feel overt/covert discrimination at social, cultural and economic level. Racism and xenophobia are among the most widespread forms of discrimination that individuals experience because of their origin, culture, language, or lifestyle. Nowadays – due to the actual political, economic and social situations worldwide – migration is one of the most important questions within the EU and in the world, and we face situations and challenges day by day in connection with interculturality. It is essential nowadays to not only improve our intercultural competences and sensitivity, but also to develop good practices, methods which could help to understand, tolerate, accept each other and support the social, educational integration of children and young people coming from minority groups or have migrant background.
This project would like to initiate a consistent programme of researches, seminars, study visits, youth exchange in a partnership with EU and non EU-countries in order to improve youth work (focused on young people with migrant background or coming from minority groups) through sharing best practices, techniques and training of multipliers/mentors/youth workers.
The second goal is to collect best practices and develop complex e-learning materials about mentoring and intercultural learning.
With Neeli project we would like to answer the ongoing priorities for the youth sector of the Council of Europe (work on the recognition of non-formal education, strengthen the quality of youth work and involving young people with fewer opportunities).
The capacity building and the development of youth workers and staff members, the exchange of best practices and ideas through networking and the development of inventive and innovative methods will ensure the sustainability of the project results.