yMIND is a participatory innovative project that promotes better social inclusion of newly-arrived migrant and Roma children and youth through comprehensive diversity education in school and community-based settings. The project is implemented over two years, starting from December 2016 with the support of the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union (Initiatives for policy innovation – Social inclusion through education, training and youth – EACEA 05/2016).
To achieve the yMIND partners will adapt and test two good-practice training models interlinking three core themes into a more holistic education model:
(1) understanding diversity, respecting differences, incl. those related to multi-ethnicity,
(2) promoting gender equality and prevention of gender-based violence (GBV), and
(3) prevention of bullying and discrimination.
The clue to a successful integration of these three overlapping themes into a comprehensive model lies in a cross-cutting approach, we are devoted to: child-centred participatory approach.
Children and young people (CYP) – with major focus on these coming from migrant (incl. refugees) and Roma communities are the first group of beneficiaries of the project.
We offer participatory workshops enhancing their social and diversity competence, community outreach, peer education interventions.
Teachers, pedagogues, social, youth, community and migration workers – engaged in education in both formal and non-formal learning settings are the second group of beneficiaries of the project.
We offer transfer of method competence, which will strengthen their capacity to conduct prevention and education work with children using participatory and child-centred methods. We also offer increase of competence to address themes such as diversity-sensitive education, gender roles, stereotypes and inequality, prevention of bullying, discrimination and violence. Finally, we offer guidance in implementing non-traditional learning methods and whole-school approach.
The project is coordinated by Action Synergy and involves partners from Bulgaria, Austria and Germany.
For more information, visit the project’s website.