For discussion: It's often assumed that at international youth meetings, young people should primarily be learning about different ways of life in different countries. But from a diversity-conscious perspective, that approach falls short.
In-depth examination: At international youth meetings at memorials for the victims of the Nazis, what are the implications of working with "marginalized groups," or groups who have experienced individual or collective discrimination?
Project: In Bosnia and Herzegovina, the question of religion is still one of the most important questions of all. One’s religion determines one’s political power and personal career. Yet for youths and young adults, the word "Ostali" ("Others") has come to represent taking a stand against the marginalizing effects of this system.
Project: What empowers people to resist socially accepted discrimination aimed at certain groups? Twenty-eight German and Israeli students examined this phenomenon in history, in both their own and other social environments. Their results were "danceable"…
Recommended Website: A portal with many different voices, based on interviews with contemporary witnesses; an educational portal on the genocide of Roma and Sinti; a historical exhibition about six children: three websites where much can be learned about Roma and Sinti in Europe.
Recommended reference book: The book "Difficult Questions" is an exemplary communication tool that invites us to become familiar with other perspectives in the Polish-Jewish dialogue and beyond. It answers important questions in history, politics and everyday life.
Recommended Website: The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights regularly conducts polls on the situation of so-called minorities in the EU. These are accessible online and constitute an important resource for knowledge multipliers in educational work.
Recommended teaching methodology: The manual developed by Anne Sophie Winkelmann provides insights into the concept of diversity-aware educational work in international youth encounters that aim to challenge national-cultural concepts and promote awareness of diversity.
Methods: In order to build diversity awareness through concrete spatial experiences, get to know the realities of other people’s lives, test or revise one’s own habits, ideas and stereotypes – the interactive method of urban quests is ideal.
Project: Euthanasia and forced sterilization in the Third Reich, social isolation of entire families with handicapped children until late into the 1980s, the inhumane conditions in institutions for the disabled – despite the serious topics, the participants of the project "It is normal to be different" had joy and fun because of the very creative, transnational cooperation.
In-depth examination: In intercultural encounters, mechanisms of social exclusion, traumatic memories, and collective representations of national history overlap. Björn Krondorfer shows how these dynamics can be constructively engaged with in reconciliatory processes.
For discussion: "Don’t give discrimination a chance!" is printed in bright colors on a poster at a comprehensive school. Paul asks what discrimination is, anyway... Maria, two years his junior, is bored by it: "Why should I care?" The scenario is not unrealistic for a German schoolyard.