Dates: January, 12th-19th, 2018.

Location: Sumy, Ukraine.

Who: youth workers, trainers, youth leaders, educators from Armenia, Belarus, Czech Republic, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Italy, Moldova, Romania and Ukraine.

Project idea

The International Training Course “Learning to Live Together” is designed to help youth leaders and youth workers, trainers and educators to learn how they can use simulation games (role play simulation games) to teach young people about the issue of forced migrants, refugees, to help their integration to local communities and to prevent or solve conflicts between locals and forced migrants.

The European migrant crisis or European refugee crisis began in 2015, when a rising number of refugees and migrants made the journey to the European Union to seek asylum, traveling across the Mediterranean Sea, or through Southeast Europe. Local armed conflicts such as in the Eastern Ukraine (since 2014) or in Georgia (in 2008) always lead to such consequences when people are forced to leave their homes and to seek for asylums in different places in their country or abroad. The interactions between locals and migrants is a very sensitive issue when many open and hidden problems may appear. Communities from all over the Europe should work on solutions to overcome challenges connected with forced migration.

The participants of the TC will learn about the method of the role-play simulation games: how to use, how to adapt for the certain learning purposes, and how to create their own simulation activities based on the local realities. We will start with more abstract simulations and then will continue to develop the games and simulations that will help to prevent or to solve existing conflict between locals and forced migrants. The simulation method demonstrates a model which helps participants to understand the real motivation and feelings of different sides of the conflict.

Aims and objectives

  • to discover the challenges which appear in the communities in Europe connected with the forced migration and refugees and to look for solutions to these challenges;
  • to learn about how youth can be active on the local level to help in the integration of the forced migrants;
  • to learn about the role-play simulation games method (structure, specifics, usage, adaptation for the certain needs, creation of the games) and how it can be used to prevent or solve problematic issues connected with forced migration;
  • to create new role play simulation activities based on the participants’ realities which will be used in future for prevention or solving local conflicts connected with forced migration.

Participants

The participants background:

  • youth workers, trainers, youth leaders, educators who have direct access to young people to multiply new experience and skills in their communities;
  • coming from the community which is linked to the issue of forced migrants, refugees or coming from such group;
  • motivated to take part in the TC and to be personally interested in the topic of the TC;
  • motivated to implement the experienced gained on the TC in their communities;
  • motivated to build and support international partnerships which will be created during the TC with the future Erasmus+ projects;
  • no younger than 18 years old (due to the international travel restrictions), no upper age limits.