One of the problems that are closely related to the societies that make up the European Union is undoubtedly increasing immigration, radical nationalism and xenophobia to different cultures. Unfortunately, these attitudes are encountered even in sports fields. Dangerous radicalization and xenophobia are threatening the values promoted by the European Union.
Young people from Germany and Turkey participated to this project.Within the framework of the exchange project, all young people had the opportunity to meet at a single location, use the potential of the international team and various experiences, learn from each other and discover the korfball competitions together.
Non-formal education was used throughout the project. Regardless of activity, the methods used were based on the principles of "learning by doing" and "peer learning". The dynamics of the activities helped participants to be active in the learning process and draw their own conclusions.
The main methods throughout the project were the Carousel method, organization market, open field method, korfbol competitions, debates, group work, presentations.
Each partner had a specific role when implementing the youth exchange activities. Each partner was responsible for the preparation of the korfbol teams.
The German project partner facilitated workshops for understanding the main concepts (opportunities, sports, social inclusion / exclusion, youth work) of the project.
The Turkish partner ensured young people's participation in sports activities in Germany. Both partners led a session dedicated to the sport as a social learning process.
The aim of this project is to promote the participation of young people in sporting activities and thus promote their common values of diversity, intercultural dialogue, tolerance and respect for human rights.
Young people need to live in an environment with different cultures to notice and appreciate differences. The direct interaction with a different country gave participants the opportunity to understand that a person can have a different culture but we are all the same. Cooperating with EU peers helped participants to respect human rights and express their ideas and thoughts in a democratic way.
The project is part of the project series "Continuing Unique Stories" of the German-Turkish Youth Bridge, which is funded by the Federal Foreign Office.
Das Projekt ist Teil der Projektreihe "Continuing Unique Stories" der Deutsch-Türkischen Jugendbrücke, die aus Mitteln des Auswärtigen Amtes finanziert wird.