Youth Task Force Groups
From 9 to 11 May 2014 business hotel "Accord" and the Bulgarian National Television (BNT), Sofia was held a workshop "Successful media presentation" It was attended by 10 young Roma professionals from across the country, among which were the youth coordinators Alexandra Kirilova, Angel Kochev and Velcho Mihalev who work on a project "Youth is tolerance" of Center for Interethnic Dialogue and Tolerance "Amalipe" and Denitza Georgieva – volunteer in the youth club Center "Amalipe" in Vratsa.The training was held in the framework of the "Combating anti-Roma sentiment from local to European level of "Association "Integro" - Razgrad.
On the 2nd of February, the staff of ANTIGONE arranged a tour for the participants of the “Youth is Tolerance” project. Maya Angelou has once stated that “Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible. We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.” In our fight against prejudice and discrimination, learning from the past, will play a vital role in shaping our future goals! Reflecting on this quote, we organised a tour for the youngsters around Thessaloniki.
The Antidiscrimination Club started its activities in September 2013. It brought together young people from different ethnicities, from several high schools and universities. They attended the meetings and seminars dedicated to them and also got enthusiastically involved in big actions as Roma Pride or exchange visit. Below you can get to know some of their impressions related to the Club and the activities in which they have participated.
Despite that Roma have been living in Greece for hundreds of years, they have been always perceived as an ethnic group, with fewer or no rights. Unfortunately, the attitude of the Greek people towards them is still discriminatory, which is highlighted by their usual names as “beggars, thieves, drug and arm dealers, dirty, mischievous” etc. This is further accentuated by the state’s practices against Roma which lie on a policy of segregation, in various fields such as access to housing, employment, health care, education, etc.
Our main activities introduced a tolerance training sequence in two schools (in both of those we have two classes), where we shows the prejudices in the non-formal knowledge transfer and convey the values of tolerance to the participants. The parts of the training are the followings:
* the importance of knowledge; * cognition and prejudices; * among ethnic groups; * immigrants and prejudices; * tolerance for freedom.