Combatting Religious Discrimination (February 2016)

The youth exchange which was funded by the Erasmus Plus programme of the European Commission brought together 25 young people and their leaders to explore the freedom of religion, be able to distinguish religious discrimination, make them aware of the dangers posed by religious discrimination to any functioning democracy and also to the victim, to decrease the level of acceptance of religious discrimination, to learn where EU citizens can file complaints pertaining to religious discrimination on a national and European level and to allow participants to consider the role of youth in fighting against this phenomenon through a rights based approach. Also, participants were able to critically assess issues of stereotypes and hate in the realm of religion, considering phenomena such as Islamophobia, Christianophobia and anti-Semitism. Further, participants developed their knowledge on the functioning of the European Union and implemented activities in the framework of intercultural education and dialogue as well as interreligious dialogue, embracing them as tools which they can then use within their own communities for purposes of positive social change. To achieve these objectives, the methodology adopted was based on principles of non-formal learning, adopting a solidarity-based, learner-centred approach. Participants were prompted to develop the necessary skills, knowledge and attitudes to achieve the above objectives. The methodology adopted in this youth exchange emanated from principles of non-formal learning, implementing activities from Council of Europe handbooks such as COMPASS, COMPANION and All different All Equal so that they could develop the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary for recognizing and fighting religious discrimination. In relation to knowledge, participants understood the meaning of human rights, freedom of religion, religious discrimination and freedom from religious discrimination while becoming acquainted with the theoretical, contextual and conceptual frameworks which underlie religious discrimination.

For the final report of the project click here.