According to research conducted by the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights published in 2018 and conducted in 12 member countries, anti-Semitic sentiment is getting worse and hundreds of Jews questioned by official sources said they had suffered an anti-Semitic physical attack, while 28% said they had been harassed.
Episodes of racism and anti-Semitic violence threaten the safety of part of the European population, that of Jewish faith, but also compromise the preservation of a historical, cultural, architectural heritage that is an integral part of European history that in the past contributed to the development of important European cities like Amsterdam, Hamburg, Venice.
"Echàd: anti-semitic urban games" aims to involve a total of 70 young people and youth workers from 7 European organizations for the implementation and application of urban games related to the issue of anti-Semitism.
The design and design of the games will take narrative cues from the Merchant of Venice by Shakespeare, historical cues from the events that took place in Venice following the 1938 racial laws and cultural architecture during the visit to the Jewish museum and the urban spaces of the former Jewish ghetto from Venice.
The milestones of the project are:
1-online pre-departure training, to deepen the cultural and historical context of the Youth Workers involved in the subsequent training;
2-training for youth workers in Design for Urban Games, five days and realization of 6 prototypes;
3-a youth exchange generator of the event Echàd Urban Games, with the involvement of the civilian population, in the urban spaces of the former Jewish ghetto.
The Learning Game Design methodology developed by Creativi108 will be used. It uses a cogenerative and ideative approach to non-formal education. It takes its clue from the methodology of Design Thinking, but oriented on the reflection of social issues of education to inclusion, dialogue and non-violence.
Thus, the Youth Workers will be able to learn a new methodology, applicable also in other contexts or themes identified by their organizations. Echàd, moreover, will bring with it activities that can be replicated in other European cities, especially in a current historical moment, where the rights of equality promoted by the European Community need to be sustained above all by the new generations.
Participants will benefit from multiple competences such as:
tools for the creation of Urban Games; ability to analyze and understand the historical and narrative elements related to the birth of Semitic racism; greater interreligious awareness; ethnographic ability; acquisition of tools for innovation and self-entrepreneurship; communication and social media.
The expected impact of "Echàd" is to involve the civilian population, sensitize through a social campaign a large number of users at local and European level with respect to the topics covered. Provide replicable non-formal education tools, useful for educating consciences to welcome and respect the diversity of peoples.
The mobility activity of "Echad" will be attended by about 70 young people coming from 7 different European countries for the development of two mobility:
N.1 - Youth workers Training: Anti-Semitic Urban Games Design
Participants who will take part in the first mobility will be young people with a previous experience in conducting non-formal animation and education activities in their organizations. So a willingness to work in groups, the willingness to act as multipliers in their respective communities and a knowledge of English that allows them to participate actively.
N.1 - Youth Exchange: Echàd Games
Participants will be young people with a strong motivation to learn new methodologies aimed at promoting active citizenship, awareness of intercultural dialogue and prevention of social exclusion of subjects at risk, linked to cultural and linguistic differences. For each country there will be a Team Leader who has attended the previous mobility and knows the Games designed.
In each group on the move will be given the opportunity to participate in people with financial difficulties, suffering from mental illness or social difficulties.
The project promotes an innovative approach to non-formal education with the methods of Gamification and Games Design applied to Urban GAmes. Echàd has been designed to encourage non-formal learning, to provide useful methodologies for Youth Workers in knowing how to generate youth cohesion, participation and reflection on important issues of our times.
Full title: Echad
Sub-Programme: Key Action 1 – YW