January 11, 2017, 11:50 AM
Two members of the Quested Peace Cooperation Circle, along with 30 youth and social workers, participated in “Traveling to Nowhere,” a training course held in Madrid, Spain under an Erasmus+ program (an EU-funded program to support education, training, youth and sports), from the 27th of November to the 1st of December, 2016.
The participants, who represented 15 non-profit organizations coming from 15 countries, gathered in this training to share their experiences of helping in the refugee crisis and to spread the awareness of the human side of refugees. The training is meant to shade light on refugees' realities and sufferings in their new world, since media coverage of conflicts in war-torn countries and the influx of refugees to other countries often seems to overshadow other essential issues concerning the lives of refugees upon reaching their destination.
The training tackled many topics related to integration, sensibilization, social inclusion and refugees and immigrants' human rights including the right of asylum.
The program included displays about the current worldwide refugee situation, and facts and myths about refugees, as well as participants' stories and experiences pertaining to refugees.
A good portion of the training was dedicated to highlighting the gap between the ‘Universal Human Rights Declarations’ and the realities of refugees and immigrants. Also, the intercultural learning dimension prevailed all over the training activities.
The participants suggested many ways to help refugees and immigrants, such as:
Participants' countries and organizations:
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