Anatomy of Ostracism
In the summer of 2018, we joined forces with DeaDia, a Serbian organization dedicated to peace-building, to open up a dialogue between Europeans on the growing discrimination. We decided to organize a project called “Anatomy of Ostracism”. Our aim was to share the understandings and ways to increase communality through various educational methods.
We gathered together more than 30 educators from Serbia and Finland and prepared a series of lectures, workshops and school visits for this group, reflecting on what creates inequality and discrimination in a society. In addition, we discussed and compared the differences between these two countries in issues related to discrimination. The participants noticed that both European countries were struggling with similar problems.
“Even though Serbia and Finland are different countries, they are still tackling the same issues, same problems, same difficulties.”
The goal in this project was to establish and maintain a multicultural dialogue where all participants could share their thoughts and ideas and learn new things from others. To achieve this goal, we systematically promoted equality between participants by following the principles of safe space that increase equality and prevent discrimination and exclusion. In addition, we gave the educators concrete tools and methods to help young people understand how to reduce and prevent discrimination.
Participants highlighted how this training had an impact on their own perception of themselves and their active role in preventing discrimination in a society. Participants also said that they had learned new skills to manage and prevent discriminatory situations in their work with young people.
You can read more about this project from our multimedia article.
This training is specifically designed to increase participants’ understanding of their ability to control discrimination and increase inclusion and equality. While this project focused on youths and transforming schools and youth work institutions, the principles and methods from this project are equally applicable to other sectors of society.
The steps in the training are:
- Recognizing not only discrimination and exclusionary practices, but also recognizing one’s own prejudices, biases, privileges and position of power within the society
- Managing discriminatory situations when they arise, rather than being passive bystanders when witnessing injustice
- Transforming these situations and hateful behavior and attitudes through the proactive creation of safe spaces and the adoption of more inclusionary practices
The project was funded by Europe for Citizens Programme of the European Union.