Anatomy of Ostracism

Controlling discrimination and increasing inclusion and equality in education settings. 

In the summer of 2018, we joined forces with DeaDia, a Serbian organization dedicated to peacebuilding. Our aim was to initiate and foster dialogue between European educators in a situation where discrimination and exclusion are taking up more space in our private and professional lives.  

Read the longer story about Anatomy of Ostracism in this multimedia article. 

Methodology also applicable to other sectors

This training was 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 behaviour 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.