The project took stock of two important issues: the fact that in the MENA (Middle East and Northern Africa) region, the above mentioned fundamental human rights have been frequently restricted; and the recent refugees crisis in EU, which has witnessed a lack of understanding and awareness of the real struggling refugees face, both prior and after the ‘landing’ to the EU soil and both in their countries and during their displacement.
Goals and objectives
The main goals of the project are:
- to contribute to develop useful skills for youth workers, networking among young people who come from different backgrounds but who are daily engaged in the human rights promotion and social inclusion of migrants, and who can improve their competences taking the best from one another.
- to empower youth, providing the younger generations with competitiveness and know-how in social-oriented documentary production field, fostering youth entrepreneurship attitudes in the digital world.
- to document and record migrants personal stories and daily refugees camps life. The purpose of this latter is to widen the options public opinion envisions for dealing with immigrants and refugees by making a broader interpretation of why these people in motion exist in the first place.
The main activities will be the Youth Exchange in Jordan (50 participants), in which youth will experience in an extraordinary way the preciosity of reciprocity aiming at offering a set of ideas, of cultural contributions, but also existential and constructive experiences, thanks to the visit to the Jordanian refugees camps. Another activity will take place in Germany (20 participants), with the goal of empowering the participants not only as professionals but as world citizens as well, providing them with crucial skills in the field of project management and ideas development, keeping encountering refugees lives in the German refugees camps.
Outputs and perspectives
The international level of this training experience will offer the participants innovative elements, improving also the language skills, since the learning experience will be in English and inviting them to serve as multipliers. The participants will receive a well-rounded training on their freedom of expression, publication and communication, basis of the European Union democratic society, bringing issues such as the filmmaker’s confidence, personal agency, and stance toward the world. For this reason, once the project comes to an end, the participants, as experts, will independently and both individually and as a group keep working in the social oriented movies production. The project will boost the promotion and the understanding of those principles, particularly in the field of freedom of expression, encouraging the development of youth exchanges and the participation of young people in democratic life in Europe, through the production of social oriented movies.
From 28th October to 2nd November Starkmacher has co-organized and participated in the international ‘Host-Spot’- conference on Conflicts and Peace, Human Rights, Intercultural Dialogue and Migration and Integration in Alexandria, Egypt. 22 participants from nine different European and Middle-Eastern countries came together to exchange their personal experiences regarding migration.
55 young people from different countries of the world have spent 12 days in Jordan in August this year. They came from Europe, the Middle East, three were from USA, Argentina and New Zealand. They lived in shelters, that up to 6 months ago had been occupied by 100 refugees from Iraque. Experience the refugees argument from different perspectives, go beyond the limits of your own culture and way of living, overcome prejudices and use media to comunicate your own experiences - these were the objectives of the project "Host-Spots" that created the plattform for this exchange. One of the participants tells about his experiences.