INSIDE Partnership Presented Three Outputs to Help Support European Youth with Identity Challenges

On Oct. 11th, 2018, the international conference: “How to Find Oneself in Diversity? Contemporary Understanding and Findings on Youth Identity” was held in Vilnius, Lithuania.  The event brought together youth scholars from Italy, France, Poland, Romania, the Netherlands, and Lithuania to discuss factors and resources that contribute to youth identity development, as well as present the outputs of the Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership Project: Innovative Curriculum for Strong Identities in Diverse Europe (INSIDE). 

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Innovative Curriculum for Strong Identities in Diverse Europe

TYA is taking part in an international partnership with universities from Italy, France, Romania and Lihtuania. The international research project INSIDE will deliver new knowledge and tools to support European youth in identity-related challenges.

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CONSULTATION AND INFORMATION CENTRE PLUS

Tolerant Youth association in cooperation with Social – educational initiatives centre PLUS implement the continuous project “Consultation and information centre PLUS”, according to the European Fund for the Integration of third-country nationals, annual Programme 2013. The aim of the project – to increase opportunities for the integration of foreigners coming from non European countries, providing high quality services, ensuring counseling and information centre PLUS continuity. Project duration: July 1 of 2014- June 30 of 2015.

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Dialogue for promoting LGBT issues in Lithuanian regions

As regards LGBT+ rights activism in Lithuania, a problem of certain passiveness of LGBT+ activists & community outside the biggest cities prevails, underpinned in regions by remoteness from bigger cities, and fear of stigmatization in small communities, inner homophobia and low solidarity level.

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Consultation and information centre PLUS

Tolerant Youth association in cooperation with Social – educational initiatives centre PLUS implement the continuous project “Consultation and information centre PLUS”, according to the European Fund for the Integration of third-country nationals, annual Programme 2012. The aim of the project – to increase opportunities for the integration of foreigners coming from non European countries, providing high quality services, ensuring counseling and information centre PLUS continuity. Project duration: July 1 of 2013- June 30 of 2014.

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Intercultural Competence as object of General Education Programs 2013

Recently initiatives of integrating paradigms of Multicultural and Intercultural Education into the System of General Education have appeared in Lithuania. The directives of Ministry of Education determine the integration of Intercultural learning into School curriculum as optional. Therefore its implementation in public schools depends mostly on teachers’ will. As a result Intercultural learning is most often reduced to superficial and less intricate topics (like ethnographic diversity, languages, etc), social issues and especially LGBT issues being expelled almost entirely from the notion of Diversity of Society. LGBT issues are successfully avoided in all levels of General Education System with rare exceptions of personal initiatives of teachers and school pupils. Accordingly, the environment of General Education System stays deeply homophobic.

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Forming a LGBT-friendly discourse, enabling NGO‘s to advocate and defend discriminated persons

Lithuanian society is still very intolerant towards LGBT+ people. The prevailing negative discourse prevents countering homophobic bullying in schools, teachers lack skills and determination to deal with the cases of discrimination towards LGBT+ persons, and the LGBT+ friendly environment is barely visible in public discourse.

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Youth for competent discussion: countering LGBT myths and stereotypes in Public Discourse

LGBT issues are often met with repulse and ignorance in public discourse because of prevailing myths and stereotypes. Therefore the measures aiming at effectively struggling myths and stereotypes in public discourse must be taken so to promote efficiency of public discussion focusing on LBGT issues.

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Intercultural Competence as target of General Education Programs 2014

Recently initiatives of integrating paradigms of Multicultural and Intercultural Education into the System of General Education have appeared in Lithuania. The directives of Ministry of Education determine the integration of Intercultural learning into School curriculum as optional.

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BALTIC PRIDE 2010

On behalf of four LGBT organisations in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania we would like to invite you to participate in the Baltic Pride 2010 in Vilnius, Lithuania, from 7 – 8 May 2010. The Baltic Pride 2010 is an unique opportunity for human rights defenders across Europe to get together and discuss common problems and challenges, share experiences and best practices on tackling discrimination and advancing equality and human rights for LGBT people, as well as celebrating achievements. The “Baltic Pride 2010” is dedicated to highlight the importance of equality of homosexual, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons.

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