Dec 9, 2013

Comedy or tragedy - a training course

In Gyula, Hungary, between 2-9 November 2013 implemented a 6 days international training course on stereotypes, prejudices and discrimination and how media can by useful tool for antidiscrimination and inclusion, called „Comedy or Tragedy”, supported by European Commission – Youth In Action Programme, organised by Benefit Association for Samuel Tessedik College Students and Student Union of Szent Istvan University.The training course based on principle and practice of non-formal education, taking into account the needs of the participants' motivation and prior experience as the starting point.

The themes of the project was:
As youth workers, youth leaders we work directly with young people and of course, we cannot know all the details as family life, religion, cultural background, etc. of our target group. So several times we don’t want and we can hurt. We can hurt with an innocent joke; we can discriminate with a look, a phrase, an unconscious behaviour. Nowadays, working with immigrants, Roma people, members of different ethnic groups, or only with a young person simple, we cannot know which issue can be really sensitive, as e.g. showing a funny short movie about religion or women can be really discriminative towards someone and we even don’t know about it. We don’t know that we discriminate.
So by our project we aim to make people aware of their subculture, their behaviour towards differences, raise awareness on their stereotypes and prejudices and spotlight when they discriminate others even unconsciously. Foster understanding how media effect their perspectives towards each other, how a joke can be discriminative even without knowing it. Then as next step, turn it upside down, use media as tool against discrimination. Use the popular tools what young people like nowadays for the sake of anti discrimination and even invent projects and build partnership around the topic as antidiscrimination by the tool as media devices.

The overall aim of the training course was:
To train youth workers and youth leaders on using media (jokes, short movies and advertisements) as tools on antidiscrimination. To make them aware of their own cultural background, and how it influences them towards different cultures. To foster understanding the reasons behind their reaction, stereotypes and prejudices, and to recognise discriminations around and by them. To learn usage of new media technology on antidiscrimination with for and by young people they work with.

Learning objectives of the training course were:
-       To raise awareness on culture, cultural diversity and  own cultural identity;
-       To make assessment on stereotypes, prejudices and discrimination in general and self – assessment in personal and professional level in particular ;
-       To improve competences as usage of new modern technologies as tools for antidiscrimination;
-       To be able to prepare, realise and evaluate jokes, short movies and advertisements on antidiscrimination;
To create new partner network among organisations and invent together future projects.