This will be a one-year project supported by the Erasmus + programme, which will involve a training course in Bosnia & Herzegovina in February 2016, the development of a publication on Anti-Oppressive Practice for the Balkans Region and a launch event for the publication in Serbia in October 2016.
What is Anti-Oppressive Practice?
Anti-Oppressive Practice (AOP) is a method of restoring social justice and tackling the issues of inequality, discrimination and of course oppression. It should be a core pillar of practice for anyone working with young people and especially if these groups of young people are different in race, gender, orientation or ability.
How the course was developed:
AOP should be a core ethical value that youth work /leaders implement within their work. However we cannot always be clear whether or not our practice is oppressive to others. This course aims to identify just that, look at how oppression effects groups and individuals and identify methods for supporting conflict resolution and facilitation.
This course came about as a collaboration between 2 NGO’s Act Global in the UK and Kosmos based in North West Bosnia and Herzegovina. As a result of a discussion between members of the organisation, it was identified that a priority region for the Erasmus + programme is to work in the Western Balkans. The Erasmus + programme is making funding available for countries in the region to support youth exchanges, European Volunteer Service and training and development for those working with young people. These opportunities are a great for the region, however the wounds of conflict still have not healed making it challenging for leaders and young people to visit each others countries in the region. This project is working with brave pioneers in the region that somehow have managed to work with their personal feelings to develop great projects in the area and cultivate real friendships in the region.
In the region the project will be working with partners from Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and FYR-Macedonia. The project will also include partners from EU countries. The reason for this is to foster cooperation in the region, build links and support those EU nations to have the cultural competencies to work within the region.