OUR DIFFERENCES ARE OUR STRENGHT

NEW FREE ZONE JUNIOR PROJECT

As part of the Free Zone Junior program, in 2020 we started a project called “Our Differences Are Our Strength” with the idea to advocate for equality, multiculturalism and acceptance of others, as well as to promote and enhance respect for cultural differences among young in Serbia.

Aim of this project is to build capacity for acceptance of cultural diversity and to accomplish intercultural dialogue between young people of different ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds, through interaction and creative, informal learning process.

The project will directly include ninety chosen creative young individuals between the ages of 15 and 26, who live on the territory of the Republic of Serbia.

Depending on their interests, some of them will take part in the Free Zone Junior Camp of socially engaged film, which will result in 12 documentaries, while the others will attend workshops to facilitate dialogues on topics initiated in films made on this project.

SCREENINGS AND DISCUSSIONS ACROSS SERBIA

Documentary films, followed with discussions after their screenings, will be shown on 60 specially organized film events in high schools, as well as in local organizations on 40 locations across Serbia. These screenings will be part of a wider campaign to raise awareness of the importance of cultivating cultural differences and multiculturalism.

Featured films, together with their recommended models of usage aimed to promote cultural differences, will also be available online on a platform that will be created during the first half of 2022. The platform will represent an invaluable resource for using film as a tool to raise awareness of the importance of respecting cultural differences and creating a better environment for cultural immersion among young people. This collection of films, together with instructions on how to use them to facilitate intercultural dialogue, will be specifically aimed towards youth organizations and educators, as well as towards all the other individuals across Serbia who work in human rights sector or who deal with relevant issues regarding anti-discrimination.

Created in 2006, Free Zone Junior program aims to initiate debates and expand knowledge in Serbia on current social and political issues across the globe, as well as to contribute to the development of critical thinking among youth, through usage of engaged films in education, which help to increase their media literacy, tolerance, and to break stereotypes and prejudices. The program has grown over the years, and today it encompasses activities for students on all levels of education, as well as informal learning programs for young.

Project “Our Differences Are Our Strength” is produced by Fund B92, through the Free Zone Junior program. European Union financially supported the project through the program of Support to Civil Societies of European Union Delegation in the Republic of Serbia. The project is co-funded from the budget of the Republic of Serbia – The Office for Cooperation with Civil Society.


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