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Cultural differences of minorities

Type of tool: 
Activity
Duration: 
30-60 min
Topics addressed: 
Anti-racism
EuroMed
Intercultural learning

Each minority has different cultural characteristics that enrich societies.
Through applying a questionnaire and trying folk dances the activity facilitates reflection on diverse minorities backgrounds.

Aim: 

To increase the participant knowledge about minorities and cultural differences within MEDA and Europe.

Step by step process: 

Energiser
Linked to the minority issues. Play music, everybody is walking just like in open society, but the music stops and everybody takes place on an island - paper. Then music continues and people start walking again. Then the fold of paper becomes smaller and the music replays and so on. The objectives are to save minority heritage and make them more united; to promote intercultural links.

Questionnaire
The team prepared a questionnaire (see Documents/Handouts) about culture, religion, language, ethnic. Participants were divided into 2 groups and had 15 minutes to answer the quiz.
General information about cultural differences is provided by the team.

Folk dances
The team exchanges with participants the cultural diversity and explores with the participants their reactions towards various songs and dances from Europe and Meda countries.

Materials and resources: 

- Paper;
- Flipchart;
- Computer and speaker;
- Cartoon;
- Cassette player;
- Markers.

Outcomes: 

Debriefing: Our culture is based on language, folk, traditions... Every minority should have the same rights as other member of society.
The participants are asked about their emotions during the different activities and about the tools they can adapt from this workshop. Participants discuss about how important it is nowadays to protect our own culture from processes of discrimination and assimilation. Our own culture should be the starting point of integration processes without being reduced to folklore.

Evaluation: 

Participants enjoy the energizer.
Participants enrich their knowledge on cultural differences through the information provided by the team.
Participants enjoy the dances and the cultural mix. Special attention given by the participants allows them to perceive the expressed feelings from different cultures.

Notes for further use: 

Participants are usually interested to know more information about other countries when working on the questionnaire.

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