The Italian Partido Democratico launches a pilot project on integration in schools

The local division of the Partido Democratico in Caserta, Italy, has launched the pilot project “Figli d’Italia” (Children of Italy) in three schools that will teach both migrant and native pupils how to deal with socio-economic and cultural differences in the classroom. In addition, the project aims at raising awareness about discrimination against migrants in Italy.

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SALTO-YOUTH New Publication – We Are All Europeans

salto youthThe We Are All Europeans booklet aims to convey a positive and empowering image of youth with a migrant and minority background by highlighting how youth projects can empower young people to see cultural diversity as an asset, and migration as an opportunity.

In Europe, there continues to be inequality faced by young people from a migrant background, who are often victims of discrimination and are stereotyped negatively by the media.

It was in this context that SALTO Cultural Diversity felt the need to create the We Are All Europeans booklet. It aims to:

  • inspire ideas to set up youth projects;
  • inform about funding opportunities;
  • inform more about migrant and minority youth in the EU;
  • give tips and inspiration to include and value culturally diverse youth.

The guide is designed to support young people and youth workers to create intercultural youth projects using effective educational and project planning tools and, if applicable, Youth in Action funding.

The structure of the guide follows the project planning cycle and is divided into three main parts:

  • Five key actions, around the themes of ‘empowering’, ‘informing’, ‘including’, ‘bringing communities together’ and ‘participating’ (ideas generation and project planning);
  • Funding for your youth project (financial tools to transform ideas into reality);
  • Reaching more young people and connecting to others (project promotion and dissemination).

Download the Booklet

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Ireland: Warning of rise in racism among Irish children

A migrant advocacy group has warned that Irish children are becoming increasingly racist, as figures show almost one in every five cases of racial abuse is perpetrated by under 18s.

The graphic finding is contained in the Immigrant Council of Ireland’s (ICI) annual Racist Incident Statistics for 2013.

According to the document, a total of 144 cases of racism were reported to the ICI over the past 12 months, up 85% on the 78 incidents highlighted in 2012.

However, despite the shocking rise, ICI chief executive Denise Charlton said the most worrying trend is the increase in racism among young people, with almost one in every five cases being instigated by children and teens.

The figures show that during 2013 a total of 17% of racist abuse perpetrators and 8% of victims were under the age of 18, the youngest of whom was just three years old.

School holidays were the “peak period” for racist abuse, with verbal and written attacks the most common form of incident (52%), followed by discrimination (24%) and physical violence (9%).

“The detailed breakdown of our 2013 figures highlights a number of areas of concern, in particular the involvement of young people both as victims and perpetrators, with periods around school holidays now representing the busiest period for our frontline services,” Ms Charlton said.

“It is worth noting that July was by far the busiest month, with 31 incidents, while other periods corresponded with mid-term around Halloween, with 18 reports in November, and St Patrick’s Day, when 15 reports were received in March.

“To ignore this trend amongst our young people is not only wrong but dangerous. Students, parents and teachers all have a role to ensure racism is kept out of our classrooms, playgrounds and sporting arenas,” she added.

The ICI said it is essential that existing anti-bullying school policies, which every facility is obliged to implement, also include specific measures to tackle racism.

The ICI previously drew up a draft policy on the issue to assist schools, teachers and parents.

Race cases

* A mother from Africa said her three-year-old daughter was physically assaulted by an adult at pre-school. The mother, who said ethnicity was a factor, reported the incident to gardaí.

* A 13-year-old girl of African extraction is suicidal after being verbally assaulted at her school by a pupil, who told her to “go back where she comes from”. The girl refuses to go back to school as she is afraid the issue could get worse and wrote a letter “where she expressed her wish to die or start her life over again”.

Via Irish Examiner  (By Fiachra Ó Cionnaith, Irish Examiner Reporter)

SIRIUS notes:

The ICI draft policy document highlights the procedure that schools should follow to draft an anti-discrimination policy based on the following headings: identification, reporting, support, sanctioning, trends, roles and responsibilities. Preventative measures are also suggested in order to promote the appreciation for diversity.

SIRIUS now has two new partners in Ireland: The Integration Centre and New Communities Partnership. The ICI statistics show that they have plenty of work to do to improve the situation in Irish schools and make students, teachers and parents aware of the importance of eliminating anti-discrimination and thus improving the experience of young people with a migrant background in the educational system and society in general.

The European Network against Racism has also just started to collaborate with SIRIUS, and their Irish branch (of which ICI, The Integration Centre and New Communities Partnership are all parnters) are running a website called iReport which enables people, communities and organisations in Ireland to document incidents of a racist nature that occur nationwide. In the 1st quarterly report for July-September 2013, it showed that 14% of the victims of racist incidents are under the age of 18.

Italy: A new project for developing awareness against discrimination among young people

The project “Power to the words”, promoted by UNAR – National Agency Against Discrimination, focuses on combating discrimination among students in upper secondary schools.

Starting at the end of December, it will last three months and it is characterized by the use of rap music to discuss racism and discrimination. Via education music workshops in schools, this project aims to overcome stereotypes, prejudices and discrimination on the basis of race, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, belief or disability. “Power to the words” is sponsored and funded by the National Office Against Racial Discrimination at the Department for Equal Opportunities of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers and implemented in collaboration with the Association “Razzismo Brutta Storia”.

Read more (UNAR)

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