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Demokratie leben! Integration at eye level

Integration at eye level – Peer mediation of values for refugees

Persons who have had to flee their home countries and are now attempting to navigate their new environment are looking for support, orientation, help and advice. The question as to where they will find their place within German society and of what tangible advantages the free and democratic order holds for their lives is difficult to realise. Existing strategies to mediate gaps in societal values mainly rely on a lecturing approach, while linguistic and cultural hurdles obstruct the sharing of knowledge and experience.

The project aims at an empathic value mediation by means of creating a platform for dialogue on equal footing. Within this framework, intercultural cohabitation on the basis of shared values can be discussed comprehensively and practically oriented. Refugees are supported in their long-term integration into the host society with the help of “peers“. Integrated persons with a migration background will be trained and empowered to act as imparters of knowledge and experience.

The innovative value of the pilot project lies, on the one hand, in the peer group approach, carried out in a workshop format. On the other hand, theatre education approaches in group work have proven to foster the development of soft skills, such as conflict prevention by means of communication. The initiation of reflection processes aims at raising awareness of the concrete advantages of the liberal-democratic value system for the participants‘ own lives. Therefore, the curriculum includes hot topics such as extremism of different kinds (Islamism, right-wing extremism etc.), in order to strengthen the newcomers’ tolerance of diversity and build their resilience vis-à-vis extremist ideologies.

The pilot project is carried out in cooperation with the European Foundation for Democracy (EFD) and funded by the German Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ), within the framework of the federal programme “Demokratie leben!”, as an approach for the prevention of radicalization.

We are searching for participants in our workshops. Click on the language for more information in arabic or german.

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