On 19th of March 2021 an online meeting of the consortium of #SPORTolerance project was held that gathered project partners from Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria and Cyprus. During the meeting, the partners discussed the options and challenges of implementing the project educational mobilities until the end of 2021, considering the national regulations of COVID-19 pandemic in the partners countries.
#SPORTolerance project “comes at a time when Europe is faced with economic hardship, migratory flows, terrorism, the dangerous rise of populism, xenophobic rhetoric, extremism, and other phenomena, which test our democracies and shake public trust in state and international institutions”. Although radicalisation can happen at any age, young people in search of a sense of belonging, a purpose in life, or identity, may be particularly exposed. Young people are also one of the most mobile and dynamic population groups, offering them various opportunities for interaction with persons from diverse cultural backgrounds.
The practical focus of the project is to develop skills and knowledge through educational mobility of sport coaches in order to empower them to work with young people from disadvantage background and at risk of radicalization. Through increased possibilities of social inclusion and empowering equal opportunities for youngsters with disadvantage background at risk of radicalization and providing innovative methods, #SPORTolerance project would make positive change in Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria and Cyprus.
The current collaborative partnership will implement various activities on local, national and international level; will focus in transfer on knowledge through educational mobilities of sport coaches, promotion and sharing good practices in the field of preventing radicalization and promoting tolerance and solidarity through sport. #SPORTolerance will add to the existing knowledge, know-how and practices of participating directly and indirectly sport organizations and persons involved in project activities and outputs. All activities we will hold by this project will be available and can be used as OER (open educational resources) to the interested stakeholders.
THE FOLLOWING OUTPUTS WILL BE DEVELOPED TO ACHIEVE THE PROJECT AIMS MENTIONED ABOVE:
• Edition Education Through Sport edition “Sport for promotion of Tolerance” with new non-formal educational activities, focussed on fight with radicalization through sport and promotion of tolerance and solidarity;
• Empowered sport coaches in 3 EU and 1 Western Balkans countries to work focussely against radicalization and for promotion of tolerance and solidarity;
• Young people from disadvantage background at risk of radicalization involved in different and innovative sport activities with educational impact;
#SPORTolerance project is co-funded by ErasmusPlus Programme of the European Union and will be implemented by a consortium of:
Coordinator: Bulgaria, Bulgarian sports development association – (www.bulsport.bg)
Partner 1: Bulgaria, Darko Athletics team – (https://darkoteam.com/)
Partner 2: Belgium, The Charity Game (TCG asbl) (www.thecharitygame.be)
Partner 3: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bosnian Representative Association for Valuable Opportunities (BRAVO) (https://bravo-bih.com/)
Partner 4: Cyprus, Social Policy and Action Organization (www.socialpolicyaction.org)