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A Youth Exchange Project Between Ireland and Lebanon on Conflict TransformationA Youth Exchange Project Between Ireland and Lebanon on Conflict Transformation

We are increasingly seeing divided communities, young people driven apart and discriminated against because of who they are or where they come from, experiencing anything from racism to street violence and war; crime, substance abuse and disaffection. We wanted to challenge this using non-formal youth work practice, and art as a tool for critical social engagement. We brought 12 young adults (aged 20 – 30) from diverse cultural, social and religious backgrounds from Ireland and Lebanon to work together in Beirut, Lebanon for one week to explore how they had Transformed Conflict in their own lives and what they would like to impart to other young people experiencing conflict.

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  • 8 steps to inclusive youth work cover

    The NQSF includes “ensuring and promoting equality and inclusiveness” as a Core Principle of Youth Work. The National Youth Strategy states that young people should be “included in society”, that “their equality and rights are upheld”, and “their diversity is celebrated”.

    Many groups struggle to know if, or how, they are meeting these criteria because there are no set indicators or measures on equality and inclusive work.

  • Each short clip in the video series, supported by the Equality Authority, can be used as a standalone resource to raise discussions within youth groups, or in conjunction with the free online resource Access All Areas: A Diversity Toolkit in order to embed diversity within youth groups. A new video will be posted each month.

  • This new resource is based on the experience of intercultural youth work in 7 individual youth organisations based in Dublin. The stories express how they have each, in their own way, approached the 12 aspects or steps to good intercultural youth work practice.  

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