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Colored Glasses

Coloured Glasses: Expanding Intercultural Education

The project at a glance

“Coloured Glasses Grow: Expanding Intercultural Education” (CGrow) is a project funded by the European Commission and coordinated by EEE-YFU, in partnership with FernUniversität, OBESSU, YEU International, YFU Austria, YFU Bulgaria, YFU Estonia, YFU France, YFU Germany, YFU Italy, and YFU Sweden.

The aim of “Coloured Glasses:  Expanding Intercultural Education” is to contribute to increasing the number of young people who develop intercultural competences, thus equipping them to engage in non-discriminatory practices and intercultural dialogue.

The best practice of Coloured Glasses

“Coloured Glasses” refers to the well-known analogy of the sunglasses which represent the cultural filters through which we observe and interpret reality. In YFU, Coloured Glasses has come to refer to a set of workshops designed to build young people's cultural self-awareness, leading them into cultural understanding by introducing them to the concepts of stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination. 

“Coloured Glasses”, a concept developed over more than 20 years through several adaptations, involves peer-to-peer learning and is rooted in grassroots volunteerism and community building.

The expansion

The project CGrow expands Coloured Glasses through:

1. New and strengthened geographies at grassroots level: a major part of this project is to bring Coloured Glasses to local regions where it currently does not exist, reaching out 150 volunteers and 20.000 young people across 7 different countries. 

2. Pedagogical adaptation to new target audiences: a manual will be developed for delivering Coloured Glasses to teachers and youth workers.

3. Dissemination and networking: additional outreach activities will further amplify the impact on people and networks that increase their awareness about the importance of intercultural education and how it can be implemented.

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