About the Project!
Since 2014 Europe is facing the worst humanitarian crisis of re gees since World War II (WWII), the majority of them fleeing from Syria and Libya, while the economic crisis has been causing cuts to social inclusion, education and healthcare programmes. Make matters worse, populist groups’ media depict third?country nationals as exploiters of the welfare system while criminalizing civil society organizations in solidarity, thus fuelling social tensions into organized violence against people and institutions. Nazism and Fascism emphasized those features characterizing the public discourse during World War I and its aftermath such as nationalism, hatred of the enemy and dehumanization: all of that contributed to lay the groundwork for WWII.
In this sense the project “CHAPTER. Challenging propaganda through remembrance” aims to cast a light on propaganda before and during WWII, focusing on its role to enforce the concept of “enemy” from national and ethnic groups to political opponents and social groups. Participants, chosen among people who aren’t active citizens yet, will act as Remembrance messengers in order to relate past events to current trends. Moreover they’ll draw attention to the role of grassroots media and peace organizations in challenging propaganda through innovative communication methodologies and tools. The project gathers 11 partners from 9 countries: Austria, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Spain, Bulgaria – and foresees the realization of 5 Remembrance Weeks: Italy (14th-23rd of June 2021) / Poland(25th of June – 4th of July 2021) / Greece (25th of July – 3rd of August 2021) / Austria (8th – 17th of August 2021) /Catalunya (23rd of September -3rd of October 2021)
We are currently looking for 8 participants from Bulgaria, Spain, Poland, Greece, Italy, Hungary, France and Germany who want to attend the Remembrance week in Catalunya from 23rd of September till the 3rd of October 2021.

How will this Work?
In the Remembrance Week in Catalunya, we will discuss and reflect about History, Gender, Social Frustration through interactive discussion methods, individual research, creativity and different reflection methods. We will create our own outputs and infographic on following topic: Fear, Nationalism, Youth, Hate crimes, Propaganda, Freedom of speech, Normalization. The research on those topic listed above will be related to the Catalan / Spanish context but also context of the countries participants come from both in the past during the fascist/nazi regimes and in the present, in the policies or propaganda carried on by right-wings parties or movements.
This is not university or school, we will make the Remembrance week interactive and engaging. We will, among others, use methods of non-formal education, participatory discussion methods.

Who can participate
– Age 18+;
– Able to understand and express themselves in English;
– Interested in the topic of anti?fascism, propaganda, counter?propaganda, anti?racism, migration, etc.
– Able to participate in the complete project
– Motivated to create follow?up projects
We explicitly encourage participants of all genders, sexual orientations, abilities, races and ethnic backgrounds to apply.

How can I apply?
For more details about the Remembrance Week venue and every other logistic details, please click here.
If you are interested in participating you can apply by clicking here, by registering and filling the required fields. You will receive feedback
after a few days by the reception of your application. For any further questions please contact us at seminar@sci-cat.org
This Project is supported by Europe for Citizens programme of the EU. The travel costs will be reimbursed after the Remembrance Week for a maximum of 100 Euro per person. Food and accommodation, local transport and health insurance will also be provided to participants during the remembrance week. The costs for the eventual Covid19 test cannot be reimbursed.

Who organises this?
Service Civil International (SCI) is a volunteer organisation dedicated to promoting a culture of peace by organising international voluntary projects for people of all ages and backgrounds. The organisation consists of 41 branches and an ever growing number of partner organisations. This project is organised by several SCI branches and partner organisations:
Servei Civil Internacional de Catalunya / CVS?Bulgaria / Service Civil International Hellas / Servizio Civile Internazionale Italia /
Centro Studi Sereno Regis / Stowarzyszenie Jeden Swiat / SCI Austria / Le Service Civil International / Service Civil International /Deutscher Zweig E.V. / Utilapu Nemzetkozi Epit?abor Halozat Egyesulet / UNITED for Intercultural Action

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