What is the CEAi?
The Centre for African and Intercultural Studies (CEAi) was founded in 1987, and it is an association dedicated to the study and dissemination of the African continent, migrations and interculturalism. It’s Intercultural Department (from which the YOUNG LEADERS project was developed) currently conducts a broad range of studies, projects and activities —both independent and commissioned by public and private institutions—, focused on subjects like racism, cultural and experiential diversity, gender equality, intersectionality, health and education, among others.
YOUNG LEADERS for diversity, interculturalism and prevention of violence
This project aims to train young persons with diverse migration and cultural backgrounds on issues related to diversity, interculturalism and prevention of violence, and to subsequently accompany them in the implementation of such learning through the designing and carrying out of school workshops and community actions throughout different regions of Catalonia.
Selection of participants through an open call
Participants attend a number of weekly training-debate sessions on subjects such as cultural diversity, antiracism, interculturalism, gender critical perspective, LGBTI+, religious diversity, functional diversity and school bullying, among others.
Design and preparation of the practical actions
Participants break into small subgroups to design and prepare 1 school workshop + 1 community action, addressing a subject of their own choice. Throughout this process each group counts with the support of the project coordinators through a number of scheduled tutorships, both personalized and collective.
Delivering of the workshops and community actions
Each subgroup delivers 1 school workshop + 1 community action, preferably in schools and community spaces with which they have a previous bond, or that are located within their area of residence.
Final assessment of the project
Participants gather along with the project coordinators to assess the different stages of the process, and to share any thoughts, feelings, ideas, conclusions or improvement suggestions related to the experience.
Public presentation of the project’s phases and results
The project coordinators, along with the participants, conduct a public presentation in which they share the most relevant aspects of the project, as well as a summary of the final assessment.