I'm not racist, but... Not machismo nor feminism, Equality You're dirty like a gypsy. All Muslim women are subservient. There would be no homophobia if the gays were another way. She's really pretty, but she would be better is she lost weight... Do these sound familiar? Surely yes. Discrimination is the agenda of the day. All of us discriminate to a greater or lesser extent. It is hard not to when you are raised in an institutionally hetero-patriarchal, sexist, racist, and Islamophobic system... but move away from these excuses and stop discriminating. The key to not doing it? Education.
Since the radical idea that education is the tool to achieve an equal and more just society for everyone, ‘COCO: contra el odio cotidiano’ was created. This project is aimed at creating a national education strategy and awareness against the incitation of hate, and crimes motivated by prejudices both online and offline. And recently, the training of tutors has taken place in Lorca (Murcia). An intense week of meetings, conversations, and discovery, and a lot of collective learning.
A total of 25 young people in Spain have met to work against routine hate. Young people with very diverse backgrounds: from university settings, social sector, cultural mediators, from the LGBTQ community... Young people who are really motivated to protect and promote the best of the world, as Eduardo Galeano says is the 'the quantity that world has'.
The training day had the objective of creating competencies and the acquisition of educational tools and awareness that work inside and out of the classroom. What's more, a support network was created to work conjunctively over the next few months.
The young people learnt, through diverse ways, how to recognise everyday hate, their own discriminatory attitudes and how to act and create strategies to confront them. What's more, they discovered informal educational tools, alternatives ways of communication and how to create awareness campaigns.
Collectively, it had been an rewarding experience. 'The experience was really amazing, the tutors have given us many guidelines and tools to develop workshops. Sharing with other people from different cultures was really rewarding. We all left with new understanding and with all the illusion of developing the COCO project' said Angie Dahiana, trainer from Valencia.
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