EU-CARES addresses collective trauma and support the reconciliation process among young people from war-affected countries through storytelling techniques fostering active participation, constructive dialogue and critical thinking. Embedded in the project rationale is the notion that the recognition of different narratives and the creation of new collective ones as a holistic method for fostering youth engagement, esp. among displaced youth, has the power to raise the capacity of youth CSOs to mainstream peace-building best practices.
The project aims to empower and increase the competences of youth workers to contribute to the reconciliation process in the Western Balkans by fostering youth participation and engagement, intercultural understanding and solidarity through storytelling.
The first activities of the project are underway, as the partners are working on the collection of best practices and exploration of main narratives on WB conflicts and engaging young people from different regions in meaningful dialogue through different storytelling techniques, by enhancing their social and emotional intelligence to increase mutual understanding and heal collective trauma.
The EU CARES project is implemented by 8 partners from 7 countries: Sarajevo Meeting of Cultures (B&H), CESIE (Italy), IRSH (Albania), IDEA LAB (Poland), NGO PRIMA (Montenegro), Center for Social Innovations Centrifuge (Serbia) and PERPETUUM MOBILE Institute (B&H), led by OTB International.
The project is co-financed by the Erasmus+ KA2 Programme of the European Commission.