Sharing experience – Karollay Angulo Zamora

My name is Karollay Angulo Zamora and I took part in the Erasmus Plus training course in Malaga, Spain through the organization “Ruana” that I work with. It was my first experience of this kind and I found it very interesting and stimulating.

I was attracted to the course for three main reasons: the first that the course was in English, which was good to improve my languages skills; the second was the theme of the course; the third was to be able to meet other young people from around the world.

I was particularly interested in the theme of course, which was Islamophobia. Living in Italy, with large numbers of immigrants coming from Islamic countries and the number of attacks we hear about by extremists who carry them out in the name of religion, I hear people talking about Muslim as if they were all terrorist.

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Sharing Experience – Laura Seidl

The project “Islam is not the Enemy” organized by ASUL in Malaga, Spain was an amazing experience which I am extremely grateful to have been part of. Each day, activities that were both informative and interactive were done so that each participant would feel included and would leave the training course with some knowledge on the topic.
The project was also great for networking as people from different countries gathered together to talk about the issue and discuss the different approaches taken by other countries. The highlight of the trip for me would definitely be the debates and scenarios we would play to prove how islamophobia and ignorance are closely linked.
An amazing experience for people to gather and find solutions to tackle this problem.

 

Sharing experience – Sofia Santos

Taking part in the Erasmus+ training course ‘Islam is not the Enemy’ was an inspiring opportunity to learn more about the dangers of Islamophobia and radicalization. Along with 24 participants from 6 different countries we worked together to find ways to tackle the growing anti-muslim sentiment that has been widespread through Europe recently.
Personally speaking, I thoroughly enjoyed participating in this course! Contrary to what I expected most activities were fun hands-on tasks which encouraged us to take an active role in adding to the discussion. Some of these include: Role playing activities, mock political campaigns, poster and video presentations, research projects and more. Every exercise was purposeful and well organised which helped us develop both personal and teamwork skills in addition to better understanding the topic as a whole. The activity that stands out to me the most were the large group debates where we had to position ourselves both for and against each issue we discussed, motivating us to understand and argue for both sides of the matter in spite of our personal opinions.

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Sharing experience – Thomas Coutinho Lehnen

My experience in Malaga was outstanding. I am very thankful for having had the opportunity to fly to another country to participate in a training course that dealt with one of Europe’s biggest modern challenges, Islamophobia. I came back home feeling more informed about the issue and more ready to help even further to tackle issues like that in the future.
When I arrived there, I didn’t have many expectations. I wanted to surprise myself and see how it was going to turn out as time passed by. The first days were amazing. We met with the other associations and got to know each other. We ended up building a strong group dynamic that was effective for the days that followed. The coordinators were very responsible people and showed us multiple ways to work on a problem by assigning us to different projects which we had to present.

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Sharing experiences – Santiago Campos

During our week in Malaga at the training ‘Islam is not the Enemy’ I’ve acquired, through the clever application of the Erasmus + structure, the means to critically approach a topic as delicate as islamic radicalization. Not only that but we dealt with the prejudices surrounding Islam that have developed because of the application of the Sharia law, i.e. the more aggressive and violent use of the religion, making Sharia law not islam itself but an alternative application independently responsible for the crimes some tend to associate with Islam.
Islam as such, transcends the religion. It’s not only people but a culture. One that was pervaded all other cultures. Hindsight, Mexican gastronomy is heavily inspired by food developed within the Islamic culture.

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[Project Approved] Islam is not the enemy

According to European islamophobia report (EIR) 2017, there is an evolution of Islamophobic developments and incidents in European countries. Although most European countries deny the existence of Islamophobia, anti-Islam and anti-Muslim sentiment, the report demonstrates that racism and hate crimes against Muslims became widespread and began to normalize throughout Europe. In 2017, some 546 anti-Muslim attacks took place in Spain. Hate crimes against Muslims and attacks on mosques almost doubled in London. In Poland alone 664 hate crimes were committed from January to October 2017. Fourteen percent of all Muslims in Norway were subjected to verbal or physical attacks and 25% of all Muslims living in Malta were harassed. Just in Germany, the largest and most important European county, almost 1,000 attacks were committed against Muslims and there were more than 100 attacks on mosques. 60% of Muslim teachers think that they are subjected to discrimination.

At increasing Islamophobia in Europe contributed massively the latest years’ terrorist attacks and the current migration context in Europe. As are stigmatising and racist discourses, representing Muslims as the “enemy from within” who needs to be controlled and policed, and as threats to “European values” and the “European way of life”, which in practice actually only mean that diversity is not welcome in Europe. Instigating fear, prejudice and suspicion in the European population’s hearts and minds will only lead to further insecurity and violence, instead of creating resilient and trustful communities that can work together for a better future for all. 

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Sharing experiences – Smaranda-Ioana Vlad

Last December I was more than excited to participate in an amazing project in Brussels-“EUnique Identity” along with other 5 nationalities.

There are several reasons why I will remember this project for a very long time and some of them will be developed below.

First of all, being surrounded by people form 5 other countries: Slovakia, Spain, Italy, Bulgaria and Belgium made me aware of how different we are as cultures. It was very fun to get lost on the streets of Brussels and to discover meanwhile how other languages sound and what makes every country special. The intercultural night also helped with this when I was able to taste some specific traditional food (…and drinks!)

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Interview – Maya Yordanova

Maya participated in the Training Course “EUnique Identity” organized by ASUL in Brussels, Belgium.

Hello Maya! Can you give us your opinion about the project “EUnique Identity” Brussels, Belgium?

The project was really fun! It was such a pleasure visiting the EU-Parliament and the EU-Commission! I believe it was a good experience and I got quite a lot of information about different topics connected to the EU-Institutions and what the EU is. I also think that it was good, that we also had the time to explore the beautiful Brussels.

What is the most important thing you have learned during the project?

I learned that there are a lot more things that the EU can provide to the young people, like different projects, traineeship programs and a lot more. I learned how important it is to actually promote more involvement in the elections of our representatives in the EU-Parliament  among our fellow citizens and that we also can participate in the political life. I learned that I have a lot more to learn about the EU overall and that I should keep a closer look at what’s happening in all fellow EU-countries.

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Cesar J. Beltran – President – Articles and Story

Since his very youth Cesar J. Beltran has been working to create opportunity through the belief that every person just need a small chance to have the tools to change the world. This great engagement has been stressed out by many press articles, posts and conferences that gave him even more enthusiasm to continue his work.

Here you can find some of those articles from all over the world. If you have any question do not hesitate in contacting us at info@asul.eu

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