SFERA Macedonia organizes a preparation meeting for the two youth exchanges that will be held in January 2018 in Malaga, Spain. The first project is called “GENDERation” and will consist in challenging traditional gender roles and assumptions and then relate them to the process of active youth participation and the empowerment of young people. The aim of GENDERation is to raise awareness on gender issues by using holistic learning and theater of the oppressed and it will gather participants from 7 European countries: Spain, France, Macedonia, Poland, Greece, Italy, Romania.
The second youth exchange is named “Love Speech Ambassadors” and will focus on challenging all forms of intolerance found on-line, such as racism, religious intolerance, etc. and also present counter-narratives to fight against the acceptance of hate speech. This will be done through interactive workshops, intercultural learning activities connected with non-formal education methodologies. At the end of the project participants are expected to become ambassadors for NHSM and social change catalysts in their communities. This youth exchange will also gather 7 countries: Spain, Sweden, Macedonia, Poland, Greece, Czech Republic and Romania.