This project addresses the problem of discrimination of young Ukrainians in schools and boarding schools in Małopolska, especially in Krakow. The number of people in Poland from Ukraine has been increasing for a number of years, and consequently the number of pupils in Polish schools is rising as well. Approximately 90 000 Ukrainians live in Krakow alone, of whom approximately 4 000 are pupils. The first experiences of children and young people upon arrival are usually culture shock, not speaking the language, a feeling of disassociation, confusion, and dislike or discrimination from colleagues. Local young people reiterate the stereotypes and prejudice that are heard. Meanwhile, almost half of parents of children from Ukraine say that regular help is needed from an intercultural assistant.
The Project Promoter will train fourteen educators from Małopolska, mainly from Krakow, on working using the Teatr Forum method in cultural integration and counteracting discrimination on grounds of origin. Training participants will conduct Teatr Forum workshops and sessions (a theatre piece and debate) with young people in their communities. Their experiences will be presented at human rights workshops and conferences. The Project Promoter will produce a brochure on best practices using the Teatr Forum method as a means of integrating young people from various national groups and containing proposals for measures to counter discrimination of young people and children in national minorities.
Primarily, young people from Ukraine attending school in Krakow will benefit, although the measures are mainly directed towards educators, and in general young people at school. Pupils will learn to recognise and react to discrimination on grounds of origin. The project will also improve the well-being of young Ukrainians and their feeling of acceptance and safety.