Zadar, 03-10-2020 / 10-10-2020
For the project named New Horizons: Promoting Social Inclusion through Affirming Diversity, which is funded by the Erasmus+ programme, we went a week to Croatia under the coordination of Udruga Prizma. In this article we share our experiences, insights and also how this enriched us.
During this week in Zadar we (Seynur, Ikram and Imane) learned a lot of new things. New people, cultures, religions, stories and experiences. What we have also learned is that we are all different but still the same. And that we as youth workers strive for the development of young people. Everyone does that in their own way. One organization is very creative and the other connects people through spirituality. The great thing about this is that we have been given the freedom in Europe to develop ourselves. We also have the possibilities and the tools to develop ourselves. I think this has been important for us to realize.
The week in Zadar has provided many new experiences. We learned a lot about other religions, other cultures and we learned what the European Union does. Another important point we have learned is that Islam is viewed in different ways. Some of those present had never had a conversation with a Muslim. We were honored as Muslims for providing them with this experience. We therefore felt honored. Furthermore, we have done our best to give the best possible picture of Islam. We have tried to explain what Islam means to us and how we apply our faith in our daily life. We have also learned that the negative image about Islam is because many people do not know any other side of Islam. That is why we have come to understand and feel it is even more important to share about our faith.
The conversations we have had about the different religions have ensured that we have a better understanding of the negativity about Islam but also the understanding we have of other faiths. We have learned that there are many similarities. It is therefore important to talk more about the similarities than the differences that exist. That’s also where inclusion is all about, discuss and name the similarity rather than the differences. There will always be differences because each person is unique. What makes us human are the similarities we need to talk about. How wonderful it is that the European Union has given us this opportunity to come together and talk to each other. As long as we are open to these conversations and experiences, there is hope for humanity and we believe in the goodness that is within each of us.