Beat your prejudice!

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NGO Young Roma, in cooperation with debate club “Agora”, is starting with the implementation of project “Beat your prejudice!”, that will last till May of 2017. Project is financed by the Embassy of the United States - Podgorica, through Democracy Commission Small Grants Program.

Even thought Montenegro has placed good strategic framework for minority protection and the integration of Roma, little was done to cope with the most important issue – discrimination. Project “Beat Your Prejudice!” strives to contribute to raising awareness on necessity of reduction of discrimination, racism and persistent negative cultural prejudices against Roma by working with young citizens of Montenegro. It will target at least 300 young persons, aged between 15 and 25, from 3 Montenegrin municipalities – Podgorica, Niksic and Herceg Novi. Montenegrin teenagers and students will be engaged in an open debate on hot topics that will trigger their analytical potential for the purpose of breaking down the stereotypes surrounding Roma. In order to encourage youngsters to speak up, experienced debaters from the Faculty of Political Science Debate Club “Agora” and NGO Young Roma have designed interactive discussion model encompassing Forum Theater play in high schools in 3 mentioned cities, one street performance for the International Roma Day, and 3 parliamentarian debates at 3 higher education institutions.

Forum Theater is a type of performance game borne out of simultaneous dramaturgy that will enable audience to directly participate in the play and interact with the character as a real person. On the other hand, debates will give an opportunity for youth to analyze from various perspectives how ignored or poorly treated social issues can have negative effects for the whole society. In order to present project results and reach wider public through media, the action will focus on visibility and include anti-discrimination video and preparation of promo sets and posters, as well as the organization of final conference. Our final aim is to bring understanding on social position of others to a higher level and contribute to creating more tolerant environment among young peers.