Tolerance International UK

Hackney Embracing Tolerance Youth Project

The aim of the Hackney Embracing Tolerance Youth Project is to promote mutual understanding and community cohesion by bringing together young people of different races, cultures and religious persuasions in schools and youth centres in Hackney.

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It ran from 12:00 AM, 1 March 2011 to 12:00 AM, 1 March 2012

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  • 'delivery was done in such a way that it enabled our young people to explore and develop their own understanding of diversity and inclusion'

    — John Macneely, Senior Projector Coordinator at HAFAD

  • I think I learnt a lot from taking part in this programme. there should be no harm in having your own religion.

    — young participant

  • • People should stop being narrow minded and see that stereotyping and things like that is disrespectful and think about feelings.

    — young participant

  • 'delivery was done in such a way that it enabled our young people to explore and develop their own understanding of diversity and inclusion'

    — John Macneely, Senior Projector Coordinator at HAFAD

  • I think I learnt a lot from taking part in this programme. there should be no harm in having your own religion.

    — young participant

  • • People should stop being narrow minded and see that stereotyping and things like that is disrespectful and think about feelings.

    — young participant

Situation

The project is needed to counter a rise in religious and racial intolerance in British society that threatens to endanger social cohesion and our civic society if it continues to go unchecked. between 2008 and 2009, incidence of racially-motivated crime throughout Greater London rose by 6.5%. The increase was most pronounced in boroughs with a high number of ethnic minorities such as Hackney, experiencing a disproportionate amount of racially-motivated crime.

Solution

We offer interactive sessions with young people encouraged to identify, appraise and challenge beliefs that harden inter-faith, race and community tensions. We have developed activities which are engaging and dynamic to ensure that the project can provide reactive and discursive forums in which young people can share their experiences of discrimination. Activities such as role play and image brainstorming are used to stimulate participants to discuss and evaluate the issues of intolerance.