Dernière mise à jour : 20 oct. 2020
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The AIM association started from the observation that hate speech and violence, among the young and old alike, are based on a lack of knowledge about each other, are based on stereotypes. Often Islamophobic and anti-Semitic in nature, hate speech is reinforced by a number of events: in Europe, the rise of the extreme right and terrorist attacks, and further afield, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, to which a solution has still not been found.
Every year, the program "Israel-Palestine: for a better understanding - training Ambassadors for nuance” brings together 5th grade students and teachers from very different schools and socio-economic and cultural backgrounds.
First of all, it makes it possible to strengthen the social mix between young people in Brussels, young people who would otherwise not have had the opportunity to meet each other. They come together to discover each other, to reflect, to get away from "preconceived ideas", to discuss the "complexity" of history and current affairs and to learn to develop their critical faculties around an emblematic conflict in our societies.
The young people follow training modules based on different didactic activities (history courses, training on stereotypes, media), but also participate in a field study trip to enable them to become aware of the realities experienced by young people in Israel and Palestine. This study trip provides them with the tools to develop new attitudes with regard to the protagonists of the conflict and the Jewish and Muslim communities (in the Middle East, in Belgium and throughout the world): a humanisation of the conflict.
By becoming "Ambassadors for nuance", our young people share their experience in other Brussels schools, but also with their close entourage, family and friends, helping to amplify the effect of the project. At present, the programme is in its 6th edition, with more than 250 young people having already taken part.
If you want to follow their actions, go to: www.actinmed.org