07 Jan EQUILIBRIUM – INDERA’s Youth Programme
INDERA’s youth programme, equilibrium, facilitates in-school interactive and dynamic workshops and group work aimed at exploring self-care as the foundation for building well-being in our lives. We facilitate awareness raising through dialogue with youth and teachers about the normalization of violence and how it leads to self harm, abuse and violent behaviour. We look at:
- School bullying, social media and cyber-mobbing.
- Internet porn and how sexuality is tainted with violence and domination.
- Advertising and the objectifying of women in the media and the use of women’s bodies as an asset of pleasure for others.
- The (self) abusive aspects of common beauty ideals and the stereotyping of social roles and masculine and feminine identities.
We facilitate group work of either girls & young women or boys & young men aimed to support them to connect to who they truly are and to learn and appreciate what it means to be a woman and a man today.
- Girls and young women often feel the pressure to be top performers, defining themselves in terms of how they look and what they do.
- Boys and young men are often pressured by male stereo-typing linked to gender based violence and (self) abusive behaviour.
For all people, care and respect remain foundational requirements of harmonious relationships.
Indera’s youth work facilitates reflection of who we truly are beyond the stereotypes and the roles dictated to us through society and the media.
We work with three interrelated dimension:
- Education, Capacity-building and Awareness raising. Through interactive and dynamic workshops and group work students and teachers explore self-care as the foundation for building well-being in our lives. WThrough dialogue with youth and teachers awareness is risen about the normalization of violence and how it leads to self harm, abuse and violent behaviour.
- Body Awareness. Without body awareness there is no embodiment of what has been learned about violence and it will not be applied into day-to-day life. What we don’t learn form the body and then live stays as an external knowledge available to be regurgitated when asked for, but disconnected from a lived quality and true wellbeing.
- Networking. Directed toward the múltiple actors in the educational community to reflect about the normalization of violence.
The equilibrium Programme was first implemented in 2012 as a pilot project with the title Jóvenes migrantes por la convivencia pacífica y la cohesión social co-financed by the Generalitat de Catalunya, Departament de Benestar Social i Família, Direcció General per a la Immigració. In 2013 a follow-up initiative, called Aikido en la escuela: construyendo un espacio libre de violencias was implemented with the financial support of the Obra Social de la Fundación La Caixa.
In 2014 the Fundación INDERA implemented the project Sintiéndose, with their own resources and in 2015 the project Reconectar – La escuela como espacio de conexión, convivencia y educación en valores was implemented with the financial support of the Obra Social de la Fundación La Caixa. In the same year the project Valorar-ens: Joves reconstruint valors fonamentals d’igualtat, coresponsabilitat i integració social was implemented with the financial support of the Agència Catalana de Cooperació al Desenvolupament (ACCD) and the methodology was applied to the area of Education for Development.