Make it visible!
Invisible Racism. Make it Visible! is an online course, supported by Erasmus+ Program that aims at improving the skills and competences of youth workers, educators, teachers, activists, and anyone interested, on how to run educational activities with young people raising awareness and preventing any form of racism.
The course is a result of the European project called STAR: Stand Together Against Racism, where 4 NGOs from Bulgaria, Italy, Poland and Spain got together to share, test, upscale and disseminate their best practices to act against (invisible) racism and other types of violence.
The main purposes of this online course rely on understanding the meaning of racism including the modern forms of racism like invisible racism or micro racism. I have been able to interact online and discuss with attendees from all around the world the possible actions in anti-racism, therefore this Training Course made me discover new educational tools, non- formal education and platforms in order to work online about this relevant topic whose spread is essential to raise the awareness even during harsh times when the interactions seem being hard to attain. It is important to mention that this online course is divided into two sections: on Zoom and on the MOOC platforms.
Many activities were carried out during two months in Spring 2021. Several activities were consecrated to open discussions and debates about the topic of micro-racism, invisible racism but mostly about the educational tools that a trainer, tackling these topics, should manage.
An example of debate focused on the privileges when being white or how we deal with a situation when someone feels not comfortable speaking about specific topics like racism, especially if he/she experienced it. The positive side of these activities relies on the openness of the trainers who mediated the debates by staying neutral, understanding thus the feelings of each attendee.
I was enticed by several activities we have carried out, for instance when as group we created our banner for banning racism, with my group (in the breakout room) we decided that racism can have the same effect of a cigarette.
It can cause death, not only physical but also mental, together we chose to use the same slogan we can see on each packet of cigarette: Racism Kills. This activity was essential to know better each other since it happened during the first session of the course, at the same time we had the possibility to speak out about our experiences, thoughts and we came out with the idea that racism can be detrimental to our health.
As well I was keen on taking part on this course on MOOC since the theory and the practice were related, for instance there was a case study about racism and discrimination, several situations of invisible racism were mentioned, my task was to reply whether I judge certain situations as form of racism or not. It was interesting since I put myself in someone’s shoes as other activities in order thereby experiencing the same feelings.
I must say that through this online course I widened my horizons since dealing with such a topic in an international context represents a challenge, especially if the topic is so delicate and trigger of intricacies and awkwardness.
Unfortunately racism seems to be everywhere, the main purpose of this course was to enhance the skills of the trainers and youth workers when working on taking action against racism. My ambition is to make treasure of what I learnt through the debates and the activities in order to build up a project where social inclusion will be the key, more we are diverse more we enrich ourselves.
Different people can be victims of racism and discriminate others in turn as a reaction after having suffered. The project I have in mind, concerns a work which focuses on the emotions, a theme we tackled throughout the online course.
Invisible Racism. Make it visible!
“Through this online course I widened my horizons since dealing with such a topic in an international context represents a challenge.”
by Paola CANDITA
Associazione SUD – Italy