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Young people from four continents tackle barriers to inclusion

Young people from four continents tackle barriers to inclusion

Young people from a diverse range of backgrounds came together in North Belfast to tackle stereotyping and barriers to inclusion for minority groups.

Among those at the ‘Inclusion Café’ event were young people from backgrounds including ethnic minorities, asylum seekers and refugees, members of LGB & Trans community and young people with disabilities.

“Young people from four continents took part,” said Jim Weir, EA Specialist Youth Inclusion Worker. “The Inclusion Café is based on the World Café model, the young people host tables themselves leading conversations in small groups.

“The questions are designed to be thought-provoking and challenging. The young people were given issues to discuss around identity, barriers to inclusion, tackling myths and stereotypes, and promoting mutual understanding.

“The aim is to increase confidence in meeting and forming relationships with diverse peers in the future.”

The ‘Inclusion Café’ was organised by the Education Authority’s (EA) Inclusion and Diversity Team as part of Community Relations and Cultural Awareness Week and was held in the Houben Centre.

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