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TBILISI LIVING LIBRARY “Break up Free, Break up Prejudices” 22nd October 2011, 14:00-18:00, Vake Park

Published: October 2, 2011 | 8:26 pm
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The Tbilisi Living Library – ”Break up Free, Break up Prejudices” is an innovative project for Georgian society, based on non-formal and intercultural dialogue and interaction among young people coming from different cultural backgrounds and sex.

The Living Library aims to promote respect for human rights and human dignity and to enable constructive dialogue about prejudices that frequently lead to discrimination against individuals, groups of young people or minorities.

HOW IS IT WORKING?

The Living Library works exactly like a normal library: readers can come and borrow a “book” for maximum 30 minutes. After reading it they return the “book” back to the library and if they want they can borrow another one. There is only one difference: the Books in the Living Library are human beings, and the book and readers enter into a personal dialogue. The Books in the Living Library are people representing groups frequently confronted with prejudices and stereotypes, and who are often victims of discrimination or social exclusion.

In this way the Living Library is a concrete way of promoting tolerance and understanding. The “reader” of the library can be anybody who is ready to talk with his or her own prejudice and stereotype and wants to spend 40 minutes of time on this experience. Additionally Books can not only speak, but they are able to reply the readers’ questions, and the Books can even ask questions and learn themselves.

The Human Library enables groups to break stereotypes by challenging the most common prejudices in a positive and humorous manner. Through its simple but effective tool the Living Library focuses on bringing awareness on cultural diversity and it’s an opportunity for personal development, as you can meet “Books” from different backgrounds. Furthermore lot of Books will represent minority groups: in this way Living Library can be a concrete chance for social cohesion. The variety of people from countries, religions and cultural backgrounds, will ensure an intercultural learning process. Furthermore there will be several bilingual people who will be used as “dictionaries” in order to facilitate the dialogue. Tbilisi Living Library will enable participants to break stereotypes by challenging the most common prejudices in a positive manner.

Youth Association DRONI   www.droni.org

Ghambashidze str.3/flat6, 0179, Tbilisi, Georgia

Contact persons:

Justyna Frydrych Ana Sichinava

Mobile: +995 555 937036 Mobile: +995 555 333 443

E-mail: justyna@droni.org                                                                     E-mail: ani_sichi@yahoo.com

 

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