DRK Schwäbisch Gmünd: “Games and Beatz versus Racism” - Youth in Schwäbisch Gmünd celebrates integration

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March 2017. It is 6 pm. The organizers of the “Games and Beatz vs. Racism”-party are waiting for their guests. The Esperanza Youth Center, the Youth Council and the Kreisverband Schwäbisch Gmünd of the German Red Cross (DRK) promote integration through fun activities. Playing, discussing and laughing together fosters tolerance and understanding. The organizers hope to set a signal against prejudice and racism.

Google Chromebooks are arranged in the lobby of the Youth Center. Next door a DJ has started the music. Soon, young people from Schwäbisch Gmünd and young refugees are playing table soccer or cards and enjoy alcohol-free cocktails and good conversations. They watch videos together and play online games using the Chromebooks, which the DRK has  received from NetHope’s Project Reconnect. Around 8pm most of the young people are on the dance floor. Everybody is having fun. 

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Usually, the Chromebooks are available at the "Treffpunkt Zukunftswerkstatt" at the DRK Schwäbisch Gmünd. "Treffpunkt Zukunftswerkstatt" helps young refugees learn about various professions and about professional training options and allows them to study German with the help of the Chromebooks and online content. The young refugees also use the chromebooks to stay in  touch with friends and family through e-mail, video chat and social networks.

Further information: 

DRK Kreisverband Schwäbisch Gmünd: Treffpunkt Zukunftswerkstatt 

 

Post by Theresa Ritzer, NetHope-Project Reconnect