is the project about?
Breaking Boundaries is a programme aiming to
bring young people together from different backgrounds and cultures to
explore what they have in common.
There are lots of advantages to growing up in a cosmopolitan city like
London, where cultures are treated as equal and diversity is celebrated,
but there are some disadvantages too. Young people often feel labelled
and boxed in cultural groups, losing the capability to define themselves
and to choose what they want to be. Too great an emphasis on diversity
may also have adverse effects since it elevates difference and may prevent
individuals and groups from really getting to know each other. It may
also generate competition for resources among ‘cultural groups’.
Breaking Boundaries provides a challenge to attitudes and ideas which
set people against one another. With a range of practical activities and
tools designed by young volunteers, the programme seeks to help young
people understand each other as equal citizens of the world, and to realise
that culture can be something that they can choose from, rather than something
that they naturally belong to for all time.
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