ABOUT (Re)defining equality

(RE)Defining Equality is a United World Colleges (UWC) and Erasmus+ Short Course hosting 40 international participants to spend two weeks in the Tyrolean town of Imst. Together they will redefine what equality means to them, their surroundings and around the world. Through a balance between workshops, self-initiated projects and community interactions, participants will get the chance to not only be a part of the short course, but to actively create and shape the program while getting to know Austrian culture.

The course will discover different aspects of equality by looking at:

Environmental Justice

Participants will reconnect with nature during a two-night camping trip in the middle of the Austrian alps were they will experience swimming in a wild river, cooking food on fire and sleeping in a tipi. After arriving back to the course location, the group will explore how environmental justice links to social inequality through a hands on simulation and movie discussion.

Gender & Sexuality

The status of women and acceptance of different sexualities varies widely across history and cultures. Through independent research, discussion and sharing of experiences in their home communities, participants will compare the ways gender & sexual identity are treated differently. Incorporating a theatrical approach, students will create their own responses to the discussion.

Economic & Social Equality

Economic and political ideologies vary widely when going from country to country. Participants will share their personal experience of different economic and social systems and reflect on their advantages and disadvantages. Workshops will take place to see how different approaches affect both the individual and the society.

Migration

Given the increasing far-right tendencies of European governments and ongoing conflict in the Middle East, this aspect of the program encourages the participants to explore inequalities across borders. This aspect of the course will encourage reflection on the variety within the participant group and find similarities despite different backgrounds and experiences.

Global thinking, local action

Lastly, the project aims to bring together young enthusiastic students and empower them to be globally thinking changemakers in their home countries. Participants will engage with the local community of the course location through an open day and learning about the region by visiting local organisations. The short course is further supported by the European Commission's Erasmus+ programme, bringing youths together for an exchange about the future of Europe and beyond.

Participants

  • Are between 15 and 17 years old or in their last two years of high school education
  • Reside in countries in Europe, Middle East, South America or South Asia
  • Have not attended a UWC Short Course before or been accepted to one of the UWC schools/colleges