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Smart for Democracy and Diversity (SDD)


About the project

“Smart for Democracy and Diversity” (SDD) is a project supported by seven partner organisations from six European countries with the aim of developing an anti-racist learning tool for adult education. Our project focuses on the development of an online game, learning materials, workshop concepts and policy recommendations. SDD addresses learners, adult educators and policy makers and intends to contribute to the strengthening of a democratic and diverse society with this broad approach.

Equal rights, participation and protection against discrimination and racism are central to the agenda of the European Union and important preconditions for living together on equal terms. In recent years, populist and racist positions have gained strength across Europe. Hate speech and conspiracy theories spread prejudice, promote anti-Semitic thought patterns and stir up sentiment against marginalised groups. These attacks are not only verbal, they also culminate in physical violence and terror.

The developments of the last few years are only an intensification of this. Exclusion of marginalised people and racist ideas are a long-term social problem. Racism, discrimination and hate speech affect people because of their appearance or identity and have a strong impact on the possibilities and opportunities of the people who are targeted. Discrimination limits individual opportunities and affects all aspects of life – from finding housing and a job to participating in society. Dealing with discrimination does not only require political and legal decisions. It is also important to deal with one’s own discriminatory positions and attitudes. Such self-reflection approaches have been used in anti-racist education work for many years.

The project works with an intersectional approach and includes the individual experiences of marginalised people. The aim is to make these positions visible and to promote a critical examination of discriminatory behaviour and structures. The intersectional approach focuses on individuals and their specific life situations, but keeps discriminatory categories in mind.

An important methodological aspect is an empathetic and low-threshold approach to the topic. This should promote understanding and reflection of one’s own behaviour. We believe that democratic and equal coexistence in a diverse society can best be promoted by understanding other perspectives.



These are our latest news:
International Conference: Learning and Implementing Social Innovation
International Conference: Learning and Implementing Social Innovation

SHINE, AFEdemy and the Nursing School of Coimbra are organising a conference on November 8th and 9th…

Meet Gianpaolo, co-founder of the Italian LGBTQ+ movement

Today we continue with Gianpaolo, who co-founded the Italian LGBTQ+ movement and will tell us more a…

Meet Romana, who left her partner after experiencing domestic violence

Today we meet Romana, who left her partner after experiencing domestic violence and will tell us mor…

SDD Meet Marion (EN)
Meet Marion, story of a gypsy in Europe

Today we meet Marion, daughter of a Roma mother and Portuguese father, who will tell us more about t…

SDD Meet Tobias (EN)
Tobias: being discriminated against because of his skin colour

Meet Tobias, son of a black father and white mother. In the Compendium Experiencing Hate Speech he t…

SDD Newsletter #1
SDD Newsletter #01 just released (March 2022 EN)

The first newsletter of the Smart for Democracy and Diversity (SDD) Project has just been released.

SDD Interview with Bob Kurik
Interview with SDD partner Bob Kurik, Charles University Prague

To daily face racism or hate speech is one time event that leads to a 1,000 needles that hurt Europe…

SDD Interview with Jesper Schulze
Change of perspective may open up your world

Because it is important to be aware of your own patterns of behaviour and thinking in relation to di…



The project involves seven partner organisations in six European countries.


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