PeerAct - Upscaling peer-to-peer anti-bias education for promoting common values

Project Reference: 612137-EPP-1-2019-1-BE-EPPKA3-IPI-SOC-IN

Dates: 15/01/2020 to 14/01/2022

Duration: 24 months

Financed by: Erasmus+ KA3 - Support for Policy Reform

The Project Card is available to view on the Erasmus+ Project Results Platform

The project partners:
EPTO - Belgium (applicant organisation)
Ofensiva Tinerilor - Romania
Youth On The Move - Romania
Par - Portugal
Humanitas - Slovenia
Volonterski Centar Skopje - Macedonia 
Pomoc Deci - Serbia
European Institute of Education and Social Policy - France


"PeerAct" Kick-off Meeting for project partners, 12-13 February 2020, EPTO office, Brussels


Discrimination and intolerances among youth based on religion, gender, ethnicity, race, disability or sexual orientation or simply not fitting the social norms can be seen in many countries today. This situation is not compatible to the values on which the EU was founded and a solution for combating this phenomenon is needed. We believe that non-governmental youth organisations need to tackle this issue and for this they need an effective solution and resources that can be implemented at local level. 

Why PeerAct?

EPTO has developed a peer-to-peer solution to address these issues. At its foundation lies the "A world of difference – AWOD” ® training programme, which has been used for more than 20 years and which has already proven its effectiveness in fostering non-discrimination, tolerance, solidarity and equality on more than 350 000 worldwide beneficiaries. The programme uses interactive methods such as simulations, small and large group discussion, role-plays, dramatizations, that generate experiences which later help participants reflect and draw conclusions about the ways in which differences impact our daily lives. 

The plan

Scale-up the implementation of the AWOD programme by replicating it in 7 new communities within the 5 countries, where the project partners are based: Romania, Portugal, Macedonia, Slovenia and Serbia and.
Develop and disseminate a framework for cooperation that will allow this non-formal learning process to be included in the European formal learning system as a complementary means to facilitate the acquisition of the fundamental EU values in schools.

With this project we aim to equip 1700 youngsters across these communities with the necessary social and civic competencies that will make them embrace the values of non-discrimination, tolerance, solidarity and equality. 


Thematic Awareness Trainings 70 participants will be trained online in 4 groups, by 2 certified trainers. The training will follow the AWOD pedagogical programme that leads to:

  • Developing self-awareness of participants’ personal and culturalidentity;
  • Developing appreciation for socio-cultural diversity;
  • Developing empathy, critical thinking, and communicationskills;
  • Recognising own and others’ stereotypes and prejudices andtheir manifestations;
  • Examining own roles in perpetuating or confrontingdiscrimination;
  • Identifying personal and group actions for change;
  • Transferring and disseminating the earning.

TAT #1, online, 20 - 26 June 2021

TAT #2,  online, 12 - 18 July 2021

TAT #3, online, 19 - 25 July 2021

TAT #4, online, 26 July - 1 August 2021

Short Peer Training Practice Workshops

In the 4 months following the TAT,  to be certified by EPTO as “Peer Certified”, participants will organise short anti-discrimination workshops in their home communities (at least 6 hours), using the training methodology.


Train the Trainer Training (TTT)
This 5-day international mobility will take place in Macedonia in the autumn of 2021, with all participants who have organised their short localworkshops. 70 participants will be trained for 5 days in 3 groups, by 2 certified trainers/group of +-25 participants.