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MVNGO is a partner organization in the Erasmus Plus Capacity Building Youth project “Art for Social Change” coordinated by the Bulgarian organization Open Space, with the participation of 3 partner organizations: Soul-Xpressions (Uganda), Chamwino Arts Center (Tanzania) e Mine Vaganti NGO (Italy).

Aim of the project is to assist organizations in Europe and Africa in developing their capacity to work with young people in solving the wide range of problems they encounter in their lives.

The first edition of the project was from 2014 to 2016, where activities were carried out in Bulgaria andTanzania. The second edition of the project takes place between 2017 to 2018, with events in Tanzania, Bulgaria, Italy and Kampala (Uganda).

Objectives:

– Creation of tools for the development of leadership skills and key competencies in young people (learning skills, initiative, social and civic competences, digital skills);

– Providing practical work by organizing information campaigns and activities, youth initiatives with international participation and local actions;

– Analysis and recognition of non-formal and independent learning for both young people and youth workers through the promotion of lifelong learning and the dissemination of great practices;

– Promotion of a web-based system for sharing information and educational resources which can be used by the partners in the project and other stakeholders.

Attracted and trained, youth leaders expand the influence of organizations and succeed in generating change, in helping young people more adequately in the wide range of problems they encounter in their lives.

The project engages young people growing up in poverty and serious risk of leaving school early. Stimulating the development of their imagination, creativity, inner strength and self-confidence, we show how disadvantaged young people can get out of poverty and become active participants in society and lead happy, healthy and productive lives.

The project has a positive effect on social development and entrepreneurship in deprived areas in Europe and Africa, and among groups suffering from scarce access to resources and information, and seeks to provide them with smart, sustainable and inclusive growth to develop the competencies of young people and new skills to fight poverty and cultural isolation.