Mine Vaganti NGO is constantly working on approved K2 Strategic Partnership in the field of Youth, Adults VET and Sport
Youth can play a key role in poverty reduction in rural areas, but they encounter significant constraints. They are often the most disadvantaged, with low levels of job experience and organisation, fewer chances to access or obtain capital and other assets, as well as little or no voice in decision-making processes. They barely gain access to agriculture extension services, affordable input supplies, or marketing opportunities. Lack of information, technical skills, and basic education further weakens their situation or circumstances. Female rural youth face additional barriers linked to persistent gender inequalities perpetuated by societal / traditional gender discriminatory norms.
Bolstering human capital and producing knowledge for youth is thereby crucial for developing employment opportunities in rural areas and for rural development in general.
Education and vocational training are important components to improve rural livelihoods since a majority of the rural poor still derive their main livelihood from their labour in agriculture. Further, knowledge and information are powerful tools in the process of change, together with capability to get organised and access to productive assets, particularly land, financial services, appropriate technology and labour saving technology.
Several studies have highlighted the importance of agricultural and rural development for economic growth and poverty reduction in participating countries. In most participating countries, agriculture is a main contributor to GDP and even in nations where the contribution of the agricultural sector to GDP is currently low, the national significance given by the governments to the sector is still highly recognized. This stems from the fact that the agricultural sector has the potential to provide some solutions to the problems of unemployment, particularly if agriculture is undertaken in a commercial and sustainable fashion. The sector though, is largely dominated by elderly people, while the youth, including those with requisite training are unemployed or looking for jobs in other sectors. It has been assessed that younger household heads who are engaged in farming tend to derive a higher income from their agricultural activities than older household heads. This is probably because the younger generation is more open to new crops and technologies that produce a higher yield.
The goal of the project is to advance agro – entrepreneurship and technology innovations by young rural people in order to enhance youth employment and adapt to climate change.
Environmental and Territorial Management Institute – ETMI is coordinating the Capacity building in the Youth field – Balkans. Youth Agro – Entrepreneurship Empowerment Project. Partners Organizations are: Mine Vaganti NGO (Italy), KIU”COKANSKI DOBOSARI” (Serbia), Volonterski Centar Skopje (Macedonia) , Svetionik (Montenegro), Intercambia (Spain).
The objectives of this project include the following:
-To educate the youths and train them on sustainable agricultural and entrepreneurship.
-To promote sustainable agriculture through usage of renewable energy and water management techniques;
-To promote ICT tools on sales of Agricultural based products. A transactional platform for buying and selling.
-To promote, support Sustainable Agricultural Enterprises
-To Network youths in Agriculture through “Webinar” together and allow for cross sharing of ideas and innovation.
-To explore the Erasmus + Programme with a special focus on quality international cooperation
-To develop participant’s competences in planning non formal education and intercultural activities;
-Increase the understanding and awareness of the gender dimension in agricultural projects
Promotional video was released during the kick off meeting in Pogradec, October 2016.
ReAct to Avoid DiscrimHate is a Training Course granted and supported by Council of Europe and its European Youth Foundation and took place June 10-15th, 2017.
The main objective of the training course was to equip potential youth workers/cultural mediators with awareness, knowledge and instruments to counter Islamophobia among youngsters through Non Formal Education (NFE) methods and cultural exchange, with a view to addressing the current situation across Europe.
The core focus is to share and develop awareness as well as understanding sensitizing young people towards the necessity of rejecting and contrasting Islamophobia in the frame of the No Hate Speech Movement values, while at the same time empowering the latter for this purpose.
The project hosted 16 participants from Italy
Participants were be local and youth Muslim migrant youngsters aged 18-30 (8 participants per category) interested in acquiring knowledge, attitudes and instruments to be active part in rejecting and contrasting Islamophobia in their own communities and at the different levels. Italian youth participants were selected by MineVaganti NGO through an open call for participants.
ACTIVITIES AND METHODS
The activities were coordinated through non formal education methods (as group work and activities, presentations, workshops and personal assignments, meetings with trainers, experts etc.)
Youth Muslim migrants taking part in the activity were be selected among the youth migrant guests of the shelter.
During the project, participants worked on the production of 2 specific outputs:
– “Dealing with Racism Through Non Formal Education” Video, representing a purposeful summary of the whole Learning process.
– “Resource Toolkit Against Islamophobia” Webinar, comprising 3 original NFE instruments for contrasting Islamophobia elaborated by participants.