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Capacity Building Youth “Women empowerment through sport”

Women Empowerment through Sport (WEtS)

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“Women empowerment through sport” (WEtS) is a 24 month Capacity Building in the field of Youth project coordinated by the Bulgarian organization “Champions Factory”, with MVNGO in the role of a partner organization. The project involves an international Consortium of 6 organisations from Europe (Bulgaria and Italy), Africa (Kenya and Tanzania) and Asia (Nepal and Cambodia).

Gender discrimination and inequality is a well known structural phenomenal of endemic proportion in both Europe and the world. The patriarchal character distinguishing family relations and social structures in the involved countries, combined with a widely diffused conservative mindset on local level, acts as a further driver of social sanction to the phenomena of discrimination, stereotyping and abuse at risk of perpetuating itself through being transmitted to younger generations.

The project aims at developing, testing and spreading new educational methodologies for women empowerment through Sport with the aim to enhance the capacity of the partner organisations and beyond.

WEtS Objectives:
– To rise awareness of the importance of empowerment of young women
– To share, transfer, improve and develop tools and working Empowerment through Sport methods
– To train youth workers and leaders through non formal education on how to use sport to empower young women
– Through Participation the youth workers will develop knowledge, understanding and basic skills that promote and encourage women empowerment, while understanding the educational benefits of sport and physical activity.
– To break stereotypes
– To promote cultural and ethnic values and break gender stereotypes
– To create a web-page, handbook with good practices(programs and workshops) and a video, that can be used by both: the partner organisations and all organisations working in the field.

WEtS foresees the following activities:

1- Kick-off Meeting at Sofia (Bulgaria)

Participants: 18 youth  workers (3 per partner organization)

2- Training Course “Sport-the power of women empowerment” at Nairobi (Kenya)

Participants: 24 (4 Youth workers per partner organization)

3- Job Shadowing “Football for Empowerment” in Cambodia Phnom Penh)

Participants: 2 youth workers and youth leaders per partner organization will be hosted by the Cambodian partner.

4- Awareness-Raising Campaign at the local level in each partner country

Participants: The Campaign wil be deploye through conferences, events and seminars. The aim is to reach out to at least 80 persons per country.

5- Leaders’ Transnational Meeting at Kathmanduu (Nepal)

Participants: 18 leaders (3 per partner organization)

6- Youth Exchange “Youth Power” at Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania)

Participants: 36 participants (4 per partner)

7- Closing Conference “Women empowerment through Sport” at Sassari (Sardinia)

Participants: 18 youth workers and youth leaders (1 Youth worker and 2 leaders per partner organization)

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Big Collaborative Sport “European Everyday of Sport”

European Everyday of Sport

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MVNGO is a partner in the context of the Erasmus + Sport Collaborative Partnership “European Everyday of Sport” coordinated by the Bulgarian NGO “BulSport”, with the contribution of an international Consortium of 7 NGOs from 7 European countries (Bulgaria, Italy, Croatia, Hungary, Lithuania , Poland, Slovakia), operating in the fields of Sport, youth and education. The project will have a total duration of 24 months.

The project aims to improve the sharing of good practices– a priority of the Erasmus + program- identify and promote good practices from the first and second editions of the European Week of Sport as well as encourage participation in Sport and physical activity. The most specific topic of this strategic partnership will be to develop, identify, promote and share good practices.

The current collaborative partnership will carry out various activities at local, national and international levels. It will focus on the collection, development, identification, analysis and sharing of good practices for the promotion of sport and physical activity in Europe and worldwide that can be easily implemented in the work of experts in the aforementioned fields . The project will also focus on the activities implemented in the first and second edition of the “European week of sport” and will collect all the good practices developed in 2015 and 2016 in the member countries. These tools will be very useful in planning the next editions of the EWoS as well as other events to promote physical activity as a means of raising awareness about its health related benefits through laying the grounds for greater participation and equal access, with the ultimate goal of enhancing engagement in Sport for all.

All the activities implemented during the project will be functional to the need to reach out with a particular attention to specific groups and to exploit this opportunity to promote a movement transversal to the various categories and aimed at making physical activity and sport parts of life daily life of an increasing number of people in Europe.

As noted on previous occasions, the tools to make Europe a “nation in motion” are not yet in the vanguard in terms of effectiveness, as can be deduced from the 2009 and 2014 “Eurobarometer” data. This need is the crucial issue that this Consortium will try to deal with addressing different target groups (children, young people, workers, old people, people living in cities and small villages, etc.), emphasizing physical activity as “positive medicine” for personal, professional and social development of individuals.

 

 

The Presentation of Executive Director of MVNGO at the final Conference in Sofia

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Capacity Building Youth “Agro-Tourism Itineraty to Sustainable Change”

Agro-Tourism Itinerary to Sustainable Change (ATISC)

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“Agro-Tourism Itineraty to Sustainable Change” (ATISC) is an Erasmus Plus Capacity Building Youth project at enhancing Agro-Tourism as a driver of youth employability, social solidarity and environmental sustainability in disadvantaged rural communities in Europe and the Western Balkans by means of strengthening the base of competences and networking of youth NGOs and operators, youngsters and local stakeholders in the field of sustainable Agro-Tourism solutions.

The project is coordinated by the Kosovan organization “Let’s Do It Peja!”, with MVNGO as a partner organization and member of an international Consortium of 6 organizations from Kosovo, Italy, FYROM, Albania, Spain and Serbia.

Rural areas in both European and West Balkans are generally characterized by fewer opportunities for young people in socioeconomic terms. Deprivation suffered by rural youngsters is multifaceted and linked to a varied array of structural issues, among which geographical isolation, poor infrastructure and communication, lower levels of economic activity both caused by and connected to a lower level of public/private investment, insufficient infrastructure of counselling and support to business/employability, in particular for young people.

The compelling necessity and profitability of an adjustment can nowhere be better observed than in the fast-growing Agro-Tourism industry, wherein the local endowment of local resources and typical products/businesses comes to be declined as the centerpiece of specific tourism products/itineraries embedded in local realities. Recent Agro-Tourism trends show that Agro-Tourism offer and practice need to deeply embed factors of environmental, cultural and economic sustainability in a balanced approach to ensure a benefit to the community, the territory as well as a guarantee of the quality of the offer itself towards customer audiences.

The project involves the following activities:

1-Kick-off Meeting at Peja (Kosovo)

Participants: 12 youth workers, 2 per organizzazion

2- Training Course “The Agro-Tourist Challenge” at Peja (Kosovo)

Participants: 24 youth workers and youth leaders (4 per organization)

3- Training Course “A Green Stake” at Sassari (Italy)

Participants: 24 youth workers e youth leaders (4 per organization)

4- Local Activity phase in all partner countries

Participants: 25 disadvantaged youngsters in each partner country

5) Local Stakeholder Conferences in al partner countries

Participants: 25 disadvantaged rural youngsters aged 18-25 and 50 stakeholders in each partner country

6) Creation of a project Web Platform

7) Final Evaluation Meeting at Sassari

Partecipanti: 12 youth worker (2 per organization)

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Small Collaborative Sport “Young Ambassadors for Sport and Volunteering”

Young Ambassadors for Sport and Volunteering

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Mine Vaganti NGO coordinates the Collaborative Partnership in the Sport field “Young Ambassadors for Sport and Volunteering” involving an international Consortium of 3 organizazions from Dennmark (TIK Volley), Bulgaria, (BulSport) and Poland (Regional Volunteer Center of Kielce).

The project aims at promoting voluntary activities in sport, together with social inclusion, equal opportunities and awareness of the importance of health-enhancing physical activity through increased participation in, and equal access to, sport for all.

The involvement of volunteers in sports is a key factor to the success and long term sustainability of sport clubs, organizations and events. Sport organizations and clubs all over Europe play a crucial role in encouraging and engaging people to get physically active. Unfortunately, the level of civic involvement in voluntary activities related to sport is still low. An EU Barometer survey indicates that generally only 7 % of the EU citizens engage in volunteering activities in sport.

The project deploys a small collaborative partnership of engaged organization from the 4 angles of EU creating a team of 20 Volunteer Sport Ambassadors, which will operate at the local level, with the support of the organizations “Volunteer Sport Ambassadors” will be trained to raise awareness of healthy lifestyle, promote sport culture and voluntary activities in sport, as well as try to increase participation in volunteering and equal access to sport for all The organizations, through the Volunteer Sport Ambassadors, will carry out various activities in view of awareness about the importance of health-enhancing physical activity through increased participation in, and equal access to, sport for all.

Training Course Bulgaria, May 2017

The YASV Ambassadors

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Capacity Building Youth “A Path to TranSportAction”

 

A Path to TransportAction

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MVNGO is a partner organization in the Erasmus Plus Capacity Building Youth project “A Path to TranSportAction” (APTSA), coordinated by the Croatian organization “Rijeka Sport’s Association”, The project involves a total of 5 organizations from Europe (Croatia, Italy, Bulgaria) and Latin America (Brazil and Peru), whose main aim is to enhance the capacity of youth organizations and stakeholders in all partner countries and beyond to use Sport in combination with high-end Non Formal Education methodologies for fostering a gender-inclusive approach to Sport practices, contrasting sexism and gender stereotypes and promoting equality and mutual respect among genders in disadvantaged rural areas in Europe and in Latin America.

Low female participation in Sport is an important component of gender-based disadvantage. General prejudice considering Sport as an almost exclusive field of male engagement, coupled by machist self-representations which permeate most Sport sub-culture, is at the same time a telling effect and self-perpetuatinÕg mechanism of gender discrimination. Sport is a powerful educational vehicle for disadvantaged targets to acquire crucial soft skills, transversal skills and positive attitudes of self-confidence and active participation, key components of any grassroots process of empowerment. Through its inner dynamics of peer-interaction and fair competition among people with diverse backgrounds, Sport provides also an invaluable experiential path to promote mutual respect and deconstruct prejudices.

APTSA aims to tackle these phenomena by producing a series of outputs throughout the 24 months of the cooperation:

– A Format TC providing youth operators with knowledge, skills and NFE tools to involve local youth targets (males and females) in educational activities based on Sport and NFE to convey awareness and competences fostering female participation in Sport, rejection of gender stereotypes and respect of gender differences and sensibilities.

– A Youth Exchange testing the methodologies employed in project TC with a representation of final youth targets from each partner country.

– A Local Activities Phase in all partner counties involving local youngsters from disadvantaged rural areas (30 males and 30 females) per each partner country.

– A Web Platform storing the materials produced in the project as e-learning modules.

The project foresees the following activities:

1- Kick-off Meeting at Rijeka (Croatia)

Participants: 10 youth workers (2 per partner organization)

2- Training Course “Another gender of Sport” at Rijeka (Croatia)

Participants: 20 youth workers and leaders (4 per partner organization)

3- Youth Exchange “Playing Together, Living Equality” at Sassari (Italy)

Participants: 30 youngsters aged 18-25 from disadvantaged rural areas (6 per partner country, of whom 3 males and 3 females)

4- Local Activities Phase in all partner countries

Participants: 60 local youngsteers from disadvantaged rural areas (30 males and 30 females) in each partner country

5- Creation of a project Web Platform

6- Final Evaluation Meeting at Porto Alegre (Brazil)

Participants: 10 youth workers (2 per partner country

A first draft of the Manual on Gender Equality through Sport was developed by participants in APTSA

Manual on Gender Equality through Sport- Draft

Participants in APTSA developed original tools of education combining Sport and NFE

Baseball Group Dodgeball with an Edge Human Lego Human Tennis

Activity Day with the youngsters and the local female football team FC Sassari Torres Femminile!

Non-Formal Education Workshop in the school!
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