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KA2 Adults “Dis-ACT”

Dis-Act

 

“Dis-Act” will enhance the inclusive potential of Theatre as an instrument of opening opportunities and dispelling prejudice against people with disability through the production of quality educational offer for operators and disabled adults themselves in Devised Theater.

The project lasts a total 24 months and involves 6 partners from Germany, Bulgaria, Italy, Estonia and Romania

Dis-Act is addressed to an audience of direct targets (disabled adults aged 35-55 coming from disadvantaged urban and rural communities and Educators/Trainers providing or interested in providing support to their social inclusion) and indirect targets (Adult education institutions, NGOs, cultural businesses and associations, Arts centers/groups, Organizations of disabled people, Organizations/public agencies providing services for disabled people).

The European Disability Strategy (2010) sets the overall objective of empowering people with disability with a view to enabling their full participation in society on a footing of parity with the non disabled, also by positive action aimed at eliminating all kinds of discrimination against disabled people.

Among the stumbling blocks mentioned by the strategy are persisting discrimination, low access to education and employment in the labor market and income inequalities/poverty affecting the disabled disproportional than the rest of the population due to root causes of lower participation in education and employment.

At the European level, only 48,7% of persons with disabilities are employed compared with 72,5% of the non disabled. For the 20-64 component of the disabled population, the EU unemployment rate is 19,6% against a total unemployment of 12,7% for the average adult targets. At the European level, 41.2% of persons aged 30-34 have completed a tertiary or equivalent education against a 29,7% pertance among the corresponding age-band of the disabled population. The Report “The European Comparative Data on Europe 2020 & People with Disabilities” (2017) released by the Center for Social and Economic Policy, notices that disability increases the risk of poverty and social exclusion in all EU Member States.

In addition to the skills/qualification-related barriers hampering socio-educational inclusion of the disabled, visible and hidden forms of social stigma surrounding disability, and particularly its cognitive dimension, add up to the wider challenge through reinforcing sentiments of exclusion, apathy, discouragement and refrain from engagement- be it educational, social, recreational or occupational- acting as drivers of self-feeding circles of exclusion for the disabled.

Dis-Act deploys an intervention on the skills-related and emotional dimension of disabled people’s plight through exploiting the educational, integration and creative dimension of Devised Theater. Devised Theater is conceived as an original approach to the theatrical production entailing a peer process of cooperation between a group of co-creators in the achievement of a final artistic product. The a-hierarchical nature of the co-creation process is designed to give each individual voice a determining role over the final outcome of the process, thereby ensuring the full ownership of the creative process by each individual co-creator.

Through the production of a quality educational offer fostering the capacities of adult operators and institutions in employing Devised Theater as an instrument of empowerment of disabled adults in the context of co-creation programmes engaging them in peer-interaction with adults not affected by disability, Dis-Act will therefore set the grounds for the development of soft/transversal skills and competences of creative expression in the disabled, while at the same time breaking stereotypes and the internalized as well as external emotional barriers hampering the full inclusion of disabled adults in society.

Dis-Act will deliver on the following results in the 24 months of the cooperation:
1- Identification of needs and barriers faced by disabled adults in Devised Theater and mapping of existing good practices through a transnational research.
2- Format targeted at adult education operators and institutions for the development of their capacities in employing Devised Theater as the cornerstone of a customized educational offer for the empowerment of disabled adults through co-creation and peer-interaction with the non disabled in Devised Theater.
3- Manual providing guidance and methodological support to operators in the implementation of co-creation programmes in Devised Theater targeted at disabled adults.
4- Web Platform integrating multilingual E-Modules for the professional development of operators in the field.

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Capacity Building Youth “The Inspiration of You”

The Inspiration of You

 

The project aims to enhance the development of volunteering in the partner countries by assisting youngsters to maximise their potential through the provision of high-quality volunteer management education, training and exchange activities. The problem addressed within the project refers to the poor development of youth volunteering at the level of partner countries. Even though all the partners’ organizations are active in the field of youth volunteering, there are still some struggles that need to be approached. Thus, taking into account the experience of our organizations working with young people, the main common causes for the poor development of volunteering in the area are:

  1. The local offer of volunteer actions and activities is unattractive to young people, there is an acute shortage of alternative leisure activities that are correlated with opportunities to discover and practice their skills and interests.

Effects: Passive attitudes of non-involvement, lack of interest in volunteering – there is no pro-active attitude towards this issue; low learning opportunities for young people in a non-formal context. The experience of our organizations has shown us that especially among high school students there is a low involvement in volunteer activities, and those who participate do it only because they are constrained by schools, pupils’ councils or teachers, and not by their own wish. This category of passive young people are at risk of failure on the labour market, unemployment, social exclusion and migration.

  1. Lack of young people’s information on the benefits of volunteering – there is a lack of vision of youth organizations and poor communication with the local youth community

Effects – young people do not know the benefits they have, they are not supported and encouraged to get involved.

  1. Lack of volunteer management training courses in the partner countries to ensure right recruitment in the organisations and proper volunteers training and motivation.

Effects: low involvement of young people in volunteer activities, incapacity of organizations to retain and build social responsibilities among youngsters.

Internationalization:

– the need to achieve an international dimension in our educational activities and professional development through international learning experiences

– the need for youth staff to learn how International cooperation can strengthen local practices in youth volunteering

– the need to establish international partnerships for designing and improving volunteering activities

– the need for exchanges, networks and partnerships with other service providers, key stakeholders and research organizations to deliver quality youth services

The project answers the following priorities:

Promoting quality youth work – staff involved in youth sector from the partner’s organizations will participate in volunteer management training course to be able to recruit, train and motivate volunteers thus, providing a robust structure for them to work within.

Promoting empowerment – activities addressed to youngsters will develop and promote their active participation and will foster volunteering among them, through the activities carried out the young people will be empowered – will gain confidence in their own forces, will become aware of their role in local/national/international development, develop their willingness to act and take responsibility, young people develop their civic skills and active participation.

The project strengthens cross-sectorial cooperation, allowing for greater synergies across all fields of actions concerning young people as it involves organizations and institutions from different sectors.

Project outputs:

–        Research on best practices across different models of youth volunteering in different sectors ( NGO, businesses…), involving the following thematic areas: Volunteer management programs, Youth Volunteering contexts, Volunteer recognition, Networking, National Policies

–        Training activities for staff involved in youth sector from the partner’s organizations in volunteer management training course to develop knowledge and skills to recruit, train and motivate volunteers thus, providing a robust structure for them to work within.

–        Youth exchanges involving youngsters and aiming to get better understanding of the importance of volunteering and developing new knowledge and skills useful in achieving social and personal changes

–        Best practices in youth volunteering website addressed to both youngsters and also stakeholder wishing to develop volunteering programs or improving existing ones.

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Capacity Building Youth “Health Practices for Own Self-Improvement”

Health Practices for Own Self-Improvement (HEPOSI)

The project is a Capacity Building in the Youth field coordinated by Bulgarian Sports Development Association (Bulgaria), with a partnership composed of NGOs from Italy (Mine Vaganti NGO), Paraguay (Asociacion Puente Sur) and Peru (Brigada de Voluntarios Bolivarians de Peru).

The WHO has placed health and physical activities among the crucial determinants of global health, underlining the role of insufficient levels of movement as one of the main factors enhancing death risk worldwide (see WHO Website).

Physical activity has been proven to reduce the risk of non-communicable diseases as cancer and diabetes, enjoying therefore a crucial importance not only for the wellbeing of the individuals but also from the perspective of societal health.

According to WHO data, more than 80% of the World’s population in insufficiently physically active.

The same data let emerge a connection between unhealthy food consumption habits and harmful effects on the individual and, by extension, on the social wellbeing. As highlighted by the WHO, increased production of processed food, rapid urbanization and changing lifestyles have led to a shift in dietary patterns. People are now consuming more foods high in energy, fats, free sugars or salt/sodium, and many do not eat enough fruit, vegetables and dietary fibre such as whole grains.

The combined effect of insufficient physical activities and improper food consumption patterns has been qualified as a challenge to global health by the WHO.

Eurostat data (2014) outline an alarming picture regarding the diffusion of obesity (a critical risk for health and significantly connected with incorrect habits of physical activity and nutrition) among the European  youth, with 22,8% of youngsters aged 18-24 overweight in EU 28.

The FAO pointed out, in its 2016 Report “The Panorama of Food and Nutrition Security in Latin America and the Caribbean”, the correlation between the general decrease in malnutrition and hunger and the increase in overweight and obesity among the population of Latin America. The available data show that around 5 percent of the inhabitants of the region is either obese or overweight. At the same time, the Report highlights the disproportionate impact obesity/overweight is determining on women as compared with men. Female obesity is 10% higher than male obesity in 20 among Latin America and Caribbean countries.

“HEalth Practices for Own Self-Improvement” (HEPOSI) envisages a cooperation among NGOs from Europe and the Latin American region targeted at addressing the compelling challenge of promoting healthy physical activity and food consumption practices among young people through Non Formal Education (NFE) methods.

Project educational activities will be:

– Training Course on education in healthy lifestyles, involving youth operators from partner countries and implemented based on a Format TC jointly developed by the Consortium partners.

– Local awareness-raising campaign on the topic of healthy lifestyle at the national level in all partner countries.

– Youth exchange on healthy lifestyle for the youth, involving young people aged 28-25 from each partner country.

Outputs of the project will be:

Manual “Healthy Sensitive Youth”, outlining the methods employed throughout project learning activities (TC and YE) as well as detailing a comprehensive outline of the project and of its achievements.

Web Platform in multiple languages. The Web Platform will store the contents developed in the project, the details of activities (including the Social Campaign) and digital versions of the Outputs. In addition, the  Web Platform will serve as an informational hub for local follow-up by the partners as well as further joint initiatives on project topic at the international level among project partners.

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KA3 Project Priority

PRIORITY

PRIORITY: PRomotIng Open Resilient Inclusive socieTIes for Youth is an innovative 36 months project that involves 4 countries and 5 organizations such as youth organizations and networks, cultural and sports organizations, training centres, as well as private and public entities and has as aim to increase the capacities of the organizations that work with youth to invest in prevention by removing breeding grounds for radicalisation and act as forces of inclusion, to empower young people from disadvantaged groups to engage, participate democratically and drive positive change in communities, through the use innovative methods and practices coming from the combination of youth work, training, cultural mediation and sports fields.

PRIORITY has two main target groups:

  1. Youth Workers, youth leaders, educators and trainers, sports educators, cross cultural mediators and municipal youth workers that work with young people and especially with young people with migrant or refugee background
  2. Young people in general and especially young people that face the risk of social exclusion (young people of migrant or refugee background, newly arrived young migrants or refugees)

 

The specific PRIORITY objectives are:

  • to involve and train first-line practitioners on the ground: they will be the first point of contact for young individuals at risk of marginalization and radicalization.
  • to design innovative methods and solutions of multi-agency, multi-disciplinary cooperation from the combination of existing practices in the fields of youth work, education training as well as sports and culture mediation fields in order to foster the social inclusion of disadvantaged youth at risk of marginalization.
  • to develop, test and upscale safe inclusion youth environments named “PRIORITY Hubs” with a bottom – up approach and youth initiative that will be based on cross sectoral cooperation of local stakeholders that support youth inclusion with tailor-made activities/ interventions adapted to local circumstances.

 

Activities of PRIORITY will be:

 

  • Capacity building activities for youth workers, trainers, educators, youth leaders, NGO members, volunteers, policy makers, teachers, cultural mediators, sports educators on the major issues on the causes of marginalization and violent extremism of young people and their prevention.
  • PRIORITY Toolkit: Identification and selection of best practices in the field of sports and cross-cultural mediation field for the prevention of marginalization and violent extremism of young people, and development of blended best practices manual with the combination of the above methodologies.
  • Creation of pilot physical/onsite and online/virtual PRIORITY Hubs at local level where all sectors (e.g. schools, municipal services, sports / cultural clubs, communities, NGO’s) surrounding young people including their families can come together and discuss issues that concern them, seek guidance and establish contacts.
  • Events with young people connected with the European Year of Culture: synergies with cultural heritage organisations, representing the living arts (music, dance, theatre, storytelling).
  • Joint E-COURSE course designed for:

-educators, trainers, youth workers, teachers, sport educators and cultural mediators, on the themes of prevention of radicalization and violent extremism of young people with the use of PRIORITY Methodology on Sports and Culture Mediation, Youth Work and non-formal education.

– young people willing to become young mediators (among them there will be also young people from disadvantaged groups such as young people of migrant and refugee background.

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Capacity Building Youth “Sust-Food”

Sust-Food

 

The high number of young people around the World who are facing challenges of employability and exclusion from the circuit of education and training is a foremost concern of public policies and third sector priorities across the globe.
According to ILO data, around 25% of young people across the World are excluded from education and training.
At this respect, environmental sustainability emerges as a closely related challenge to what reported above, for 2 core reasons:
1- Educational deprivation and socioeconomic exclusion deprive young people, who are key stakeholders in the social and environmental future of their own communities, of the necessary clout for bringing forward positive change from the local up to the global levels, turning them into passive recipients, rather than owners, of external solutions.
2- Analysis of global state-of-the-art concerning environmental sustainability shows that a significant economic impact, business creation and added value at the community level can be extracted out of the market exploitation of environmentally friendly ideas/solutions.

No sustainable change in human impact on the environment can be attained without the grassroots diffusion of smarter practices of food consumption.

The European Science and Technology Observatory highlighted, in its 2015 Report “Environmental Impact of Products” (2015), the significant impact of ordinary food consumption on the environment determined by factors as gas emissions, use of land and water resources, pollution depletion of phosphorous, use of environment-damaging products as herbicides and pesticides.

Further elaborating on this analysis, the EU expert group- Standing Committee on Agricultural Research (SCAR)- underlined in its latest Report how “Globally, and in many regions including Europe, food production is exceeding environmental limits or close to doing so”.

This transnational project aims enhances cooperation among Europe and other regions of the World, with a particular reference to Asia, in the entrepreneurial exploitation of the opportunities displayed by food sustainability as well as in the concrete pursuit of environmental priorities.

The aforementioned main aim will be pursued through exchange of good practices and transnational cooperation functional to the production of a Training Format supporting youth operators in the regions involved in the transfer of entrepreneurial competences sustainable food business to young people.

The ultimate products of the project will be the following:

– A Format TC Handbook, detailing the methodologies forming part of the Format TC for youth operators, as well as providing an outline of the piloting experience.

– A Web Platform integrating a Webinar in multiple languages targeted at the audience of potential youth entrepreneurs in the field of sustainable food.

 

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