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Collaborative Partnership Sport Big CPMES MVNGO Coordinator

Curricular Pathways for Migrants’ Empowerment through Sport

Abstract

Coordinator: MVNGO

Partners: Sport Science Faculty at University of Extremadura (SP), BulSport (BG), Champions Factory (BG), RSS (HR) Social Policy and Action Organization (CY), UCYMRU (UK), IFALL (SWE)

“Curricular Pathways for Migrants’ Empowerment through Sport” (CPMES) focuses on employing the methodology of Education Through Sport (ETS) as a vehicle of upskilling and curricular enhancement of Sport operators working on the field with disadvantaged targets with migrant background in the perspective of fostering entrepreneurship in Sport by migrants.

The project pursues the specific Erasmus Plus Collaborative Partnership priorities related to encouraging social inclusion and equal opportunities in Sport.

CPMES aims at answering the challenge of social exclusion of migrants in Europe, with a particular focus on addressing the compelling issue of systematic underrepresentation of migrants in non-playing roles within Sport clubs and organizations in general terms.

EUROSTAT (2017) accounts in a total 20,7 million the number of non-EU nationals living in the EU 28 as of January 2016, accounting for a total 4,1% of the total EU population. The profile of third country nationals living in the EU is characterized by a relatively younger age as compared with the local population, with the most consistent category being represented by working-age adults.

The available statistical findings also indicate a recrudescence in migrants’ flows in coincidence with the still ongoing migration crisis as well as highlight the significant barriers to be overcome for what pertains to ensuring a meaningful integration of the newcomers within the labour market and at the societal level in wider terms.

EUROSTAT accounts depict a frame of consistent disparity between migrants and locals in access to employability opportunities, with the overall EU-28 unemployment rate being 8,6 percentage points higher for migrants than for nationals in 2016. Also, 30,3% of migrants in the EU-28 were assessed as being at risk of poverty and social exclusion against 16% of nationals.

OECD 2015 Report on Migrant Integration (2015) illustrates the structural nature of migrants’ labour market exclusion, indicating that the youth unemployment rate of native born-offspring of migrants is almost 50% higher than among youths with native-born parents, with migrant youngsters being also more likely to be NEETs than youths with no migrant background.

As displayed in the specific study “Racism and Discrimination in the Context of Migration in Europe” (2016) by the European Network Against Racism (ENAR), the dynamics of social exclusion against migrants are for a large share ushered in by practices of racist discrimination/stereotyping (also escalating in violent attacks), ineffectual integration policies and practices of discrimination in recruitment within the labour market.

In the specific field of Sport, the under-representation of migrants is particularly evident and challenging in their exclusion from positions of authority and from overall representation in non-playing positions (see Inclusion of Migrants in and through Sports. A Guide to Good Practice, 2012).

EU policy documents underline the relevance of Sport as an agent of social inclusion for migrant targets, while at the same time stressing the relevance of Sport as an agent of entrepreneurial engagement (Entrepreneurship in Sport).

The EU “White Paper on Sport” (2007) underscore that “Sport makes an important contribution to economic and social cohesion and more integrated societies” while also providing an important contribution to facilitating “the integration into society of migrants and persons of foreign origin”.

The EC’s ”Communication on Developing the European Dimension in Sport” (2011) highlights the substantial contribution of Sport “to growth and jobs, with value added and employment effects exceeding average growth rates”.

The Report “Inclusion of Migrants in and through Sports. A Guide to Good Practices” also underscores the attractiveness of migrant-led Sport initiatives (Migrant Sport Clubs) as realities wherein migrants find more facilitated to engage due to the absence of cultural and linguistic barriers.

A key intermediate step in effecting a greater engagement of migrants in the field of Sport entrepreneurship is the development of the necessary methodological capacities for the vast audience of operators (Sport Coaches and Trainers) working with the ultimate migrant targets through Sport methods in order for them to be able to convey the varied set of entrepreneurial attitudes, skills and instruments composing the profile of a Sport Entrepreneur.

ETS is a meaningful combination between Sport and Non Forma Education (NFE) methods extrapolating and adapting both physical and specific Sport exercises in order to provide a strong lifelong learning outcome, tailored to the needs of society and to the specific educational objectives pursued.

The activities implemented within CPMES are the following:

1- Cross-country research aimed at the identification of existing entrepreneurial upskilling needs of migrants in the field of Sport. The results of the research will be integrated in a Report on Migrants’ Sport Upskilling Needs.

2- Cross-country research for the identification  of the existing landscape of professional profiles of ETS educators working in the field of developing entrepreneurial competences in Sport. The results of the research will be integrated in a Report on ETS Profiles, including a pondered assessment over the potential integration, improvements and modification to the skills, knowledge and methods in light of the peculiarities and needs of the migrant target (as identified in 1).

3- The elaboration of a discrete Training Format for Sport Entrepreneurial Educators targeted at operators interested in entrepreneurial education in Sport of migrants through ETS. The Format will be tested in the frame of a Pilot TC involving 5 Sport operators working with migrants per partner organization. The methodologies and results of the Training will form part of an “Handbook for the Development of ETS Educational Profiles” serving as a methodological resources for NGOs, operators and stakeholder entities interested in the development of said profiles.

4- The implementation of a phase of Local Activities at the level of each own partner country wherein the operators trained in the TC will implement entrepreneurial empowerment programmes based on ETS with an audience of 20 locally-hosted migrants. Partner organizations will synthesize the methods, activities and results of the process into a digital self-learning path for migrants interested in acquiring Sport entrepreneurship skills, which will be produced in multiple languages (English plus all partners’ languages) and integrated on project Web Platform as an OER.

5- The establishment of an open-access project Web Platform integrating shortcuts to the educational contents produced (Handbook for the Development of ETS Educational Profiles). The Web Platform will also integrate a multilingual self-learning path for migrants interested in the development of entrepreneurial skills in Sport.

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VOICITYS Justice Project

VOICITYS Justice Project

 

http://www.voicitys.eu

VOICITYS aims to improve social integration through reinforcing social dialogue and communication in European urban neighbourhoods characterised by ethnical and cultural diversity.

The Consortium is coordinated by Comparative Research Network (Germany), Mine Vaganti NGO (Italy), PVM (UK) and CERSHAS (Hungary).

More particularly, we intend to improve and make sustainable the communication and interaction between different social groups, and to deepen dialogue between policy makers, stakeholders and citizens in order to promote more efficient management of diversity.

Comparing the positive and negative experiences of local citizens with those of local stakeholders, leaders and decision-makers will improve common understandings of diversity at the neighbourhood level. It will also encourage new approaches to existing policies, incentives and tools regarding social integration and sustainable diversity.

The project focuses on studying four diverse European neighbourhoods: Wedding (Berlin, Germany), Jozsefvaros (Budapest, Hungary)., Salford (Greater area of Manchester, United Kingdom) and Sassari’s Old Town (Sassari, Italy).

Community Reporting is a storytelling movement that supports people to tell their own stories, in their own ways.
As part of this movement, people’s authentic stories are connected with decision makers who can use the insights in them to make positive change for communities.

At the Voicitys Kick-Off meeting 10 trainers from across the participating countries and organisations were trained as Insight Advocate Trainers and equipped with the skills to deliver Community Reporting for Insight programmes that seek to gather lived experience stories of what life is like in diverse neighbourhoods across Europe.
With these skills, the Insight Advocate Trainers have been delivering 2-Day training programmes in Sassari, Salford, Budapest and Berlin in which participants will use Community Reporting storytelling practices and smartphones and/or tablets to record their own and other people’s stories in relation to diversity and life in the neighbourhoods in which they live.

The Trainers are also holding local meet-up sessions to help their Community Reporters to continue to develop their skills and gather more stories from different people who live in their neighbourhoods. They have begun to share them online. So far over 40 stories have been gathered and over 50 participants trained in Community Reporting storytelling methods. All of the participants are now Silver members of the Institute of Community Reporters.

Project research encompasses the following 4 main activities:

  1. Collecting and curating stories of citizens through Community Reporting. In this frame a total 80 Citizen stories were collected across all partner countries by the Community Reporters trainedby each partner organization.
  2. Collecting and analysing stakeholders’ interviews through the implementation of semi-structured interviews. A total 45 interviews with stakeholders at the local, regional, national and European levels were performed by all partner organizations.
  3. Comparing the results of the two methods and elaborating a series of policy recommendations through participative workshops and consensus meetings in all partner countries.

The expected result is to collect and compare information on local diversity from citizens and stakeholders with a view to outlining multilevel recommendations, In doing so, the Consortium set itself the objective of developing a new model of Citizen participation in local and European policies related to diversity.

Justice programme contributes to the further development of a European area of justice based on mutual recognition and mutual trust. It promotes: judicial cooperation in civil matters, including civil and commercial matters, insolvencies, family matters and successions, etc. judicial cooperation in criminal matters judicial training, including language training on legal terminology, with a view to fostering a common legal and judicial culture effective access to justice in Europe, including rights of victims of crime and procedural rights in criminal proceedings initiatives in the field of drugs policy (judicial cooperation and crime prevention aspects).

MVNGO implemented a Training for Community Reporters in Sassari. Community Reporters gathered in MVNGO’s office for the purposes of attending 4 Meetups wherein to prepare community interviews.

Partners’ Meetings in Voicitys.

Flyer of the VOICITYS project

First Bulletin on the developments in the VOICITYS project

voicitys-BULLETIN 1 OFF

The interviews performed by the Community Reporters, in each partner country, are visible and displayed in the below Web Platform

https://communityreporter.net/search/explore?search_api_views_fulltext=voicitys%20sassari&f[0]=taxonomy_vocabulary_5%3A93098

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K2 VET VET4Migre

VET4MIGRE

 

Project Facebook Page

“VET4MIGRE” is a Strategic Partnership in the VET field coordinated by the Danish organization “Crossing Borders”, with MVNGO as a partner organization. Project Consortium comprises 6 NGOs from Denmark, Italy, Greece, Spain and Bulgaria.

The project aims at promoting social inclusion of migrants in the hosting communities and migrant employability in the labour market through fostering the adoption of high quality methods to promote professional engagement in entrepreneurship by migrants.

The aforementioned aim will be accomplished though achieving a set of key sub-results, as follows:

– A Target Group Report based on a context survey done in all partner countries in relation to migrant inclusion in EU local economies.

.- A Guide for Migrant Entrepreneurs.

– A Tool KIt for VET Migrants’ Providers.

– An online Migrants Entrepreneurship Course.

A set of transnational activities will be implemented with a view to pursuing project objectives, and specifically:

1) A Job Shadowing Training Event in which partner organizations’ staff will learn the methodology of fast teaching in Language courses (Bulgaria, April 2019).

2) Transnational Partners’ Meetings:

  • M1: Meeting in Humlebaek (Denmark).
  • M2: Meeting in Sassari (Italy)
  • Meeting in Cenes de la Vega (Spain)
  • Meeting in Volos (Greece)
  • Meeting in Potenza (Italy)

 

 

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Collaborative Partnership Sport Big “Life After Sports”

Life after Sports

 

“Life after Sports” is a 2-year Collaborative Partnership in the field of Sport project that aims to develop an innovative 3-Stage Dual Careers Programme that facilitates an optimal combination of high-quality training and education to young athletes using face-to-face workshops.

“Life after sports”  is coordinated by an international Consortium of parners chaired by Champions Factory (Bulgaria) with the other members of the Consortium being  UNIVERSITY OF THESSALY (Greece), ISTANBUL KULTUR VE SPOR DERNEGI (Turkey) Mine Vaganti NGO (Italy), PRVA RIJEČKA HRVATSKA GIMNAZIJA (Croatia) and ASOCIACION DE JUGADORES DE FUTBOL SALA (Spain).

The Programme will target athletes between 15-18 years old, special critical age in which sport and professional transitions take place. In total, 120 athletes coming from the 6 countries will be directly involved in the testing of the pilot programme. Young athletes will be supported by the “Ambassadors of dual career” by the sporting non-governmental organisations as a key figure to facilitate the integration in the labor market. The main aim is to facilitate a successful preparation for combining sporting career of young athletes by bringing them the right supporting training and hence contributing that at a later stage of life they keep a balance between sports training and employment. The project links a series of key activities designed to develop and implement a sustainable training program as the focal point of the project.

In order to reach the project objectives we have planned to deliver the foliage meetings:
1- Kick-off meeting in Croatia
2- Training of “Ambassadors of Dual Career for Young Athletes” in Turkey
3- Transnational mid-term evaluation meeting in Spain
4- Final Evaluation meeting in Bulgaria

The collaborative partners’ work will result in the production of the following Intellectual outputs:

IO1 Research Report on Student Athletes Needs’ Assessment
IO2 “3-Stage Dual Career Program for Young Athletes“
IO3 Guidelines for “3-stage Dual Career Program for Young Athletes” implementation

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Cosme Forever Young!

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Mine Vaganti NGO led a COSME project from April 2016 to September 2017, “Forever Young”, aimed at increasing, through transnational cooperation, the sustainability and competitiveness of the low and medium season within the framework of “grey-tourism” (Senior tourism customers aged 55+).

“Forever Young!”, approved in the frame of the specific COSME Call “Supporting Competitive and Sustainable Growth in the Tourism Sector” (COS-TOUR-2015-3-03) was one of the 11 COSME project proposals approved in Europe. The project represented a pioneering initiative, having been approved and launched in the context of a pilot programme as COSME in 2015.

The COSME programme aims at supporting the growth of small and medium enterprises in Europe by means of facilitating access to funding at the level of the enterprises in all the phases of the latter’s life and development (creation, expansion, transfer), in addition to acting for the purposes of strengthening their access to European and etra-European markets, while at the same time fostering business growth through a particular attention to the increase- in volume and quality- of entrepreneurial learning offer, with a particular focus on mentoring, guidance and support services.

COSME’s total budget amounts to Euro 2,3 billion distributed over the entire period 2014-2020.

The project involved the establishment of a specific online Platform dedicated to spreading and promoting project tourism offer www.foreveryoungtourism.eu.

“Forever Young!” purported itself to enhance transnational mobility by designing routes and products, based upon local cultural UNESCO heritage (immaterial and material such as oral traditions, monuments, Mediterranean dietary ecc.) in association with the promotion of local typical food and beverages in order to provide an unique learning experience: “living the culture”.

As a concrete product, tourism packages for stimulating transnational senior tourism flows were developed and tested.

Moreover, a total 54 deliverables (products of internal as well as external relevance functional to project progress) were developed over the 18 months of the cooperation.

The Consortium involved European experts, enterprises, tour operators, NGOs and municipalities active in the tourism field specially targeted at Seniors.
This positive result confirms the important role played by project team with a peculiar view on social enterprise.

A total of 4 Fam Trips was organized in order to test the Senior-targeted tourism packages developed in the project. The Fam Trips took place in Italy, France, Spain and Slovenia with the participation of international groups of Seniors and tourism agents/wholesalers.

Mine Vaganti NGO implemented the Fam Trip in Italy in the venue of Uri (Sardinia) betweeen June 27th and 29th 2017. In the context of the Italian Fam Trip, wherein a total 12 participants (4 tour operators and 8 Seniors) from France, Spain and Slovakia took part, the tourism package “Sardinia: A Culture to Live”, centered on the cultural, folkoric and historical heritage of Uri was presented and assessed.

 

Final Conference

Contents

Multilingual Pamphlet containing the entire project tourism offer developed in the frame of “Forever Young!” 

Multilingual Promotional Pamphlet- OFFICIAL

Final Digital Booklet of the project

Forever Young Digital Booklet- OFFICIAL

Web page storing the digital versions of the tourism itineraries developed in the frame of “Forever Young!”

http://foreveryoungtourism.eu/index.php/itineraries/

  Link to Local TV Videolina Report about FY

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K1 Youth MVNGO Projects Abroad

MVNGO Projects Abroad

Mine Vaganti NGO (MVNGO) European Project Managers presents proposals on behalf of several Youth Organisations in Europe.

When approved, those projects are implemented by the MVNGO Youth Division with its Non Formal Education Trainers.

TC Canvass Of Life, Potenza Italy, May 2016

 

TC Accept The Rythm, Slovakia, June 2017

 

TC Healthy Lifestyle, Slovakia, October 2016

 

TC Give Me a Chance, Paris-France, March 2017 TC Freedom in Learning, Latvia, May 2017

 

TC Re-Act, Italy, September 2017

 

TC Women Inclusion through Sport, Kenya, May 2018

                                                                                 

 

TC Rural on The Go, Germany, April 2018

TC Building Trust Through Cooperation May 2018

TC From Labour Market to Labour Makers, Spain, June 2018

 

TC Conquering Conflict, Germany, July 2018 (Upcoming)

 

TC Green Way, Germany, October 2018 (Upcoming)

 

Contents developed in the frame of the projects:

Brochure

Manual

Manual Freedom in Learning

TC My Green Future Zero Impact Campaign

 

TC Environmend

TC Let’s Create Literacy

TC A Journey To Peace

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Education through Sport Network Sport Collaborative Partnership Small

Education through Sport Network

 

“Education through Sport Network” (ETSN) is a 12-month Small Collaborative Partnership Erasmus+ Project, involving 5 organizations from 5 different countries with the aim to reinforce an existing informal ETS network and to develop it into an open and transparent transnational community of organizations and experts, who actively use the Education through Sports methodology (ETS). “Education through Sport Network” is in line with several European youth policies in the field of sport.
1. ERASMUS+ Sport programme, which aims to develop the European dimension in sport and to increase cooperation between sport organisations, as ETSN will develop an official network between the partner organisations which will have long-term commitment. ETSN will also contribute to the recognition and validation of skills acquired through NFE, which is another of the milestones of ERASMUS+ Sport programme.
2. European Union Work Plan for Sport (2011-2014) which focuses on establishinh sustainable networks between Sports Clubs and Organisations active in the field of sport on an European Level.
The White Paper on Sport – with which the Commission encourages employers, athletes and sports workers to shape labour relations through European social dialogue. There are social dialogue committees for professional football and for active leisure.
4. Europe 2020 Strategy and also EU Strategy on Youth 2010-2018 – which clearly have stated that there is a need of a sustainable impact on how learners develop different competences and use them, on how open they are to change and innovation. The “Education through Sport Network” and its uniqueness – using Education through Sport and Non-Formal Education as tools will significantly contribute to reach these and another one of the main objectives of the EU Youth Strategy for 2010-18, which is “to encourage young people to actively participate in society.”
After conducting an internal survey within the partner consortium identifying the needs of each organization, the coordinating organization reached to the conclusion that “Education through Sport Network” responds to the needs of the consortium members:
– To exchange good practices in the field of empowering youth through sports and thus, build up organisational capacities
– To acquire new Education through Sports tools and programs
– To build up a strong and long-term partnership network with international youth organisations.
The partner consortium of “Education through Sport Network” believes that the youth organisations are the key to tackle the above issues, and it is our main objective to provide opportunities for further education and opportunities for social engagement to all young people. We also believe in the power of sports to do so, because sport is a universal language, a cost-effective and flexible tool in promoting peace, personal and social development. The Partner Consortium is composed of youth organisations committed to empowering young people through sports activities and providing them with opportunities for positive social engagement and fruitful life. All partner organisations work with youngsters from the most deprived areas and from the most disadvantaged backgrounds within their countries.
The Partner Consortium consists of 4 organizations and 1 Sports Club, all of which are active in the field of sport and have in their priorities the ambition to grow, to develop the tools they work with, to improve the approaches to their arget group, exploring the innovative methods for education. Moreover, all partners were selected by Champions Factory LTD, bearing in mind their geographical disposition, as they cover the borders of the EU on the South-East (Bulgaria), on the North-West (Ireland), including the South (Italy) and the West (United Kingdom), which ensures great coverage of the European Union.

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Collaborative Partnership Small “Winter Sport is Coming”

Winter Sport is Coming

Abstract

“WinterSport is Coming” (WSC) promotes social inclusion and the sense of European citizenship, fostering rejection of stereotyps and intercultural dialogue through enhancing youth participation in Winter Sports as well as developing a culture conducive to the educational use of Winter Sports among Sport operators engaged in the field.

The project is a cooperative endeavour among 4 NGOs from Slovakia, Italy, Bulgaria and Croatia representing countries faced by issues of youth inclusion, compounded by the challenge of managing diversity.

As remarked by the European Union’s White Paper on Sport “Sport is a growing social and economic phenomenon which makes an important contribution to the European Union’s strategic objectives of solidarity and prosperity”. The educational benefits of Sport for individuals in general and young people in the specific represent a priority of the European Union since the White Paper, wherein Sport is recognized as enhancing the acquisition of knowledge, motivation and skills useful at all levels of personal and professional life. The impact of Sport on individual social inclusion is specifically relevant for the challenges faced by today’s youth in that, as highlighted by the White Paper, “Sport also provides attractive possibilities for young people’s enagement and involvement in societyand may have a beneficial effect in helping people steer away from delinquency”. In the intercultural dimension, Sport provides a vehicle for achieving a meaningful social integration of disadvantaged/underrepresented group as well as for laying the grounds of a positive interaction between local and migrant components at the level of civil society.

The above key dimensions of Sport are recalled and followed-up to in the European Commission’s “Developing the European Dimension in Sport” Communication of October 2011.

Winter Sport represents a substantial, sizeable subset of European leisure tradition as well as of current Sport practice at the amateurial and professional levels.

According to the Report “The Future of Winter Travelling in the Alps” rleased by Future Mountiain International In 2017, Europe can presently count on a total 48,2 million active skiers.

Winter Sports also gather a considerable attention among the European public at large, as confirmed by the “Winter Sport Report” released in 2017 by the International Ski Federation (FIS). According to FIS data, Winter Sports achieved a total 8957 broadcasting hours 6338 million views in Europe between 2016 and 2017.

As the spearhead of a specific Olympic tradition initiated in 1924 and presently arrived at its XXII edition with the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games, Winter Sports partake in positive Olympic values and traditions.

In light of the above, Winter Sports promoting and spreading engagement in Winter Sports among young people would contribute to enhancing participation in a crucial sector of Sport engagement as well as, at the same time, enhance the educational dimension of the latter for the needs of young people in Europe.

In the context of a preparatory analysis for the development of the project, partner organizations noted a lack of European initiatives focusing specifically on Winter Sports as a means of promoting social inclusion of young people alongside intercultural dialogue and sense of belonging to a common European identity.

The present project initiative was conceived as a cooperation between the realms of NGO, Sport organizations and Sport practice for the purposes of exploring and releasing the educational potential of Winter Sports in the realm of youth in synergy with the principles and approaches of non formal learning.

The project foresees the implementation of a Winter Sports programme (1 per partner country) involving young people (10 per country- 5 locals and 5 migrants) co-designed in cooperation between Non Formal Education Trainers and Winter Sport practitioners.

WSC will explore the educational relevance and use of Winter Sports across the following dimensions:

Social Inclusion: Winter Sport as catalyst of inclusive practices inspired to the positive values of Sport practice (fair-play, equality, respectful cooperation, teamwork).

Personal Development: Acquisition of knowledge, competences and skills (soft as well as transversal) supporting the personal development and fulfilment of the youth both in life and in society (employability, education, participation).

Intercultural Dialogue: Fostering mutual knowledge, positive interaction and cooperation among young people from different backgrounds (locals and migrants) with a view to contrasting the roots of discrimination and racism phenomena.

Trainers and Athletes will cooperate as an organic work-group in the performance of a specific research on existing good practices, whose assessment and processing will provide the grounds for the creation of the learning programme.

Final outcome of the whole project will be a Guide in multiple languages illustrating the project as well as the methodologies employed/developed therein as a best practice providing a benchmark/model for NGOs, Sport organizations and Sport operators external to the Consortium and to the partner countries.

 

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K1 Youth EVS Chance for a Change

Chance for a Change

The project is a EVS mobility programme coordinated by Mine Vaganti NGO (MVNGO) with UNITED SOCIETIES OF BALKANS (U.S.B.) aimed at promoting intercultural dialogue, social and civic competences as well as the European dimension of active citizenship through an EVS experience of cultural exchange and grassroots community engagement.

Project phases:

– Mobility of 2 Italian volunteers to Greece (Thessaloniki);

– Mobility of 2 Greek volunteers to Italy (Sassari);

EVS mobilities will last 10 months each. “Chance for a Change” is a product of a long-standing partnership between MVNGO and U.S.B. in the E+ frame. The project finds its inspirational grounds in partners’ commitment to foster EVS exchange as a meaningful pattern of active European citizenship connecting personal growth and community development. Human and cultural exchange in the EVS dimension represents an invaluable and concrete opportunity for European societies as a whole to enter into contact with the positive value of cultural diversity, thus developing in the spirit of openness, understanding, awareness of the inner human dignity of the other which is made
compelling by an ever more diversified and interconnected world.

The project draws a mutually reinforcing synergy with the geographical dimension of the present partnership. Italy and Greece are presently facing critical relief and integration challenges related to the present migrant and refugee crisis. According to UNHCR data, migrants Landing in Italy from North Africa amounted to 102,887 individuals in 2017, whereas the figure for Middle Eastern migrant flows to Greece in the same year was 12,440.

The economic crisis has contributed to a growing youth unemployment (with a substantial portion of NEET youth) and to a noticeable radicalization and unrest among youngsters, resulting in mounting rejection for migrants, minorities and for the “others” in general. Chance for a Change foresees a set of cultural community-oriented initiatives bringing young people from different ethnic/cultural backgrounds closer together, creating an added value of social and civic participation, cultural awareness and intercultural dialogue deeply embedded in the cornerstones of personal development and positive ambassadorship characterizing the institute of volunteering.

Partners wish to enhance personal development and social inclusion of NEET volunteers, by means of empowering them as receptive ambassadors of a positive model of diversity.

Project objectives are:

  • Promote volunteering as an effective pathway to developing social/civic competences, tolerance, understanding, intercultural dialogue representing the cornerstone of an active European citizenship.
  • Provide a visible testimony to EVS values of intercultural dialogue, diversity, social and civic engagement to local communities and youngsters.
  • Promote EVS opportunities among youngsters.
  • Develop a mutually beneficial exchange of experiences and sensibilities among youngsters from Mediterranean countries faced by the challenges of migration, integration and youth unemployment/exclusion.
  • Fostering the achievement of E+ priorities related to promoting European values and facilitate access from people with disadvantaged backgrounds/fewer opportunities.

Phases:

MEDIA FOR DIVERSITY (Thessaloniki, Apr 2018-Mar 2019) Participants will support USB’s media initiatives promoting intercultural dialogue, active citizenship, recognition of cultural diversity among migrant/refugee and national youths. USB manages a web radio, an e-TV and e-magazine.

Aims:

  • supporting USB’s staff in awareness-raising media initiatives targeted at national and migrant/refugee youngsters. – supporting USB’s staff in organizing and implementing a Social Campaign on EVS in the frame of promotion of intercultural dialogue, youth inclusion and
    social/civic competence development.
  • providing a positive example of activism, European citizenship and exchange among different cultures to youngsters and to the local community.

PEACE THROUGH CULTURAL ACTIVISM (Sassari, May 2018- Mar 2019)

Participants will support an educational programme aimed at fostering dialogue and creative interaction among the local and migrant NEETs (age 14-29) attending MVNGO’s Office in Sassari.

Aims:

  • supporting educational initiatives based on sharing of different artistic and cultural sensibilities (Share our Cultures, Paint your Future, Dialogue through English, Art through Recycling, Our Storytelling, Play Your Tine, Share with Food) among the local and migrant NEETs frequenting the office.
  • supporting receiving partner’s staff in the organization and implementation of a Final Event displaying artistic and typical products and an Art display of participants’ pictures and storytelling symbolising peaceful coexistence among cultures.
  • providing a positive example of activism, European citizenship and exchange among different cultural identities to youngsters and to the local community.
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K1 Youth EVS Both Ways

Both Ways

The project is an EVS initiative coordinated by the Czech organization KURO, with MVNGO in the role of a sending and hosting organization.

The main aim of the project is to support intercultural dialogue, social and civic competences and the European dimension of active citizenship through intercultural exchange and international volunteering.

The project has the following main objectives:

– Support educational initiatives grounded on the sharing between different cultural and artistic sensibilities between the local and the migrant communities involved.

– Support the staff of partner organizations (hosting and sending) in organizing and implementing a Final Event aimed at showcasing final products of the artistic kind as well as typical products.

– Organize an art exhibition aimed at sharing participants’ pictures as well as the storytelling products produced by them.

-Provide young people young people and local communities a positive example of activism, European citizenship and exchange among different cultural identities.

 Project activities are the following:

– Mobility of 2 Italian volunteers in the Czech Republic, with a view to taking part to a SVE experience in the premises of the applicant KURO (April 2019- January 2020).

– Mobility of 2 volunteers from the Czech Republic to Italy, in order to take part in an experience of EVS in the premises of Mine Vaganti NGO  (May 2019- Feb 2020).

 

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