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MVNGO EYF 2016 “Youth Education For Intecultural Development”

MVNGO EYF 2016 “Youth Education For Intecultural Development”

“Youth Education for Intercultural Development” was a Training Course delivered through Non Formal Education (NFE) tools which gathered in Sassari between 19-24 April 2016 a total of 20 youth leaders, youth workers, coaches and educators involved in working with young people at the local level.

The TC addressed the theme of multiculturalism, education to cultural difference, and intercultural competences (dialogue, respect of cultural peculiarities, recognition and promotion of cultural diversity as a positive asset).
The Training Course represented an answer to the general need for more competent and educated youth operators as a means to convey values, kowledge and tools of peace and intercultural dialogue to young people in local realities.
The applicant organization MVNGO magaged a Youth Center in Sassari (Piazza Santa Caterina) based on a convention with the Municipality of Sassari. Among the customers of the Youth Center were migrants and second generation immigrants.
MVNGO is among the founding members of the European NGO (ENGO) MV International and in this quality it played a leading role in the Social Campaign to promote the values of the No Hate Speech Movement launched by the MVI Network in October 2015.
The TC aims at answering to the ever more compelling need to educate younger generations in the values and instruments of intercultural dialogue, peace, inclusion and respect of diversity.
To achieve this far-reaching aim, the TC provided youth leaders, youth workers, coaches and educators from NGOs and assocations working in the wider area of Northern Sardinina with knowledge, attitudes and NFE tools to directly engage youngsters in their areas of operation with the ultimate goal of supporting their education in the values of cultural diversity, harmonic coexistence and cooperation among different cultures and groups, inclusion, tolerance and rejection of xenophobia and stereotypes.
The main objectives of the TC are:
– To provide youth workers, leaders and educators with knowledge and NFE tools to educate youth in the values of intercultural dialogue, tolerance, inclusion and rejection of xenophobia and racism.
– To raise awareness among youth workers, leaders, educators and, ultimately, youth categories about the realities of multiculturalism and the necessity of integration.
– To share and develop best practices in the realm of intercultural education.
The educational methodology adopted during the TC was Non Formal Education (NFE), comprising a set of strictly horizontal and participatory educational tools (role-plays, simulations, roundtables etc.) characterized by an immersive and easily replicable approach to learning. Organizers consider NFE, due to its non-hierarchical and informal nature, the most suitable instrument to guarantee an effective involvement of youth categories.

 

 

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Erasmus+ KA3

Erasmus+ KA 3

MINE VAGANTI NGO is working on a project proposal concerning a Structured Dialogue initiative among Young People and Decision Makers to be applied in the frame of Erasmus Plus KA3 “Policy reform, meetings between Young people and decision-makers” for the deadline of 01-10-2018.

The Structured Dialogue proposal aims at involving local administrations and technicians from the Municipalities of Cento, L’Aquila and Olbia, representatives of the Local and National Civil Defence as well as Young people (at least 60 directly, with 200 expected to be indirectly involved in 3 Municipalities) coming from the partner Municipalities and actively involved at the local level in promoting the social and economic development of their territory. The focus of the 3 expected national meetings will be placed on Youth participation, involving youngsters not just as promoters of local cultural initiatives, but as an actual component in challenging situations as post-disaster emergencies.

 

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Anna Lindh Social Media: the vehicle of a new Democracy held by Youth

Social Media: the vehicle of a new Democracy held by Youth

MVNGO presented in Sardinia  the book “Riscatto Mediterraneo” in cooperation with the Author Gianluca Solera.

There is a strong connection between Democracy and Dialogue. Democracy is first of all participation, as the art of collectively creating an alternative pattern of social relations, that can’t be developed without Dialogue.

Young people from Italy, Spain, Bulgaria, Tunisia, Egypt and Morocco were expected to deal with the topic of how to develop a real active participation through a series of thematic round table/workshop in Italy, taking inspiration from the social movements that in the past 2 years showed to the whole world the existence of a new way to recover the dimension of the social dialogue, and that it’s possible to organize and canalize the energies of the society asking for a more inclusive and equal society: the Arab Spring, the M5S in Italy, the Indignados in Spain, that demonstrate how the request of a real Democracy runs parallel to the request of a social and economic development and it’s strongly based on Social Media strategy.

 After the first phase of analysis and debates, the representatives of the Movements mentioned should have helped the participants to elaborate strategies and global actions in the second phase of the project, that will take place in Tunisia.

The final output of this phase was supposed to be a series of strategies that could be used from NGOs to develop in turn strategies of inclusion to raise youngsters’ participation in their activities; this will contribute to reinforce the activities and the network of NGOs involved and other stakeholder reached by the project.

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K2 Youth REC Think

REC Think

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The project coordinator was Asociación ONG de cooperación para o Desevolvemento Galega de Reporteiros Solidarios (Spain), partners of this project were: Contextos Información Estrategia y comunicación SL (Spain), Solidarites Jeunesses MCP (France), Youth Union of People with Initiative Associacao para o Desenvolvimento Social e Comunitario (Portugal) and Mine Vaganti NGO (Italy).

REC–THINK aimed to develop a program to involve rural young people in the process of rethinking themselves and their role in the future of their localities.

To achieve this goal it was used the participatory video as a tool for expression and generation of ideas, in such a way “press REC” was the first step to build sustainable alternatives for young people in their home regions.

Therefore this project aimed for young people to give voice to their region, breaking the geographical isolation and building a collaborative network to strengthen social relationship.

The project aimed to train young people to be active agents in political and economic transformation processes, through the development of digital and communicative skills and support the building of participatory and collaborative citizenship. Particulary emphasis was placed on re-thinking sustainable alternatives for the future of their locality.

Therefore, this project pursued the following specific objectives:

-Develop methodologies and training to promote the empowerment, participation and full development of young people in rural areas in Europe through the participatory video.

-Create a virtual community with tools for exchange of experience, strategies and the creation of a sustainable alternative for rural areas in Europe, with young people and members of organizations active in these areas.

-Preparing young people aware of being active agents in local political processes and economic transformation through the development of digital and communication skills

-Train stakeholders of the participating organizations in the tools and methodologies developed during the project.

 

REC-THINK BLOG

 

 


Kick-off Meeting of the Erasmus Plus KA2 project Rec-Think.

 

Final Conference of the Rec-Think project and virtual address by MVNGO’s President Roberto Solinas.

 

Participatory Video “Green Hostel” created by MVNGO in the frame of the project Rec-Think.

Rec-Think Intellectual Output 1: Methodological Guide for the implementation of innovative strategies that promote the participation of rural Youth: the Participatory Video.

 

Rec-Think Intellectual Output 2: Training Itinerary to improve ICT competences among rural young people.

 

Rec-Think Intellectual Output 3: Methodological Guide for the development of collaborative projects among rural Youth.

 

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K2 ADULTS EUrbanities

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Scenario Booklet Eurbanities – Our Neighborhoods Heroes

Among the main challenges European cities are facing today, new patterns of social and spatial inequality are among the most pressing. Furthermore, the impacts of exclusion, displacement, gentrification and other processes associated with urban change are most visible at the neighbourhood level.

The main purpose of the present project is to help empower citizens to more effectively influence local development processes that directly impact on their environments.

All over Europe, citizen participation is often hindered by a lack of information, a lack of communication and cooperation between affected stakeholders as well as limited access to knowledge of the options available for voicing local interests. Citizens and stakeholders therefore require tools that can help them overcome barriers to participation.

Our project involves the creation of a game based tool simulating neighbourhood participation to be used in training and teaching activities targeted at empowerment of citizens.

The main target group of EUrbanities project is therefore composed by trainers and teachers who are actively working in different fields of education, related to empowerment of citizens and citizen participation: trainings of people working “on the field” as social workers, local development agents, etc; trainings in adult education or for youth for active citizenship.

In order to achieve this main product EUrbanities project will follow a three years long project cycle organised in three main phases:

1. construction of the knowledge: experience evaluations on neighborhood level development programs

2. creation of the game tool: identification of scenarios of participation and the creation of an interactive online game facilitating the simulation of these scenarios

3. promotion and sustainability of the game tool: development of a list of pedagogical recommendations and of a Product Dissemination Plan.

Along these three main phases, the main outcomes of the project will be as follows:

1. An ebook and a printed booklet presenting the experience evaluations and the methods used

2. An ebook and a printed booklet presenting the identified scenarios of citizen participation and the methods of simulation games

3. An online game tool facilitating the simulation of participation in training

4. A list of pedagogical recommendations for the use of the game tool in trainings and teaching

5. A Product Dissemination Plan identifying the activities needed for the sustainable extension of the use of the tool EUrbanities will be built around different types of interactive transnational meetings and training sessions: transnational meetings for the presentation and exchange of experience evaluations, transnational meetings for the practical simulation of scenarios of citizen participation, two training courses and transnational meetings for the experimentation of the tool. The project will be closed by a large multiplier event.

Teaching and learning activities will be continuously present in the project via non formal and formal training.

The lead partners’ consortium will engage 7 members. As a common background, they are all engaged in urban and social issues, with a particular focus on questions of locality, civil participation, social aspects of urban development.

However, the consortium’s various approaches, activities and organizational forms reflect different remits and approaches:

1.institutional (basic) research (higher education);

2.locally embedded action research (vocational, primary and secondary education);

3.intercultural dialogue activities and trainings (non-formal and adult education) as well as further special focuses on e-media, web development and game producing.

The project lead partner is Comparative Research Network (Germany) who has a sound experience in multidisciplinary research as well as in the organisation of international workshops and trainings in intercultural dialogue, digital storytelling, action research on bordering processes. The partners are: Association for Urban Transition (Romania), Euro-Net (Italy), Institute of Urban Development (Poland), Mine Vaganti NGO (Italy), Regional Research Institute (Hungary) and UrbanisTimo (Finland).

EUrbanities will have a direct impact on approximately 4000 people including participants of meetings and trainings, visitors of the project web site and the project’s sites on the social media, readers of articles on the project and of course those who consult the project’s results.

As the main indirect effect played by the project is on urban neighbourhoods where local development projects take place (or will take place), we may presume that the indirect impact of the project have long-term relevance for a large section of the EU’s population.

The sustainability of the project’s results and the extension of its use on further stakeholders in other countries is at the core of the dissemination plan of the project. The Product Dissemination Plan will identify the main actions needed for the extension and sustainability of the game tool and all stakeholders will be invited to sign it and to commit themselves in some of the identified actions.

 

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WEELABS K2 Youth

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The main objective of the WEEELABS project was the creation of a strategic partnership between organizations with experience in the social field, for working and learning together exploring new opportunities for employability of youth in a situation or at serious risk of exclusion, through:

● the development of a non-formal education methodology adapted from technological innovation contexts (FabLab – Fabrication Laboratories) and based on the principle of “learning by doing” to provide these youngsters with socio-occupational / pre-employment skills.

● the analysis of the reuse of electrical waste and electronic equipment as a niche for generating social enterprises or social intra-entrepreneurial initiatives in organizations committed to finding solutions to difficulties of youth at risk of social exclusion.

Therefore the targeted group was formed by the following profile: young people with diverse circumstances that share specific elements of their territory and local context, such as expectations and difficulties in integrating into the social and productive system, but with common educational and integration needs. To facilitate their social integration and incorporation in the labour market, the project partners have identified the recovery and recycling of electrical waste and electronic equipment (WEEEs) as an opportunity for the labour incorporation and social integration of these young people, in line with the European Directive on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment.

This is an opportunity of employability that could be realized with the creation of new social enterprises or / and intra-entrepreneurial projects in organizations. In this sense, WEEELABS will explore a new way of non-formal education processes, tailored and specifically oriented at our targeted group of young people in situation or at serious risk of exclusion, both to serve as specific training in handling, recycling and recovery of waste electrical and electronic equipment -not yet reflected in formal education system- and the development of core basic skills (spoken language, reading comprehension and calculation) and transversal skills (problem solving, teamwork, organization of work, creative thinking and follow-up instructions …).

That new way is the validation of the WeeeLabs as an adapted FabLab model.

These Fabrication Laboratories were promoted by the Massachusetts Institute Technology (MIT) as workshops / learning communities in digital design and manufacturing scale for personal or local use (usually with 3D printing technologies, precision laser cutters and moulding and milling tools).

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Final video of the WEELABS project.

 

 

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K2 Youth REC Think

REC Think

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The project coordinator is Asociación ONG de cooperación para o Desevolvemento Galega de Reporteiros Solidarios (Spain), partner of this project is: Contextos Información Estrategia y comunicación SL (Spain), Solidarites Jeunesses MCP (France), Youth Union of People with Initiative Associacao para o Desenvolvimento Social e Comunitario (Portugal) and Mine Vaganti NGO (Italy).

REC–THINK aims to develop a program to involve rural young people in the process of rethinking themselves and their role in the future of their localities.

To achieve this goal it will be used the participatory video as a tool for expression and generation of ideas, in such a way “press REC” would be the first step to build sustainable alternatives for young people in their home regions.

Therefore this project aims for young people to give voice to their region, breaking the geographical isolation and building a collaborative network to strengthen social relationship.

The project aims to train young people to be active agents in political and economic transformation processes, through the development of digital and communicative skills and support the building of participatory and collaborative citizenship. Particulary emphasis in re-thinking sustainable alternatives for the future of their locality.

Therefore, this project pursues the following specific objectives:

-Develop methodologies and training to promote the empowerment, participation and full development of young people in rural areas in Europe through the participatory video.

-Create a virtual community with tools for exchange of experience, strategies and the creation of a sustainable alternative for rural areas in Europe, with young people and members of organizations active in these areas.

-Preparing young people aware of being active agents in local political processes and economic transformation through the development of digital and communication skills

-Train stakeholders of the participating organizations in the tools and methodologies developed during the project.

 

REC-THINK BLOG

 

RecThink, K2 Strategic Partnership. Kick-off meeting in Spain, Vigo.

 

 

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K1 Youth TC Are Youth Kidding

K1 Youth TC Are Youth Kidding

The Municipality of Uri implemented the Erasmus Plus KA1 multiactivity project (2 Training Courses) “Are Youth Kidding” with the cooperation of Mine Vaganti NGO.

The main topic of the project was to address the issue of Satire in connection with respect for different identities and adherence to the No Hate Speech values.

Are Youth Kidding involved 36 youth workers/leaders in two interrelated and interconnected events with the twofold purpose of engaging:
Youth leaders interested in the issues addressed and in their implications on promotion of tolerance, social inclusion and cultural dialogue.
Youth workers involved in communication and dissemination sharing the concern for balancing attention to innovative strategies and instruments of communication (i.e. satire on social networks) with requirements of non discriminatory and responsible communication.

The activities of the project were the following:

  • Practical Seminar “Humour and Hate Speech. Can you tell the difference?”

The Seminar was held in Uri (Sardinia, Italy), between November 5-12 2015, with the involvement of Young people aged 18-35 interested in the themes of Satire and/or communication.

The goals we set for the seminar can be summarized as follows:
– To empower youth leaders with tools to master satire as a method for transmitting values and ideas.
– To sensitize youth leaders on the themes of non discriminatory speech and inclusive communication.
– To stage the ground for an encounter between different cultural sensibilities on the issue with youths as the central actors of exchange and mediation.
– To elicit a dynamic of dissemination within national organizations reaching out to youth operators on the field thereby strengthening organizational sensibility on the issue as well as organizational capacities.

  • Training Course “The Language of Satire: Potentialities and Misuse. Rules of Engagement for an Inclusive Communication”

The Training Course was held in Uri between 29 February and 7 March, with the participation of Youth workers aged 18+ involved in the field of communication/dissemination.

The aims of the Training Course were:

– To provide youth operators operating/involved with different roles in the field of communication/dissemination with the knowledge and methods to engage in inclusive and non-discriminatory communication.
– To endow participants with an understanding of how satire might undergo a distortion for discriminatory or hate purposes as well as produce the same result through a careless use.
– To enhance integration of activities among participant organizations, sharing of best practices as well as set the ground for eventual follow-ups in the same field with a view on widening the net of actors interested and involved in initiatives in this field (other NGOs, local communities, network of experts etc.).

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K1 Youth MultiActivity Green Power

K1 Youth MultiActivity Green Power

Green Power was a KA1 multiactivity project coordinated by MVNGO and composed of a Training Couse and a Youth Exchange.

Green Power involved a target of social workers, educators and environmental activists as a means to create a shared pattern wherein to pool knowledge and experiences, exchange good practices and usher in a network of Young people actively engaged in green issues.

The project aimed at creating a civic awareness and a greater sensitivity to respect for the environment, working on issues such as:
– Dispersion of youth potential;
– Disinterest and misinformation regarding environmental issues;
– Youth emigration;

From an educational point of view, the following objectives were addressed:
– Encourage flows of knowledge between participants and experts who, through their skills, provided useful information and brought concrete examples of success.
– Increase young people’s awareness of their fundamental role in rural areas. Emphasis was placed on how they should be the protagonists of the process of social transformation towards more sustainable and innovative models from an environmental and employment point of view.
– Enrich the knowledge on the environment and on its social relevance.

The issue of environmental sustainability was addressed under the lens of the creation of new opportunities of employability and entrepreneurship for young people in rural areas.

The two activities of the project were the following:
1. “Green Power” Training Course. The Training Course was implemented in Tempio Pausania between 2 and 10 July 2015, with the involvement of youth workers from Italy, Austria, Greece, Romania, Poland, Slovenia, Spain and Croatia.
2. Youth exchange “Let’s live sustainable!”. The Youth Exchange took place in Uri between 30 March and 7 April 2016 with the participation of young people interested in environmental issues from all partner countries.

 

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K1 Youth TC Get Connected 2

Get Connected 2

“Get Connected 2” (GC2) was a Training Course (TC) that aimed to gather in Uri, Sardinia, 21 participants from 9 countries.

There were 7 full working days. The countries: Italy, Cyprus, Croatia, Poland, Spain, Bulgaria, Austria, Malta and Romania. Participants: youth /social workers from partner organizations engaged or dealing with Social Media and E-Participation.

Theme: Organisers and Trainers wanted to develop participants’ skills, knowledge and attitudes concerning how to involve youth people through E-Media in the policy making processes.

We dedicated each day to a social media tool (Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Instagram and You Tube) starting with a contribution of an expert and concluding with practical challenges for participants.

The connection between the days and the full picture of the event was clear since the first day; the idea was to create 3 European Campaigns using Social Media and addressign the most important topic of interest in group (environmental protection, sport as a tool for inclusion and green entrepreneurship). Furthermore, participants planned 3 K1 multi-activities proposal which are strictly linked to Social Media and Youngsters.

The Training Course was a follow up of a previous event which took place in Cyprus in November 2013, “Get Connected”, which explored e-participation through a general overview of the tools used by youth leaders.

 

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