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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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K1 Youth TC Harmony of Sounds

K1 Youth TC Harmony of Sounds

The training course (TC) Harmony of the Sounds was a project that involved 25 social workers, teachers, youth leaders who are working with young people with fewer opportunities in post conflict countries (refugees, migrants, asylum seekers).

The aim of the project was to use non formal education tools, mainly the music and arts, as a tool to contrast racism and discrimination of other cultures. The TC was held in Fertilia – Alghero, Sardinia, Italy, March 11- 18, 2015 (Travel Days incl.) The following 11 countries were involved in the project: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Italy, Macedonia, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Turkey, in total 25 participants.

The working language was English. The overall aim of the project was to promote NFE methodologies for building peace through music facilitating intercultural dialogue. Through this project, we wanted to strengthen the ancient links between music and human being, proposing the use of music as a matter to promote the sense of cohesion between the EU and neighboring countries (Caucasus and Balkans).

This mobility project (TC) was dealing with the importance of reconciliation and peacebuilding process stimulating the sense of solidarity and promoting the intercultural dialogue. The project focused on different topics as well as proposed the participants different methodologies that can be used in order to work on the topics of the projects. The project focused on a non formal education approach based on music as a tool to contrast racism and discrimination of other cultures. Music is the perfect language to communicate, to live in harmony and peace.

Music is a powerful tool for social change.

 

 

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K1 Youth TC Social Entrepreneurship Now

Social Entrepreneurship Now!

 

“Social Entrepreneurship Now!” was a Training Course that gathered 25 participants (youth workers, social workers, youth leaders) from 11 countries (Italy, Spain, Bulgaria, Austria, Poland, Malta, Uk, Romania, Croatia, Portugal and The Netherlands).

The Training Course aimed at exploring the concept of social entrepreneurship as an innovative way to solve social problems using entrepreneurial skills and youth voice.

The objectives of the TC were:

– To empower young people raising their self esteem and stimulating their creativity and sense of (social) entrepreneurship.

– To raise awareness in the participants on key competences through NFE and develop different methods for using them in practice within social projects, developing and matching them with the requirements of Erasmus + with their organisations.

– To develop the cooperation among different organisations coming from 11 countries.

– To stimulate young people to get involved into NGOs or social entrepreneurships, youth activities, into local authorities, into international opportunities that arise, be active citizens and contribute to the process of change.

The activities were coordinated through non formal education methods (group works, video productions, role play games, brainstorming, etc) and were also including participation on sport events, meetings with the students of university, exchanges with local administrators and members of local associations. Some activities took place outdoor, to promote Erasmus+ and non-formal education and raise awareness on urban problems among the local community. During the last days of the project, participants had the chance to create working groups, to present ideas for future projects on urban issues, sustainability, promotion of young people participation in their local community.

 

 

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K1 Youth PBA Space

K1 Youth PBA Space

“SPACE” was a Partnership Building Activity involving 16 participants from Italy, Portugal, Spain, Greece, Romania, Sweden and Denmark.

The PBA was held in Sassari between October 1-7 2014, involving Youth workers, social workers and local administrators interested in the topics of urban sustainability and actively committed  to promoting social inclusion of the youth in marginalized areas.

The PBA was inspired by sociological research, whose findings show that in Sassari, the main city of North Sardinia, the old City Center has lost its dimension of main center of gathering and socialization for the denizens, in particular the younger ones.

This phenomenon is linked with the ever more visible diffusion of other urban challenges, as urban fragmentation, social marginalization, juvenile deviance, lack of spaces and avenues for pedestrians and bikers etc. etc.

The meeting was aimed at carrying out a joint reflection in order to create concrete projects to contribute to the resolution of the challenges displayed by Sassari, which might be transferred to other urban contexts.

The project was an occasion for exchanging ideas and good practices as well as comparing different realities, needs and solutions to urban marginalization problems, with a particular focus on those of most concern to the Youth.

The project purported itself to achieve the following objectives:

– develop a sensitivity towards urban issues by encouraging the development of initiatives aimed at promoting active citizenship;
– create a thematic network to promote cooperation through the exchange of good practices, youth mobility through exchange projects, social inclusion through local initiatives and events;
– explore the possible applications of future project ideas with the Erasmus + program, taking into consideration different actions and making contributions in the form of future projects, especially in the field of non-formal education and intercultural dialogue.

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K1 Youth TC Education Through Sport

Education Through Sport

“Education Through Sport” was a Training Course which dealt with the importance of the Sport as an educational tool for promoting social inclusion.

The 12 countries involved in the project were the following: Spain, Norway, Bulgaria, Romania, UK, Morocco, Algeria, Egypt, Tunisia, Jordan, Palestine, plus Italy, in total 28 participants.

The overall aim of the project was to transfer innovative methodologies of non formal education from European to Southern Mediterranean countries creating an important educational path in between South and North of the Mediterranean sea.

Morocco seemed to all the partners the best place since it represents a perfect melting pot of EU and arabic cultures. According to the analysis made by the partners, in the Southern Mediterranean countries there is an huge educational lack: sport is not considered as a non formal education method. Regarding this specific educational need this project was meant to share new tools and strengthen our cooperation.

The target group of the project were social workers, youth workers, youth leaders with experience in sport activity or interested in using Sport as an educational method.

Learning objectives of the TC were:

– To raise knowledge and gain new experiences on Sport and outdoor activities as tools of recognition of non formal learning;

– To clarify the challenges of Sport as a tool for education regarding to content and methodology, non formal and informal learning process, intercultural learning and impact on local community;

– To create a network of professionals (youth leaders, social workers and Trainers) who work with people with fewer opportunities using those new methodologies and ready to develop new E+ projects raising awareness on personal, social and professional development during the work activity.

The main topic of this project was to “use sports as a way of improving active citizenship activities, cultural exchange and social inclusion of young people”.

Sport has an educational dimension and plays a social, cultural and recreational role. It is also a powerful tool for inclusion of people with fewer opportunities: people with disabilities, migrants, persons discriminated by gender and people from rural area. Sport is has the possibility for breaking stereotypes (facilitating the process of integration of immigrants in the society), promoting mutual understanding and intercultural dialogue (use Sport as an universal language) and facilitating the process of social inclusion. Sport is an instrument to fight racism and xenophobia and a supporting tool in including people with special needs.

Therefore its values are fundamental in the third sector’s working processes, where it can be used in order to prevent the sense of intolerance, social exclusion and marginalization.

We asked 4 internationally accredited trainers with huge experience in the youth field and non-formal education through Sport, Roberto Solinas and Maria Grazia Pirina from MVNGO, Shirin Amin from Champion Factory and Razvan Bondalici from STEP to be the experts in our project.

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K1 Youth TC In NFE We Trust!

In NFE We Trust!

“In NFE We Trust!” was a Training Course activity in the frame of the Erasmus+ programme.

The event was held in Alghero during 6 days (July 14/21, 2014 including travel days) involving 24 youth leaders, youth workers and social workers from 8 EU countries.
The TC was aiming to create new partnerships and new youth projects reflecting on the topic of Non Formal Education (NFE) as a professional tool for youngsters.
In fact, reflecting on this issue the project was focusing on youth policies, relevant to European Citizenship and participation of young people, priorities of the Erasmus Plus programme.
The participants discussed about NFE recognition: their rights, their opportunities, their obstacles in using this methodology, their experiences in civil society.
Through non-formal education methods they analyzed opportunities and challanges of being a European citizens as well as drafted new projects proposal to encourage people to develop into Active European Citizens trough NFE.
In particular they reflected about new possible strategies to involve young people in disadvantaged areas.

MV International (MVI) aims to value the high quality system of NFE and to validate and create a common form of certification of key competences gained in a non formal education context.
Since non-formal education is not recognized in all European countries, one of the main objectives of MVI is to train social workers at a professional level in order to serve as a support for the youth.
Therefore this project aimed to build the basis of a Pool of NFE Trainers inside the network of NGOs being inspired by the “Pathway 2.0 towards recognition of NFE learning/education and of youth work in Europe” (2011) created by the European Commission and the Council of Europe in the field of Youth.

 
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Youth in Action EVS Volunteering in Kirov

Volunteering in Kirov

MVNGO achieved financial support for the EVS project “Volunteering in Kirov” which gave a young italian volunteer the opportunity to spend 10 months in Russia.

The project was supported by the Russian organization Vyatka Humanitarian Gymnasia, which provided an advanced course of English.

The project was implemented with the support of the organization SFERA, experienced in the EVS field.

Gymnasia has experience in international youth field and implements international youth programmes around the year.

One of the main aims of hosting an EVS volunteer in the organization was to allow young people to know about new cultures and languages, to experience non-formal education and to learn through after-class activities and voluntary actions.

Also the project was targeted at developing international cooperation in the field of volunteering and active citizenship.

One volunteer from Italy, Luca Argalia, was selected by Mine Vaganti NGO and  took part in the 10 months project in Russia.

The main objectives of the project were:

– promotion of tolerance between different countries for youth and children in Kirov,

– implementation of international projects and events for young people,

– organizational and methodical, analytical and informational support for staff of the hosting organization in sphere of social and cultural projects and events and youth leisure.

All this objectives were achieved through the active participation of the volunteer. Luca brought new ideas into the work of the organization.

A picture of Alberto, MVNGO’s EVS volunteer in Romania

 

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Youth in Action 3.1 TC Rural Change Lead the Path

Rural Change Lead the Path

 

 

“Rural change – Lead the path!” has been a MVNGO’s Training Course (TC) that aimed to gather in Mestia, Georgia, 25 participants/experts from 10 countries.

There were 6 full working days.

Organisers and Trainers developed participants’ skills, knowledge and attitudes concerning how to involve youth people living in the rural area in policy-making processes in order to face off youth unemployment.

2013 was the year of the active citizenship therefore the purpose was to face off the sense of isolation encouraging new (green) entrepreneurial idea in the rural areas.

Learning objectives of the TC were:

1. To increase the participation of rural youth in the social life of their community;

2. To develop the capacities of elaborating and implementing international youth projects (YIA);

3. To explore eco-education approach as a tool for non formal education recognition.

This project raised awareness on the situation of european villages and offered the opportunity to meet possible partner groups which may influence the rural areas at different levels, providing them the access to tools which have an impact on the communities they live in.

All of the participants were challenged to reflect critically upon themselves, upon the rural communities and upon their role and potential in their development.

The big problem many countries faced was the underdevelopment of rural localities.

Rural localities are losing population. Youngsters from villages leave their homes in favor of big cities.

As active young citizens represent the key resource for the development of the society, the countryside is left with no chances for recovery while youngsters continue to leave.

The message to convey is: “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail” (Harold R. McAlindon).

Organisers believe that especially the European youth sector can and will benefit from projects like this one enormously in future years. Therefore we wanted to invest time, capacity and resources to share best practice examples and work with other young Europeans to create change in what concerns the perception of rural communities.

Organisers and Trainers succeded in:

– Discussing how we can provide more support to the youth from the countryside, how can we provide them/us with more interesting opportunities;

– Motivating and instructing the youngsters in the area of rural development, through building networks, as well as indirectly;

– Through discussions, reflecting on how to raise awareness in the business and governmental sector abut what concerns support for youth living in the rural areas.

We believe that non-formal education is an ideal tool to develop the potential, the skills and abilities of the participants so that they could act as multipliers and create impact in the communities they live in.

A combination of different creative and interactive methods were used by the Trainers team and designed upon the profile of participants.

Some of the examples of methods that were used in this TC: – theoretical inputs, compass/salto sessions, individual/group activities, group exercises, work on examples in a small group, case studies, real attempt.

The entire course was designed as a mutual learning situation in which, using diverse methods, participants were able to compare their approaches and experiences with environment as the key resource to capitablize upon. 

The Trainers established a theoretical framework and common reference points for learning and communication in this course, and they will also provide a framework where participants will be able to experience.

The course methodology foreseen direct involvement of the organisations that were present at the TC.

The TC sessions were held by 2 international trainers with huge experience in the youth field and non-formal education, Nona Balavadze from Alliance For Society Advancement (ASA) from Georgia and Roberto Solinas from MVNGO.

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