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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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Youth in Action 1.2 Let’s Break the Bias

Let’s Break the Bias

“Let’s break the Bias” was a 1.2 “Youth in Action” transnational  project aimed at facilitating interreligious dialogue.

This project was conceived as a result of a cooperation between Group Dialogue in Diyarbakır and Mine Vaganti NGO, as a bilateral cooperation between Italy and Turkey.

In this project, the aim was to bring together young people promoting the sense of social inclusion.

The ambitious aim was to remove prejudices providing the recognition of new cultures. If desired, people of different religions can live together, play together and working as a team.

The project was five-month-long and it foresaw a first part in Turkey and a second part (Youth Exchange) comprising workshops and non formal education sessions to be held in the island of Sardinia (February, 10th-15th, 2014).

The participants involved in the project were 12: 8 from Turkey and 4 from Italy.

 

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Youth in Action 4.3 TC Inclusive Sport for All

Inclusive Sport for all

“Inclusive Sport for all” was a MVNGO’s Training Course (TC) that 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: Turkey, Spain, Poland, Norway, Uk, Slovenia, Romania Estonia, France, Croatia, Bulgaria plus Italy, in total 27 participants.

Target group: social workers, youth workers, youth leaders experienced in sport activity or who would like to use 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 leader, social worker and Trainer) who work with people fewer opportunities using those new methodologies and ready to develop new YIA projects raising awareness on personal, social and professional development during the work activity.

The working method proposed by the Trainers started from a wider point of view, macro areas such as values, education and intercultural dialogue through Sport, to the specific activities such as tools and methods to be held during the daily working life in every NGOs or youth centers when you can make the difference for building a civic society (bottom-up process).

Sport has an educational dimension and plays a social, cultural and recreational role.

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

Sport activity has enormous potential of social inclusion thanks to its capacity to bring all the people together, regardless of age, gender or social origin.

Organisers and Trainers wanted to underline the importance of Sport in informal, non formal and formal educational context.

Usually, during a Sport activity, people could learn a lot of things (rules, fair play ecc) even if they are embedded in a informal context.

To play a game means to use an universal language which follow rules and try to work hard in order to reach the aim: to win the competition with the others and/or yourself.

The Trainers leaded sessions based on spreading new methods about Sport as a tool for inclusion of people with fewer opportunities: youth with disabilities, migrants, persons discriminated by gender and people from rural area.

Actually, Sport is useful 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 inclusion of people with fewer opportunities such as young people from rural areas or suburbs. Therefore its values are fundamental in the third sector’s working processes, where they can be used in order to prevent the sense of intolerance, social exclusion and marginalization. One of the most important areas in which we can successfully use Sport is in relation to the disability.

Sport is a tool to contrast racism and xenophobia and it is a souce of support in including people with special needs.The TC followed the non formal education approach: a combination of different creative and interactive methods will be used by the Trainers team and designed upon the profile of participants.

Some examples of the proposed working methods: theoretical inputs, round table, Compass/Salto sessions, individual/group activities, group exercises, work on examples in a small group, case studies, real attempts. The Trainers established a theoretical framework and common reference points for learning and communication in this course, and the course methodology foresees direct involvement of the organisations which already work on the topic and that will be present at the TC.

We asked 2 internationally accredited trainers with huge experience in the youth field and non-formal education through Sport, Antonio Saccone from SPOLINT and Gary Grieve from ISCA (International Sport and  Association) to be the experts in our project.

 

 

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Youth in Action 1.1 Two Islands One Move

Two Islands, One Move

“Two Islands, One Move” (TIOM) was a MVNGO project with the aim to create an open exchange and gather together in a place youngsters coming from two very similar communities: Corsica (France) and Sardinia (Italy), two islands separated by a passage of only fifty minutes boat.

TIOM has taken part of the annual European wide campaign; the “European Move Week”.

Promoted by the International Sport and Culture Association (ISCA), this special week, with events all around Europe, encourages every year sports and physical activities and their positive impact on European societies in order to have 100 million more active participants before 2020.

The project lasted from Monday October 7th until Saturday, October 12th and took place in Arzachena (Gallura, Sardinia). The participants were 60 young Europeans aged 15-19 from Sardinia and Corsica.

The promoter/organiser was Mine Vaganti European Youth Group (MVNGO), an association that promotes positive values of Sport and healthy life style among youngsters. MVNGO was the coordinator in Sardinia.

The other promoter, Centre du Sport et de la Jeunesse de Corse (CSJC), is a public organisation that promotes sport and cultural activities toward Corsican youth. CSJC  was be the coordinator in Corsica.

Our idea was to use the English language as main communicational tool during this 6 days of youth exchange, with young  people actively involved in each activities coordinated by their youth leaders.

The main  activities of this project were: a) City cultural game: treasure hunt, b) health circuit outside the city, c) Flash mobs on the venue, d) Non-formal education workshops during the activities listed above and open dialogue.

We  have decided to organise this project thinking that Corsica and Sardinia have common social issues, such as:

• No active lifestyle of youngsters;

• Isolation of islanders;

• Lack of opportunities to move and discover new places even the closest ones like the neighbour island;

• Lack of cultural opening;

• Lack of Education about the possibility of moving abroad.

Due to the above analysis, the main aims of the youth exchange were the following:

1) Promote a healthy life style among youngsters;

2) Enhance European active citizenship;

3) Highlight solidarity and tolerance between two communities.

Healthy lifestyle: The two islands have a strong common touristic tradition, hosting many outdoor lovers from many different countries. However, local communities from both islands are not used to experience themselves the beauty of their own areas. TIOM has valorised underexploited natural areas through outdoor sport and gave new opportunities to develop oneself towards physical activities in both landscapes.

European active citizenship: The two islands are identical in their mediterranean culture and history but different in their borders. By involving youngsters in the creation of the activities, TIOM has supported participants to feel entirely part of the project, opening borders and creating a link between the islands, using cultural activities through non-formal education workshops and creating open discussion spaces.

“Two Islands, One Move” has proved the idea of an European community with a unique identity and strongly intertwined destinies.

Solidarity and tolerance: The applicant organisation, Mine Vaganti works since 2010 to promote sport as a tool for integration and to fight against those social problems in the North of Sardinia. Sardinia and Corsica are isolated from their mainland, creating a feeling of exclusion. They are closer to each other than to their mainlands. By developing international opportunities, highlighting the 50 minutes short way to meet each other, TIOM erased differences and isolation feelings.

The international exchange through culture and physical activities entered in a process of a common cultural legacy heritage and discovery, pedagogical education on physical activity for all, and started an open dialogue between common problems and their solutions.

 

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