“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.
“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.
“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.
This “Youth in Action” MVNGO’s Youth Exchange (YE) dealt with the importance of the Music as an universal language that could be used for promoting intercultural dialogue thanks to its high potential in fighting racism and xenophobia.
The project focused on a cultural exchange between disadvantaged young people, mainly unemployed youth of mixed gender with different musical backgrounds. As a follow up program we wanted to extend this exchange on a European wide scale by organizing an annual multi-cultural week for amateur young musicians held in Sardinia. The main aim of this YE was to promote creativeness and intercultural dialogue through music.
The objectives of the project were to develop a mutual understanding, enhance creativity and sense of entrepreneurship, combat racism and xenophobia by dividing the participants in eight groups each consisting of four nationalities and work together and as a result, each group produced a song/dance where the lyrics will reflect a different theme with European spirit.
Music is an area of human activity which elicits great interest among citizens of the EU and it has as enormous potential of bringing them together, reaching out to all, regardless of age, gender or social origin.
Music represents our identity, displaying our lives like a language does: we can trace our roots speaking about music. Music is often related to one’s national culture because it commemorates historical and personal events like weddings or funerals and expresses feelings. During the YE, we discovered our roots and tradition using music and the folk dance. Most traditional music has meaningful lyrics as poetry.
The melodies that occured with inspiration and improvisation and the melodies that spread between people with becoming varied, contain all the elements of daily life.
Sardinian traditional and folk music has ancient roots.
Our rural polyphonic chanting is “cantu a tenore” and express our feelings during different times of our lives; it can express love, fears, sadness.
So, starting from that point, we aimed to invite young people who could share their tradition and present their own identity and culture, during the quiz-workshop, performing traditional dance, discussing the past and present position of our society, practicing culture nights which differ from each other’s, in our town, making people aware about the relationship between music and cultural identity with the help of panel discussion that we arranged, making a flash mob in the main square aimed to involve more local young people about it, visiting the natural and historical places near the city.
MVNGO organized the long term Youth Initiative “Decisamente Abili!”, granted by Youth in Action Programme, in 2012.
The goal of “Decisamente Abili” was to include disabled people in a Region of Sardinia called Gallura and to sensitize the community about this topic.
Theatre and Sport were used as tool for social inclusion.
The main topic of this project was to use those instruments as a tool for improving active citizenship activities, cultural exchange and social inclusion of disabled young people.
The aim was to promote participation of young people in these activities which enable minorities to integrate socially – in this case, disabled people – and to create / empower personal, social and communicative skills, necessary to help a process of integration and inclusion.
Theatre: disabled participants had experience in theatre and led the Othersin acquiring some of the so-called “artistic skills”. The YI also wanted to offer concrete moments of growth for the community offering new forms of artistic expression that will be promoted when there was the “mise en scene”.
Sport: In addition to improving the health of European citizens, Sport has an educational dimension and plays a social, cultural and recreational role. The core of this part of the project was the invention of a new game “au pair”: the participants decided together the rules of the game to play at the end of the YI.
The final objective of the YI was to form competences on how to use a new methodology of education and to create a network of people interested in using these new skills and in becoming facilitators of social inclusion among disabled people.
This Exchange dealt with the importance of the Sport values and dynamics and their impact on health and society.
The main focus was placed on Sport as a tool to fight violence / social exclusion and promote inclusion of minorities.
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 is an area of human activity which takes a great interest on citizens of the EU and has enormous potential for bringing them together, reaching out to all, regardless of age, gender or social origin.
In addition to improving the health of European citizens, Sport has an educational dimension and plays a social, cultural and recreational role. The EU encourages support for Sport and physical activity through various policy initiatives in the field of education and training, including the development of social and civic competences.
The aim wass to promote participation of young people in Sports activities which enable minorities to integrate socially – for instance, disabled people – and to create / empower personal, social and communicative skills, necessary to help a process of integration and inclusion.
The objective was also to form competences on how to use the methodology “Education through Sport” and to create a network of people interested in using these new skills.
The activities we organized have included: workshops, talks, role-playing, visits, debates and practice of several team-sports in outdoor and indoor context.
The core and thread of this exchange were the so called “Mini Olympic/Paralympic Games”, Sport’s activities – adaptable for people with disability – between multinational teams composed by participants from all the European organizations that take part in it.
The important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle, the essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well. (P. De Coubertin).
“Education through sport” è stato un corso di formazione (K1-TC) sullo Sport come strumento educativo per promuovere l’inclusione sociale.
MVNGO è l’ente capofila del progetto che si è svolto in Marocco.
Durata: 6 giorni di attività full-immersion (10-17 Ottobre, 2014).
I 12 paesi coinvolti nel progetto sono stati i seguenti: Spagna, Norvegia, Bulgaria, Romania, Regno Unito, Marocco, Algeria, Egitto, Tunisia, Giordania, Palestina ed Italia, per un totale di 28 partecipanti.
L’obiettivo generale del progetto era quello di trasferire metodologie innovative di educazione non formale europea verso i paesi del Mediterraneo meridionale, creando un importante percorso formativo tra Sud e Nord del Mediterraneo.
Il Marocco ha rappresentato un perfetto connubio tra la cultura mediterranea ed araba.
Secondo l’analisi condotta dai partner, nei paesi del Mediterraneo meridionale vi è una sostanziale carenza educativa: lo Sport non è considerato come un metodo di educazione non formale.
Destinatari: operatori sociali, operatori giovanili, animatori giovanili con esperienza in attività sportive o interessati ad utilizzare lo sport come metodo educativo.
Obiettivi formativi del TC:
– Aumentare le conoscenze e acquisire nuove esperienze sullo sport e le attività all’aperto come strumenti di riconoscimento dell’apprendimento non formale;
– Maggiore consapevolezza riguardo all’importanza dello sport nell’ambito dell’educazione formale e informale, dell’apprendimento interculturale e l’impatto sulle comunità locali;
– Creare una rete di professionisti (animatori giovanili, operatori sociali e formatori) impegnati a lavorare con persone con minori opportunità che utilizzano nuove metodologie e pronti a sviluppare nuove attività progettuali nell’ambito del programma Erasmus + volti alla sensibilizzazione sullo sviluppo personale, sociale e professionale.
Il TC ha seguito l’approccio dell’educazione non formale: una combinazione di diversi metodi creativi e interattivi è stata utilizzata dal team di formatori sulla base del profilo dei partecipanti.
Alcuni esempi di metodi di lavoro: tavole rotonde, sessioni di lavoro utilizzando i metodi proposti da Compass e Salto Youth, attività individuali e di gruppo, esercitazioni e case study.
Trainer del progetto sono stati quattro esperti nel settore, Roberto Solinas e Maria Grazia Pirinna di MVNGO, Shirin Amin di Champions Factory e Razvan Bondalici di STEP, formatori accreditati a livello internazionale, con grande esperienza nel campo della gioventù e dell’istruzione non formale tramite lo sport.
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, will provide useful information and will bring concrete examples of success.
– Increase young people’s awareness of their fundamental role in rural areas. Emphasis will be 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.
– To enrich the knowledge on the environment and on its social relevance.
The issue of environmental sustainability has been addressed under the lens of the creation of new opportunities for employability and entrepreneurship for young people in rural areas.
The two activities of the project were the following:
“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.
Mine Vaganti NGO is official partner of the K2 Youth “Fit2Fit” which involves NGOs from Portugal, Croatia and Italy. The project is coordinated by the Portuguese organization IUNA.
The Fit2Fit project will run from February 2015 to December 2016. The project is complex, but, at the same time ambitious, as it aims to study and survey good practices for social inclusion through sport at a national and international level.
The title of the campaign is a play on the word “FIT” which in English has two different meanings. In this context it conveys two messages:
1) the idea of being physically in form and “fit”.
2) the idea of being included and part of society. In this case, the underlying idea that is through sport it is possible “fit in” or include young people in society.
In this way, it is intended to focus in the areas of creating soft skills, youth employment, social entrepreneurship, innovation, training, network interconnection, healthy behaviors, inter-relational dialogue, inclusion or social action, among others.
–Sport promotion as a vehicle for professional and personal growth, and civic participation of university students through their qualifications to draw up social entrepreneurship projects;
-Theoretical and practical training of 30 young volunteers (young people with fewer opportunities) in each participating country. They are those who will perform all sport actions to promote this project: 9 Seminars (100 training hours), 270 people;
-Carry through 9 Fit2Fit seminars in 9 higher education institutions (5 in Portugal, 2 in Croatia and 2 in Italy);
-Elaboration and spreading of a handbook of Good Practices.
The projects design will allow to involve about 3.000 young people with fewer opportunities. The monitoring of this project will be done through the Fit2Fit Platform, a webpage where it will be possible to find all the information regarding the project, including technical information, and information about the participants, the partners, public and private researchers.
The final stage consists in the dissemination of the results, through two major events:
Education through Sport Days (3rd edition) and Inclusion through Sport Congress (4th edition). Draw up a handbook of good practices is the last step. This manual will summarize the entire project, contain the ID good practices projects created in the course of Fit2Fit campaign, and the evaluation and dissemination of the final results.
This project relies on national partners, such as the National Plan of Ethics in Sport, Coimbra Education School, Coimbra Nursing School, but also European partners, such as Mine Vaganti (Italy) and Riječki Sportski Savez (Croatia). It is funded by the Erasmus + Programme, under Key Action 2: in particular through the application supported in action 2: Strategic Partnerships.
IUNA ASSOCIATION – Project promoter and coordinator
NATIONAL PLAN OF ETHICS IN SPORT – Government partner
COIMBRA EDUCATION SCHOOL – Academic partner
COIMBRA NURSING SCHOOL – Academic Partner
MINE VAGANTI (Italy) – European partner
RIJEČKI SPORTSKI SAVEZ (Croatia) – European partner
The LDV-PLM project “Learn and Back 2” aimed at bringing forward the same aim as the project started in 2012 .
Learn and Back arose from an analysis of the needs for vocational training in Sardinia regarding the third sector, after the excellent feedback in terms of interest revealed by the publication of the first call (more than 200 applications for 30 vacant internship positions), we decided to enrich the proposal and the opportunities of the first version.
The applicant, Municipality of Olbia, once again through Mine Vaganti NGO, promoted a project with 3 Sardinian municipalities, the University of Sassari and some of the most important NGOs/companies/organizations working in the humanistic and touristic field in Northern Sardinia.
We offered 47 scholarships / internships of 12 weeks in Ireland, France, Malta, Slovenia, Spain, Greece and Portugal, preferably for graduated people who were looking for a job, aged between 18 and 35 years (6 internships were reserved for people with disability and available in Spain or Malta).
We kept the entire offer related to internship in NGOs (even though priority was given to the need of working with people with disabilities), social enterprises and in the European project management sector, significantly increasing the quality of foreign partnerships.
We identified a lack of competences in the field of tourism in Sardinia still concerning its “social” part.
Sardinia has always been synonymous with tourism and MVNGO, as designer of the project, wanted to give youngsters the opportunity to acquire new skills on a not know purview as the ST in Sardinia, which could enable the region to “resell” the third sector in a new way.
Social Tourist promotes encounter and socializing moments.
It consists in setting touristic activities capable of responding to a widespread need for relatedness; nevertheless it is not only directed to specific social categories of people with fewer opportunities.
Social Tourism means also responding to the need for socializing: it is a way of life, It is a valuable choice by institutions. Including Social Tourism in tourism offer can bring the development of social ties, create opportunities for cultural enrichment and promotion and the exploitation of local resources.
To grow capable and professional people, remained the objective of the “Learn and Back 2”.
Social Tourism is often considered a second-class tourism, concentrated in the low season and typical of disadvantaged locations and depressed areas.
The numbers of the flows of this type of tourism show, on the other hand, as it could represent, for those who work in the tourist, a valuable opportunity for the development and economic return.
To these inner characteristics we must add technical expertise and capacity that can be developed; those skills could able placing participants on the specific market.
It is also important to have volunteer/ internship experiences abroad and the knowledge of more than one language (essential for those who would like to work in the tourism sector).
“Learn and Back 2” was therefore an excellent opportunity to acquire or develop these skills and be able to offer themselves to the labour market, principally that of the third sector (NGOs and social field) and the social tourism as a trained and competent professional, introducing innovation in the classical conception of tourism know-how.