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K1 Youth EVS Chance for a Change

Chance for a Change

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

Project phases:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Project objectives are:

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

Phases:

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

Aims:

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

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

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

Aims:

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

Both Ways

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

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

The project has the following main objectives:

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

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

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

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

 Project activities are the following:

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

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

 

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K1 VET Let’s Develop Touristic Skills

Let’s Develop Touristic Skills

The project is coordinated by the Italian educational institution “Liceo Scientifico Statale Carlo Jucci”, with MVNGO in the role of coordinator of students’ mobilities.

“Let’s Develop Touristic Skills” aims at answering the ever increasing need of internationalization of the partner educational institutions as well as delivering on a modernization of the educational offer in connection with the needs of the labour market in the local territory “Rieti”

By means of offering students the opportunity of attending  international internships in line with their educational curricula, the project aims at enhancing the development of language skills, transversal skills and specialized competences connected with the realm of tourism.

The project offers 3th and 4th year students attending local high schools in the area of Rieti the opportunity of taking part in international internships in a series of Irish enterprises operating in the field of sustainable tourism.

The objectives of the project are the following:

  • Enhancing motivation to learn in students by means of promoting international mobility.
  • Developing competences of concrete employability within the field of Tourism with a focus on nature, culture and education.
  • Improving language and cultural knowledge in students, thereby fostering their employability.
  • Drawing a connection between education and the labour market.
  • Creating a network of contacts and favouring the recognition of competences acquired in extra-curricular activities.
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K1 Adults Let’s Take Sport Out of Youth

Let’s Take Sport Out of Youth

 

“Let’s Take Sport Out of Youth” (LTSOY) is an initiative of organizational development enabling the applicant organization Champions Factory to employ the educational potential of Sport to the promotion of upskilling and entrepreneurial development of disadvantaged Adult categories (low-qualified Adults from disadvantaged rural areas and urban suburbs, migrants) as an instrument of empowerment, employability (also in terms of entrepreneurial engagement) as well as social inclusion.

The applicant organization has achieved substantial results in the use of Sport as an educational tool for the empowerment of young people (also disadvantaged categories of NEETs and migrants) and intends to expand the variety and audience of its offer, at the local and European levels, in the Adult field.

The project is inspired by an assessment of the development needs of the organization for the above identified purpose as well as tailored to answering the challenges highlighted by a specific context analysis.

Eurostat (2017) quantifies in 18,243 million the number of unemployed in the EU-28 total population as of October 2017, making up the 8,8% of the workforce. Females are more affected than men by the unemployment trends, with an average unemployment rate of 10% as compared with 8% for male workers.
Low-qualified Adults are particularly vulnerable to dynamics of long-term unemployment in the EU-28, with 53,6% of Adults in the lowest tiers of educational attainment (up to lower secondary education) unemployed in the EU-28. Eurostat findings show a substantial portion of the EU-28 population belonging to the low tier of educational attainment (20%). First-generation immigrants to Europe are paticularly affected by dynamics of long-term unemployment and social exclusion due to a low level of qualifications compounded by cultural/language barriers.
The EC’s ”Communication on Developing the European Dimension in Sport” (2011) highlights the substantial contribution of Sport “to growth and jobs, with value added and employment effects exceeding average growth rates”, therefore endowing Sport with a specific relevance for the achievement of the objectives set forth in the EU 2020 strategy.

Sport represents an educational avenues for the development of positive attitudes and skills (soft and transversal) useful in the contet of employability as well as forming part of an entrepreneurially-oriented mindset (cooperation, leadership, planning, flexibility, risk-taking, fair play). At the same time, in its quality of universal language crossing social and cultural divide, the educational use of Sport is particularly suited to overcoming the educational constraints affecting disadvantaged categories as well as to bringing positive messages across cultural barriers and belongings.

The appreciation of the positive relationship between Sport and the development of the employability/entrepreneurial potential of young people at the level of EU policies and of the European NGO sector points to the need of compounding the educational dimension of Sport through exploring actions and strategies for its most profitable adaptation to the context and target specific challenges of the Adult field.

Through the present project, Champions Factory aims at laying the grounds for being actively involved in delivering on this needed approach in the local and European dimensions.

ITSOY objectives are the following:

– Increasing organizational capacities in the design and management of project proposals in the Erasmus Plus Adult field, with a particular focus on the use of Sport as a tool of upskilling and entrepreneurial development of disadvantaged Adult targets.
– Acquiring methodologies and professionalism in the use of Sport, in combination with Non Formal Education (NFE) methodologies as an instrument of education fostering the social inclusion, employability and entrepreneurial attitudes/skills of disadvantaged Adult targets.
– Enhancing the range of targets and educational offer of the organization through regular activities, at the local and European levels, connecting the educational potential of Sport with the specific learning needs and constraints of disadvantaged Adult targets.
– Fostering the European dimension of the organization by developing long-term partnership arrangements and regular exchange of knowledge/good practices with established European NGOs working in the Adult field.
– Developing specific Erasmus Plus project initiatives in the Adult field focused on the educational use of Sport as a tool of social inclusion, employability and entrepreneurial development of disadvantaged Adult categories.

 

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K1 Adults s-PORTEND

sPORTEND

The proponent organization Rijeka Sport’s Association is an NGO working at the local and European levels in the field of grassroots Sport and Sport for all, with an offer of Sport activities extended across the spectrum of the different age-bands (from children to Adults).

The organization, long established at the local level with an high level of quality and substantial number of activities implemented, is presently in the process of internationalizing the scope of its activities at the European level, with a priority focus on the Erasmus Plus programme.
At this regard, the applicant has gained substantial achievements with the approval of an Erasmus Plus Collaborative Partnership in the field of Sport in 2016, followed by the successful application of 2 Collaborative Partnerships Sport (a Collaborative Partnership and a Small Collaborative Partnership) in the year 2017. Ground-breaking achievements in the field of the educational us of Sport were registered with the approval of the Erasmus Plus Capacity Building Youth “A Path To TransportAction” (APTSA)- focused on employing Sport as an educational instrument of female inclusion in disadvantaged rural communities- and of the Erasmus Plus KA1 Youth “Sport Education Triggering Entrepreneurial Action” (SETEA), focused on the use of Sport as a tool of entrepreneurial empowerment of disadvantaged young people. Both projects were successfuly applied in 2017.

The successful application of APTSA and SETEA allowed the applicant organization to explore the field of Sport beyond the sphere immediately related to physical activities and healthy lifestile promotion, approaching the educational dimension of Sport practice as an avenue for fostering the acquisition of positive attitudes, soft and transversal skills useful for social inclusion of disadvantaged targets (in the specific cases, rural females and young people with fewer opportunities). Said dimension represents one of the core explications of the Education Through Sport (ETS) methodology, connecting Non Formal Education (NFE) and Sport practice for the achievement of socially appreciable goals of social inclusion and empowerment by means of education.

In this process, the cooperation established with the Italian partner MVNGO, which contributed to the development of both projects through its expertise in the field of ETS, and the ensuing exchange of knowledge and ideas, were crucial in ushering in a process of internal reflection wherein the applicant appreciated the groundbreaking potential of an integration between its activities in the field of Sport practice and the educational orientation ensured by ETS methods.
As an organization addressing a wide audience of targets across the different age-bands, the applicant is in an optimal position to cater to the educational and social inclusion needs of the Adult age-band in its area of operation, as well as to bring about a positive impact on the wider scenario of educational offer and project design efforts in the Erasmus Plus Adult field.

Amidst an internal reflection about the most proper strategies to bring the aforementioned design to fruition, there emerged a shared assessment of the core critical lacks of the organization in need of solution through staff learning and international cooperation, and markedly:
1- The lack of internal staff professionalism in the field of the educational use of Sport (ETS methodology), specifically in the field of Adult learning.
2- Lacking internal capacities in employing ETS as an instrument of entrepreneurial education for the Adult target .
3- Insufficient networking capacities and thematic partnerships in the sector, with a particular focus on European NGO experienced in the field of Adult education and ETS, hampering the internationalization of the organization’s activities and educational offer.

Based on the findings of internal reflection and assessment, the applicant decided to invest a specific effort in developing the competences of staff (Trainers, Project Managers and Staff Members) as well as establishing joint proposals and long-term mechanisms of coordination with NGOs from other European countries.

The specific fields of staff development to be addressed were identified as the following:
– Knowledge, skills and competences in the use of ETS as an avenue for the empowerment of disadvantaged targets in the Adult field.
– Knowledge, skills and competences in employing ETS as an instrument of entrepreneurial education in the Adult field.
– Knowledge, skills and competences in networking at the European level, with a main view to the establishment of long-term partnerships with likeminded NGOs in the Adult education field.

The project foresees the following mobilities:
1- Mobility of 5 Trainers forming part of the regular staff of the applicant to Bulgaria (Sofia), in order to attend a Training Course on the use of Education Through Sport methods in the Adult field hosted by the partner organization Champions Factory.
2- Mobility of 5 Trainers from the applicant’s regular staff to Italy (Sassari), to attend a Training Course on the use of ETS for the development of entrepreneurial skills and competences in Adult learners hosted by the partner organization Mine Vaganti NGO.
3- Mobility of 2 staff members with directional responsibility to Italy (Sassari) for a Job Shadowing in the premises of the partner organization Mine Vaganti NGO. The Job Shadowing will concern with exchanging knowledge and good practices in ETS and Adult education as well as developing long-term partnerships and joint initiatives in the Erasmus Plus Adult field.

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K2 Adults Blue Social Growth Comune di Olbia

Blue Social Growth

 

The objective of ‘Blue Social Growth’ is to develop, organize and evaluate an experimental pedagogical plan for the training of the populations living in small islands to address their pressing issues- like the recent immigration and refugees crisis- through developing blue growth economy social enterprises. It will predominantly target the most needed populations like migrants and refugees, by supporting them to establish collaborative social enterprises. Using action learning and e-learning methodologies on co-creation and entrepreneurship skills it aims to stimulate the needed 21st century skills for the development of socially innovative and impactful, collaborative social enterprise ventures that result from the interaction among the sea and the earth.

In 2016 148,355 migrants and refugees entered Europe (9/3/16) the cumulative arrivals to Greece stands at 144,899. In 2015 1,046,599 migrants arrived to Europe; Greece received 858,608 of them (Mediterranean Update, IOM, 01/16). These populations enter in Europe though the sea and their first point of contact are small islands and coastal regions that are often among the weakest regions in Europe facing already isolation and risk of being deserted. “Coastal areas often face high unemployment… it is our responsibility to help this sector develop and prosper” (EC Strategy Press release, Commissioner Damanaki, 20/02/10). “Islands face considerable challenges…They may lack human capital and possess limited public resources in health, education, research and innovation… EU’s southern islands have seen a large influx of migrants, whilst lacking the resources needed for their accommodation or integration…various studies suggest that islands can become ‘lands of opportunities’ by investing in their relative strengths” (European Parliament Think Tank, Jan 2016). Article174 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union- TFEU recognises the special nature of island territories… Several insular regions and municipalities call for the development of an ‘insular dimension’ in EU policies. “The Union shall aim at reducing disparities between the levels of development of the various regions and the backwardness of the least favoured regions. Among the regions concerned…attention shall be paid to…islands” ( EUR LEx, 2016).
“It is the maritime contribution to achieving the goals of the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.…The ‘blue’ economy represents roughly 5.4 million jobs” (EC, Maritime Affaires, Blue Growth, 2016). “There is a need of offshore activities supporting Blue Growth and employment… aim at boosting economic development, environmental services and entrepreneurial innovations – in particular in SMEs in rural and coastal areas.…aquaculture development aims at supporting and facilitating a sustainable economy…support aquaculture productions and communities with innovative solutions and technologies to ensure a sustainable offshore, coastal and inland development and growth”(Horizon 2020 WP Marine & Maritime, 2016-2017. “Coastal areas are important for growth and jobs, in particular for young people” (EC COM 2014, 86 Final). “European Commission recognises the potentials for development of the Coastal areas through both the Strategy for Blue Growth and the initiative for Maritime tourism… A powerful and intelligent maritime tourism will act as a catalyst for the economic recovery in Greece and throughout the European continent.” (EC Press Release, Damanaki Commissioner, 10/03/14).

‘Blue SoG’ focuses on two distinctive but interrelated issues:

a) The co-sharing and co-creation engaging marginalized – bottom of the pyramid- populations as value creation for survival and growth;

b) Learning; new approaches of action and e-learning should be developed, piloted and validated that will provide the skills needed for social innovation and social collaborative entrepreneurship in the Blue Growth Economy. Small islands due to geographic and transportation constraints need specific approaches to education and to establishing co-creation which has to be e-based.

The above actions will be achieved through:

1)A structured research identifying issues and needs of the target group as well as best cases examples of second generation migrants

2)Self-instruction, illustrated handbooks and textbooks on how ‘bottom of the pyramid’ populations can acquire these skills

3) An e-learning training platform with digital channels

4) Action learning training approach with workshops, pitching events and pairing among second generation migrants and refugees, peer-to-peer e-based mentoring and per-venture community engagement coaching through web technologies

5) A validation process of the consultation process and the end results.

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K2 Adults Dis-ACT

Dis-Act

 

“Dis-Act” will enhance the inclusive potential of Theatre as an instrument of opening opportunities and dispelling prejudice against people with disability through the production of quality educational offer for operators and disabled adults themselves in Devised Theater.

The project lasts a total 24 months and involves 6 partners from Germany, Bulgaria, Italy, Estonia and Romania

Dis-Act is addressed to an audience of direct targets (disabled adults aged 35-55 coming from disadvantaged urban and rural communities and Educators/Trainers providing or interested in providing support to their social inclusion) and indirect targets (Adult education institutions, NGOs, cultural businesses and associations, Arts centers/groups, Organizations of disabled people, Organizations/public agencies providing services for disabled people).

The European Disability Strategy (2010) sets the overall objective of empowering people with disability with a view to enabling their full participation in society on a footing of parity with the non disabled, also by positive action aimed at eliminating all kinds of discrimination against disabled people.

Among the stumbling blocks mentioned by the strategy are persisting discrimination, low access to education and employment in the labor market and income inequalities/poverty affecting the disabled disproportional than the rest of the population due to root causes of lower participation in education and employment.

At the European level, only 48,7% of persons with disabilities are employed compared with 72,5% of the non disabled. For the 20-64 component of the disabled population, the EU unemployment rate is 19,6% against a total unemployment of 12,7% for the average adult targets. At the European level, 41.2% of persons aged 30-34 have completed a tertiary or equivalent education against a 29,7% pertance among the corresponding age-band of the disabled population. The Report “The European Comparative Data on Europe 2020 & People with Disabilities” (2017) released by the Center for Social and Economic Policy, notices that disability increases the risk of poverty and social exclusion in all EU Member States.

In addition to the skills/qualification-related barriers hampering socio-educational inclusion of the disabled, visible and hidden forms of social stigma surrounding disability, and particularly its cognitive dimension, add up to the wider challenge through reinforcing sentiments of exclusion, apathy, discouragement and refrain from engagement- be it educational, social, recreational or occupational- acting as drivers of self-feeding circles of exclusion for the disabled.

Dis-Act deploys an intervention on the skills-related and emotional dimension of disabled people’s plight through exploiting the educational, integration and creative dimension of Devised Theater. Devised Theater is conceived as an original approach to the theatrical production entailing a peer process of cooperation between a group of co-creators in the achievement of a final artistic product. The a-hierarchical nature of the co-creation process is designed to give each individual voice a determining role over the final outcome of the process, thereby ensuring the full ownership of the creative process by each individual co-creator.

Through the production of a quality educational offer fostering the capacities of adult operators and institutions in employing Devised Theater as an instrument of empowerment of disabled adults in the context of co-creation programmes engaging them in peer-interaction with adults not affected by disability, Dis-Act will therefore set the grounds for the development of soft/transversal skills and competences of creative expression in the disabled, while at the same time breaking stereotypes and the internalized as well as external emotional barriers hampering the full inclusion of disabled adults in society.

Dis-Act will deliver on the following results in the 24 months of the cooperation:
1- Identification of needs and barriers faced by disabled adults in Devised Theater and mapping of existing good practices through a transnational research.
2- Format targeted at adult education operators and institutions for the development of their capacities in employing Devised Theater as the cornerstone of a customized educational offer for the empowerment of disabled adults through co-creation and peer-interaction with the non disabled in Devised Theater.
3- Manual providing guidance and methodological support to operators in the implementation of co-creation programmes in Devised Theater targeted at disabled adults.
4- Web Platform integrating multilingual E-Modules for the professional development of operators in the field.

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K2 VET Migrant in Fashion

Migrant in Fashion

 

“Migrant in Fashion” (MF) aims at developing entrepreneurial competences of female migrants in Europe within the Fashion sector through tested innovation in existing offer.

The methodological dimension of the project is based on the use of Digital Storytelling, Design Thinking and Mentoring as a combined, integrated approach of entrepreneurial development allowing the transition from intentions to action in the field of entrepreneurship.

Project target is composed of female migrants aged 18-35 affected by social exclusion. The targets encompasses first and second generation female immigrants.

MF is an approach grounded on transnational cooperation between VET providers, NGOs and Businesses across a geographical  cluster of countries providing a balanced picture of the present challenge of migrants’ integration in Europe.

Eurostat quantifies in 164.300 the number of extra-EU nationals who sought asylum in the EU-28 during the third quarter of 2017, posing European countries before the challenge of hosting and integrating the newcomers.

Migrants in Europea countries face several barriers to integration, in societal, educational and employability terms. Newly arrived migrants, in particular, face complex challenges one of them being related to their “insufficient skills and experience (especially language barriers, low levels of education, or a lack of local work experience; difficulties navigating host-country labour markets…); and formal and informal obstacles to employment” (Policies to get immigrants into middle-skilled work in Europe, Migration Policy Institute, 2014).

The European Commission, in its “Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan” highlighted the added value migrant categories can provide to European sustainable growth as potential entrepreneurs, due to the barriers limiting their access to the formal labor market also pushing them towards self-employment. Nevertheless, as the Commission has also highlighted “..notwithstanding that migrants have higher business creation rates than the rest of the population they fail more due to a lack of information, knowledge and language skills”. In the EU 2020 Strategy the necessity of ensuring access to education and training to enshrines to disadvantaged targets (including migrants) and to integrate innovation and entrepreneurship at all levels in the educational field, also through promoting the acquisition of transversal key competences.

The female migrant population has to deal with additional challenges, encompassing cultural, language and gender disadvantag. They are therefore particularly in need of training targeted at work integration and entrepreneurship, as they are facing specific needs, challenges and constraints positioning them among the most fragile groups of our societies.

Fashion is a crucial component of national economies across the regions of North Africa and the Middle East, deeply rooted in local cultural peculiarities and traditional, small-scale modes of production and distribution. Building engagement and capacities of migrants in Fashion entrepreneurship will therefore not only contribute to overcome present barriers and skills mismatches but also lay the grounds for unleashing the added value of innovation inherent in the discovery of the market potential of culturally/traditionally rooted practices and products within the Fashion industry itself, also paving the way for enhancement of market relations between Europe and migrants’ home regions in terms of both trade volumes and quality.

MF will deploy the following activities in the 30 months of the cooperation:

– Identification and assessment of female migrants’ development needs in the Fashion sector and of existing offer of entreprenurial learning in the field.
– Development and piloting of a blended learning training existing female entrepreneurs from each partner country in Mentoring within entrepreneurial education programmes delivered for prospective female entrepreneurs at the country level. The programme will integrate the co-design of the educational contents of local workshops with the participants.
– Implementation of local workshops of entrepreneurial development in the cultural field targeted at prospective female migrants in the fashion sector. The programmes will be implemented in cooperation with local stakeholders in the business field through a combination of face-to-face learning, Mentoring and work-based learning.
– Production of a Guide for operators in the VET and stakeholder fields supporting the latter in the enactment of entrepreneurial support schemes targeted at female migrants in Fashion entrepreneurship.
– Web Platform integrating e-learning modules in multiple language for online educational support of the audience of prospective female migrant entrepreneurs in the Fashion field.

 

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Capacity Building Youth “The Inspiration of You”

The Inspiration of You

 

The project aims to enhance the development of volunteering in the partner countries by assisting youngsters to maximise their potential through the provision of high-quality volunteer management education, training and exchange activities. The problem addressed within the project refers to the poor development of youth volunteering at the level of partner countries. Even though all the partners’ organizations are active in the field of youth volunteering, there are still some struggles that need to be approached. Thus, taking into account the experience of our organizations working with young people, the main common causes for the poor development of volunteering in the area are:

  1. The local offer of volunteer actions and activities is unattractive to young people, there is an acute shortage of alternative leisure activities that are correlated with opportunities to discover and practice their skills and interests.

Effects: Passive attitudes of non-involvement, lack of interest in volunteering – there is no pro-active attitude towards this issue; low learning opportunities for young people in a non-formal context. The experience of our organizations has shown us that especially among high school students there is a low involvement in volunteer activities, and those who participate do it only because they are constrained by schools, pupils’ councils or teachers, and not by their own wish. This category of passive young people are at risk of failure on the labour market, unemployment, social exclusion and migration.

  1. Lack of young people’s information on the benefits of volunteering – there is a lack of vision of youth organizations and poor communication with the local youth community

Effects – young people do not know the benefits they have, they are not supported and encouraged to get involved.

  1. Lack of volunteer management training courses in the partner countries to ensure right recruitment in the organisations and proper volunteers training and motivation.

Effects: low involvement of young people in volunteer activities, incapacity of organizations to retain and build social responsibilities among youngsters.

Internationalization:

– the need to achieve an international dimension in our educational activities and professional development through international learning experiences

– the need for youth staff to learn how International cooperation can strengthen local practices in youth volunteering

– the need to establish international partnerships for designing and improving volunteering activities

– the need for exchanges, networks and partnerships with other service providers, key stakeholders and research organizations to deliver quality youth services

The project answers the following priorities:

Promoting quality youth work – staff involved in youth sector from the partner’s organizations will participate in volunteer management training course to be able to recruit, train and motivate volunteers thus, providing a robust structure for them to work within.

Promoting empowerment – activities addressed to youngsters will develop and promote their active participation and will foster volunteering among them, through the activities carried out the young people will be empowered – will gain confidence in their own forces, will become aware of their role in local/national/international development, develop their willingness to act and take responsibility, young people develop their civic skills and active participation.

The project strengthens cross-sectorial cooperation, allowing for greater synergies across all fields of actions concerning young people as it involves organizations and institutions from different sectors.

Project outputs:

–        Research on best practices across different models of youth volunteering in different sectors ( NGO, businesses…), involving the following thematic areas: Volunteer management programs, Youth Volunteering contexts, Volunteer recognition, Networking, National Policies

–        Training activities for staff involved in youth sector from the partner’s organizations in volunteer management training course to develop knowledge and skills to recruit, train and motivate volunteers thus, providing a robust structure for them to work within.

–        Youth exchanges involving youngsters and aiming to get better understanding of the importance of volunteering and developing new knowledge and skills useful in achieving social and personal changes

–        Best practices in youth volunteering website addressed to both youngsters and also stakeholder wishing to develop volunteering programs or improving existing ones.

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Capacity Building Youth HEPOSI

HEalth Practices for Own Self-Improvement (HEPOSI)

 

The project is a Capacity Building in the Youth field coordinated by Bulgarian Sports Development Association (Bulgaria), with a partnership composed of NGOs from Italy (Mine Vaganti NGO), Paraguay (Asociacion Puente Sur) and Peru (Brigada de Voluntarios Bolivarians de Peru).

The WHO has placed health and physical activities among the crucial determinants of global health, underlining the role of insufficient levels of movement as one of the main factors enhancing death risk worldwide (see WHO Website).

Physical activity has been proven to reduce the risk of non-communicable diseases as cancer and diabetes, enjoying therefore a crucial importance not only for the wellbeing of the individuals but also from the perspective of societal health.

According to WHO data, more than 80% of the World’s population in insufficiently physically active.

The same data let emerge a connection between unhealthy food consumption habits and harmful effects on the individual and, by extension, on the social wellbeing. As highlighted by the WHO, increased production of processed food, rapid urbanization and changing lifestyles have led to a shift in dietary patterns. People are now consuming more foods high in energy, fats, free sugars or salt/sodium, and many do not eat enough fruit, vegetables and dietary fibre such as whole grains.

The combined effect of insufficient physical activities and improper food consumption patterns has been qualified as a challenge to global health by the WHO.

Eurostat data (2014) outline an alarming picture regarding the diffusion of obesity (a critical risk for health and significantly connected with incorrect habits of physical activity and nutrition) among the European  youth, with 22,8% of youngsters aged 18-24 overweight in EU 28.

The FAO pointed out, in its 2016 Report “The Panorama of Food and Nutrition Security in Latin America and the Caribbean”, the correlation between the general decrease in malnutrition and hunger and the increase in overweight and obesity among the population of Latin America. The available data show that around 5 percent of the inhabitants of the region is either obese or overweight. At the same time, the Report highlights the disproportionate impact obesity/overweight is determining on women as compared with men. Female obesity is 10% higher than male obesity in 20 among Latin America and Caribbean countries.

“HEalth Practices for Own Self-Improvement” (HEPOSI) envisages a cooperation among NGOs from Europe and the Latin American region targeted at addressing the compelling challenge of promoting healthy physical activity and food consumption practices among young people through Non Formal Education (NFE) methods.

Project educational activities will be:

– Training Course on education in healthy lifestyles, involving youth operators from partner countries and implemented based on a Format TC jointly developed by the Consortium partners.

– Local awareness-raising campaign on the topic of healthy lifestyle at the national level in all partner countries.

– Youth exchange on healthy lifestyle for the youth, involving young people aged 28-25 from each partner country.

Outputs of the project will be:

Manual “Healthy Sensitive Youth”, outlining the methods employed throughout project learning activities (TC and YE) as well as detailing a comprehensive outline of the project and of its achievements.

Web Platform in multiple languages. The Web Platform will store the contents developed in the project, the details of activities (including the Social Campaign) and digital versions of the Outputs. In addition, the  Web Platform will serve as an informational hub for local follow-up by the partners as well as further joint initiatives on project topic at the international level among project partners.

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