Strategies for refuGees (Srate,Gees) is an Erasmus Plus Strategic Partnership in the field of Adult education coordinated by the British organization “KBM Consultants Ltd”, with MVNGO in the role of a partner organization. The Consortium of the project is composed of 8 organizations from the UK, Italy, Poland, Greece, Spain, Turkey and Romania.
The main objective of the project s to find, understand and share good practices to be applied in local territories characterized by tensions and integration problems brought about by refugee flows. The expected achievement is to help determining an improvement in the overall local context affected by the recalled issues, offering best services and guiding the population to accept and respond positively to all the humanitarian needs.
With the help of different trainings, workshops, seminars and project meetings, as well as by sharing good practices that have already been tested by partner organizations, partners will see to improve their skills and abilities in the field, as well as to enhance their knowledge and capacity to act at the local/regional level with a view to improving the quality of refugees’/migrants’ lives and minimizing their problems, integrating them in their hosting communities.
Comic strip to promote the EU activity to save refugees!
“Better and easier access to lifelong learning in Europe” (BELLE) is an Erasmus Plus Strategic Partnership in the field of Adult education coordinated by the Spanish organization “Associacion Mundus”, with MVNGO as a partner organization. The Consortium of the project is composed of 6 partner organizations from Spain, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Croatia, Italy and Latvia.
The project was developed as an articulate response to the issue of inadequate levels of reading, writing, numeracy and digital skills within the European adult population, placing significant portions of which at risk of unemployment, poverty and social exclusion.
The project proposes to deal with the above identified issue through enhancing the access to Lifelong Learning opportunities for adult learners by means of the elaboration of educational materials and tools that will stimulate participation of individuals in training activities and quality learning processes.
The project will also strive to strengthen the profiles of professionals operating in this sector, by increasing the quality of the educational offer which they propose, bringing high qualty learning opportunities tailored to the needs of individuals.
The project will:
Assess the needs of individuals in each country with regards to the provision of high quality tailored training courses and modules.
Develop a joint definition of tailor-made adult centered quality criteria for education and training.
Foster the cooperation among entities operating in the field, establishing cross-sectorial partnerships amed at further sustainable development of the adult educational sector in Europe.
Raise awareness of LLL among various target groups on local and international levels.
Create an online Learning Platform contaning a high quality training offer for adults in terms of standardized course modules programs, translated in 7 EU languages with the aim to ease access to Lifelong Learning and stimulating better the involvement of learners from more countries in such processes.
Create a community of practice among AE professionals with the aim to exchange best practices, tools and information and in this way enhance the cooperation among the education, training and youth fields.
Mine Vaganti NGO coordinates the Erasmus Plus KA2 Strategic Partnership in the field of Youth “We’ll Let Youth In”, in cooperation with a Consortium composed of 2 international partners from Romania (CECIS) and Sweden (IFALL). All partner organizations are directly engaged in supporting disadvantaged categories of NEET youths through the management of Youth Centers as specialized facilities wherein disadvantaged young people are involved in recreational and educational activities delivered through NFE targeted at empowering them with soft skills, employability skills, civic and social competences.
The project will last a total 24 months (March 2017-February 2019).
Many youngsters in European countries face the harsh realities of marginalization and social exclusion in their daily lives.
In this respect, the problems faced by disadvantaged NEET youngsters– which represent the main target category in the daily operations of Youth Centers managed by partner organizations- are particularly severe and wide-ranging, as is their overall socioeconomic vulnerability.
Indeed, these youngsters face substantial disparities with their peers in realms as disparate as education, employability, personal development, civic and social participation. Among the most visible symptoms of the foregoing disparities is a substantial percentage of early school leavers as well as engagement in socially and personally disruptive conduits (drug/alcohol abuse, vandalism, violence, petty crime etc.) among disadvantaged NEET youngsters.
A SWOT analysis coordinately enacted by partner organizations further identified the aloofness of disadvantaged NEET youngsters from institutional circuits of education and support (Schools, Associations, Political Parties etc.) as one of the main factors underneath the partial failure of formal setups in providing a comprehensive approach to ensure social integration, employability and personal development of these fragile categories.
The context outlined above calls for the development of an integrated educational approach building on existing structures where disadvantaged youths are involved and supported as well as instruments of education capable of engaging youngsters for socially meaningful purposes by “speaking their language”.
The present cooperation provides such an approach by promoting the role of Youth Centers as crucial links between youngsters and formal structures of education, employability and participation as well as by enhancing the role of NFE as an educational vehicle by which sensible youth target groups can be provided with the attitudes, soft skills, basic employability skills, civic as well as social skills necessary to fully and proficiently participate in education, labour market and global community life.
“We’ll Let You In” (WLYI) foresees to attain the aforementioned goals through a strategic cooperation wherein disadvantaged youth NEETs from each partner organization will be involved in three mobility experiences in which they will enter into contact with peers from other partner countries, attend common educational activities delivered through Non Formal Education related to each partner’s area of expertise as well as work on the development of shared outputs.
At the same time, partner organizations will engage in a sharing of knowledge, best practices and NFE tools whose results will be disseminated in the internal structure of each organization, increasing staff professionalism and by consequence the quality of NFE activities delivered in Youth Centers. Promotion and dissemination of outputs and materials by partners through a variety of online and offline tools will make sure that the results arrived at in the context of the present project will sensibly enhance and support Youth Centers and NGOs throughout Europe.
– Fostering empowerment and inclusion of disadvantaged NEET youngsters through international mobility, peer-interaction and Non Formal Education.
– Raise awareness among policy-makers, NGOs, stakeholders and the general public about the role of Youth Centers as hybrid structures (recreational/educational) supporting youth integration and development (in particular of the most disadvantaged youth categories) through NFE and as such narrowing disparities and gaps left by the formal education system).
– Exchange knowledge, best practices and NFE tools among NGOs from different European countries as a means to collect national/cultural backpacks and toolkits of NFE in order to improve professionalism of youth workers, variety and quality of educational activities delivered in Youth Centers with a view to enhancing quality and effectiveness of youth work in Europe.
The main element of innovation of the present project is represented by the nature and the scope of the partnership in relation to the target group we aim at impacting: disadvantaged youth NEETs.
“PASSPORT” is a Collaborative Partnership Sport coordinated by the Croatian organization Rijeka Sport’s Association and partnered by MVNGO. The project comprises an international Consortium of 6 organizations from Croatia,Slovenia, Austria, Italy and Bulgaria.
“PASSPORT” promotes and supports dual career fro athletes by setting up a transnational network of partners that will develop a Platform for the training of athletes in Sport management, hence contributing to their employability.
Benefits for athletes involved in dual career programmes are clearly articulated in sport research. By identifying and exchanging the best practices in developing and adapting the curriculum of sport management studies to the needs of the athlete the project PASSPORT will address the needs and benefits identified at EU level in the field of dual careers in sport:
The project foresees the following activities:
– Kick-off meeting with partners’n representatives in Italy (2 representatives per partner).
– Mid-term meeting in Bulgaria (2 representatives per partner organization)
– Set of local workshops for Sport athletes in all partner countries (20 athletes plis 12 experts and 2 members of host project team per country)
– Final Conference with partners’ representatives in Croatia (2 representatives per partner)
“Languages for European Niche Tourism” (LENT) is a Strategic Partnership in the field of VET coordinated by the German organization Comparative Research Network (CRN). The Consortium of partners, comprising MVNGO, counts 7 organizations from Germany, UK, Greece, Portugal, Turkey, Italy and Spain.
The project intends to support niche tourism sectors in undertaking early stage Language Learning and improve their ability to speak to their customers, improve customer satsfaction and spend. The project focuses on hard to learn and emerging tourism languages allowing smaller companies free, open access to tourism specific language material in 14 languages, providing audio and text-based vocabulary.
In the frame of LENT, partners will develop the following Intellectual Outputs:
1) A “Core Language Vocabulary” in written and audio format containing core tourism language as defined by Sector experts.
2) A “Specialist Language Vocabulary”, containing a vocabulary, both written and audio, composed of a combination of 600 words which can be translated in any of the 14 languages.
3) A “Web and Mobile Language Application”, containing the two sets of words and phrases and allowing any-way translation between any of the 14 languages identified as being priority to support the tourism niche sectors growth
LENT foresees the following meetings aimed at exchanging best practices and streamlining the production of project outputs throughout the 30 months of the cooperation:
– Kick.off Meeting (Berlin, October 2017)
– Partners’ Meeting 1 (Valencia, February 2018)
– Partners’ Meeting 3 (Chania, July 2018)
– Partners’ Meeting 4 (Izmir, December 2018)
– Partners’ Meeting 5 (Arcos de Valdevez, June 2019)
VOICITYS aims to improve social integration through reinforcing social dialogue and communication in European urban neighbourhoods characterised by ethnical and cultural diversity.
The Consortium is coordinated by Comparative Research Network (Germany), Mine Vaganti NGO (Italy), PVM (UK) and CERSHAS (Hungary).
More particularly, we intend to improve and make sustainable the communication and interaction between different social groups, and to deepen dialogue between policy makers, stakeholders and citizens in order to promote more efficient management of diversity.
Comparing the positive and negative experiences of local citizens with those of local stakeholders, leaders and decision-makers will improve common understandings of diversity at the neighbourhood level. It will also encourage new approaches to existing policies, incentives and tools regarding social integration and sustainable diversity.
The project focuses on studying four diverse European neighbourhoods: Wedding (Berlin, Germany), Jozsefvaros (Budapest, Hungary)., Salford (Greater area of Manchester, United Kingdom) and Sassari’s Old Town (Sassari, Italy).
Community Reporting is a storytelling movement that supports people to tell their own stories, in their own ways.
As part of this movement, people’s authentic stories are connected with decision makers who can use the insights in them to make positive change for communities.
At the Voicitys Kick-Off meeting 10 trainers from across the participating countries and organisations were trained as Insight Advocate Trainers and equipped with the skills to deliver Community Reporting for Insight programmes that seek to gather lived experience stories of what life is like in diverse neighbourhoods across Europe.
With these skills, the Insight Advocate Trainers have been delivering 2-Day training programmes in Sassari, Salford, Budapest and Berlin in which participants will use Community Reporting storytelling practices and smartphones and/or tablets to record their own and other people’s stories in relation to diversity and life in the neighbourhoods in which they live.
The Trainers are also holding local meet-up sessions to help their Community Reporters to continue to develop their skills and gather more stories from different people who live in their neighbourhoods. They have begun to share them online. So far over 40 stories have been gathered and over 50 participants trained in Community Reporting storytelling methods. All of the participants are now Silver members of the Institute of Community Reporters.
Project research encompasses the following 4 main activities:
Collecting and curating stories of citizens through Community Reporting. In this frame a total 80 Citizen stories were collected across all partner countries by the Community Reporters trainedby each partner organization.
Collecting and analysing stakeholders’ interviews through the implementation of semi-structured interviews. A total 45 interviews with stakeholders at the local, regional, national and European levels were performed by all partner organizations.
Comparing the results of the two methods and elaborating a series of policy recommendations through participative workshops and consensus meetings in all partner countries.
The expected result is to collect and compare information on local diversity from citizens and stakeholders with a view to outlining multilevel recommendations, In doing so, the Consortium set itself the objective of developing a new model of Citizen participation in local and European policies related to diversity.
Justice programme contributes to the further development of a European area of justice based on mutual recognition and mutual trust. It promotes: judicial cooperation in civil matters, including civil and commercial matters, insolvencies, family matters and successions, etc. judicial cooperation in criminal matters judicial training, including language training on legal terminology, with a view to fostering a common legal and judicial culture effective access to justice in Europe, including rights of victims of crime and procedural rights in criminal proceedings initiatives in the field of drugs policy (judicial cooperation and crime prevention aspects).
MVNGO implemented a Training for Community Reporters in Sassari. Community Reporters gathered in MVNGO’s office for the purposes of attending 4 Meetups wherein to prepare community interviews.
Partners’ Meetings in Voicitys.
Flyer of the VOICITYS project
First Bulletin on the developments in the VOICITYS project
Mine Vaganti NGO led a COSME project from April 2016 to September 2017, “Forever Young”, aimed at increasing, through transnational cooperation, the sustainability and competitiveness of the low and medium season within the framework of “grey-tourism” (Senior tourism customers aged 55+).
“Forever Young!”, approved in the frame of the specific COSME Call “Supporting Competitive and Sustainable Growth in the Tourism Sector” (COS-TOUR-2015-3-03) was one of the 11 COSME project proposals approved in Europe. The project represented a pioneering initiative, having been approved and launched in the context of a pilot programme as COSME in 2015.
The COSME programme aims at supporting the growth of small and medium enterprises in Europe by means of facilitating access to funding at the level of the enterprises in all the phases of the latter’s life and development (creation, expansion, transfer), in addition to acting for the purposes of strengthening their access to European and etra-European markets, while at the same time fostering business growth through a particular attention to the increase- in volume and quality- of entrepreneurial learning offer, with a particular focus on mentoring, guidance and support services.
COSME’s total budget amounts to Euro 2,3 billion distributed over the entire period 2014-2020.
The project involved the establishment of a specific online Platform dedicated to spreading and promoting project tourism offer www.foreveryoungtourism.eu.
“Forever Young!” purported itself to enhance transnational mobility by designing routes and products, based upon local cultural UNESCO heritage (immaterial and material such as oral traditions, monuments, Mediterranean dietary ecc.) in association with the promotion of local typical food and beverages in order to provide an unique learning experience: “living the culture”.
As a concrete product, tourism packages for stimulating transnational senior tourism flows were developed and tested.
Moreover, a total 54 deliverables (products of internal as well as external relevance functional to project progress) were developed over the 18 months of the cooperation.
The Consortium involved European experts, enterprises, tour operators, NGOs and municipalities active in the tourism field specially targeted at Seniors.
This positive result confirms the important role played by project team with a peculiar view on social enterprise.
A total of 4 Fam Trips was organized in order to test the Senior-targeted tourism packages developed in the project. The Fam Trips took place in Italy, France, Spain and Slovenia with the participation of international groups of Seniors and tourism agents/wholesalers.
Mine Vaganti NGO implemented the Fam Trip in Italy in the venue of Uri (Sardinia) betweeen June 27th and 29th 2017. In the context of the Italian Fam Trip, wherein a total 12 participants (4 tour operators and 8 Seniors) from France, Spain and Slovakia took part, the tourism package “Sardinia: A Culture to Live”, centered on the cultural, folkoric and historical heritage of Uri was presented and assessed.
Multilingual Pamphlet containing the entire project tourism offer developed in the frame of “Forever Young!”
“Good Governance in Sport” is a Collaborative Partnership Sport coordinated by the Bulgarian NGO Bulgarian Sports Development Association, with MVNGO in the role of a partner organization.
The Consortium of the project is composed of 7 organizations from Bulgaria, Italy, Spain, Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Greece.
The project will implement various activities at the local, national and international levels with a focus on development, identification, analyzing, promotion and sharing of good practices in good governance as well as giving recommendations to some of the observed practices that can be improved.
Until the moment, across Europe efforts are being made to try and raise governance standards in the sports sector, specifically around the principles of democracy, transparency, accountability in decision-making, and inclusiveness in the representation of interested stakeholders. While taking into account the great diversity of sport structures in different European countries, the EU aims to strengthen the organisation of sport in Europe. The proper approach should be to provide added value to work at national level by collecting and sharing good practices and providing practical recommendations that will help increase standards of good governance in sport.
The project will produce a total of 3 Intellectual Ouputs:
1- A Survey on Good Governance in Sport related to the accountability of European/National sport organizations on their public web pages.
2- A Self-Learning path on good governance in Sport for the self-development of sport leaders and managers, which will give the possibility of assessing the level of accountability and transparency of the webpage of a sport organization that is important part of the good governance processes in an organization
3- An Accountability and Transparency Handbook for sport organizations including tips and tricks on the optimization of the web page of a Sport organization.
The activities implemented during the project will be the following:
– Kick-off meeting with partners’ representatives (4 persons per country)
– Mid-term Transnational Meeting (4 persons per country)
– Dissemination event in all partner countries, involving project teams at the local level
– Training Course about accountability and transparency in Sport (5 participants per country+2 members of the management team per country)
– Dissemination event in all partner countries (project teams at the local level)
– Final Conference with partners’ representatives (4 persons per country)
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.
– 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.
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.
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.
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.