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Small Collaborarative Sport “Education through Sport Network”

Education through Sport Network

“Education through Sport Network” (ETSN) is a 12-month Small Collaborative Partnership Erasmus+ Project, involving 5 organizations from 5 different countries with the aim to reinforce an existing informal ETS network and to develop it into an open and transparent transnational community of organizations and experts, who actively use the Education through Sports methodology (ETS). “Education through Sport Network” is in line with several European youth policies in the field of sport.
1. ERASMUS+ Sport programme, which aims to develop the European dimension in sport and to increase cooperation between sport organisations, as ETSN will develop an official network between the partner organisations which will have long-term commitment. ETSN will also contribute to the recognition and validation of skills acquired through NFE, which is another of the milestones of ERASMUS+ Sport programme.
2. European Union Work Plan for Sport (2011-2014) which focuses on establishing sustainable networks between Sports Clubs and Organisations active in the field of sport on an European Level.
The White Paper on Sport – with which the Commission encourages employers, athletes and sports workers to shape labour relations through European social dialogue. There are social dialogue committees for professional football and for active leisure.
4. Europe 2020 Strategy and also EU Strategy on Youth 2010-2018 – which clearly have stated that there is a need of a sustainable impact on how learners develop different competences and use them, on how open they are to change and innovation. The “Education through Sport Network” and its uniqueness – using Education through Sport and Non-Formal Education as tools will significantly contribute to reach these and another one of the main objectives of the EU Youth Strategy for 2010-18, which is “to encourage young people to actively participate in society.”
After conducting an internal survey within the partner consortium identifying the needs of each organization, the coordinating organization reached to the conclusion that “Education through Sport Network” responds to the needs of the consortium members:
– To exchange good practices in the field of empowering youth through sports and thus, build up organisational capacities
– To acquire new Education through Sports tools and programs
– To build up a strong and long-term partnership network with international youth organisations.
The partner consortium of “Education through Sport Network” believes that the youth organisations are the key to tackle the above issues, and it is our main objective to provide opportunities for further education and opportunities for social engagement to all young people. We also believe in the power of sports to do so, because sport is a universal language, a cost-effective and flexible tool in promoting peace, personal and social development. The Partner Consortium is composed of youth organisations committed to empowering young people through sports activities and providing them with opportunities for positive social engagement and fruitful life. All partner organisations work with youngsters from the most deprived areas and from the most disadvantaged backgrounds within their countries.
The Partner Consortium consists of 4 organizations and 1 Sports Club, all of which are active in the field of sport and have in their priorities the ambition to grow, to develop the tools they work with, to improve the approaches to their target group, exploring the innovative methods for education. Moreover, all partners were selected by Champions Factory LTD, bearing in mind their geographical disposition, as they cover the borders of the EU on the South-East (Bulgaria), on the North-West (Ireland), including the South (Italy) and the West (United Kingdom), which ensures great coverage of the European Union.

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KA2 Adults “Blue Social Growth”

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 favored 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 Affairs, 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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KA2 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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KA2 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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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 “Health Practices for Own Self-Improvement”

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.

Training Course in Sassari ( 15-23 June 2019 )

Healthy lifestyle education HEPOSI brought together participants from two continents(Europe and South America). Between 15 and 23 June 2019 in Sardinia, Italy, a training course on healthy lifestyle involving youth operators from partner countries was carried out and implemented on the basis of the Training Course (TC) format, jointly developed by the “Health Practices for Own Self-Improvement” (HEPOSI) project partners. The initiative gathered teams from Italy, Paraguay and Peru who, within seven working days, worked on creating a “Healthy Sensitive Youth” manual,  outlining the methods used in project activities and focusing on the healthy lifestyle of young people from participating countries and planning of a local awareness raising campaign on a healthy lifestyle at national level in all partner countries.

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KA3 Project Priority

PRIORITY

PRIORITY: PRomotIng Open Resilient Inclusive socieTIes for Youth is an innovative 36 months project that involves 4 countries and 5 organizations such as youth organizations and networks, cultural and sports organizations, training centres, as well as private and public entities and has as aim to increase the capacities of the organizations that work with youth to invest in prevention by removing breeding grounds for radicalisation and act as forces of inclusion, to empower young people from disadvantaged groups to engage, participate democratically and drive positive change in communities, through the use innovative methods and practices coming from the combination of youth work, training, cultural mediation and sports fields.

PRIORITY has two main target groups:

  1. Youth Workers, youth leaders, educators and trainers, sports educators, cross cultural mediators and municipal youth workers that work with young people and especially with young people with migrant or refugee background
  2. Young people in general and especially young people that face the risk of social exclusion (young people of migrant or refugee background, newly arrived young migrants or refugees)

 

The specific PRIORITY objectives are:

  • to involve and train first-line practitioners on the ground: they will be the first point of contact for young individuals at risk of marginalization and radicalization.
  • to design innovative methods and solutions of multi-agency, multi-disciplinary cooperation from the combination of existing practices in the fields of youth work, education training as well as sports and culture mediation fields in order to foster the social inclusion of disadvantaged youth at risk of marginalization.
  • to develop, test and upscale safe inclusion youth environments named “PRIORITY Hubs” with a bottom – up approach and youth initiative that will be based on cross sectoral cooperation of local stakeholders that support youth inclusion with tailor-made activities/ interventions adapted to local circumstances.

 

Activities of PRIORITY will be:

 

  • Capacity building activities for youth workers, trainers, educators, youth leaders, NGO members, volunteers, policy makers, teachers, cultural mediators, sports educators on the major issues on the causes of marginalization and violent extremism of young people and their prevention.
  • PRIORITY Toolkit: Identification and selection of best practices in the field of sports and cross-cultural mediation field for the prevention of marginalization and violent extremism of young people, and development of blended best practices manual with the combination of the above methodologies.
  • Creation of pilot physical/onsite and online/virtual PRIORITY Hubs at local level where all sectors (e.g. schools, municipal services, sports / cultural clubs, communities, NGO’s) surrounding young people including their families can come together and discuss issues that concern them, seek guidance and establish contacts.
  • Events with young people connected with the European Year of Culture: synergies with cultural heritage organisations, representing the living arts (music, dance, theatre, storytelling).
  • Joint E-COURSE course designed for:

-educators, trainers, youth workers, teachers, sport educators and cultural mediators, on the themes of prevention of radicalization and violent extremism of young people with the use of PRIORITY Methodology on Sports and Culture Mediation, Youth Work and non-formal education.

– young people willing to become young mediators (among them there will be also young people from disadvantaged groups such as young people of migrant and refugee background.

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Capacity Building Youth “Sust-Food”

Sust-Food

 

The high number of young people around the World who are facing challenges of employability and exclusion from the circuit of education and training is a foremost concern of public policies and third sector priorities across the globe.
According to ILO data, around 25% of young people across the World are excluded from education and training.
At this respect, environmental sustainability emerges as a closely related challenge to what reported above, for 2 core reasons:
1- Educational deprivation and socioeconomic exclusion deprive young people, who are key stakeholders in the social and environmental future of their own communities, of the necessary clout for bringing forward positive change from the local up to the global levels, turning them into passive recipients, rather than owners, of external solutions.
2- Analysis of global state-of-the-art concerning environmental sustainability shows that a significant economic impact, business creation and added value at the community level can be extracted out of the market exploitation of environmentally friendly ideas/solutions.

No sustainable change in human impact on the environment can be attained without the grassroots diffusion of smarter practices of food consumption.

The European Science and Technology Observatory highlighted, in its 2015 Report “Environmental Impact of Products” (2015), the significant impact of ordinary food consumption on the environment determined by factors as gas emissions, use of land and water resources, pollution depletion of phosphorous, use of environment-damaging products as herbicides and pesticides.

Further elaborating on this analysis, the EU expert group- Standing Committee on Agricultural Research (SCAR)- underlined in its latest Report how “Globally, and in many regions including Europe, food production is exceeding environmental limits or close to doing so”.

This transnational project aims enhances cooperation among Europe and other regions of the World, with a particular reference to Asia, in the entrepreneurial exploitation of the opportunities displayed by food sustainability as well as in the concrete pursuit of environmental priorities.

The aforementioned main aim will be pursued through exchange of good practices and transnational cooperation functional to the production of a Training Format supporting youth operators in the regions involved in the transfer of entrepreneurial competences sustainable food business to young people.

The ultimate products of the project will be the following:

– A Format TC Handbook, detailing the methodologies forming part of the Format TC for youth operators, as well as providing an outline of the piloting experience.

– A Web Platform integrating a Webinar in multiple languages targeted at the audience of potential youth entrepreneurs in the field of sustainable food.

 

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Capacity Building Youth “Learning through Sports”

Learning through Sports

“Learning through Sports” (LTS) is an 18-months trans-continental Capacity Building in the Field of Youth project that aims to develop, test and spread innovative sports tools, that build-up soft skills in youth. The project is coordinated by Champions Factory LTD and is involving sport youth organisations from Peru (Brigada Voluntarios Bolivarianos de Peru), Colombia (Fundacion Grupo Internacional de Paz y Desarrollo), Brazil (Fundacao Gol de Letra), Bulgaria (Champions Factroy Sports Club), United Kingdom (Champions Factory LTD) and Romania (Asociatia Liber la Educatie, Cutura si Sport).

“LTS” is focused on the topic Juvenile delinquency (the participation in illegal behaviour by juvenile delinquents) and on how youth organisations are the key to tackle and prevent this phenomenon and provide better living standards to all young people. The partners also believe in the power of sports to do so, because the sport is a universal language, a cost-effective and flexible tool in promoting peace, personal and social development.

LTS objectives:
– to foster the cooperation and exchange of good practices between youth organisations
– to improve the quality and recognition of youth work by developing, testing and spreading innovative “Learning through sports” tutorials for youth workers who will gain cultural competences about how to prevent youth crime by using the power of sport
– to improve soft skills in youngsters, who are experiencing crime, participating in crime or are at risk of experiencing crime by involving them in trans-national non-formal learning mobility
– to raise awareness of the use sports as a powerful tool to reach out youth.
These objectives will be reached by implementing the following interrelated and interconnected activities during the project: Kick-Off Meeting, Job Shadowing, Training of Trainers, Youth Exchange, Closing Meeting and Awareness Raising Campaign.

From these activities innovative tangible outcomes will be generated such as: video interview with famous sportsmen and an YouTube Channel where online video tutorials of learning through sports tools will be uploaded so that participants can acquire distance study methods. These outcomes, together with Facebook project page and website, will be useful for dissemination activities and for enhancing the sustainability of the project, reach and impact the target groups and legitimise the work the partner organisations.
LTS expects to create a positive impact on:
– youngsters who will learn from Sports values like fairness, discipline, team building, respect and friendship. Also, they raise inter-cultural dialogue and gain soft skills – essential for their good performance both at work and in daily life
– youth workers who will be equipped with essential skills, tools and non-formal education methods for the effective promotion of methods for learning through sport in their daily work with youth
– relevant stakeholders (local municipalities, NGOs, private and public bodies, educational istitutions) who will be aware of the youth criminality phenomenon in their local society and they will actively participate to prevent it by giving their active contribution.

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Capacity Building Youth “Youth, Business, Better”

Youth, Business, Better

 

“Youth, Business, Better” (YBB) is a project involving a total of 8 NGOs of which 3 based in the Western Balkans (Serbia, Bosnia Herzegovina and Albania) and 5 in Europe (Italy, Bulgaria, Greece, Slovakia, FYROM).

MVNGO is a partner organization in the project in representation of Italy.

YBB will develop an integrated approach for youth organizations in partner countries to tackle the issues of unemployment, social and economic marginalization of rural youth.

In Europe and West Balkans, high youth unemployment rates, sustained youth population drain to urban centres, overall economic marginalization are compounded by impaired access to education, socialization and participation opportunities in a complex relationship of co-determination.

The simultaneous operation of the factors outlined above is both a triggering and perpetuating factor in a self-feeding dynamic of exclusion whose unhindered development is due to hamper the socioeconomic sustainability of rural communities and the personal development of youngsters.

A comprehensive and sustainable approach to youth employability in rural areas should focus on strengthening the role of youth organization as key bridgeheads capable of connecting youth empowerment, active citizenship and local development through an NFE based educational approach targeted at providing young people with skills to be active drivers of positive change.

Developing entrepreneurial skills and competences in young people represents a major avenue towards the enhancement of self-employability, active participation and social inclusion of youngsters as well as a key determinant in eliciting a youth driven-bottom up process of development capable of making the most of the wide array of assets (natural, cultural, traditional) characterizing rural areas across Europe and Western Balkan countries.

YBB provides a comprehensive approach to tackle the issue of youth unemployment in rural areas by means of sharing and developing knowledge, best practices and NFE tools fostering the understanding and technical competences of locally-engaged youth operators in supporting empowerment and employability of young people in rural areas through conveying skills and competences of entrepreneurship.

The Consortium is composed of experienced youth organizations with a long-standing involvement in support of disadvantaged youth categories in rural areas by means of NFE.

In the frame of YBB, partners will share, assess and develop knowledge, best practices and NFE tools to be tested and further developed in a TC involving youth/social workers from each organization. The methodologies developed in project TC will be tested in a piloting phase conducted in all partner countries with the participation of local youth operators. Partners will test the educational outcomes achieved in the first phase of the project through a specific YE involving youngsters from rural areas.

2 Job Shadowings will be implemented to exchange knowledge, best practices and NFE competences among partners in entrepreneurial education of young people.

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