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Grundtvig Study Visit at Spolint Think Tank, Slovenia

Study Visit at Spolint Think Thank

The study visit took place betweeen 11 and 17 June 2013 in the facilities of the Slovenia-based international think-thank Spolint, in the city of Liubljana.

Purposes of the visit were:

– Developing knowledge of the dynamics of Spolint, moments of discussion and observation of all operating units (fundraising, communication, european project management, local projects and pool of Tainers).

– Meeting with institutional partners (such as the Mayor of Bresovica) and visit to structures and facilities that could accommodate training courses in the future;

Discussion and analysis of the role of sport as an agent of social inclusion for people with fewer opportunities, in particular in relation to the disabled bodies.

Exchange and sharing of skills and methods (Spolint projects such as Sportikus and Asthma).

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Grundtvig Preparatory Visit at Kean NGO, Greece

Grundtvig Preparatory Visit at Kean NGO, Greece

Place of the Visit:-Ilion Athens (Greece)

Dates: August 20-25, 2012

Host Organization: Kean

Purpose: The preparatory visit has allowed us to develop the basis for a future collaboration with the host association.

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K2 Youth Improve+

Improving Youth Employment in Volunteering Across Europe Project (Improve+)

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The project is a Strategic Partnership in the field of Youth coordinated by the Portugiese organization ADAMASTOR with MVNGO in the role of a partner organization. The project involves a Consortoium of 10 partners from Portugal, Italy, Spain, Slovakia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Germany and Lithuania.

With rising youth unemployment rates throughout Europe, finishing formal education no longer guarantees a job. Many young people are looking for solutions, and the European Volunteering Service (EVS) is one of them for thousands of youth every year. But does this Service increase the employability of the volunteers? Can the quality of these projects be raised in order to make the EVS volunteers better equipped for the job market after they return home? How can we do that? These are the questions that the project aims to find answers to.

The project aims to raise the quality of EVS projects with a focus on increasing the employability of EVS volunteers. The project will last a total 24 months, in whose context the following specific activities will be implemented:

1- Training Course for youth operators in Portugal (Viseu), followed by 3 further Trainings in the country. The participants will reflect on how we can improve the sense of European Citizenship among the EVS volunteers, as well as how we can increase their sense of initiative and entrepreneurship. Even more, we will explore together on how to use digital tools in our youth work with the EVS volunteers and reflect on the importance of interculturality and tolerance in this kind of projects.

2- Elaboration of Youth Employability Tool Kit that will become a free Open Education Resource available to all EVS organization throughout Europe. The project will use non-formal and informal education methods and will raise the capacity of the participating organizations, participants and of the local community of each organization.

3- Dissemination actions aimed at extracting the maximum impact potential through addressing a wider target audience, with a view to involving thousands of organizations, young people and youth workers throughout Europe.

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K1 Youth EVS Pro Art

K1 Youth EVS Pro Art

The Pro-ART project aims to bring positive focus on interculturality, tolerance, and diversity by enabling six young British and Italian volunteers to take part in 7-months EVS projects that will use arts as a medium to promote these values.

The volunteers will be organising local events where different art forms will be promoted in order to facilitate social and cultural dialogue. The project will equip the volunteers with skills and competences that can then be used to either return to formal learning or to secure sustainable employment upon completion.

The Pro-ART project will seek to benefit both the community and the volunteers, by inviting them to use their creativity to implement a series of projects that will bear their personal signature, foster interculturality, tolerance, diversity and social cohesion and combat racism and xenophobia at the same time. Pro-ART will link to the Erasmus+ programme objectives by: 1. Supporting learners in the acquisition of learning outcomes (knowledge, skills and competences) with a view to improving their personal development, their involvement as considerate and active citizens in society and their employability in the European labour market and beyond; 2. Enhancing notably the participants’ foreign languages competence; 3. Raising participants’ awareness and understanding of other cultures and countries, offering them the opportunity to build networks of international contacts, to actively participate in society and develop a sense of European citizenship and identity; Specifically, this EVS Project will seek to:

1. Promote diversity, intercultural and inter-religious dialogue, common values of freedom, tolerance and respect of human rights as well as on projects enhancing media literacy, critical thinking and sense of initiative of young people;

2. Equip youth workers with competences and methods needed for transferring the common fundamental values of our society particularly to the hard to reach young people and preventing violent radicalisation of young people

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Educate a Woman and You Educate a Whole Nation Capacity Building Youth

Educate a Woman and you Educate a Whole Nation (EWEWN)

“Educate a Woman and you Educate a Whole Nation” is an Erasmus Plus Capacity Building project in the field of Youth coordinated by the French organization “Asociación de Costarricenses en Francia” (ACRF), with MVNGO in the role of the partner organization in a Consortium of 6 partners from France, Italy, Colombia, Ecuador, Cameroon and Senegal.

Project mission is to develop a comprehensive NFE educational approach grounded on a complementary set of knowledge, experience and technical competences embedded in the different partner organizations and regional approaches with a view to fostering empowerment and social inclusion of rural youth leaders in Africa.

The immediate objective is for partners to cooperate in devising a Format TC “EWN” relying on ACRF and MVNGO experience matured in the project “Fill My Value Backpack” and complementing it with knowledge, experience and sensibilities developed by the African partners in their consolidated engagement in social action within African rural communities.

The long term objective of the project is to build tools and methods to empower vulnerable target groups, female youth leaders in Africa aged 18-25, young people directly falling under their care and responsibility (children aged 5 to 12) and poor rural communities in Africa, thereby improving agriculture production to address hunger and poverty in African rural communities.

Project activities are the following:

1- Kick-off meeting with representatives of partner organizations at Paris (France)

Participants: 6 Youth workers (1 per partner organization)

2- Training Course “Female Empowerment to Development” at Deido (Cameroon)

Participants: 30 youh workers (5 per partner organization)

3- Youth Exchange “Power in Gender” at Ziguinchor (Senegal)

Participants: 30 youngsters aged 18-25 (5 per partner organization, the African participants’ groups will be entirely composed of female Youth leaders)

4- Job Shadowing in Senegal (Ziguinchor)

Participants: 1 youth worker from Asociacion de Costarricenses en Francia hosted by the Senegalese partner Jeunesse en Action “Gno Far” for a period of 20 days.

5- Job Shadowing in Cameroon (Deido)

Participants: 1 Youth worker from Mine Vaganti NGO hosted by the Cameroonian partner Global Compassion for a period of 20 days.

6- Final Evaluation Meeting at Sassari (Italy)

Participants: 6 youth workers (1 per partner organization).

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Building healthy Communities, changing opportunities Collaborative Partnership Sport

Building healthy Communities, changing opportunities

 

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“Building healthy Communities, changing opportunities” is a Collaborative Partnership Sport coordinated by the Bulgarian NGO Mundus Bulgaria, with MVNGO as a partner organization. The Consortium involves 5 organizations from Bulgaria, Spain, Poland, Cyprus and Italy.

The project aims at proposing concrete measures in view of promoting voluntary
activities in sports, together with social inclusion, equal opportunities and raising awareness of the importance of healthy lifestyle through education through sport methodology and increased participation in sport for all.

The schedule of proposed activities consists of implementation of various workshops and events, as well as significant work to be implemented by the promoters on local level simultaneously. The project will employ also transnational meetings between partners in between its main activities, in view of setting up strategies for the successful and coordinated implementation of local activities in each of the participating countries. The transnational meetings will be held also with the purpose to present the results achieved at each project stage and to ensure quality monitoring process during its lifetime.

The activity foreseen in the 24 month cooperation are the following:

– Kick-off Meeting.

Visibility actions online in each partner country.

Local training activities and awareness-raising actions in each partner country.

– Strategic Planning and Evaluation Meeting.

Local actions on promotion of Sport culture, physical activeness, Education Through Sport and volunteering in Sports in each partner country.

– Mid-term Evaluation Meeting.

– Production of project Output (held at the international level with the support of all the partners).

Multiplier Public Dissemination Events in each partner country.

– Final Evaluation Meeting.

– Project Closure.

 

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Cosme Growth

Mine Vaganti NGO was the applicant of a project proposal for the specific Call “Entrepreneurial  capacity building for Young migrants” in the frame of the GROWTH programme of the European Union.

Mine Vaganti MGO was the applicant of the project in cooperation with a Consortium composed of 6 organizations from 5 European countries (Italy, Spain, Germany, Croatia, United Kingdom).

“Entrepreneurship Co-DeWise” aims at supporting the socioeconomic integration ofdisadvantaged young migrant adults motivated to start-up and grow their entrepreneurial ideas by means of an entrepreneurial empowerment process grounded on Co-Design based training. Project entrepreneurial empowerment concept encompasses the understanding of the broader social and legal environment, local habits, adopted forms of communication, and non-written rules characterizing local societies as transversal enabling factors of entrepreneurship. People newly arrived from third-countries face complex challenges among which 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 EC, in its “Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan” highlighted that the barriers limiting migrants’ access to the formal labour market also tend to push them towards self-employment at the same time pointing out that “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”.

The specific objectives of ECoDeW are as follows:
– Understanding the composition, problems and needs of disadvantaged migrants facing the difficulties of accessing local labour markets and intending to launch their own a business;
– Co-creation and testing of a tailor-made scheme of training and mentoring for supporting young migrants to reach their objectives;
– Raising wider public attention towards the situation of third country nationals intending to start an active entrepreneurial life in Europe by enlarging the existing network of
organisations, people and companies supporting them and formulating policy  recommendations towards the relevant public bodies for improving the conditions of migrant entrepreneurship.

ECoDeW methodology is grounded on Co-Design based Training, Mentoring and Storytelling to be used as a tool for needs assessment but also as part of the co-design of the training curriculum and the pilot trainings. Mentoring schemes will be used as means of knowledge and experience transfer between established and potential entrepreneurs.

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Fondazione Con il Sud Call 2018

Mine Vaganti NGO is a partner in a project proposal in the frame of the  “Bando Ambiente 2018” of the Fondazione CON IL SUD.

The Call, expired on June 8, 2018, focused on the prevention and reduction of environmental risks within Parks and Protected Natural Areas in southern regions.

In fact, over 200 protected natural areas in southern Italy are threatened by loss of biodiversity, pollution, fires and, more generally, by hydro-geological instability. A heritage of such a great cultural and economic value must be protected and valorized through an effort extended to the entire community.

The “Bando Ambiente 2018” is embedded in the logic of the European Biodiversity Strategy 2020 and of the National Biodiversity Strategy, which recognize the value of ecosystem services in decision-making and spatial planning processes, in order to adequately conserve and capitalize upon environmental capital in the context of sustainable development policies.

In this context it is also essential to actively involve the communities residing in protected areas and in the surrounding areas, through the promotion of initiatives and mechanisms that are able to promote the diffusion of behaviors aimed at the care and defense of the environment.

 

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Europe For Citizens Town Twinning Olbia-Aljaraque

Enjoy Tourism

The project “Enjoy Tourism” was aimed to build a network of partners active in the field of seaside tourism in two Mediterranean countries affected by economic crisis. The main aims were: to promote transnational cooperation among, sharing and transfering information, good practice and knowledge on improving the quality of the life through tourism, specially regions in crisis or conversion, to create a transnational, crossborder learning network on tourism strategies in southern regions, to improve the quality of Tourism by strengthen the involvement of civil society.

Olbia and Aljaraque have many similarities: they belong to a Southern EC, they share the same Mediterranean culture, they are facing the same problems with the economical crisis and their economy is mainly based on tourism.

The project consisted in gathering 60 participants of different ages from both municipalities to create a moment of knowledge and mutual understanding and an occasion for exchanging ideas, raising awareness about common issues and studying solutions to common problems, discovering respective cultural heritage and having the pleasure to meet each other.
The main theme of the project was be based on the promotion of euro-mediterranean tourism (common roots) mostly focus on their traditions.
This project aimed at gathering information about the present condition of tourism education in both countries, to provide support to workers in tourism industry with the opportunities of sharing best practice and know how.
This project purported itself to raise awareness of the valorization of both traditions in order to attract tourist creating new perspective of employement. We wished to strengthen cooperation through the creation of a network of partners.

Project activities :
-Platform network:intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding through exchanging best practice ;
-Creation of a common event
In the context of the above, the two municipalities will read and sign the Twinning Oath.

 

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