Fill My Value Backpack
Mine Vaganti NGO developed a project called “Fill My Value Backpack” in Kenya, in March 2014.
The goal was to trasfer Sport and Non Formal Education Methodologies to more than 3000 children through local Youth Leaders.
MVNGO was the coordinating organisation of the Europe for Citizens project “Discovering ancient Roots”.
The aim targeted by the Project was to underline the importance of European integration through traditions.
The Municipality of Nuoro in Sardinia (Italy) and Elche in Spain have many similarities: they share very ancient roots and common values. Ancient traditions are fundamental veichle for promoting a sustainable tourism for their territory.
The project consisted in gathering 50 participants of different ages from both municipalities in Sardinia 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 based on the promotion of social tourism (common roots) mostly focus on traditions like carnival, folks, food and beverages, etc.
With this project we proposed ourselves to raise awareness about the valorization of both traditions in order to attract tourists creating new opportunities of employability. One of the aims was to share best practices about cultural tourism. Three main areas of activities:
–Cultural events: intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding through ancient rites;
–Events about active citizenship and employability: cultural tourism and new job opportunities, analysis of common problems and how to face them creating twining cultural events;
–Workshops and lectures about common issues: European citizenship, cultural tourism (educational tour in the archeological site area).
The choice of these areas was aimed at allowing the direct involvement of citizens, cultural events and informal meetings. Nuoro and Elche have in common a strong touristic tradition but usually, tourists usually don’t experience the full beauty of these regions, but just the sea. In the context of the above, the two municipalities read and signed the Twinning Oath.
MVNGO took part in the consultation launched by the Council of Europe in the frame of the priority area “New Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) affect children’s employment of a significant number of fundamental rights guaranteed by the UNCRC, the European Convention on Human Rights and the European Social Charter. According to the recommendations issued by the UN Committee on Rights of the Child, all children should be able to safely access ICTs and digital media, and be empowered to fully participate, express themselves, seek information and enjoy al the rights enshrined in the UNCRC and its Optional Protocols wothout discrimination of any kind”. The aforementioned priority is part of the Council’s Strategy for the Rights of the Child (2016-2021).
The consultation foresaw a set of consultations with the children and stakeholders at the national level in 8 countries (Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, italy, Romania and Urkraine) .
The consultations took place in the month of April 2017 with the objective of elaborating policy guidelines for EC member States with the purposes of promoting, potecting and fulfilling childrens’ rights in the digital environment. The recommendations elaborated by the youngsters were forwarded to the Committee of Ministers for examination and filetering into a specific thematic resolution with direct impact on young people’s lives.
In this frame, MVNGO carried out the consultations in Italy in a set of activities with the young students of ITC Satta in Nuoro and Istituto Paritario Pitagora in Sassari. The cycle of sessions resulted in the elaboration of two specific documents conteining youngsters’ recommendations to the Council of Europe.
The work of MVNGO at the Italian level received mention within the final Report with the results of the consultation phase elaborated at the level of the Council of Europe.
The recommendations of youth participants to the Council of Europe are integrated in the below documents
The report with the results of the general consultations can be accessed at the below link
Mine Vaganti NGO applied on behalf Municipality of Telti an Europe for Citizens Twinning Activity approved by Central Agency in Bruxelles
The project “The cities of intercultural dialogue” was aimed at building a network of partners active in the field of sustanaible tourism in two peripherical Mediterranean cities affected by economic crisis.
The main aims were: to promote transnational cooperation among Italy and Spain, sharing and transfering information, good practice and knowledge on improving the quality of the life in rural areas through tourism through the offer of new employability opportunities for their inhabitants, to create a transnational learning network on sustainable tourism strategies in south regions, to revitalize the flow of tourism by strengthening the involvement of civil society.
Telit and Purchena have many similarities: they belong to a South EC, they share the same Mediterranean culture, they are facing the same problems with the economic crisis, both of them are based in a rather depressed area (affected by geographical isolation: Internal rural areas in Gallura and the region in the deepest south of Spain, Almeria) and their economy is mainly based on agriculture. During the recent past, both of them are facing an incresing phenomenon: youth brain drain. MT and MP share similar traditions and both of them realized a yearly intercultural event based on the promotion of ancient traditions which have become a powerful economic driver throughout the years.
The project consisted in gathering 50 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, new perspective of employment, discovering respective cultural heritage and having the pleasure to meet each other. Foreseen activities:
-Platform network: intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding through exchanging best practice;
-Creation of a common event
During the physical meeting, the two Municipalities read and signed the Twinning Oath.
Mine Vaganti NGO recently presented a project proposal in the frame of the Horizon 2020 programme as the leading partner of a Consortium of 12 partner organizations, Universities, NGOs and corporations.
“Youth Passport 2020″ (YP2020) was a proposal for a long term project with specific attention to European mobility (EM) effects.
Despite looming large on the horizon in European policy discussions on education, training and youth, transnational mobility undertaken for learning purposes remains in many ways a curiously under-researched phenomenon, both from a pedagogical and a sociological perspective.
What is the actual scope of the activities? How many people in Europe (young and old) go abroad for a period of time to acquire new skills, competences and knowledge; in what contexts does this take place; and how is this financed (and by whom)?
And what is the precise rationale for these activities, how are they organized and outcomes recognized, and what is the nature of the interplay between the various programmes, schemes and initiatives?
These are the questions that this project proposal sought to answer.
The proposal focused on learning mobility in mobility schemes outside the European action programmes merged in Erasmus+, and it complements a similar study on mobility in higher education.
These were the main goals of the proposed technical solution:
1. Establish a multi-directional channel to achieve actual interaction among all the policy-making and public decision-making stakeholders (EACEA, National Agencies, businesses, universities, NGOs, young activists associations, etc.) in order to foster collaborative decision making.
2. Offer a comprehensive set of civic engagement services that, unlike conventional approaches, are specifically adapted to young people needs, habits and interests.
3. Define and develop a full set of methodologies that rule the application workflow to ensure that the proposed solution is able to meet the requirements from both ends (i.e. youngsters and policy makers).
4. Define end-to-end methods to follow-up on young people issued reports, from their creation until their processing by public authority representatives.
5. Implement a statistical analysis mechanism.
Youth can play a key role in poverty reduction in rural areas, but they encounter significant constraints. They are often the most disadvantaged, with low levels of job experience and organisation, fewer chances to access or obtain capital and other assets, as well as little or no voice in decision-making processes. They barely gain access to agriculture extension services, affordable input supplies, or marketing opportunities. Lack of information, technical skills, and basic education further weakens their situation or circumstances. Female rural youth face additional barriers linked to persistent gender inequalities perpetuated by societal / traditional gender discriminatory norms.
Bolstering human capital and producing knowledge for youth is thereby crucial for developing employment opportunities in rural areas and for rural development in general.
Education and vocational training are important components to improve rural livelihoods since a majority of the rural poor still derive their main livelihood from their labour in agriculture. Further, knowledge and information are powerful tools in the process of change, together with capability to get organised and access to productive assets, particularly land, financial services, appropriate technology and labour saving technology.
Several studies have highlighted the importance of agricultural and rural development for economic growth and poverty reduction in participating countries. In most participating countries, agriculture is a main contributor to GDP and even in nations where the contribution of the agricultural sector to GDP is currently low, the national significance given by the governments to the sector is still highly recognized. This stems from the fact that the agricultural sector has the potential to provide some solutions to the problems of unemployment, particularly if agriculture is undertaken in a commercial and sustainable fashion. The sector though, is largely dominated by elderly people, while the youth, including those with requisite training are unemployed or looking for jobs in other sectors. It has been assessed that younger household heads who are engaged in farming tend to derive a higher income from their agricultural activities than older household heads. This is probably because the younger generation is more open to new crops and technologies that produce a higher yield.
The goal of the project is to advance agro – entrepreneurship and technology innovations by young rural people in order to enhance youth employment and adapt to climate change.
Environmental and Territorial Management Institute – ETMI is coordinating the Capacity building in the Youth field – Balkans. Youth Agro – Entrepreneurship Empowerment Project. Partners Organizations are: Mine Vaganti NGO (Italy), KIU”COKANSKI DOBOSARI” (Serbia), Volonterski Centar Skopje (Macedonia) , Svetionik (Montenegro), Intercambia (Spain).
The objectives of this project include the following:
-To educate the youths and train them on sustainable agricultural and entrepreneurship.
-To promote sustainable agriculture through usage of renewable energy and water management techniques;
-To promote ICT tools on sales of Agricultural based products. A transactional platform for buying and selling.
-To promote, support Sustainable Agricultural Enterprises
-To Network youths in Agriculture through “Webinar” together and allow for cross sharing of ideas and innovation.
-To explore the Erasmus + Programme with a special focus on quality international cooperation
-To develop participant’s competences in planning non formal education and intercultural activities;
-Increase the understanding and awareness of the gender dimension in agricultural projects
Promotional video was released during the kick off meeting in Pogradec, October 2016.
ReAct to Avoid DiscrimHate is a Training Course granted and supported by Council of Europe and its European Youth Foundation and took place June 10-15th, 2017.
The main objective of the training course was to equip potential youth workers/cultural mediators with awareness, knowledge and instruments to counter Islamophobia among youngsters through Non Formal Education (NFE) methods and cultural exchange, with a view to addressing the current situation across Europe.
The core focus is to share and develop awareness as well as understanding sensitizing young people towards the necessity of rejecting and contrasting Islamophobia in the frame of the No Hate Speech Movement values, while at the same time empowering the latter for this purpose.
The project hosted 16 participants from Italy
Participants were be local and youth Muslim migrant youngsters aged 18-30 (8 participants per category) interested in acquiring knowledge, attitudes and instruments to be active part in rejecting and contrasting Islamophobia in their own communities and at the different levels. Italian youth participants were selected by MineVaganti NGO through an open call for participants.
ACTIVITIES AND METHODS
The activities were coordinated through non formal education methods (as group work and activities, presentations, workshops and personal assignments, meetings with trainers, experts etc.)
Youth Muslim migrants taking part in the activity were be selected among the youth migrant guests of the shelter.
During the project, participants worked on the production of 2 specific outputs:
– “Dealing with Racism Through Non Formal Education” Video, representing a purposeful summary of the whole Learning process.
– “Resource Toolkit Against Islamophobia” Webinar, comprising 3 original NFE instruments for contrasting Islamophobia elaborated by participants.
The project “Ti vedo, ti sento, ti parlo” is a project born of the need to promote a culture of integration and intercultural dialogue by acting on the representations, prejudice and stereotypes that underlie the difficulty of interacting with diversity, perceived as a threat. The project is backed up by fund of Otto per Mille della Chiesa Valdese.
The project, lasting 6 months, involved the cities of:
-Sassari (Istituto “Pitagora”),
-Olbia (Istituto ITCG “Attilio Deffenu”) and
-Tempio Pausania (Liceo Artistico “Fabrizio De Andrè”).
MVNGO organized meetings with 20 migrants from Relief Shelters
A mapping of existing good practices of NGOs working in migrants’ support in Sardinia was developed as a project output