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Erasmus + K1 – E

KA1 “SLAM”

“Structured Learning for Awareness in Media” (SLAM) aims at enhancing young people’s awareness and critical thinking on the role of Mass Media as a challenge and precondition for more inclusive societies towards migrants and refugees.  

Start: 15-11-2019 – End: 14-11-2021
Project Reference: 608486-EPP-1-2019-1-BA-EPPKA2-CBY-WB
EU Grant: 100514.65 EUR
Programme: Erasmus+
Key Action: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices
Action Type: Capacity Building for youth in neighbouring and enlargement countries

Project TOPICs:

The project explores the similarities, differences and potential synthesis among the different yet interrelated challenges faced by West Balkans countries and Europe within a transnational effort aimed at laying the grounds of a greater media literacy and critical thinking at the level of the youth and, by extension, of society as a means to provide an antidote against phenomena of hate speech and a building block of successful integration processes.

TARGET GROUPs:

Young people aged 18-25 in partner countries

APPROACH / METHODOLOGY:

NFE

Project ACTIVITIES:

– Research on the main challenges and best practices in media literacy in the field of migration/refugee issues in Europe and the West Balkans.

– International piloting of the Training Format with youth workers and leaders from each partner organization.

– Youth Exchange in Bosnia & Herzegovina on media literacy and migration/refugee involving young people aged 18-25 from each partner country.

– Seminar in Bosnia & Herzegovina with mixed groups of youth workers and young people (2 per category per organization) in whose context to brainstorm and co-devise the upcoming social campaigning.

– Social Campaign, online and offline (in all partner countries), wherein the youth will spread the values and instruments of media literacy acquired in the local communities and national societies by online and offline means.

– Creation of Guidebook (in all partner countries) in multiple languages for youth organizations external to the Consortium.

– Establishment of a project Website with project information and digital learning resources in multiple languages for young people.

For more information check out our partners websites:

Coordinator: BRAVO – Bosnian Representative Association for Valuable Opportunities (Bosnia and Herzegovina) 

NGO: Qendrat Youth for Social Changes (Albania) 

NGO: MLADIINFO MONTENEGRO (Montenegro) 

NGO: EPEKA (Sinop) 

NGO: KOM 018 (Serbia) 

NGO: BSDA (Bulgaria)  

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KA1 “ART FOR SOCIAL INNOVATORS”

KA104: Capacity Building for youth in neighbouring and enlargement countries 

TITLE: Art for Social Innovators 

ACRONYM:  ASI 

DURATION: 24 months 

Partnership 

Coordinator: ASOCIATIA YOUNG EUROPE SOCIETY (Romania) 

NGO: MV INTERNATIONAL (Italy) 

NGO: ASOCIATIA INGENS RISUS (Romania) 

NGO: ASSOCIATION OF YOUTH ORGANIZATIONS NEPAL (Nepal) 

NGO: BETTER WORLD (Korea) 

NGO: VOLUNTEER SPIRIT ASSOCIATION (Thailand) 

“ASI” – “Art of Sustainable Innovation” project is primarily focusing its aim at deploying Social Innovation and Circular Economy as a mean for inclusion, active citizenship and solidarity, employability and entrepreneurship among youth with fewer opportunities in disadvantaged rural communities in Europe and Asia. 

ASI focuses on promoting and reinforcing the connection between Youth NGOs, youth operators and local stakeholders in the field of Social Innovation & Circular Economy around developing tools and skills that are aimed to guide youth at using the local resources, sustainability, an finally develop social enterprises that are answering needs in their communities.

The final outputs of the project comprise: 

– Format TC “Art in Innovation” creating innovative methodologies for raising awareness of various approaches towards starting social enterprises which are sustainable and non-polluting, and transferring those to youth workers and target groups 

– “YOUnnovate” web platform is going to share all the resources created during this project: methods, video tutorials, circular economy approaches/resources/network, video testimonials and personal experience, e-book/booklet of tools, documents, best practices, tools and resources for entrepreneurs, skills and approaches to find employment, 

– “YOUnnovate methodologies” e-book comprising NFE tools, resources for social innovation & circular economy, explanation of the concepts, global trends, possibilities and opportunities, proven methods of success. 

ASI focuses on promoting and reinforcing the connection between Youth NGOs, youth operators and local stakeholders in the field of Social Innovation & Circular Economy around developing tools and skills that are aimed to guide youth at using the local resources, sustainability, an finally develop social enterprises that are answering needs in their communities.

“Art of Sustainable Innovation” project is primarily focusing its aim at deploying Social Innovation and Circular Economy as a mean for inclusion, active citizenship and solidarity, employability and entrepreneurship among youth with fewer opportunities in disadvantaged rural communities in Europe and Asia.   

• METHODOLOGY 

NFE Methods, simulations, live streaming, video tutorials, interviews. 

• OBJECTIVES OF PROJECT 

The project is designed to focus on employability and environmental issues approaching those from the perspective of entrepreneurship, with the core target groups of; 

– young people with fewer opportunities from rural areas aged (14-30 yrs) who have technological resources (at least smart phones) and  

– youth workers who are using non formal education in their work with youngsters. The project is also aimed to enhance the organisational capacity and skills of the participating organisations and even reaching further to their local networks promoting the outcomes of a valuable transcontinental partnership.  

MAIN ACTIVITIES 

– Seminar 6 Days “Circular Innovation for Youth” (Romania) 

– Training Course “Art in Innovation”(Thailand) 

– Local Youth Workshops in each country 

– Youth Exchange “YOU-nnovate” (5 participants per partner country) in Nepal 

–  Seminar for youth “YOU-nnovate it!” (2 participants per partner country and up to 100 local invitees, as well as a webinar) in Korea. 

– Job Shadowing in Thailand and Romania. 

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KA1 ADULTS “INFER”

Associazione Cultirale Pitagora (ACP) is an organization composed of High Schools teacher employed in the secondary education school “Scuola Paritaria Pitagora” in Sassari. 

The organization works in the field of educational support and mentoring of young adults with educational difficulties aged 18+. The young Adults the organization’s staff work with are often characterized by disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds (NEETs, youngsters from poor urban suburbs and deprived rural areas in North Sardinia) as well as suffer from educational difficulties (poor record of educational attainment). These young Adults are no longer involved in the formal circuit of education (school leavers) and are supported by the organization by means of educational assistance and mentoring with a view to facilitating their reintegration in the school system. 

The specific organizational gap identified by the applicant is contextual to the unsatisfactory turnout in terms of educational involvement and retention of its audience of targets, emerging in the phase of evaluation of the results achieved in the applicant’s activities. The main reason underneath the identified uderperformance was the limited ability to establish an educational connection with the targets overcoming their peculiar educational constraints as well as of keeping them involved in a long-term perspective through the use of participatory educational approaches. 

ACP has initiated a process of regular participation in the opportunities of mobility and non formal learning guaranteed by the Erasmus Plus programme with a view to expanding its backpack of methodologies in the field of education through the acquisition of new methodologies grounded on the principles and approaches of Non Formal Education (NFE) as methods to maximize the involvement of its audience as well as the educational output of its activities by means of enacting a mutually reinforcing synergy between the formal and non formal educational approaches. 

The priority of ACP in this context pertains to both acquiring an enhanced understanding of NFE methods and developing a set of connections with established European organizations in possession of specific expertise in the field of innovative instruments of non formal learning, with a threefold objective: 

  1. Fostering the development of the capacities and operational variety of its staff of experienced educators, with a focus on Non Formal Education. 
  2. Establishing regular, long-term partnerships for the exchange ofknowledge and good practices aswell as the presentation of joint initiatives, thus extending the scope and outreach of ACP’s initiatives. 3. Acquisition of competences of project design and management in the field of specific interest of the organization within the Erasmus Plus programme, related to the educational support to the educational integration and, thereby to the social inclusion and employability of young Adults suffering from educational difficulties. 

Through the present project, ACP aims at delivering on the recalled priorities through developing the competences of its experienced staff in the use of NFE methodologies as instruments of inclusive educational support, as well as in the employment of the innovative method of Storytelling as a tool of enhancing reflection and ownership of the learning process by learners. Storytelling (whose scope includes also Digital Storytelling, that is, the application of Storytelling to digital and media instruments) is an ever increasingly employed unconventional methodology of support to the learning process using the immediateness of narratives as an instrument for facilitating the transmission of even complex sets of knowledge and competences to learners, at the same time favouring reflection, critical thinking and communication of knowledge through the use of the causeeffect structure characterizing narratives. 

The specific steps whereby the project envisages to deliver on the development needs of the organization are the following: 

1- Mobility of 5 trainers from ACP to Bulgaria, in the premises of the organization Champions Factory, for attending a Training Course on the use of Non Formal Education as a tool for fostering the acquisition of soft skills and transversal skills by disadvantaged young Adults. 

2- Mobility of 5 Trainers from ACP to Germany, in the premises of the organization Comparative Research Network to attend a Training Course on the use of Storytelling as an instrument of support to learning, reflection and communication of knowledge. 

3- Job Shadowing involving 2 members of ACP staff in the premises of the German partner CRN, focused on ecxhanging knowledge and good practices 

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KA1 ADULTS “MIGRACTIONS”

KA104 – Adult education staff mobility 

MigrActionS (MAS)

According to the “Action Plan on the integration of third-country nationals” adopted by the EC on the 7th June 2016, Education and training are the most powerful tools for integration and the acquisition of basic skills is the foundation for further learning and the gateway to employment and social inclusion. In 2017, the number of people who immigrated to Germany exceeded the number of those who emigrated by roughly 416,000 people and the total population with migrant background reached 19.3 million. In 2016, net immigration had amounted to roughly 500,000. For the City of Essen, the interaction of institutions, specialist service providers, and organizations with the local migrant organizations is an important component of the municipal integration strategy. These associations reach many residents with a variety of original backgrounds and cultures, and are often the first point of contact. This kind of organizations perform valuable integration tasks in their role as mediators and service providers. Germany has undergone extensive immigration and emigration flows throughout its history. Today, more than 22 percent of the population have a migration background. (…) The reactions among the population oscillated between euphoric readiness to take in refugees and violent rejection of those seeking protection, between a “welcome culture” and the demand for isolation, between cosmopolitanism and nationalism (J. Oltmer -2018).  

The project aims to enhance professional development of involved staff member learners due to the acquistion of skills of involved staff member learners, acquisition of knowledge and methodologies of applicant organization and a considerable impact on local communities

Exclusion experienced by Adult migrants consequently influence their descendants. For this reason, the promoter organisationJuBuK will widely benefit from the involvement of Trainers part of its own staff in a comprehensive educational programme, in connections with established European organizations in possession of specific expertise in the field of innovative instruments of nonformal learning who work both on youth and adult inclusion.  

JuBuK wants to invest in the empowerment of its human resources, Trainers, Educators and Board Members, in order to reach 3 different specific objectives: 

  1. Fostering the development of the capacities and operational variety of its staff of experienced educators, with a focus on ETS, NFE and Digital Storytelling in the Adult field.
  2. Establishing regular, long-term partnerships for the exchange of knowledge and good practices aswell as the presentation of joint initiatives, thus extending the scope and outreach of JuBuK’sinitiatives. 
  3. Acquisition of competences of project design and management in the field of specific interest of the organization within the Erasmus+ programme, related to the social support to foster integration and, thereby to the social inclusion and employability of Adults people with migrant background and minorities suffering from educational difficulties.  

Abovementioned objectives will be reached through 3 mobilities as follows: 

5 Trainers taking part in a TC in Italy delivered by the partner MVNGO aimed at developing knowledge, skills and methods to employ ETS methodologies with the ultimate target. 

5 Trainers taking part in the TC in Cyprus hosted by the partner DOREA aimed at acquiring knowledge and skills allowing them to improve NFE competences as well as integrate the Digital Storytelling approach in their regular activities, facilitating communication and intercultural dialogue within the ultimate target. 

2 Board Members taking part in a Job Shadowing comprised of work-based learning in the facilities of the host organization MVNGO, in which are envisaged regular exchange of good practices and brainstorming for the creation of partnership schemes and project proposals in the frame of Erasmus+ Programme KA1 and KA2 Adult Field.  

Main envisaged Impact and results of MigrActionS project are: 

– Enhanced professional development of involved staff member learners due to the acquisition of skills in using the educational approaches of ETS, NFE and Digital Storytelling in a fashion customized to the social needs of the ultimate target group of their regular activities (Adults with migrant background). 

– Applicant organization acquisition of knowledge and methodologies regarding unconventional instruments/approaches of education by the staff members taking part in project mobilities, internaly disseminated and operationally tested by the organization, will lay the grounds for a long-term enhancement in the number, quality and attractiveness of its regular activities with the ultimate target group. 

-A considerable and sustainable impact will be determined on local communities, in particular socialy excluded Adults with a migrant background through the improvement in number, quality and appeal of JuBuK’s activities targeted at serving the human development and social inclusion of these categories through educational methodologies. A long-term impact it is envisaged through the massive promotion and dissemination of project contents with stakeholders at local, regional, national and international levels. 

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KA1 ADULTS “JMEHE”

TITLEJoint Methodologies to Empower Humanities Education  

KA104 – Adult education staff mobility

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As EVENTURES KOIN has already reached a high level expertise in social entrepreneurship in the frame of the business sector, board members after an internal debriefing decided it was time to bring the enterprise to another level. Due to the previous experiences matured in the cooperation with IASIS and the predisposition of the members to work with the Adult target, board members agreed to develop a pure social/educational branch focused on disadvantaged young Adults. Supported in the analysis of the wide target of disadvantaged Adults by the veteran IASIS, EVENTURES KOIN board members decided in full agreement to focus young Adult affected by Dyslexia who were forced in early school leave in order to fester a reintegration process in the educational system. Dyslexia is a learning disorder that can cause many difficulties, including problems with reading and writing. People with dyslexia have trouble matching the letters they read to the sounds those letters make. Dyslexia is typically diagnosed in childhood; so, many dyslexia guides focus on helping children manage symptoms of this condition. But dyslexia often continues into adulthood. Some children with dyslexia are not diagnosed until they reach adulthood, while some diagnosed adults find that their symptoms change as they age.  

JMEHE aims at developing competences and organizational capacities of educators with the specific target audience of young adult learners facing dislexia

Joint Methodologies to Empower Humanities Education (JMEHE) objectives are as follows: 1- Developing staff (Educators) competences and organizational capacities in the use of Non Formal Education as an instrument of enhancing the involvement in education and effectiveness of learning with the specific target audience of young Adult learners facing dislexia, who would like to go through a reintegration process in the educational system. 2- Developing staff (Educators) competences and organizational capacities in using Theatre in Education as a tool for enhancing the involvement in education and effectiveness of learning with the specific target audience of young Adult learners facing dislexia, who would like to go through a reintegration process in the educational system. 3- Setting up long-term mechanisms of partnership and regular exchange of information/good practices with high-end European organizations working in the field of Erasmus Plus Adult, thereby enhancing the scope and quality of the organization’s activities in the field.  

Mobilities envisaged in the project: 1) Training Course at Mine Vaganti NGO in Sassari (Italy). The Training Course involving 5 Trainers/Educators, will be delivered through Non Formal Education methodologies and focus on developing participants’ knowledge, skills and competences in using Non Formal Education as a tool for fostering the acquisition of soft skills and transversal skills by young Adults afected by dislexia. 2) Training Course at Asociatia Copii in Sanul Familiei in Bacau (Romania) The Training Course involving 5 Trainers/Educators, will be delivered through a combination of Non Formal Education, Theatre In Education and face-to-face learning. The core topic addressed will be the use of the Theatre in Education method as an instrument of support to learning, reflection and communication of knowledge. 3) Job Shadowing at Asociatia Copii in Sanul Familiei in Bacau (Romania). The Job Shadowing will involve 2 leading staff members of the applicant organization in a process of work-based learning, exchange of knowledge and partnership building in the premises of the partner Asociatia Copii in Sanul Familiei. The tangible result of the Job Shadowing will be the completion of project Manual (third section).  

EVENTURES ΚΟΙΝ aims to employ acquired knowledge and resulting operational capacities to determine an huge impact in its areas of involvement, favouring the establishment of multiplier dynamics. A considerable and sustainable impact will be determined on local communities, in particular the young Adults affected by dislexia through the improvement in number, quality and appeal of EVENTURES ΚΟΙΝ‘s activities targeted at serving the human development and socioeducational inclusion of these categories of adults through education. Furthermore EVENTURES ΚΟΙΝ will implement local meetings with educators from other schools/associations to present the Manual “NFE & TIE join forces to break learning barriers” and its contents in order to create a butterfly effect for these methodologies to be used and introduced in the educational sytems/offer as an envisaged long-term effect. 

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K1 Youth MVNGO Projects Abroad

MVNGO Projects Abroad

Mine Vaganti NGO (MVNGO) European Project Managers presents proposals on behalf of several Youth Organisations in Europe.

When approved, those projects are implemented by the MVNGO Youth Division with its Non Formal Education Trainers.

TC Canvass Of Life, Potenza Italy, May 2016

 

TC Accept The Rythm, Slovakia, June 2017

 

TC Healthy Lifestyle, Slovakia, October 2016

 

TC Give Me a Chance, Paris-France, March 2017 TC Freedom in Learning, Latvia, May 2017

 

TC Re-Act, Italy, September 2017

 

TC Women Inclusion through Sport, Kenya, May 2018

                                                                                 

 

TC Rural on The Go, Germany, April 2018

TC Building Trust Through Cooperation May 2018

TC From Labour Market to Labour Makers, Spain, June 2018

 

TC Conquering Conflict, Germany, July 2018 (Upcoming)

 

TC Green Way, Germany, October 2018 (Upcoming)

 

Contents developed in the frame of the projects:

Brochure

Manual

Manual Freedom in Learning

TC My Green Future Zero Impact Campaign

 

TC Environmend

TC Let’s Create Literacy

TC A Journey To Peace

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K1 Youth EVS “Chance for a Change”

Chance for a Change

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

Project phases:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Project objectives are:

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

Phases:

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

Aims:

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

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

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

Aims:

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

Both Ways

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

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

The project has the following main objectives:

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

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

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

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

 Project activities are the following:

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

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

 

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K1 VET “Let’s Develop Touristic Skills”

Let’s Develop Touristic Skills

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

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

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

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

The objectives of the project are the following:

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

Let’s Take Sport Out of Youth

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ITSOY objectives are the following:

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

 

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