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K1 Youth TC Harmony of Sounds

K1 Youth TC Harmony of Sounds

The training course (TC) Harmony of the Sounds was a project that involved 25 social workers, teachers, youth leaders who are working with young people with fewer opportunities in post conflict countries (refugees, migrants, asylum seekers).

The aim of the project was to use non formal education tools, mainly the music and arts, as a tool to contrast racism and discrimination of other cultures. The TC was held in Fertilia – Alghero, Sardinia, Italy, March 11- 18, 2015 (Travel Days incl.) The following 11 countries were involved in the project: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Italy, Macedonia, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Turkey, in total 25 participants.

The working language was English. The overall aim of the project was to promote NFE methodologies for building peace through music facilitating intercultural dialogue. Through this project, we wanted to strengthen the ancient links between music and human being, proposing the use of music as a matter to promote the sense of cohesion between the EU and neighboring countries (Caucasus and Balkans).

This mobility project (TC) was dealing with the importance of reconciliation and peacebuilding process stimulating the sense of solidarity and promoting the intercultural dialogue. The project focused on different topics as well as proposed the participants different methodologies that can be used in order to work on the topics of the projects. The project focused on a non formal education approach based on music as a tool to contrast racism and discrimination of other cultures. Music is the perfect language to communicate, to live in harmony and peace.

Music is a powerful tool for social change.

 

 

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K1 Youth TC Social Entrepreneurship Now

Social Entrepreneurship Now!

 

“Social Entrepreneurship Now!” was a Training Course that gathered 25 participants (youth workers, social workers, youth leaders) from 11 countries (Italy, Spain, Bulgaria, Austria, Poland, Malta, Uk, Romania, Croatia, Portugal and The Netherlands).

The Training Course aimed at exploring the concept of social entrepreneurship as an innovative way to solve social problems using entrepreneurial skills and youth voice.

The objectives of the TC were:

– To empower young people raising their self esteem and stimulating their creativity and sense of (social) entrepreneurship.

– To raise awareness in the participants on key competences through NFE and develop different methods for using them in practice within social projects, developing and matching them with the requirements of Erasmus + with their organisations.

– To develop the cooperation among different organisations coming from 11 countries.

– To stimulate young people to get involved into NGOs or social entrepreneurships, youth activities, into local authorities, into international opportunities that arise, be active citizens and contribute to the process of change.

The activities were coordinated through non formal education methods (group works, video productions, role play games, brainstorming, etc) and were also including participation on sport events, meetings with the students of university, exchanges with local administrators and members of local associations. Some activities took place outdoor, to promote Erasmus+ and non-formal education and raise awareness on urban problems among the local community. During the last days of the project, participants had the chance to create working groups, to present ideas for future projects on urban issues, sustainability, promotion of young people participation in their local community.

 

 

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K1 Youth PBA Space

K1 Youth PBA Space

“SPACE” was a Partnership Building Activity involving 16 participants from Italy, Portugal, Spain, Greece, Romania, Sweden and Denmark.

The PBA was held in Sassari between October 1-7 2014, involving Youth workers, social workers and local administrators interested in the topics of urban sustainability and actively committed  to promoting social inclusion of the youth in marginalized areas.

The PBA was inspired by sociological research, whose findings show that in Sassari, the main city of North Sardinia, the old City Center has lost its dimension of main center of gathering and socialization for the denizens, in particular the younger ones.

This phenomenon is linked with the ever more visible diffusion of other urban challenges, as urban fragmentation, social marginalization, juvenile deviance, lack of spaces and avenues for pedestrians and bikers etc. etc.

The meeting was aimed at carrying out a joint reflection in order to create concrete projects to contribute to the resolution of the challenges displayed by Sassari, which might be transferred to other urban contexts.

The project was an occasion for exchanging ideas and good practices as well as comparing different realities, needs and solutions to urban marginalization problems, with a particular focus on those of most concern to the Youth.

The project purported itself to achieve the following objectives:

– develop a sensitivity towards urban issues by encouraging the development of initiatives aimed at promoting active citizenship;
– create a thematic network to promote cooperation through the exchange of good practices, youth mobility through exchange projects, social inclusion through local initiatives and events;
– explore the possible applications of future project ideas with the Erasmus + program, taking into consideration different actions and making contributions in the form of future projects, especially in the field of non-formal education and intercultural dialogue.

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K1 Youth TC Education Through Sport

Education Through Sport

“Education Through Sport” was a Training Course which dealt with the importance of the Sport as an educational tool for promoting social inclusion.

The 12 countries involved in the project were the following: Spain, Norway, Bulgaria, Romania, UK, Morocco, Algeria, Egypt, Tunisia, Jordan, Palestine, plus Italy, in total 28 participants.

The overall aim of the project was to transfer innovative methodologies of non formal education from European to Southern Mediterranean countries creating an important educational path in between South and North of the Mediterranean sea.

Morocco seemed to all the partners the best place since it represents a perfect melting pot of EU and arabic cultures. According to the analysis made by the partners, in the Southern Mediterranean countries there is an huge educational lack: sport is not considered as a non formal education method. Regarding this specific educational need this project was meant to share new tools and strengthen our cooperation.

The target group of the project were social workers, youth workers, youth leaders with experience in sport activity or interested in using Sport as an educational method.

Learning objectives of the TC were:

– To raise knowledge and gain new experiences on Sport and outdoor activities as tools of recognition of non formal learning;

– To clarify the challenges of Sport as a tool for education regarding to content and methodology, non formal and informal learning process, intercultural learning and impact on local community;

– To create a network of professionals (youth leaders, social workers and Trainers) who work with people with fewer opportunities using those new methodologies and ready to develop new E+ projects raising awareness on personal, social and professional development during the work activity.

The main topic of this project was to “use sports as a way of improving active citizenship activities, cultural exchange and social inclusion of young people”.

Sport has an educational dimension and plays a social, cultural and recreational role. It is also a powerful tool for inclusion of people with fewer opportunities: people with disabilities, migrants, persons discriminated by gender and people from rural area. Sport is has the possibility for breaking stereotypes (facilitating the process of integration of immigrants in the society), promoting mutual understanding and intercultural dialogue (use Sport as an universal language) and facilitating the process of social inclusion. Sport is an instrument to fight racism and xenophobia and a supporting tool in including people with special needs.

Therefore its values are fundamental in the third sector’s working processes, where it can be used in order to prevent the sense of intolerance, social exclusion and marginalization.

We asked 4 internationally accredited trainers with huge experience in the youth field and non-formal education through Sport, Roberto Solinas and Maria Grazia Pirina from MVNGO, Shirin Amin from Champion Factory and Razvan Bondalici from STEP to be the experts in our project.

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K1 Youth TC In NFE We Trust!

In NFE We Trust!

“In NFE We Trust!” was a Training Course activity in the frame of the Erasmus+ programme.

The event was held in Alghero during 6 days (July 14/21, 2014 including travel days) involving 24 youth leaders, youth workers and social workers from 8 EU countries.
The TC was aiming to create new partnerships and new youth projects reflecting on the topic of Non Formal Education (NFE) as a professional tool for youngsters.
In fact, reflecting on this issue the project was focusing on youth policies, relevant to European Citizenship and participation of young people, priorities of the Erasmus Plus programme.
The participants discussed about NFE recognition: their rights, their opportunities, their obstacles in using this methodology, their experiences in civil society.
Through non-formal education methods they analyzed opportunities and challanges of being a European citizens as well as drafted new projects proposal to encourage people to develop into Active European Citizens trough NFE.
In particular they reflected about new possible strategies to involve young people in disadvantaged areas.

MV International (MVI) aims to value the high quality system of NFE and to validate and create a common form of certification of key competences gained in a non formal education context.
Since non-formal education is not recognized in all European countries, one of the main objectives of MVI is to train social workers at a professional level in order to serve as a support for the youth.
Therefore this project aimed to build the basis of a Pool of NFE Trainers inside the network of NGOs being inspired by the “Pathway 2.0 towards recognition of NFE learning/education and of youth work in Europe” (2011) created by the European Commission and the Council of Europe in the field of Youth.

 
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