“Better and easier access to lifelong learning in Europe” (BELLE) is an Erasmus Plus Strategic Partnership in the field of Adult education coordinated by the Spanish organization “Associacion Mundus”, with MVNGO as a partner organization. The Consortium of the project is composed of 6 partner organizations from Spain, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Croatia, Italy and Latvia.
The project was developed as an articulate response to the issue of inadequate levels of reading, writing, numeracy and digital skills within the European adult population, placing significant portions of which at risk of unemployment, poverty and social exclusion.
The project proposes to deal with the above identified issue through enhancing the access to Lifelong Learning opportunities for adult learners by means of the elaboration of educational materials and tools that will stimulate participation of individuals in training activities and quality learning processes.
The project will also strive to strengthen the profiles of professionals operating in this sector, by increasing the quality of the educational offer which they propose, bringing high qualty learning opportunities tailored to the needs of individuals.
The project will:
Assess the needs of individuals in each country with regards to the provision of high quality tailored training courses and modules.
Develop a joint definition of tailor-made adult centered quality criteria for education and training.
Foster the cooperation among entities operating in the field, establishing cross-sectorial partnerships amed at further sustainable development of the adult educational sector in Europe.
Raise awareness of LLL among various target groups on local and international levels.
Create an online Learning Platform contaning a high quality training offer for adults in terms of standardized course modules programs, translated in 7 EU languages with the aim to ease access to Lifelong Learning and stimulating better the involvement of learners from more countries in such processes.
Create a community of practice among AE professionals with the aim to exchange best practices, tools and information and in this way enhance the cooperation among the education, training and youth fields.
Mine Vaganti NGO coordinates the Erasmus Plus KA2 Strategic Partnership in the field of Youth “We’ll Let Youth In”, in cooperation with a Consortium composed of 2 international partners from Romania (CECIS) and Sweden (IFALL). All partner organizations are directly engaged in supporting disadvantaged categories of NEET youths through the management of Youth Centers as specialized facilities wherein disadvantaged young people are involved in recreational and educational activities delivered through NFE targeted at empowering them with soft skills, employability skills, civic and social competences.
The project will last a total 24 months (March 2017-February 2019).
Many youngsters in European countries face the harsh realities of marginalization and social exclusion in their daily lives.
In this respect, the problems faced by disadvantaged NEET youngsters– which represent the main target category in the daily operations of Youth Centers managed by partner organizations- are particularly severe and wide-ranging, as is their overall socioeconomic vulnerability.
Indeed, these youngsters face substantial disparities with their peers in realms as disparate as education, employability, personal development, civic and social participation. Among the most visible symptoms of the foregoing disparities is a substantial percentage of early school leavers as well as engagement in socially and personally disruptive conduits (drug/alcohol abuse, vandalism, violence, petty crime etc.) among disadvantaged NEET youngsters.
A SWOT analysis coordinately enacted by partner organizations further identified the aloofness of disadvantaged NEET youngsters from institutional circuits of education and support (Schools, Associations, Political Parties etc.) as one of the main factors underneath the partial failure of formal setups in providing a comprehensive approach to ensure social integration, employability and personal development of these fragile categories.
The context outlined above calls for the development of an integrated educational approach building on existing structures where disadvantaged youths are involved and supported as well as instruments of education capable of engaging youngsters for socially meaningful purposes by “speaking their language”.
The present cooperation provides such an approach by promoting the role of Youth Centers as crucial links between youngsters and formal structures of education, employability and participation as well as by enhancing the role of NFE as an educational vehicle by which sensible youth target groups can be provided with the attitudes, soft skills, basic employability skills, civic as well as social skills necessary to fully and proficiently participate in education, labour market and global community life.
“We’ll Let You In” (WLYI) foresees to attain the aforementioned goals through a strategic cooperation wherein disadvantaged youth NEETs from each partner organization will be involved in three mobility experiences in which they will enter into contact with peers from other partner countries, attend common educational activities delivered through Non Formal Education related to each partner’s area of expertise as well as work on the development of shared outputs.
At the same time, partner organizations will engage in a sharing of knowledge, best practices and NFE tools whose results will be disseminated in the internal structure of each organization, increasing staff professionalism and by consequence the quality of NFE activities delivered in Youth Centers. Promotion and dissemination of outputs and materials by partners through a variety of online and offline tools will make sure that the results arrived at in the context of the present project will sensibly enhance and support Youth Centers and NGOs throughout Europe.
– Fostering empowerment and inclusion of disadvantaged NEET youngsters through international mobility, peer-interaction and Non Formal Education.
– Raise awareness among policy-makers, NGOs, stakeholders and the general public about the role of Youth Centers as hybrid structures (recreational/educational) supporting youth integration and development (in particular of the most disadvantaged youth categories) through NFE and as such narrowing disparities and gaps left by the formal education system).
– Exchange knowledge, best practices and NFE tools among NGOs from different European countries as a means to collect national/cultural backpacks and toolkits of NFE in order to improve professionalism of youth workers, variety and quality of educational activities delivered in Youth Centers with a view to enhancing quality and effectiveness of youth work in Europe.
The main element of innovation of the present project is represented by the nature and the scope of the partnership in relation to the target group we aim at impacting: disadvantaged youth NEETs.
“PASSPORT” is a Collaborative Partnership Sport coordinated by the Croatian organization Rijeka Sport’s Association and partnered by MVNGO. The project comprises an international Consortium of 6 organizations from Croatia,Slovenia, Austria, Italy and Bulgaria.
“PASSPORT” promotes and supports dual career fro athletes by setting up a transnational network of partners that will develop a Platform for the training of athletes in Sport management, hence contributing to their employability.
Benefits for athletes involved in dual career programmes are clearly articulated in sport research. By identifying and exchanging the best practices in developing and adapting the curriculum of sport management studies to the needs of the athlete the project PASSPORT will address the needs and benefits identified at EU level in the field of dual careers in sport:
The project foresees the following activities:
– Kick-off meeting with partners’n representatives in Italy (2 representatives per partner).
– Mid-term meeting in Bulgaria (2 representatives per partner organization)
– Set of local workshops for Sport athletes in all partner countries (20 athletes plis 12 experts and 2 members of host project team per country)
– Final Conference with partners’ representatives in Croatia (2 representatives per partner)
“Languages for European Niche Tourism” (LENT) is a Strategic Partnership in the field of VET coordinated by the German organization Comparative Research Network (CRN). The Consortium of partners, comprising MVNGO, counts 7 organizations from Germany, UK, Greece, Portugal, Turkey, Italy and Spain.
The project intends to support niche tourism sectors in undertaking early stage Language Learning and improve their ability to speak to their customers, improve customer satsfaction and spend. The project focuses on hard to learn and emerging tourism languages allowing smaller companies free, open access to tourism specific language material in 14 languages, providing audio and text-based vocabulary.
In the frame of LENT, partners will develop the following Intellectual Outputs:
1) A “Core Language Vocabulary” in written and audio format containing core tourism language as defined by Sector experts.
2) A “Specialist Language Vocabulary”, containing a vocabulary, both written and audio, composed of a combination of 600 words which can be translated in any of the 14 languages.
3) A “Web and Mobile Language Application”, containing the two sets of words and phrases and allowing any-way translation between any of the 14 languages identified as being priority to support the tourism niche sectors growth
LENT foresees the following meetings aimed at exchanging best practices and streamlining the production of project outputs throughout the 30 months of the cooperation:
– Kick.off Meeting (Berlin, October 2017)
– Partners’ Meeting 1 (Valencia, February 2018)
– Partners’ Meeting 3 (Chania, July 2018)
– Partners’ Meeting 4 (Izmir, December 2018)
– Partners’ Meeting 5 (Arcos de Valdevez, June 2019)
“Good Governance in Sport” is a Collaborative Partnership Sport coordinated by the Bulgarian NGO Bulgarian Sports Development Association, with MVNGO in the role of a partner organization.
The Consortium of the project is composed of 7 organizations from Bulgaria, Italy, Spain, Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Greece.
The project will implement various activities at the local, national and international levels with a focus on development, identification, analyzing, promotion and sharing of good practices in good governance as well as giving recommendations to some of the observed practices that can be improved.
Until the moment, across Europe efforts are being made to try and raise governance standards in the sports sector, specifically around the principles of democracy, transparency, accountability in decision-making, and inclusiveness in the representation of interested stakeholders. While taking into account the great diversity of sport structures in different European countries, the EU aims to strengthen the organisation of sport in Europe. The proper approach should be to provide added value to work at national level by collecting and sharing good practices and providing practical recommendations that will help increase standards of good governance in sport.
The project will produce a total of 3 Intellectual Ouputs:
1- A Survey on Good Governance in Sport related to the accountability of European/National sport organizations on their public web pages.
2- A Self-Learning path on good governance in Sport for the self-development of sport leaders and managers, which will give the possibility of assessing the level of accountability and transparency of the webpage of a sport organization that is important part of the good governance processes in an organization
3- An Accountability and Transparency Handbook for sport organizations including tips and tricks on the optimization of the web page of a Sport organization.
The activities implemented during the project will be the following:
– Kick-off meeting with partners’ representatives (4 persons per country)
– Mid-term Transnational Meeting (4 persons per country)
– Dissemination event in all partner countries, involving project teams at the local level
– Training Course about accountability and transparency in Sport (5 participants per country+2 members of the management team per country)
– Dissemination event in all partner countries (project teams at the local level)
– Final Conference with partners’ representatives (4 persons per country)
“European Youth Health Champions” is a Strategic Partnership project for the development of Innovation coordinated by the British organization Street Games with the cooperation of a partnership composed of organizations from Italy, Belgium, United Kingdom, Bulgaria, Malta and Denmark.
The project purports itself to promote the use of Sport as a medium of social inclusion and healthy lifestyle education of disadvantaged categories of young people by means of producing innovative educational resources grounded on the combination between Sport and Non Formal Education.
European Youth Health Champions will achieve its set objectives by means of producing the following resources throughout the time-span of its implementation:
1- Research on the existing good practices of Peer Education in the fields of Sport and Health. The research will be aimed at individuating and sharing case studies, to be later analysed and comprised in a specific multilingual Final Report.
2- Production of an educational Manual targeted at an audience of youngsters and Youth operators. The Manual’s creation will be based on the results achieved in the frame of point 1.
3- Creation of an online Training Portal in English targeted at an audience of learners in partner countries and in the wider European area. The portal will host an interactive version of the training path comprised in point 2 and will integrate all the materials produced in the context of the project.
YouthWork360 is an innovative strategic project that will provide educational tools for youth workers in Virtual Reality technology. The aim of the project is to develop, use and disseminate five innovative educational tools for youth workers and to inform about the opportunities offered through international youth mobilities and non-formal learning through the production of VR video content.
– To support the acquisition of appropriate skills and competences at a high level for beginner youth workers by providing them with new learning tools and to young people who, through modern tools, will participate in international mobility within the Erasmus + program by preparing and recording 15 Virtual Reality (VR) technology video manuals.
– Creation of innovative teaching and learning methods and the development of teaching and learning materials and tools using information and communication technology (ICT)
– Promote quality youth work through exchanges of experience between partner organizations and youth workers related to them, and create a catalog of the 15 most interesting and effective workshop tools that allow people with disabilities or those with fewer opportunities to be included.
– Supporting youth workers in developing and exchanging effective ways to reach marginalized young people. By preparing and recording VR material that will allow virtual participation in the project of international youth exchanges and informing about non-formal education, the Erasmus + program and the Youthpass
– Carry out extensive promotion of tools developed within the project, including international education fairs.
– 5 video manuals showing Energizer’s in Virtual Reality technology;
– 5 video manuals demonstrating Teambuilding-type workshop work in Virtual Reality technology;
– 5 video manuals showing workshop work on cultural diversityand solidarity in Virtual Reality technology and its inclusion on the Internet and mobile applications;
– Mobile application for smartphone with direct access to VR material produced within the project.
The project will have three international project meetings and three youth workers mobility. The project will achieve high visibility, among others by participating in international educational fairs.
“Women empowerment through sport” (WEtS) is a 24 month Capacity Building in the field of Youth project coordinated by the Bulgarian organization “Champions Factory”, with MVNGO in the role of a partner organization. The project involves an international Consortium of 6 organisations from Europe (Bulgaria and Italy), Africa (Kenya and Tanzania) and Asia (Nepal and Cambodia).
Gender discrimination and inequality is a well known structural phenomenal of endemic proportion in both Europe and the world. The patriarchal character distinguishing family relations and social structures in the involved countries, combined with a widely diffused conservative mindset on local level, acts as a further driver of social sanction to the phenomena of discrimination, stereotyping and abuse at risk of perpetuating itself through being transmitted to younger generations.
The project aims at developing, testing and spreading new educational methodologies for women empowerment through Sport with the aim to enhance the capacity of the partner organisations and beyond.
– To rise awareness of the importance of empowerment of young women
– To share, transfer, improve and develop tools and working Empowerment through Sport methods
– To train youth workers and leaders through non formal education on how to use sport to empower young women
– Through Participation the youth workers will develop knowledge, understanding and basic skills that promote and encourage women empowerment, while understanding the educational benefits of sport and physical activity.
– To break stereotypes
– To promote cultural and ethnic values and break gender stereotypes
– To create a web-page, handbook with good practices(programs and workshops) and a video, that can be used by both: the partner organisations and all organisations working in the field.
WEtS foresees the following activities:
1- Kick-off Meeting at Sofia (Bulgaria)
Participants: 18 youth workers (3 per partner organization)
2- Training Course “Sport-the power of women empowerment” at Nairobi (Kenya)
Participants: 24 (4 Youth workers per partner organization)
3- Job Shadowing “Football for Empowerment” in Cambodia Phnom Penh)
Participants: 2 youth workers and youth leaders per partner organization will be hosted by the Cambodian partner.
4- Awareness-Raising Campaign at the local level in each partner country
Participants: The Campaign wil be deploye through conferences, events and seminars. The aim is to reach out to at least 80 persons per country.
5- Leaders’ Transnational Meeting at Kathmanduu (Nepal)
Participants: 18 leaders (3 per partner organization)
6- Youth Exchange “Youth Power” at Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania)
Participants: 36 participants (4 per partner)
7- Closing Conference “Women empowerment through Sport” at Sassari (Sardinia)
Participants: 18 youth workers and youth leaders (1 Youth worker and 2 leaders per partner organization)
MVNGO is a partner in the context of the Erasmus + Sport Collaborative Partnership “European Everyday of Sport” coordinated by the Bulgarian NGO “BulSport”, with the contribution of an international Consortium of 7 NGOs from 7 European countries (Bulgaria, Italy, Croatia, Hungary, Lithuania , Poland, Slovakia), operating in the fields of Sport, youth and education. The project will have a total duration of 24 months.
The project aims to improve the sharing of good practices– a priority of the Erasmus + program- identify and promote good practices from the first and second editions of the European Week of Sport as well as encourage participation in Sport and physical activity. The most specific topic of this strategic partnership will be to develop, identify, promote and share good practices.
The current collaborative partnership will carry out various activities at local, national and international levels. It will focus on the collection, development, identification, analysis and sharing of good practices for the promotion of sport and physical activity in Europe and worldwide that can be easily implemented in the work of experts in the aforementioned fields . The project will also focus on the activities implemented in the first and second edition of the “European week of sport” and will collect all the good practices developed in 2015 and 2016 in the member countries. These tools will be very useful in planning the next editions of the EWoS as well as other events to promote physical activity as a means of raising awareness about its health related benefits through laying the grounds for greater participation and equal access, with the ultimate goal of enhancing engagement in Sport for all.
All the activities implemented during the project will be functional to the need to reach out with a particular attention to specific groups and to exploit this opportunity to promote a movement transversal to the various categories and aimed at making physical activity and sport parts of life daily life of an increasing number of people in Europe.
As noted on previous occasions, the tools to make Europe a “nation in motion” are not yet in the vanguard in terms of effectiveness, as can be deduced from the 2009 and 2014 “Eurobarometer” data. This need is the crucial issue that this Consortium will try to deal with addressing different target groups (children, young people, workers, old people, people living in cities and small villages, etc.), emphasizing physical activity as “positive medicine” for personal, professional and social development of individuals.
The Presentation of Executive Director of MVNGO at the final Conference in Sofia
“Agro-Tourism Itineraty to Sustainable Change” (ATISC) is an Erasmus Plus Capacity Building Youth project at enhancing Agro-Tourism as a driver of youth employability, social solidarity and environmental sustainability in disadvantaged rural communities in Europe and the Western Balkans by means of strengthening the base of competences and networking of youth NGOs and operators, youngsters and local stakeholders in the field of sustainable Agro-Tourism solutions.
The project is coordinated by the Kosovan organization “Let’s Do It Peja!”, with MVNGO as a partner organization and member of an international Consortium of 6 organizations from Kosovo, Italy, FYROM, Albania, Spain and Serbia.
Rural areas in both European and West Balkans are generally characterized by fewer opportunities for young people in socioeconomic terms. Deprivation suffered by rural youngsters is multifaceted and linked to a varied array of structural issues, among which geographical isolation, poor infrastructure and communication, lower levels of economic activity both caused by and connected to a lower level of public/private investment, insufficient infrastructure of counselling and support to business/employability, in particular for young people.
The compelling necessity and profitability of an adjustment can nowhere be better observed than in the fast-growing Agro-Tourism industry, wherein the local endowment of local resources and typical products/businesses comes to be declined as the centerpiece of specific tourism products/itineraries embedded in local realities. Recent Agro-Tourism trends show that Agro-Tourism offer and practice need to deeply embed factors of environmental, cultural and economic sustainability in a balanced approach to ensure a benefit to the community, the territory as well as a guarantee of the quality of the offer itself towards customer audiences.
The project involves the following activities:
1-Kick-off Meeting at Peja (Kosovo)
Participants: 12 youth workers, 2 per organizzazion
2- Training Course “The Agro-Tourist Challenge” at Peja (Kosovo)
Participants: 24 youth workers and youth leaders (4 per organization)
3- Training Course “A Green Stake” at Sassari (Italy)
Participants: 24 youth workers e youth leaders (4 per organization)
4- Local Activity phase in all partner countries
Participants: 25 disadvantaged youngsters in each partner country
5) Local Stakeholder Conferences in al partner countries
Participants: 25 disadvantaged rural youngsters aged 18-25 and 50 stakeholders in each partner country
6) Creation of a project Web Platform
7) Final Evaluation Meeting at Sassari
Partecipanti: 12 youth worker (2 per organization)