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Small Collaborative Sport “Young Ambassadors for Sport and Volunteering”

Young Ambassadors for Sport and Volunteering

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Mine Vaganti NGO coordinates the Collaborative Partnership in the Sport field “Young Ambassadors for Sport and Volunteering” involving an international Consortium of 3 organizazions from Dennmark (TIK Volley), Bulgaria, (BulSport) and Poland (Regional Volunteer Center of Kielce).

The project aims at promoting voluntary activities in sport, together with social inclusion, equal opportunities and awareness of the importance of health-enhancing physical activity through increased participation in, and equal access to, sport for all.

The involvement of volunteers in sports is a key factor to the success and long term sustainability of sport clubs, organizations and events. Sport organizations and clubs all over Europe play a crucial role in encouraging and engaging people to get physically active. Unfortunately, the level of civic involvement in voluntary activities related to sport is still low. An EU Barometer survey indicates that generally only 7 % of the EU citizens engage in volunteering activities in sport.

The project deploys a small collaborative partnership of engaged organization from the 4 angles of EU creating a team of 20 Volunteer Sport Ambassadors, which will operate at the local level, with the support of the organizations “Volunteer Sport Ambassadors” will be trained to raise awareness of healthy lifestyle, promote sport culture and voluntary activities in sport, as well as try to increase participation in volunteering and equal access to sport for all The organizations, through the Volunteer Sport Ambassadors, will carry out various activities in view of awareness about the importance of health-enhancing physical activity through increased participation in, and equal access to, sport for all.

Training Course Bulgaria, May 2017

The YASV Ambassadors

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Capacity Building Youth “Inclusion Through Sport”

Inclusion Through Sport

 

 

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Mine Vaganti NGO coordinates from April 2016 a Capacity Building in the frame of Youth.

The Executive Agency in Bruxelles (EACEA) granted our project “Inclusion Through Sport” (ITS), which will include 12 partners from 4 continents: Italy (Mine Vaganti NGO), Romania (Surf the Earth Project-Step), Bulgaria (Sporten Klub Chempiyns Faktori), Kenya (DAAC International), Senegal (GNO FAR), Cameroon (Global Compassion), Philippines (Palawan State University), Hong Kong-China (The Gymnastics Association of Hong Kong,), India (Baba Bhagwan Dass Educational Society), Guatemala (Techo – Guatemala), Peru (Brigada de Voluntarios Bolivarianos del Peru) and Argentina (Circulo Raices Sardas).

ITS had activities in Senegal, Kenya, Peru, Argentina and Italy: TC, Seminars and Job Shadowings.

A wonderful results for our team of European Project Managers who worked on the idea since almost 2 years.

Moreover, the project intends to foster Sport as a tool of inclusion, to solve interpersonal conflicts among youngsters, to promote tolerance and to assist young people to understand issues of diversity via non formal education.

The ITS intellectual outputs are a Format TC, a Toolkit of ITS Best Practices and the ITS Website.

 

Inclusion Through Sport- Kick off Meeting in Italy

Inclusion Through Sport- Seminar in Senegal

Inclusion Through Sport- Training Course in Argentina

 

Inclusion Through Sport- Job Shadowing in Peru

 

Inclusion Through Sport- Job Shadowing in Senegal

Inclusion Through Sport- Final Conference in Kenya

 

ITS Seminar in Argentina

Format TC ITS Publication

 

 

Handbook ITS FINAL

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Capacity Building Youth “A Path to TranSportAction”

 

A Path to TransportAction

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MVNGO is a partner organization in the Erasmus Plus Capacity Building Youth project “A Path to TranSportAction” (APTSA), coordinated by the Croatian organization “Rijeka Sport’s Association”, The project involves a total of 5 organizations from Europe (Croatia, Italy, Bulgaria) and Latin America (Brazil and Peru), whose main aim is to enhance the capacity of youth organizations and stakeholders in all partner countries and beyond to use Sport in combination with high-end Non Formal Education methodologies for fostering a gender-inclusive approach to Sport practices, contrasting sexism and gender stereotypes and promoting equality and mutual respect among genders in disadvantaged rural areas in Europe and in Latin America.

Low female participation in Sport is an important component of gender-based disadvantage. General prejudice considering Sport as an almost exclusive field of male engagement, coupled by machist self-representations which permeate most Sport sub-culture, is at the same time a telling effect and self-perpetuatinÕg mechanism of gender discrimination. Sport is a powerful educational vehicle for disadvantaged targets to acquire crucial soft skills, transversal skills and positive attitudes of self-confidence and active participation, key components of any grassroots process of empowerment. Through its inner dynamics of peer-interaction and fair competition among people with diverse backgrounds, Sport provides also an invaluable experiential path to promote mutual respect and deconstruct prejudices.

APTSA aims to tackle these phenomena by producing a series of outputs throughout the 24 months of the cooperation:

– A Format TC providing youth operators with knowledge, skills and NFE tools to involve local youth targets (males and females) in educational activities based on Sport and NFE to convey awareness and competences fostering female participation in Sport, rejection of gender stereotypes and respect of gender differences and sensibilities.

– A Youth Exchange testing the methodologies employed in project TC with a representation of final youth targets from each partner country.

– A Local Activities Phase in all partner counties involving local youngsters from disadvantaged rural areas (30 males and 30 females) per each partner country.

– A Web Platform storing the materials produced in the project as e-learning modules.

The project foresees the following activities:

1- Kick-off Meeting at Rijeka (Croatia)

Participants: 10 youth workers (2 per partner organization)

2- Training Course “Another gender of Sport” at Rijeka (Croatia)

Participants: 20 youth workers and leaders (4 per partner organization)

3- Youth Exchange “Playing Together, Living Equality” at Sassari (Italy)

Participants: 30 youngsters aged 18-25 from disadvantaged rural areas (6 per partner country, of whom 3 males and 3 females)

4- Local Activities Phase in all partner countries

Participants: 60 local youngsteers from disadvantaged rural areas (30 males and 30 females) in each partner country

5- Creation of a project Web Platform

6- Final Evaluation Meeting at Porto Alegre (Brazil)

Participants: 10 youth workers (2 per partner country

A first draft of the Manual on Gender Equality through Sport was developed by participants in APTSA

Manual on Gender Equality through Sport- Draft

Participants in APTSA developed original tools of education combining Sport and NFE

Baseball Group Dodgeball with an Edge Human Lego Human Tennis

Activity Day with the youngsters and the local female football team FC Sassari Torres Femminile!

Non-Formal Education Workshop in the school!
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Capacity Building Youth “Art for Social Change”

Art for Social Change

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MVNGO was a partner organization in the Erasmus Plus Capacity Building Youth project “Art for Social Change” coordinated by the Bulgarian organization Open Space, with the participation of 3 partner organizations: Soul-Xpressions (Uganda), Chamwino Arts Center (Tanzania) e Mine Vaganti NGO (Italy).

Aim of the project is to assist organizations in Europe and Africa in developing their capacity to work with young people in solving the wide range of problems they encounter in their lives.

The first edition of the project was from 2014 to 2016, where activities were carried out in Bulgaria and Tanzania. The second edition of the project takes place between 2017 to 2018, with events in Tanzania, Bulgaria, Italy and Kampala (Uganda).

Objectives:
– Creation of tools for the development of leadership skills and key competencies in young people (learning skills, initiative, social and civic competences, digital skills);
– Providing practical work by organizing information campaigns and activities, youth initiatives with international participation and local actions;
– Analysis and recognition of non-formal and independent learning for both young people and youth workers through the promotion of lifelong learning and the dissemination of good practices;
– Promotion of a web-based system for sharing information and educational resources which can be used by the partners in the project and other stakeholders.

Attracted and trained, youth leaders will expand the influence of organizations and succeed in generating change, in helping young people more adequately in the wide range of problems they encounter in their lives.

The project engages young people growing up in poverty and serious risk of leaving school early. Stimulating the development of their imagination, creativity, inner strength and self-confidence, we show how disadvantaged young people can get out of poverty, become active participants in society and lead happy, healthy and productive lives.

The project has a positive effect on social development and entrepreneurship in deprived areas in Europe and Africa, and among groups suffering from scarce access to resources and information, and seeks to provide them with smart, sustainable and inclusive growth to develop the competencies of young people and new skills to fight poverty and cultural isolation.

 

 

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KA2 Adults “Educitizens”

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The EU Youth Strategy seeks to encourage young people to participate in democratic processes and in society. The methods include to develop mechanisms for engaging in dialogue with young people and facilitating their participation in the shaping of national policies and supporting ways of ‘learning to participate’ from an early age.

‘Learning to participate’ includes skills, such as digital literacy, entrepreneurship, project planning and management, social awareness and interaction, allowing young learners to increase their employability.

The proposed project will therefore address the aims of the Paris ‘declaration on promoting citizenship and the common values of freedom, tolerance and non-discrimination through education of 2015, in which the European education minister announced to support political education in order to fight radicalization. Identifying smart practices in training participation and citizenship will help to achieve social, democratic and intercultural skills for learners but as well facilitators. It will increase critical thinking and foster media competences.

All over Europe, citizen participation is often hindered by a lack of information, communication and cooperation between affected stakeholders as well as limited access to knowledge of the options available for voicing local interests. Citizens and stakeholders therefore require an overview of existing training tools and methods that can help overcome those barriers to participation.

However, in the past years a waste number of tools and methods had been developed in the different educational sectors and national systems. We believe that instead of reinventing methods, it will be more productive to evaluate existing tools in all sectors, identify good practices, collect and review them and share them in a specific format. Therefore the project consortium consists out of partner from different education sectors, covering the geographic scope of all of Europe. The project coordinator is Comparative Research Network e.V.And the partners of the Project are Suomen ympäristöopisto SYKLI oy (Finland), Federação das Associações Juvenis do Distrito do Porto (Portugal), Mine Vaganti NGO (Italy), Yildirim Beyazit Universitesi (Turkey), Stowarzyszenie Pastwisko.org (Poland), European Geography Association for Students & Young Geographers (Netherlands).

Concrete situations where the results of the project will have impact are:

Vocational education for people working on the empowerment of citizens especially those with vulnerable rights (ethnical minorities, people suffering from structural poverty, disabled people etc.): social workers, local development agents, civil association members, teachers, and any other professionals

– In adult education where innovative methods are required in order to empower citizens participation in local level programs

– In other teaching situations, such as higher education, primary and secondary school education and youth programs

This capacity building on teachers and trainers will further have an impact on all learners, improving their personal skills and in this way increasing their employability.

Earlier projects by the different partners on good practices proofed that a Trans-national analysis produce results which are highly relevant and transferable, complementary and the fast applicable in other countries. For this reason plus the fact that we are seeking European answers for participation, the project has to be Trans-national.

The project seeks to create an evaluation grid for identifying best practice in citizenship building and collect those practices in a method handbook. This handbook can be understood as a tool-box for trainers, teachers and other facilitators in order to create innovative and tested instructions all over Europe and across all educational sectors. The project will run for two years and will consists out of a number of multinational meetings (each partner will organize one) where good practice methods are presented and discussed.

The grid and the method handbook will be open access and should be used by institutions from all education sectors in formal and non-formal learning. The project can be understood as a pre-assessment of the needs to create and test European curricula in citizenship building. The project target directly trainer and teacher in all educational sectors.

Through sharing good practices of participation and citizenship we seek impact on all administrative, organisational and educative levels. We expect the participants of the project to extend their knowledge on training participation and citizenship and how this is done in Europe.


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KA2 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 Portuguese 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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Small Collaborative Sport “Building healthy Communities, changing opportunities”

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

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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Capacity Building Youth “Youth Agro Empowerment Project”

Youth Agro Empowerment Project


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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.

 

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KA2 Youth “REC Think”

REC Think

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The project coordinator was Asociación ONG de cooperación para o Desevolvemento Galega de Reporteiros Solidarios (Spain), partners of this project were: Contextos Información Estrategia y comunicación SL (Spain), Solidarites Jeunesses MCP (France), Youth Union of People with Initiative Associacao para o Desenvolvimento Social e Comunitario (Portugal) and Mine Vaganti NGO (Italy).

REC–THINK aimed to develop a program to involve rural young people in the process of rethinking themselves and their role in the future of their localities.

To achieve this goal it was used the participatory video as a tool for expression and generation of ideas, in such a way “press REC” was the first step to build sustainable alternatives for young people in their home regions.

Therefore this project aimed for young people to give voice to their region, breaking the geographical isolation and building a collaborative network to strengthen social relationship.

The project aimed to train young people to be active agents in political and economic transformation processes, through the development of digital and communicative skills and support the building of participatory and collaborative citizenship. Particulary emphasis was placed on re-thinking sustainable alternatives for the future of their locality.

Therefore, this project pursued the following specific objectives:

-Develop methodologies and training to promote the empowerment, participation and full development of young people in rural areas in Europe through the participatory video.

-Create a virtual community with tools for exchange of experience, strategies and the creation of a sustainable alternative for rural areas in Europe, with young people and members of organizations active in these areas.

-Preparing young people aware of being active agents in local political processes and economic transformation through the development of digital and communication skills

-Train stakeholders of the participating organizations in the tools and methodologies developed during the project.

 

REC-THINK BLOG

 

 


Kick-off Meeting of the Erasmus Plus KA2 project Rec-Think.

 

Final Conference of the Rec-Think project and virtual address by MVNGO’s President Roberto Solinas.

 

Participatory Video “Green Hostel” created by MVNGO in the frame of the project Rec-Think.

Rec-Think Intellectual Output 1: Methodological Guide for the implementation of innovative strategies that promote the participation of rural Youth: the Participatory Video.

 

Rec-Think Intellectual Output 2: Training Itinerary to improve ICT competences among rural young people.

 

Rec-Think Intellectual Output 3: Methodological Guide for the development of collaborative projects among rural Youth.

 

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