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).
– 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.
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.
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.
“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.
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).
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.
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.
Among the main challenges European cities are facing today, new patterns of social and spatial inequality are among the most pressing. Furthermore, the impacts of exclusion, displacement, gentrification and other processes associated with urban change are most visible at the neighbourhood level.
The main purpose of the present project is to help empower citizens to more effectively influence local development processes that directly impact on their environments.
All over Europe, citizen participation is often hindered by a lack of information, a lack of 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 tools that can help them overcome barriers to participation.
Our project involves the creation of a game based tool simulating neighbourhood participation to be used in training and teaching activities targeted at empowerment of citizens.
The main target group of EUrbanities project is therefore composed by trainers and teachers who are actively working in different fields of education, related to empowerment of citizens and citizen participation: trainings of people working “on the field” as social workers, local development agents, etc; trainings in adult education or for youth for active citizenship.
In order to achieve this main product EUrbanities project will follow a three years long project cycle organised in three main phases:
1. construction of the knowledge: experience evaluations on neighborhood level development programs
2. creation of the game tool: identification of scenarios of participation and the creation of an interactive online game facilitating the simulation of these scenarios
3. promotion and sustainability of the game tool: development of a list of pedagogical recommendations and of a Product Dissemination Plan.
Along these three main phases, the main outcomes of the project will be as follows:
1. An ebook and a printed booklet presenting the experience evaluations and the methods used
2. An ebook and a printed booklet presenting the identified scenarios of citizen participation and the methods of simulation games
3. An online game tool facilitating the simulation of participation in training
4. A list of pedagogical recommendations for the use of the game tool in trainings and teaching
5. A Product Dissemination Plan identifying the activities needed for the sustainable extension of the use of the tool EUrbanities will be built around different types of interactive transnational meetings and training sessions: transnational meetings for the presentation and exchange of experience evaluations, transnational meetings for the practical simulation of scenarios of citizen participation, two training courses and transnational meetings for the experimentation of the tool. The project will be closed by a large multiplier event.
Teaching and learning activities will be continuously present in the project via non formal and formal training.
The lead partners’ consortium will engage 7 members. As a common background, they are all engaged in urban and social issues, with a particular focus on questions of locality, civil participation, social aspects of urban development.
However, the consortium’s various approaches, activities and organizational forms reflect different remits and approaches:
1.institutional (basic) research (higher education);
2.locally embedded action research (vocational, primary and secondary education);
3.intercultural dialogue activities and trainings (non-formal and adult education) as well as further special focuses on e-media, web development and game producing.
The project lead partner is Comparative Research Network (Germany) who has a sound experience in multidisciplinary research as well as in the organisation of international workshops and trainings in intercultural dialogue, digital storytelling, action research on bordering processes. The partners are: Association for Urban Transition (Romania), Euro-Net (Italy), Institute of Urban Development (Poland), Mine Vaganti NGO (Italy), Regional Research Institute (Hungary) and UrbanisTimo (Finland).
EUrbanities will have a direct impact on approximately 4000 people including participants of meetings and trainings, visitors of the project web site and the project’s sites on the social media, readers of articles on the project and of course those who consult the project’s results.
As the main indirect effect played by the project is on urban neighbourhoods where local development projects take place (or will take place), we may presume that the indirect impact of the project have long-term relevance for a large section of the EU’s population.
The sustainability of the project’s results and the extension of its use on further stakeholders in other countries is at the core of the dissemination plan of the project. The Product Dissemination Plan will identify the main actions needed for the extension and sustainability of the game tool and all stakeholders will be invited to sign it and to commit themselves in some of the identified actions.
The main objective of the WEEELABS project was the creation of a strategic partnership between organizations with experience in the social field, for working and learning together exploring new opportunities for employability of youth in a situation or at serious risk of exclusion, through:
● the development of a non-formal education methodology adapted from technological innovation contexts (FabLab – Fabrication Laboratories) and based on the principle of “learning by doing” to provide these youngsters with socio-occupational / pre-employment skills.
● the analysis of the reuse of electrical waste and electronic equipment as a niche for generating social enterprises or social intra-entrepreneurial initiatives in organizations committed to finding solutions to difficulties of youth at risk of social exclusion.
Therefore the targeted group was formed by the following profile: young people with diverse circumstances that share specific elements of their territory and local context, such as expectations and difficulties in integrating into the social and productive system, but with common educational and integration needs. To facilitate their social integration and incorporation in the labour market, the project partners have identified the recovery and recycling of electrical waste and electronic equipment (WEEEs) as an opportunity for the labour incorporation and social integration of these young people, in line with the European Directive on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment.
This is an opportunity of employability that could be realized with the creation of new social enterprises or / and intra-entrepreneurial projects in organizations. In this sense, WEEELABS will explore a new way of non-formal education processes, tailored and specifically oriented at our targeted group of young people in situation or at serious risk of exclusion, both to serve as specific training in handling, recycling and recovery of waste electrical and electronic equipment -not yet reflected in formal education system- and the development of core basic skills (spoken language, reading comprehension and calculation) and transversal skills (problem solving, teamwork, organization of work, creative thinking and follow-up instructions …).
That new way is the validation of the WeeeLabs as an adapted FabLab model.
These Fabrication Laboratories were promoted by the Massachusetts Institute Technology (MIT) as workshops / learning communities in digital design and manufacturing scale for personal or local use (usually with 3D printing technologies, precision laser cutters and moulding and milling tools).
Mine Vaganti NGO is official partner of the K2 Youth “Fit2Fit” which involves NGOs from Portugal, Croatia and Italy. The project is coordinated by the Portuguese organization IUNA.
The Fit2Fit project will run from February 2015 to December 2016. The project is complex, but, at the same time ambitious, as it aims to study and survey good practices for social inclusion through sport at a national and international level.
The title of the campaign is a play on the word “FIT” which in English has two different meanings. In this context it conveys two messages:
1) the idea of being physically in form and “fit”.
2) the idea of being included and part of society. In this case, the underlying idea that is through sport it is possible “fit in” or include young people in society.
In this way, it is intended to focus in the areas of creating soft skills, youth employment, social entrepreneurship, innovation, training, network interconnection, healthy behaviors, inter-relational dialogue, inclusion or social action, among others.
–Sport promotion as a vehicle for professional and personal growth, and civic participation of university students through their qualifications to draw up social entrepreneurship projects;
-Theoretical and practical training of 30 young volunteers (young people with fewer opportunities) in each participating country. They are those who will perform all sport actions to promote this project: 9 Seminars (100 training hours), 270 people;
-Carry through 9 Fit2Fit seminars in 9 higher education institutions (5 in Portugal, 2 in Croatia and 2 in Italy);
-Elaboration and spreading of a handbook of Good Practices.
The projects design will allow to involve about 3.000 young people with fewer opportunities. The monitoring of this project will be done through the Fit2Fit Platform, a webpage where it will be possible to find all the information regarding the project, including technical information, and information about the participants, the partners, public and private researchers.
The final stage consists in the dissemination of the results, through two major events:
Education through Sport Days (3rd edition) and Inclusion through Sport Congress (4th edition). Draw up a handbook of good practices is the last step. This manual will summarize the entire project, contain the ID good practices projects created in the course of Fit2Fit campaign, and the evaluation and dissemination of the final results.
This project relies on national partners, such as the National Plan of Ethics in Sport, Coimbra Education School, Coimbra Nursing School, but also European partners, such as Mine Vaganti (Italy) and Riječki Sportski Savez (Croatia). It is funded by the Erasmus + Programme, under Key Action 2: in particular through the application supported in action 2: Strategic Partnerships.
IUNA ASSOCIATION – Project promoter and coordinator
NATIONAL PLAN OF ETHICS IN SPORT – Government partner
COIMBRA EDUCATION SCHOOL – Academic partner
COIMBRA NURSING SCHOOL – Academic Partner
MINE VAGANTI (Italy) – European partner
RIJEČKI SPORTSKI SAVEZ (Croatia) – European partner