European Council’s Child Consultations on Children’s Rights in the Digital Environment

MVNGO took part in the consultation launched by the Council of Europe in the frame of the priority area “New Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) affect children’s employment of a significant number of fundamental rights guaranteed by the UNCRC, the European Convention on Human Rights and the European  Social Charter. According to the recommendations issued by the UN Committee on Rights of the Child, all children should be able to safely access ICTs and digital media, and be empowered to fully participate, express themselves, seek information and enjoy al the rights enshrined in the UNCRC and its Optional Protocols wothout discrimination of any kind”. The aforementioned priority is part of the Council’s Strategy for the Rights of the Child (2016-2021).

The consultation foresaw a set of consultations with the children and stakeholders at the national level in 8 countries (Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, italy, Romania and Urkraine) .

The consultations took place in the month of April 2017 with the objective of elaborating policy guidelines for EC member States with the purposes of promoting, potecting and fulfilling childrens’ rights in the digital environment. The recommendations elaborated by the youngsters were forwarded to the Committee of Ministers for examination and filetering into a specific thematic resolution with direct impact on young people’s lives.

In this frame, MVNGO carried out the consultations in Italy in a set of activities with the young students of ITC Satta in Nuoro and Istituto Paritario Pitagora in Sassari. The cycle of sessions resulted in the elaboration of two specific documents conteining youngsters’ recommendations to the Council of Europe.

The work of MVNGO at the Italian level received mention within the final Report with the results of the consultation phase elaborated at the level of the Council of Europe.


The recommendations of youth participants to the Council of Europe are integrated in the below documents 

Istituto Paritario Pitagora- Recommendations

Message to Strasbourg- ICT Satta


The report with the results of the general consultations can be accessed at the below link

Report Child Consultations





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Europe For Citizens Town Twinning Telti Purchena

The cities of intercultural dialogue

Mine Vaganti NGO applied on behalf Municipality of Telti an Europe for Citizens Twinning Activity approved by Central Agency in Bruxelles

The project “The cities of intercultural dialogue” was aimed at building a network of partners active in the field of sustanaible tourism in two peripherical Mediterranean cities affected by economic crisis.

The main aims were: to promote transnational cooperation among Italy and Spain, sharing and transfering information, good practice and knowledge on improving the quality of the life in rural areas through tourism through the offer of new employability opportunities for their inhabitants, to create a transnational learning network on sustainable tourism strategies in south regions, to revitalize the flow of tourism by strengthening the involvement of civil society.

Telit and Purchena have many similarities: they belong to a South EC, they share the same Mediterranean culture, they are facing the same problems with the economic crisis, both of them are based in a rather depressed area (affected by geographical isolation: Internal rural areas in Gallura and the region in the deepest south of Spain, Almeria) and their economy is mainly based on agriculture. During the recent past, both of them are facing an incresing phenomenon: youth brain drain. MT and MP share similar traditions and both of them realized a yearly intercultural event based on the promotion of ancient traditions which have become a powerful economic driver throughout the years.

The project consisted in gathering 50 participants of different ages from both municipalities to create a moment of knowledge and mutual understanding and an occasion for exchanging ideas, raising awareness about common issues and studying solutions to common problems, new perspective of employment, discovering respective cultural heritage and having the pleasure to meet each other. Foreseen activities:

-Platform network: intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding through exchanging best practice;

-Creation of a common event

During the physical meeting, the two Municipalities read and signed the Twinning Oath.


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Horizon 2020 Youth Passport 2020

Youth Passport 2020

Mine Vaganti NGO recently presented a project proposal in the frame of the Horizon 2020 programme as the leading partner of a Consortium of 12 partner organizations, Universities, NGOs and corporations.

“Youth Passport 2020″ (YP2020) was a proposal for a long term project with specific attention to European mobility (EM) effects.

Despite looming large on the horizon in European policy discussions on education, training and youth, transnational mobility undertaken for learning purposes remains in many ways a curiously under-researched phenomenon, both from a pedagogical and a sociological perspective.
What is the actual scope of the activities? How many people in Europe (young and old) go abroad for a period of time to acquire new skills, competences and knowledge; in what contexts does this take place; and how is this financed (and by whom)?
And what is the precise rationale for these activities, how are they organized and outcomes recognized, and what is the nature of the interplay between the various programmes, schemes and initiatives?
These are the questions that this project proposal sought to answer.
The proposal focused on learning mobility in mobility schemes outside the European action programmes merged in Erasmus+, and it complements a similar study on mobility in higher education.
These were the main goals of the proposed technical solution:
1. Establish a multi-directional channel to achieve actual interaction among all the policy-making and public decision-making stakeholders (EACEA, National Agencies, businesses, universities, NGOs, young activists associations, etc.) in order to foster collaborative decision making.
2. Offer a comprehensive set of civic engagement services that, unlike conventional approaches, are specifically adapted to young people needs, habits and interests.
3. Define and develop a full set of methodologies that rule the application workflow to ensure that the proposed solution is able to meet the requirements from both ends (i.e. youngsters and policy makers).
4. Define end-to-end methods to follow-up on young people issued reports, from their creation until their processing by public authority representatives.
5. Implement a statistical analysis mechanism.


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Erasmus+ KA3

Erasmus+ KA 3

MINE VAGANTI NGO is working on a project proposal concerning a Structured Dialogue initiative among Young People and Decision Makers to be applied in the frame of Erasmus Plus KA3 “Policy reform, meetings between Young people and decision-makers” for the deadline of 01-10-2018.

The Structured Dialogue proposal aims at involving local administrations and technicians from the Municipalities of Cento, L’Aquila and Olbia, representatives of the Local and National Civil Defence as well as Young people (at least 60 directly, with 200 expected to be indirectly involved in 3 Municipalities) coming from the partner Municipalities and actively involved at the local level in promoting the social and economic development of their territory. The focus of the 3 expected national meetings will be placed on Youth participation, involving youngsters not just as promoters of local cultural initiatives, but as an actual component in challenging situations as post-disaster emergencies.


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Anna Lindh Social Media: the vehicle of a new Democracy held by Youth

Social Media: the vehicle of a new Democracy held by Youth

MVNGO presented in Sardinia  the book “Riscatto Mediterraneo” in cooperation with the Author Gianluca Solera.

There is a strong connection between Democracy and Dialogue. Democracy is first of all participation, as the art of collectively creating an alternative pattern of social relations, that can’t be developed without Dialogue.

Young people from Italy, Spain, Bulgaria, Tunisia, Egypt and Morocco were expected to deal with the topic of how to develop a real active participation through a series of thematic round table/workshop in Italy, taking inspiration from the social movements that in the past 2 years showed to the whole world the existence of a new way to recover the dimension of the social dialogue, and that it’s possible to organize and canalize the energies of the society asking for a more inclusive and equal society: the Arab Spring, the M5S in Italy, the Indignados in Spain, that demonstrate how the request of a real Democracy runs parallel to the request of a social and economic development and it’s strongly based on Social Media strategy.

 After the first phase of analysis and debates, the representatives of the Movements mentioned should have helped the participants to elaborate strategies and global actions in the second phase of the project, that will take place in Tunisia.

The final output of this phase was supposed to be a series of strategies that could be used from NGOs to develop in turn strategies of inclusion to raise youngsters’ participation in their activities; this will contribute to reinforce the activities and the network of NGOs involved and other stakeholder reached by the project.

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Open Society All Equal, All the Same!

“All Equal, all the Same!”

MVNGO will create a social campaign to promote social inclusion called “All equal, all the same!” product by a mixed group of young people (immigrants and locals).

The main aim of the campaign will be to promote the sense of solidarity enhancing the intercultural dialogue, promoting the mutual understanding and the sense of solidarity.

The project objective is the creation of a social campaign (web, poster, flyer, short movie) in which identity the main negative stereotypes and false rumors on immigrants and to raise the awareness on the difficulties to be an immigrants.

The short cut is based on two similar stories: Italian immigrants in the 60’s victim of racism and immigrants victims of racism nowadays (3 different versions according to the three largest immigrants communities).

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United Nations UNDEF Leaders of Tomorrow

Leaders of Tomorrow

The Island of Sardinia is fighting youth unemployment and youth depopulation caused by the lack of job opportunities. Nowadays, youngsters (especially those with higher qualifications) are moving abroad for seeking job provoking desolation and frustration specially in the peripheral areas.

The rest of the youth population is totally demotivated.
Young people are the key factor of the region’s success. Therefore Sardinia needs informed and active youth ready to take on civic responsibility thus ensuring strengthening of our young democracy and civil society in the future. It is therefore essential for the future of Sardinia society to focus on the education of its youth developing their participatory and leadership skills and instigating their activism.

The project Leaders of Tomorrow involved over 450 direct participants and was based on empowerment of youth leaders, teachers and local authority representatives seeking to promote civic activism and participation as core democratic values and tools of civil society.

The main long-term effect of the program was the significant increase in youth involvement in decision-making processes at local level.The multiplier effect was achieved by dissemination of promotional and advocacy materials and media outreach programs reaching over a million viewers.





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