Training Course: Youthful Europe – EECA edition

Dates: 27 March – 1 April 2017

Venue: Tbilisi, Georgia

Eligible are 24 participants coming from: Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme countries,

Eastern Partnership countries, Russian Federation

Application deadline: 5th February 2017

The activity provides youth work practitioners with a space to explore and critically reflect different approaches towards Europe through identity, values and active participation, and to promote the notion of Europe as an opportunity.

Description

The concept of Europe has been for many synonymous with modernity, affluence and civic values, such as democracy, and respect for human rights. These notions have long constituted the common narrative of Europe, despite of much destabilising political and societal turmoil in the past. Therefore the mere idea of Europe has been a crucial catalyst for the sense of shared identity and interdependency in the continent.

However, following the recent economic and socio-political challenges, the sense of belonging in, and commitment to Europe has begun to unravel, evoking political extremism and xenophobia. Consequently, the idea of unified Europe has begun to represent a threat instead of an opportunity for many young people, who are struggling for economic independence and self-actualisation in the midst of accumulating uncertainties.

The learning programme “Youthful Europe” is an initiative of the Austrian, German and Polish National Agencies for the Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme and the three regional SALTO Centres (SEE, EECA and Euromed) responding to a need to address the European dimension in youth work and to promote the empowerment of young people taking an active role in envisaging future Europe.

The initiative has a long-term perspective consisting of semi-annual activities (including a residential training course with an e-learning phase) implemented in the regions of Partner Countries within the Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme neighbouring the European Union: Western Balkans, Eastern Partnership countries and Russian Federation and South-Mediterranean countries, as well as the development of an e-learning tool to better enable youth work practitioners to address the topic of Europe with young people. More information on the project is here available.

This call for participants is targeting youth work practitioners interested in taking part in the learning programme focusing on the topic of Europe with specific aspects in relation to the Eastern Partnership countries and Russian Federation.

The programme consists of 2 e-learning phases and a residential training course in Georgia, 27.03-01.04.2017. The online part takes place in a closed e-learning platform set up for this activity.

– e-Learning: 4 modules before the residential and 2 modules after
– Residential: 4 days training course + arrival and departure days

The e-learning phases are an integral part of the course and applicants must be prepared to be fully engaged in both the e-learning and residential in order to be considered for this learning programme.

Aim and objectives

The aim of the learning programme is to provide youth work practitioners with a possibility to explore and critically reflect on different approaches towards Europe through three of its constitutive elements: identity, values and active participation and further inspire young people to see Europe as an opportunity.

Objectives:

-to provide the participants with an opportunity to express and review their thoughts and feelings of Europe;

-to discover diverse perceptions on Europe and concrete realities of youth work and young people in European communities;

-to develop insight on personal identity and values and develop understanding on how they are reflected in the European context;

-to deepen the understanding of what means to be an active citizen in Europe and stimulate creative approaches of practicing it;

-to discover different approaches of non-formal education towards opening perspectives and supporting young people in using Europe as an opportunity;

-to motivate participants to use the possibilities offered by the Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme.

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Costs

 

This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme.

Being selected for this course, all costs (accommodation, travel, visa, etc.) relevant to participation in the course will be covered by the NAs or SALTO involved in this project – except insurance cost which is your individual responsibility.

Please contact your Erasmus+ Youth in Action NA to learn more about the financial details, and how to arrange the booking of your travel tickets and the reimbursement of your travel expenses.

For selected participants from Eastern Partnership Country or Russia – your travel costs will be covered and there is no participation fee.

Application

 

Organizer:

SALTO Eastern Europe and Caucasus Resource Centre

Co-organizers:

Polish National Agency of Erasmus+ Programme

Interkulturelles Zentrum, Austria – National Agency

Jugend für Europa, Germany – National Agency

Phone: +48 224

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Available downloads: Programme of activities.pdf

Contact for questions:

Marina

E-Mail: mmakarenko@frse.org.pl

Before applying please contact the NA of your residence country to check if it is involved in this concrete project and committed to cover travel costs. NB! Learn about possible participation fee and other relevant rules.