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Training Course: War Games

Dates: 16-24 June 2018

Venue: Castiglione in Teverina (VT), Italy

Eligible are 24 participants coming from: Belgium – DE, Belgium – FL, Belgium – FR, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Slovak Republic, United Kingdom

Application deadline: 15th April 2018

Are you curious to explore games as learning tools to develop political participation, inclusion and non violent communication? Would you like to learn how to introduce tips and principles of “gamification” in your educational work? Then, the game is on!

General Description

“War Games” is 7 days residential training course on Game-Based Learning promoted by Cooperativa Sociale Muovimente. The course aims to explore games and gaming methodologies of different types and on different platforms (social games, role playing games, boardgames, video and digital games, creativity expression exercises)
and their application in educational activities.

The project will take place in Sermugnano, a small village in central Italy, from the 16th to the 24th of June 2018 (travel days included). It will involve 24 participants and 3 trainers from 8 different European countries (Italy, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Slovakia, Belgium, Poland and UK).

The objectives of the training course are:
• to define a positive approach to leadership and develop related skills;
• to explore games as learning tools to develop political participation, inclusion and non violent communication;
• to introduce tips and principles of “gamification” in education and training, and to discuss potential negative side effects;
• to empower trainers, youth workers and leaders to increase young people’s participation to political life, reduce radicalization and xenophobia, promote a less violent society – and endow them with applicable tools.

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Costs

 

The project has been financed by the Erasmus+ programme.

The costs related to accommodation and food will be completely covered by the hosting organisation and the travel costs will be covered according to the Erasmus+ standards (for more detailed informations on this point, please check the infoletter attached).

Participants will be asked to contribute with a participation fee of 50€.

Application

 

Organizer:

Cooperativa Sociale Muovimente – NGO

Phone: N/A

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Available downloads: InfoPack War Games.pdf

Contact for questions:

Mafalda Morganti

E-Mail: wargames.training@gmail.com

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Training Course: Drop-In

Dates: 22-27 May 2018

Venue: Latvia

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

Application deadline: 25th March 2018

This training course (TC) aims to enhance the capacity of teachers and youth workers in supporting learning process, social inclusion, empowerment and motivation of potential school drop-outs.

General Description

There are many reasons why some young people give up education and training prematurely. This might lead to several negative side-effects such as frustration, mistrust in themselves and in institutions, social exclusion, unemployment, poverty and poor health and in extreme cases criminality and radicalization.

To support the learning process of these youngsters efficiently and stimulate their motivation in education, both teachers and youth workers need new educational methods, strategies and approaches: more comprehensive and learner centred. These should help to create the right environment, in order to stimulate and facilitate young people in articulating their own hopes, goals, dreams and ways of learning which may help them to find their way in today’s society by means of education.

Non-formal methods, which are normally used in youth field but are still rare in schools, may provide this kind of educational environment. Furthermore, they may help young people to develop and acquire soft-skills and competences, useful to cope with the fast changes of the real world and to empower themselves.

Target groups are teachers and youth workers who work with 14 to 18 year old youngsters, who want to have an impact on potential school leavers to boost their learning curve – either inside or outside school- and who want to share and learn in an international group of like-minded. Participants can come from program countries.

General objective of this TC:
enhance the capacity of youth workers and teachers in their support of the learning process, social inclusion, empowerment and motivation of potential school drop-outs.

Specific objectives:
– to gain new perspectives, understand and learn from the intercultural and European differences in relation to potential school drop-outs;
– to ensure a better recognition of the role of the main actors involved in the youngsters’ learning process (i.e. teachers, youth worker, educators, family etc.);
– to identify and share educational methods to prevent school drop-out and to raise young people’s motivation in education.

During this TC participants will be able to:
– increase knowledge on the reasons/consequences for dropping-out school and for lack of motivation in education;
– understand better the role of youth worker, teachers, educators and other stakeholders in young people’s learning process;
– develop sensitiveness and skills in identifying and paying attention to different ways of learning;
– increase capacity in identifying and understanding learners’ needs;
– understand and facilitate youngsters’ learning process;
– identify efficient educational methods/strategy to increase young people’s motivation in education.

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Costs

 

This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme TCA 2017 budget.

Being selected for this course, all costs (accommodation, travel, visa etc.) relevant to participation in the course will be covered by the NAs involved in this project – except a participation fee which varies from call to call and country to country.

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.

Application

 

Organizer:

Latvian National Agency

Phone: +371 67356289

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Available downloads: InfoPack Drop-In.pdf

Contact for questions:

Sanda Roze

E-Mail: sanda.roze@jaunatne.gov.lv

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.

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Training Course: Youth work against violent radicalization. The role of democratic competences – part 1

Dates: 9-12 April 2018

Venue: Utøya, Norway

Eligible are 25 participant coming from: Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme countries

Application deadline: 5th March 2018

A training aiming to teach how building democratic competences can be used in youth work to prevent violent radicalisation. Participants should be active in youth work and wish to train other youth workers.

General Description

Youth work is often challenged to respond to the rising extremism in Europe. Prevention of radicalization is one of the priorities of the Erasmus+ Programme and it is a political priority set during the Slovak presidency of EU.

Through building positive relationships, youth workers play an important role in supporting the self-development of young people. However, youth workers often lack effective tools and strategies to deal with extremism and violent radicalization in their everyday practice.

We will build on a model of Democratic competences developed by the Council of Europe and explore how building these competences can strengthen the resilience of youth against violent radicalisation.

The training aims to give participants an understanding of democratic competences. It will provide concrete tools for use in everyday youth work and the capacity to train other youth workers in these tools.

The training will take place on Utøya. On 22 July 2011, 69 young people lost their lives and many more were wounded by a terrorist attack on a youth camp at this island. Utøya symbolizes how important it is to defend and shape democracy every day.

This makes Utøya a special place for young people to reflect on what democracy means to them, what challenges our democracies face and how young people can promote democratic values and practices. Today, Utøya hosts a new learning centre which offers trainings to young people in Norway and the rest of Europe.

The training will be followed by an international training for youth workers hosted by NA SK (Youth work against violent radicalization: The role of democratic competences – focus on V4 countries) during which some of our participants will get a chance to implement their training activities in the role of junior trainers. (Participation in the training for youth workers hosted by Slovak NA is not mandatory.)

Objectives:

To train youth workers who wish to train others on how to build democratic competences through youth work, and how this could help to prevent violent radicalisation.

The training will enable participants to:
• Build educational concepts based on:
– human rights education and education for democratic competences,
– approaches to prevent violent radicalisation in different national/regional contexts,
– needs of youth workers in different types of youth work.
• Utilize available educational resources developed by the Council of Europe and the European Commission in the field of human rights education.
• Understand and consider the specific political and social realities of violent radicalization in their region to target the main factors influencing young people to enter radical groups.
• Train youth workers in their country/region with the aim to raise the quality of youth work activities, prepare youth workers to build resilience to violent radicalization, foster democratic competences in individual youth and create a democratic culture in their communities.

Profile of participants:

• Active youth workers who regularly work with young people (in Youth organisations, Low-threshold community centres, social centres) and aspire to become trainers or supervisors for other youth workers
• Trainers of youth workers who provide trainings for youth workers in their country and would like to develop their training competences in HRE/EDC and prevention of radicalization
• Participants who are willing to develop their training concepts based on the national context and needs of local youth work.
• Participants who are motivated to implement the training concepts in their region and to offer training activities for youth workers or future youth workers.

Methodology:

The training will link together: the history of Utøya, the model of Competences for Democratic Culture developed by Council of Europe and approaches to prevent violent extremism through youth work and non-formal education.

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Costs

 

This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme (TCA 2018) budget.

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 a participation fee which varies from call to call and country to country.

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.

Application

 

Organizer:

Erasmus+ Aktiv Ungdom, Norwegian National Agency

Co-organizer:

Iuventa – Slovak Youth Institute – National Agency

European Wegeland Center – NGO

Phone: +47 466 161 46

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Contact for questions:

Erlend Sand Bruer

E-Mail: ErlendSand.Bruer@bufdir.no

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.

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Conference: Roma in the past and today

Dates: 25-28 February 2018

Venue: Skopje, FYROM

Eligible are 25 participants coming from: Albania, Austria, Belgium – DE, Belgium – FL, Belgium – FR, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom

Application deadline: 31st January 2018

In many totalitarian countries minorities were not considered of the perfect race, or did not fit into the ideology of the totalitarian societies. The Roma were seen by the Nazis as being inferior, they were not as good a human being as the superior race and in October 1939 all Roma were ordered to be sent to concentration camps.

General Description

During this period, Roma were subjected to genocide and totally denied of their civil rights. All these years, it was not spoken much about the Roma and Sinti Holocaust during the World War II. Discrimination against them and violation of their rights are still prevalent in today’s Europe.

Methodology

The conference is envisaged to give introduction to the Roma Holocaust and HRE topic. The methodology is based on NFE methods: using manuals such as: Right to Remember, T-Kit-Social Inclusion, Compass etc. groups work, brainstorming, wall writing, association game, discussion, debate, simulation, audiovisual techniques.

Profile of the Participants

Present will be Roma and non-Roma youth leaders, activists, multipliers, and volunteers who are working with young and/or Roma youth.

Participants must also:

• be familiar with the situation and challenges of the Roma community in their country
• be motivated to develop their competences in advocacy, anti-discrimination work, human rights and to share their experiences with other participants

• be aged 18 +
• be committed to attend for the full duration of the course
• be able to work in English
• be resident in one of the European countries, Albania, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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Costs

 

This project is NOT financed by the Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme.

The organizers cover the costs for accommodation, board and any program-related costs.

Travel costs are reimbursed during the seminar or afterwards by bank transfer based on a fully presented travel reimbursement claim (flight bookings, boarding tickets, invoices, bus/train tickets), based on the cheapest means and up to a certain amount:

– Western Europe max. 250 Euro,
– Central and Eastern Europe max 200 €;
– Albania, Serbia; Bosnia and Herzegovina: return bus ticket price

Cheaper tickets will be one of the criteria in selection process. For questions contact the organizers.

The accommodation is going to be in WIP Hotel in Skopje – city center, FYROM

There is no participation fee.

Application

 

Organizer:

Roma Youth Center – NGO

Phone: N/A

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Available downloads: InfoPack Roma in the Past & Today.pdf

Contact for questions:

Senad Sakipovski

E-Mail: info.marandost@gmail.com

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Training Course: Too many news – my own views

Dates: 3-11 February 2018

Venue: Lviv, Ukraine

Eligible are 30 participants coming from: Cyprus, FYROM, Greece, Jordan, Serbia, Turkey

Application deadline: 14th January 2018

The project aims at examining critically media discourses in our countries and analysing the role and impact of mass media messages in creating a stereotypical image of particularly vulnerable social groups, e.g. migrants and various social minorities.

General Description

Mass media is a powerful force in forming our perception of reality. The recent technological developments have brought profound changes to the way we access and consume news. Today every person connected to the Internet can post information, pictures, videos and comments which can go viral.

This means that they can potentially reach millions of people around the world and influence their attitude to a given issue. The digital revolution can empower but this power comes with great responsibility. In various parts of Europe and neighboring countries young people face different challenges related to media literacy, i.e. exposure to media bias, hate speech, cyberbullying, grassroots xenophobia propagated by media and social networks.

How to stay informed but to avoid misinformation? How to distinguish between reliable information and various forms of propaganda? How to confront and counter hate speech online?

We would like to carry out this project to empower youth workers and activists to become conscious media consumers, to apply their critical thinking skills and to contribute to more inclusive and tolerant societies through non-formal education methods.

The project aims at examining critically media discourses in our countries and analysing the role and impact of mass media messages in creating a stereotypical image of particularly vulnerable social groups, e.g. migrants (labour migrants, involuntary migrants, refugees, IDPs) and various social minorities (racial, ethnic, cultural, and sexual).

The participants for this training course will include youth workers and youth leaders who are committed to countering radicalisation and hate speech; work with marginalised youth, particularly refugees and asylum seekers; and/or have first-hand experience of challenges of social or cultural integration (youth activists with migrant or refugee background).

The program will be based on non-formal education methodology and will be tailored to meet participants’ learning needs. Theoretical input will be combined with interactive activities and tools for youth empowerment.

As a result of the training course, youth workers, youth activists and youth leaders will be able to analyse critically the techniques, conventions, and language used by the media and the messages they convey.

They will get a better understanding of how media can positively and negatively influence the diversity and social cohesion in the society and will learn to identify, challenge or avoid media content that might be offensive and harmful. Upon finishing the course, the participants should be able to serve as multipliers in their respective organisations and societies.

Our short-term goals are to develop critical thinking skills of youth workers and leaders, to increase their awareness about the importance of responsible media consumption, and to empower them to counter stigmatization messages formulated by mass media. We also envisage developing strategies, materials, and guidelines which can be later used for basic media literacy training for young people.

The potential longer-term benefits include initiating positive changes in participating countries by decreasing the level of hate speech, racism, and xenophobia particularly spread through social media networks.

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Costs

 

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

Travel costs will be reimbursed 100% within the limit of 275 euros per participant.

Being selected for this course, accommodation and lodging (breakfast-lunch and dinner) will be 100% covered by the host organisation.

There is no participation fee.

Application

 

Organizer:

European Ways – NGO

Co-organizer:

STELLA – NGO

Phone: +380977156420

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Contact for questions:

Kateryna Nefidova

E-Mail: projects@ngo-stella.org

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Study Visit: Integration of young refugees in youth work

Dates: 18-21 April 2018

Venue: Sweden

Eligible are 25 participants coming from: Belgium – FL, Belgium – FR, Norway, Sweden

Application deadline: 28th January 2018

The study visit wants to inspire youth workers working or motivated to work with young refugees, newly arrived young migrants and asylum seekers. Visits to Swedish good practices, sharing of experiences and ideas for project development on a local level.

Description

Youth work organisations can be one of the important actors in the integration of young refugees. They offer opportunities for the young refugee to learn new competences, gaining self-confidence and a feeling of belonging in this new country.

At the same time they can support awareness raising about refugees by working on connecting local communities with young refugees and as such strengthen acceptance and decrease xenophobia of the local communities towards ‘the unknown refugees’.

There are many initiatives going on to integrate young refugees. The challenge for youth work organisations is to not re-invent wheels, but connect successful initiatives and share and learn from each other.

This study visit is organised by four National Agencies: NA Belgium-FL (coordinating NA), NA Sweden (host), NA Belgium-FR and NA Norway. It wants to offer a space to 25 youth workers from the 3 involved countries to exchange good practices on a local level, learn from identified successful projects and each others experiences and bring back inspiration and new ideas for successful local projects back home that will benefit the integration of refugees.

Aim and Objectives:
This study visit aims at empowering and inspiring youth workers and others working or motivated to work directly with young refugees, newly arrived young migrants and/or asylum seekers to get them integrated in the local communities by sharing good practices and inspiration for new ideas and formulating concrete steps.

The objectives are:
– To reflect on the own local reality of integrating young refugees into local communities and identifying needs, challenges and good practices for working with young refugees.
– To exchange good practices (projects, methods, activities) of youth work in how to integrate young refugees into local communities
– To explore local good practices of Swedish youth organisations in how to integrate young refugees into local communities
– To get inspired and create own ideas for the integration of refugees within the own local youth work context and to formulate concrete next steps.
– To explore how Erasmus+ can be used as a tool for the integration of refugees.

The study visit fits into a pathway with different phases, set up by each involved NA:
1) National preparation meeting in January or February 2018 where the participants will get to know each other on local level and will be informed on the opportunities offered by the Erasmus+ Youth in Action programme and the European Solidarity Corps and on the support offered by the NA.
2) Study visit to Sweden in April 2018
3) Follow-up phase on national level by the NA: support in project development, offer other (international) training opportunities,

This pathway allows the study visit to fully focus on sharing concrete good practices, getting inspiration and creating new ideas on how your youth work can contribute concretely to the development and integration of refugees. The study visit will not be directly focused on writing new project proposals, but will allow partner finding and developing first project ideas.

Profile of the participants:

If you are a..
– A youth worker, social worker or experience expert connected to a youth organisation, youth care institution, … working with or motivated to work directly with young refugees, newly arrived young migrants and/or asylum seekers
– Willing to share your challenges and good practices with other organisations.
– Motivated and able to implement new (international) projects in your local organisation for the integration of young refugees
– Experience with the Erasmus+ Youth in Action programme is not required.

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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 a participation fee which varies from call to call and country to country.

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.

Application

 

Organizer:

NA Belgium-FL – National Agency

Phone: +32 2 209 07 20

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Contact for questions:

Inez Adriaensen

E-Mail: inez.adriaensen@jint.be

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.