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Conference: Include, Transform, Realise Transnational Forum

Dates: 5-9 May 2018

Venue: Istanbul, Turkey

Eligible are 90 participants coming from: Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme countries

Application deadline: 1st April 2018

It is aimed to reach out both disabled and non-disabled youth workers/leaders, trainers or facilitators in order to improve their capacities of working with young people with disabilities in local/national/international level in terms of Erasmus+ YiA Programme.

General Description

Participants from youth sector will gather in Istanbul for the transnational forum “Include, Transform, Realise”, to discuss how to increase active participation and inclusion of young people with disabilities in Erasmus+ YiA Programme.

The Erasmus+ Programme provides multiple opportunities for all, however young people with disabilities still have a limited access to these opportunities due to several physical and attitudinal barriers.

With the consecutive national and transnational activities planned, it has been aimed to reach out both disabled and non-disabled youth workers, youth leaders, trainers or facilitators in order to improve their capacities of working with young people with disabilities in local/national/international level in terms of Erasmus+ YiA Programme and encourage them to organize inclusive mixed ability group projects.

Specific objectives of the Forum:
-To promote equality, social inclusion and mixed ability youth work in Erasmus+ YiA Programme.

-To develop a better understanding of disability within youth work and create a disability-friendly concept of youth work.

-To focus on abilities rather than disabilities to improve the interaction between young people with and without disabilities.

-To identify and discuss common challenges and propose concrete actions, which would help to address those challenges

-To increase the number and the quality of the youth workers, leaders, trainers and facilitators in youth sector who have high awareness of disability and eager to involve young people with disabilities into youth projects by applying inclusive methodologies.

-To provide an opportunity for the NGOs to deepen the dialogue and advance cooperation and develop sustainable partnerships for the future mixed ability group projects within Erasmus+ YiA Programme.

Forum will consist of panels, workshops, best practices and partnership building activities, and inclusive and accessible non-formal education methodologies will be used.

Target group:
“Active”participants with no age limit (youth workers, youth leaders, youth NGO representatives, youth trainers or facilitators) who can contribute to the thematic focus of the Forum and who have experience or high motivation to work with young people with disabilities. Participants with disabilities are highly encouraged to apply.

The call is open for participants from Erasmus+ Programme countries who;
• can communicate in English (the activities will be held in English as the working language);
• can commit to actively take part in the Forum as well as in the preparation phase, for instance by sharing information on their activities in online spaces, contributing to the Forum design and getting acquainted with relevant background documents;
• can commit to share the experiences and learning gained during the Forum with other interested young people and/or stakeholders

Methodology: Inclusive non-formal education methods will be used based on learning by doing and exchanging of the previous experiences and best practices. Participants are expected to actively take part and contribute to the programme.



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 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.

Note for sending NAs: This activity will be financed with 2017 TCA




Turkish National Agency

Phone: N/A

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Available downloads: Forum’s Programme.pdf

Contact for questions:

TCA Unit

E-Mail: tca@ua.gov.tr

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: New Media and NGOs

Dates: 18-25 February 2018

Venue: Turkey

Eligible are 40 participants coming from: Bulgaria, Croatia, FYROM, Germany, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovak Republic, United Kingdom

Application deadline: 20th November 2017

With our project “New Media and NGOs”, we want to popularize the opportunities of new media for youth workers and NGO any longer and raise awareness of 10 NGOs from 10 countries and 40 youth workers about hate speech.


The term of new media has ensued with the development of technologies; for example of web 2.0, social media, weblog etc. New media has dispossessed the monopoly journalists, editors, media institutions of news source contrary to traditional media and included all segments of society.

These developments have brought about big opportunities and some problems. Some of the advantages are new job opportunities these technologies give, employability, easier access to information and target group. One of the biggest problems is hate speech and crimes.

With our project “New Media and NGOs”, we want to popularize the opportunities of new media for youth workers and NGO any longer and raise awareness of this group about hate speech.

10 nongovernmental organizations from 10 countries and 40 youth workers will come together between the dates of 18-25 February 2018 in İzmir, Turkey with the project “New Media and NGOs”.

The participants will get training about new media tools, weblog applications, hate speech and its types, freedom of expression and carry out workshops with common learning techniques.

Moreover the participants will carry on getting into a partnership with each other and other NGOs in İzmir and its local area for new projects and carry out works for “New Media and Hate Speech Handbook for Youth Workers” until the end of project.

Among other things, the TC will have a direct impact on: renewed web presence of NGOs and more opportunities to publicize their activities, internationalization of individual partners and youth work, recognition of youth work from the local to the international level, deep and renewed Communication skills and the social world for young participants and practitioners.

In addition, the TC will have a further impact on the participant as it will make a big contribution to achieving the following results:

– develop basics and skills in communication, public communication, persuasion and rhetoric, and how these apply to social media;

– understand how messages and values are transmitted to the general audience;
– develop the skills and capacities of youth workers to support the active participation of young people in local communities through the use of social media tools and methodologies;
– examine the possibilities of using social media to encourage youth activism;
– reflect on non-formal education, its methods and its applicability within social networks;
– develop creative and attractive ways to use social media to encourage youth activism, with particular attention to civic engagement;



This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Programme in the field of youth.

1. All participants can get reimbursement for their travel cost untill countries limit:
– 275 Euro for participants from Croatia, Germany, Lithuania, FYROM, Poland, Romania, Slovakia
– 360 Euro for participants from the United Kingdom
– 20 Euro for participants from Turkey

If you spend less than your limit can get back only %100 of your travel cost according travel invoice. Other part of travel budget will use for develop for project acitivities.

2. We will cover 3 meals and accommodation for free.

3.There is participation fee for this project. It is 35 Euro per participant.




Pi Youth Association – NGO

Phone: +90 232 483 03 14

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Available downloads: InfoPack New Media & NGOs.pdf

Contact for questions:

Facebook Reverses Publishment Policy On Violent Viral Video


Sometimes figuring out the fine line between free expression and overly objectionable content is harder than you’d think.

Just ask Facebook, which on Tuesday reversed a stance it took just 24 hours previously and removed from its network a violent video that had been circulating wildly. On Monday, the company had originally defended the video’s posting, considering it a type of free expression from users who were condemning the violent acts.

The move comes after a series of back-and-forth decisions on whether or not the act of posting the video — which depicts the brutal decapitation of a woman — should be considered support for, or an expression against, acts of violence. The video originally made headlines back in May upon first showing up on Facebook, and was immediately taken down following a series of complaints that viewers could suffer long-term psychological damage after watching the gruesome imagery.

The entire debacle speaks to a tension Facebook is currently in the midst of navigating. Like Twitter, Facebook wants to let users document events around the world, good or bad. The company wants to be seen as a place for free expression — a conduit for the masses to speak out against perceived injustices.

In leaving up the video, Facebook was making a statement, almost as if saying, “Yes, this is a terrible thing. But we support the right to display injustices on our network in order to fight against them.”

This particular video, it seems, wasn’t the right one on which to hang the company’s free expression flag. The extreme nature of the violence stirred up serious dissent among child protection and online safety groups, causing Facebook to double back on its original stance.

This isn’t the first time Facebook has had difficulty in navigating what is allowed on Facebook. The company took heat over the past few years for banning some instances of women breastfeeding on its network, while allowing others. Facebook maintains its terms of service are similar to television and print media in this regard.

Tuesday’s takedown may appease some. But it remains to be seen how well Facebook will handle being the arbiter of exactly what constitutes objectionable content too extreme for its network in the future.