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Palermo Centro

Training Course: My Art and Your Rights – International training course for young leaders with artistic competencies

Dates: 25-31 March 2019

Venue: Palermo, Italy

Eligible are 20 participants coming from: Austria, Belgium – FL, Belgium – FR, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, Armenia, Georgia, Russian Federation, Western Balkan countries

Application deadline: 4th February 2019

The training course, the first step of one year project, is a capacity building of youth leaders living in Europe to raise awareness on human rights among young people through non formal Human Rights Education using art methodologies.

General Description

The training course “My Art and Your Rights” is the first activity of one year project, applicants to the training should commit their participation to the whole project.

 

An international activity among 20 youth leaders coming from 10 countries and different sending organizations. The participants will receive a training on nonformal educational methodology, based on the learning by doing concept.

They will be facilitated to find new ways to share human rights through art, and specifically, they will be supported to find a way to provide HRE to children and youth through their art. There will be also space offered for sharing of current practices related to their artistic activities and how much are transferring social concepts.

Main aim of the activity:

Capacity building of youth leaders living in Europe to raise awareness on human rights among young people through non formal HRE using art methodologies

Objective 1:
Sharing of good practices among youth leaders related to artistic activities that transfer, express and raise awareness on human rights

Objective 2:
Improve the skills of youth leaders with artistic background to use nonformal educational methodology

Objective 3:
Support youth leaders to develop their own practice and methodology to realize HRE through art with young people

As a result of the training, the youth leaders will have increased competencies in nonformal education and the use of art for HRE.

Addressed to 20 young leaders from 10 organizations of 10 different countries, 75% of them under 30 years old (based on the rules of the funding institution European Youth Foundation).

Criteria for the selection:

– being actively involved in one organization in his/her country
– strong skills in one or more disciplines of art
– having strong interest to advocate for and raise awareness on human rights

– having the interest to facilitate human rights educational activities through art for young people
– committing to fully participate to the 2nd and 3rd phase of the project

There are no confirmed sending organizations for this project that you can refer to, to apply you need to be part of an organization of your own.

Costs

 

This project is NOT financed by the Erasmus+ Youth Programme. funded by Council of Europe for 2/3 of its budget.

Being selected for the project, food and accommodation will be covered for the entire project 100%.

Travel reimbursement

The project will reimburse 2/3 of total travel expenses (maximum expenses for travel is 300€). Travel days are 25th and 31st of March.

Participation fee

Participants fee to CEIPES: 50€

Application

 

Organiser:

CEIPES – Youth NGO

Phone: +39 091 7848 236

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Contact for questions:

Irene Capozzi

E-Mail: mobility@ceipes.org

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Training Course: Mind Full Nest

Dates: 24 November – 3 December 2018

Venue: Cyprus

Eligible are 27 participants coming from: Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Greece, Poland, Portugal, Romania

Application deadline: 25th September 2018

“Mind Full Nest” is a training course born to create a nest for every young person coming from refugee background. It aims at inspiring and equipping youth workers to work in a more meaningful way, by introducing the innovative element of mindfulness.

General Description

Description of the project “Mind Full Nest”: Each year millions of people are forced to leave their homes and seek refuge. Many of them arrive in Europe with the hope to live with dignity and freedom. We believe that youth work and non-formal learning activities can significantly contribute to address these needs.

We are confident that youth work can empower refugees, asylum seekers and migrants and can increase awareness about this issue within the local communities. In this context, the project “Mind Full Nest” is born to create a nest for every young person by supporting the professional development of youth workers to improve the level of the key competences on how to work with youth from migrant/refugee background.

Innovative aspect of the project:
The project introduces youth work to the innovative concept of mindfulness. Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment without judgment.

Mindfulness is a great way of realizing, exploring and using our inner resources, our talents, passions and potential. By infusing mindfulness into youth work, we can maximize the empowerment of the young people, especially the ones who need it the most, like young people from migrant/refugee background.

We are going to work on mindfulness using the following elements:
• Meditation practices
• Dancing and singing
• Poetry
• Drawing
• Nature
• Storytelling

Aim and objectives:

The aim of the project is to develop the competences and to inspire the youth workers to work in a more meaningful and impactful way with young people coming from migrant and/or refugee background.

The objectives of the project are for youth workers:
1. to gain knowledge on how to use a diverse range of non-formal methods when working with young people, especially the ones coming from challenging backgrounds
2. to develop skills in using holistic education in order to achieve more impactful transformations in the lives of young people for reaching their full potential
3. to be inspired and motivated to improve their work with young people
4. to create sustainable follow-up action plans that will enhance the impact on young people’s lives both on local and international level

Costs

There is an Erasmus+ funding for this training course.

The Erasmus+ funding covers the following:

Country Maximum Travel cost allocated (in euros):

  • Cyprus – 0
  • Bulgaria – 275 Croatia – 275  Greece – 275 Poland – 275  Romania – 275
  • Czech Republic – 360
  • Portugal – 530

We are inviting the E+ participants to contribute with a 30 euros participation fee.

The training course is also welcoming other friends from EU countries who do not require visa and who are willing to cover their own expenses. In this case, we would be happy if you could communicate with us in order to take care of it as soon as possible, using the email:

allazoyme.group@gmail.com

Application

Organiser:

allaZOYME – NGO

Phone: +357 99 988 486

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Available downloads: InfoPack Mindfulness.pdf

Contact for questions:

Eleni Michail

E-Mail: allazoyme.group@gmail.com

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Training Course; YES! to Dialogue

Dates: 26 October – 3 November 2018

Venue: Bakuriani, Georgia

Eligible are 25 participants coming from: Armenia, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Italy, Moldova, Spain, Ukraine

Application deadline: 30th September 2018

Erasmus+ training course for youth workers and youth leaders on the topic of antidiscrimination and inclusion for people with migrants/refugee background
Growing number of refugees and migrants in Europe has brought a significant change to our societies and posed entirely new challenges to NGO activists working with youth.

General Description

While designing any kind of activity for youngsters, we need to take into consideration the cultural background of our beneficiaries and create a space where diversity is appreciated and where it is safe for participants to express themselves.

At the same time we need to be aware that working with culturally diverse groups can and often does have a big potential for conflicts coming from lack of understanding and if not addressed can also generate tensions leading to radicalization of attitudes.

The proposed training course is a continuation of the “No to Discrimination” Erasmus+ project that have been coordinated by CAYNEX (Georgia) and Migrants & Minorities Network (Germany) and implemented in Georgia in November 2017.

During this training we focused on identifying mechanisms of exclusion, discussed issues related to (cultural) identity and explored the theories behind stereotype creation. This time we would like to propose a training that is more focused on finding solutions rather than identifying challenges.

Therefore, this project is to gather provide its participants with theories and practice of organizing non-formal educational activities in culturally diverse groups. We will focus on discovering how to plan activities that are based on appreciating differences, how to encourage participants to express themselves freely, how to monitor the learning process and its outcomes, and finally, how to address conflicts stemming from cultural differences.

Objectives:
– To provide participants with theories, practical tools and methods on organizing non-formal educational activities to be implemented in groups with diverse cultural background
– To explore crucial elements that need to be taken into consideration, such as planning, learning progress monitoring, evaluation, risk assessment and conflict prevention/transformation
– To discover the concept of intercultural dialogue and theories behind it, finding connections between them and the everyday practice of youth work
– To create a network of like-minded organizations and individuals ready to cooperate on future activities aiming at promoting cultural diversity

Participants Profile
– Youth workers and youth leaders actively working for an NGO that aims for promoting intercultural dialogue/works with youth of migrant background
– Motivated to increase their understanding of intercultural dialogue and learn new methods for promoting diversity
– Ready to plan and implement concrete follow-up projects on a local level
– Eager to share their experience and knowledge on working with youth with diverse cultural background
– Interested in setting further co-operation with similar organizations from other European countries
Being able to communicate in English fluently
– Residents of Germany, Spain, Italy, Greece, Armenia, Georgia, Ukraine or Moldova

Costs

The project has been financed by the Erasmus+ programme. All the costs related to accommodation and food will be covered by the project.

The travel costs will be reimbursed up to the following amount per person:

Georgia: 0 EUR
Armenia: 150 EUR
Ukraine: 245 EUR
Moldova: 245 EUR

Greece: 245 EUR
Germany: 330 EUR
Italy: 330 EUR
Spain: 790 EUR

Note that the amount is 30 EUR lower than the Erasmus+ travel grant per person. We dedicate this 30 EUR per person to organize transport from Tbilisi to Bakuriani (the project venue) and back.

This project has no participation fee

Application

Organizer:

Caucasus Youth Nexus – NGO

Co-organizer:

Migrants & Minorities Network – NGO

Phone: +995 555 66 48 14

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Contact for questions:

Kasia Kowalska

E-Mail: katarzyna.m.kowalska@gmail.com

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Training Course: Active Citizenship

Dates: 20-29 August 2018

Venue: Targoviste, Romania

Eligible are 32 participants coming from: Czech Republic, Estonia, FYROM, Lithuania, Malta, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic

Application deadline: 18th July 2018

The democratic future of a nation is an invaluable asset, and the involvement of young people in society is essential for the good functioning and continuity of democracy.

General Description

Sociological research demonstrates that the largest segments of society with the greatest capacity for change are the young people. It depends on us, the adults, youth workers and educators the extent to which the young generation will be prepared to assume the responsibility of active participation in society.

Unfortunately, global statistics reveal the low interest of young people in democratic life, in knowledge of state institutions, citizens’ rights and freedoms, active participation and responsibility within the community.

This things happens due to social inequity, poor governance in some, the social and economic crises, the huge differences between social classes, especially in Eastern countries.

Young people have lost confidence and motivation to change something, only few of them believe that the future of society stand in their hands and act to change something.

The purpose of the Active Citizenship training course is to pay attention to this phenomenon, to mobilize youth workers to find solutions to raise awareness about the importance of democratic life for young people, to find methods to stimulate active participation and show the consequences of indifference and non-involvement in civic life.

Objectives
– To increase the level of knowledge about youth participation, and civic life;
– To increase the level of knowledge about lobbying and advocacy in the topic of active citizenship;
– To strengthen the abilities of youth workers to choose, adapt and implement new non-formal education methods for motivate and encourage youth participation to civic life;
– To create space for youth workers to conceive and develop project drafts on the topic of youth participation and civic life;
– To develop cooperation between participating organizations by sharing experience on local, national and international youth policies;
– To foster professional and personal development of youth workers.

Participant Profile
32 youth leaders and youth workers (4 participants per each partner organization) older than 18 years old belonging to partner organizations, involved, interested and motivated to participate in the project.

Participants are people who develop activities in the area of active citizenship and youth participation to democratic life who want to deepen their knowledge about active citizenship, youth participation, democracy and human rights.

Costs

 

The project is funded by the European Commission through the Erasmus+ program.

Meals, accommodation and activities are fully covered. The travel costs are reimbursed up to these limits:

Czech Republic – 275 € per participant
Estonia – 275 € per participant
Lithuania – 275 € per participant
FYROM – 180 € per participant

Malta – 275 € per participant
Portugal – 360 € per participant
Slovak Republic – 275 € per participant

The reimbursement of travel costs will be done at the end of the training course, upon we will receive all travel documents in original (tickets, boarding passes, invoices, etc). The reimbursement will be done only by bank transfer to partner organizations.

NOTE: Be You Association does not request participation fees and does not encourage this practice.

Application

 

Organizer:

Asociatia Be You

Phone: 004 0775 307 439

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Available downloads: InfoPack Active Citizenship.pdf

Contact for questions:

Ilona Balint

E-Mail: beyouroumania@gmail.com

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Training Course: International Training on Conflict Analysis and Strategic Peacebuilding

Dates: 29 October – 7 November 2017

Venue: Brighton, United Kingdom

Eligible are 30 participants coming from: Bulgaria, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom

Application deadline: 15th September 2017

Conflict is a natural, normal and neutral occurrence but how to deal with that which is normal and neutral when it causes dislocations in our lives is the major challenge.

General Description

Conflict is a natural, normal and neutral occurrence but how to deal with that which is normal and neutral is a major challenge.

Depressed economies , unemployment among young people , diversity , multiculturalism and migration creates dislocations and conflict but a clear understanding of how to analyze these conflicts is what is lacking which makes a lot of people to either resort to blame game or wrong approaches to conflict which in turn escalates the conflict.

It is possible for people to take the right approaches in dealing with conflict provided they understand the root causes of the conflict. If you find yourself in a diverse team who are constantly in mortal disagreements and everyone pulling in different directions or a relationship that suddenly turns sour or a stable community which suddenly go up in arms against each other, then there is need for conflict analysis skills.

A superficial assessment of the situation based on what can be seen or associated emotional feeling will confuse and derail right approaches to transforming the situation but a clear understanding of CONFLICT ANALYSIS SKILL will help in delving to the epi-centre of the problem which will bring about right approaches and lead to stable and harmonious working relationships.

The benefit of these skills will help communities, teams and young people overcome divides of multiculturalism and diversity. This training seeks to help people get off the superficial and cosmetics approach to understand complex situation and give them the needed tools and skills to untangle situations and help teams to understand themselves better for better performance and communities and groups to function harmoniously in a mutually reinforcing dimensions.

This training will mitigate kneel jerk responses to unpleasant pressured situations but gives the participant the required skills to cut through distractions and get to the heart of the problem because lack of clear understanding of any conflict creates room for escalation of conflict which could make it more difficult to transform.

This project will promote diversity, deepen the values of freedom, tolerance and promotion of human rights and cohesive communities. The project will be facilitated through non-formal learner centered approaches with kine-static methods.

Objectives of the Project
-To train 30 youth workers, youth leaders and youth in specific Conflict Analysis.
– Train youth workers on conflict mapping frameworks
-Train youth workers and young people in negotiation skills
-To train youth workers and youth leaders the fundamental principles of creators who takes the advantages of bad situations to create new and better opportunities

– To train youth workers and youth leaders in team building and team leading skills which will enable them to leverage diversity in a multicultural workspace.
– Build a pool of conflict analyst
– Train youth worker and youth leaders on the cycle of conflicts
– Train participants in local capacities for peace-building
– Train participants in strategic peace-building
– Train youth workers on human rights
-Train youth workers on the values of diversity and inter-cultural dialogue

Costs

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

1. We will reimburse participants to the tune of 80% of the country budget in Euros
(a) Italy – 275.00
(b) Bulgaria – 360.00
(c) Poland – 275.00

(d) Portugal -360.00
(e) Spain – 360.00
(f) Hungary – 360.00
(g) U.K – 0.00

2. Accommodation and feeding is free

3. No participation fee

Application

Organizer:

African Centre for Development and Research – NGO

Phone: +447411128401

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Contact for questions:

Adeola Ojeniyi

E-Mail:applicationsacdr@gmail.com

Training Course: EUtopia?- Diversity in Changing Europe

Dates: 6-12 May 2017

Venue: Riga, Latvia

Eligible are 30 participants coming from: Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme countries,

Western Balkan countries

Application deadline: 26th March 2017

Change has been inevitable in the history of Europe. Recent changes in the European political climate and attitudes have impact on how diversity is perceived and experienced. Where is this leading to? Could some changes be for the better?

General Description

The past few years have witnessed major changes in Europe. The unity of the EU and Europe as a whole have been seriously questioned and the European political climate is influenced by the rise of new nationalism and right-wing populism.

More rigorous policies concerning immigration and border controls are put in practice. Legislative limitations have been issued on the freedom of expression, at the same time as so called “fake news” are ever more common.

Does it all mean that one of the central values of Europe, diversity, has lost its meaning? As a consequence, how is contemporary Europe dealing with diversity? And what is the role and potential of youth work to react?

The long-term training course “Eutopia? – diversity in changing Europe” will provide time and space to reflect upon the current developments and explore how Europe is dealing with diversity amid social and political change. It will give an opportunity to reflect also on youth workers’ professional responsibilities in relation to those processes and encourage new practices in youth work.

This training course will be beneficial for people working with youth who would like to take time to gain a deeper critical understanding of the concept of diversity and its relation to youth work, as well as create and test various approaches to working with youth in settings reflecting challenges of today.”

This training is the 4th international edition of a training concept developed jointly by the Latvian National Agency for the Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme and SALTO South East Europe and Cultural Diversity Resource Centres.

AIM:
To support youth work practitioners to better understand the realities of young people in a changing Europe and to be more equipped to react upon them.

OBJECTIVES:
• To identify the relevant socio-political and cultural conditions that influence the lives of young people on local and European international level;
• to explore the contexts in which young people grow up today, and critically evaluate the current youth work responses to them;
• to understand reasoning and motivation behind young people’s views and attitudes, discover how opinions are formed and encourage critical thinking;
• to challenge/ radicalize the concept of diversity, exploring it based on a values-based, rather than from a normative policy perspective;
• to re-define the role of youth work practitioners in responding to socio-political and cultural conditions by applying values-based perspective of diversity;
• to discover opportunities to incorporate values- based approach to diversity within Erasmus+ activities and to support international cooperation among participants.

The training course is planned to be a journey of four interrelated parts. The process is intended to facilitate self-reflection on working with youth in changing contexts.

1) Online preparatory phase to discover concepts of the activity – April, 8 hours of individual work.
2) Training course to explore mentioned concepts – May 6 to 12 in Riga, Latvia
3) Practice part implemented by all participants in their local communities.
3) Training course to evaluate practice activities and plan further work on the topic  September 6 to 10, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Participants are requested to take parts in all parts of the activity and plan their time accordingly.

Costs

 

This project is financed by 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 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.

If you come from a country other than Programme Countries, please contact the host NA for further information about the financial details.

Info for sending NAs: This activity is financed with TCA 2017

Application

 

Organizer:

Latvian National Agency

Co-organizer:

SOUTH-EAST EUROPE – SALTO

Phone: +371

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Contact for questions:

Vladislava

E-Mail: vladislava.skele@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.

Facebook Reverses Publishment Policy On Violent Viral Video

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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.