Practicing critical reflection

International youth workers mobility activity ‘Practicing critical reflection’ financed by Leargas under  European Union Programme Erasmus+

1th-8th of September 2019, Clare Island, Ireland

Countrys: Ireland, Lithuania, Armenia, Albania, Romania, UK, Ukraine, Belgium, Georgia, Italy, Spain.

 img_7007The Critical Refection is one of the methods that can be used to relieve some of the tensions and to improve the well-being

of the Youth Work practitioners. Critical Reflection provides both: theory and process (framework) that enables youth work

practitioners to manage tensions and work complexities effectively and helps to articulate the value of knowledge that is

generated from the practical experiences. The Critical Reflection can also be used to develop or articulate a model of supervision.

Thus, this project is aiming to demystify the ‘Critical Reflection Model’ and to provide practical tools to navigate through the

fast-changing youth work context. The main objectives of this Youth Workers Mobility Activity are:

  • Present the theoretical frameworks of the Critical Reflection Models;
  • Create spaces for participants to critically reflect on their current Youth Work, Project Management and Training practices;
  • Use critical reflection to develop or articulate a model of supervision (to be implemented in participating organisations as a
  • follow-up action);
  • Support the development of competences in a field of the reflective practice and the intercultural learning;
  • Introduce the European Training Strategy Competence framework and the YouthPass frameworks.img_7009

Learning outcomes:

In this training course was designed to meet the needs, interests and expertise this group. Trainers
provided a frame, methodology and support when it is needed. The training process was highly participatory, led by the participants group.

 

 

The team: 🧑🏻‍🤝‍🧑🏽🧑🏻‍🤝‍🧑🏽

Aiste Slajute – Project coordinator and Trainer

aiOriginality from Lithuanian, Aiste have been living in Ireland since 2005. She is a founder and a director
of ‘Eurobug, International Youth Work Training and Collaboration’ NGO that is focusing on social
inclusion of the ethnic minority youth. Additionally, she has co-coordinated No Hates Speech
Movement in Ireland, and worked as a freelance trainer in the European field of Youth for the last 5
years. Her formal education background is in a Youth Work as she holds BSocSc degree in Youth and
Community Work from University College Cork.
‘My work has a holistic and person-cantered approach with particular emphasis on empowerment
through active participation. As a trainer, I use creative and engaging non-formal education methods
that can challenge groups, as I am always up for a challenge myself! I believe that Youth Work is about
standing in solidarity with marginalised groups and walking that extra mile towards building a more
inclusive society where diversity is celebrated, and every single person is valued for who they are. And
I feel truly privileged to be a part of so many incredible journeys!’

Amel Yacef – Trainer

amOriginally from Algeria, has been working in the youth and community sector in Ireland for almost 20
years; she has been, throughout her career managing and coordinating projects with a focus on social
justice, equality and human rights. She has significant experience working with minority ethnic young
people and young people facing injustice and discrimination. She has been a voluntary board member
of organisations working on migrant health, migrant Rights and migrant women issues, anti-racism and
people power lead social change.
Amel is presently a full-time trainer and facilitator and focuses on transformative and compassionate
communication, community building and development, understanding diversity and solidarity building.
She also has extensive experience in contributing and facilitating processes to enable the voice of the
grass roots to sit in its power, and impact political discourse. She is a Muslim feminist and anti-racist
who believes in transformative justice and its values.

 

Cristina Iancu – Trainer

inOriginally from Romania, but now living in Ireland, Cristina is a trainer and facilitator who holds a
Diploma in Youth and Community Development Practice, as well as a Ba in Theatre Studies and Ma in
Theatre, Film, and Multimedia. She is a founder of ‘Retold Narratives’ an enterprise that designs and
facilitates socially driven educational programmes for Youth and Community groups and practitioners.
‘I am currently facilitating Creative Writing workshops for children and young people. I am also a part of
‘Making Links’ network that supports minority lead youth and community organisations in Ireland, and
additionally, I am an intercultural trainer for Yellow Flag Programme which is a part of an Irish Traveler Movement.

 

Partner organisations:

imagesIRELAND –Eurobug 🇮🇪

40664548_10156334616319220_1112590722315321344_n   LITHUANIA – Eurobug Lithuania 🇱🇹

mhvszgqf_400x400       SPAIN – Europimpulse 🇪🇸

atsisiusti     ITALY -APICE – Agenzia di Promozione Integrata per i Cittadini in Europa 🇮🇹

ukraina      Ukraine – European Youth Community (EYC) 🇺🇦

13307337_700529980085351_6113005312813220142_n    Georgia – Human Rights association 🇬🇪

perspektiva     Albania – Qendrat Rinore Perspektiv 🇦🇱

romania  Romania – Asociata Young Initiative 🇷🇴

asbl-pour-tous-2      Belgium – ASBL 🇧🇪

rodykle      Armenia – Armenian Progressive Youth NGO 🇦🇲

66423545_2519186991434436_1536356208900833280_n    United Kingdom – Fantastic 4 youth 🇬🇧

 

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Step forward mobility Youth leaders against hate speech

International Youth Exchange Step forward mobility Youth leaders against hate speech KA1 Youth Mobility Project financed by the National Agency in Ireland Leargas under the European Union Program Erasmus+. Participating countries: Ireland, Lithuania, Spain, Italy, Ukraine, Georgia, Albania.  Hosting and coordinating organisation- Eurobug.

Event took place in Reggio Calabria, Italy  on 2nd – 9th of September, 2019

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

dsc_3090This exchange was one of the youth lead exchanges, where I could see the amazing job what youn and very potentional young people can do. In this exhange we touched a topic about hate speech online and ofline, we had an amazing “Free Hugs” activity with local people in a beautiful Reggio Calabria and made people more aware and interested about topic about Hate speech, which is really close to my activistic heart.

Special thanks: ‘Youth leaders against hate speech’ was a collaborative work, therefore I want to thank our Partner Organizations for their commitments during the planning, implementation and evaluation of this project. I also want to extend special thanks to Kelvin Akpaloo, Nadja Veraldi, Maryna Bohuslavska, Antonio Spadaro and others  who took a lot of responsibilities about teaching young people about hate speech  . Thank you!

Eurobug Director,

Aiste Slajute

T11he main aim

To address hate speech online and offline and to create a group of youth leaders that will be able to challenge it.

The main objectives were:

  • To create a welcoming environment where 7participants can dive into learning about hate speech online and offline.
  • To analyse the process of digitalisation and digital divide in today’s society
  • To Define the main concepts and principles of online citizenship, human rights online and No Hate Speech Movement.

 

As a result of taking part in this international youth exchange participants gained the following skills, knowledge and attitudes:5

 

  • Gained awareness of the positive and negative use of social media;
  • Acquired an understanding of digitalisation and digital divide today’s society;
  • Learned about the No Hate Speech Movement;
  • Captured the core principles about the online citizenship;
  • Defined the concept of Human Rights online;
  • Gained the ability to communicate and socialise with people from different cultural backgrounds;
  • Improved English skills;
  • Improved skills of public speaking and delivering presentations;
  • Learned how to plan and implement non-formal education activities in local communities;
  • Developed a capacity to identify and to set personal learning goals;
  • Improved ability to reflect and to follow personal learning process;
  • Acquired skills of activity planning and time management;
  • Learned to take responsibility and carry out tasks;
  • Developed an ability to approach problems and challenges in creative ways;
  • Improved a sense of confidence and raising self-esteem;
  • Learned about using social media not only for maintaining communications, but also for advocating on particular issues. 

PARTICIPATING ORGANISATIONS

IRELAND –Eurobug 🇮🇪

imagesEurobug’ is an Irish NGO that stands for diversity and social inclusion of ethnic minority youth. We organise local, national and international projects with and for young people;and training courses for youth and community workers in Ireland and Europe

Project coordinator and Youth Worker: Aiste Slajute

Youth Leader: Kelvin Akpaloo

LITHUANIA – Eurobug Lithuania 🇱🇹

40664548_10156334616319220_1112590722315321344_nEurobug Lithuania is Lithuanias NGO that works with young people from different backgrounds in different Lithuanias towns and cities trough non-formal education.

Youth Worker:  Maryna Bohuslavska

SPAIN – Europimpulse 🇪🇸

Eumhvszgqf_400x400ropeImpulse was born from the need to provide training for the civil society on the cooperation, European funding, Education, Social Innovation, Culture and Sustainable development. EuropeImpulse is a Spanish project developed through two basic areas: 1. Europimpuls Training: development of learning methodologies, resources and tools (online and off-line) about European project engineering and 2. Europimpulse Network: promotion of spaces for the exchange of experiences, collaboration and incubation of innovative projects

atsisiustiITALY -APICE – Agenzia di Promozione Integrata per i Cittadini in Europa 🇮🇹

Youth Leader:
Nadja Veraldi

Main aim is to promote active European citizenship between young people.

ukrainaUkraine – European Youth Community (EYC) 🇺🇦

European Youth Community (EYC) is a non-profit, non-governmental youth organization established in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine in 2015 with the main objective to promote mobility of young people and youth development through fostering active participation of its citizens in civil society.

13307337_700529980085351_6113005312813220142_nGeorgia – Human Rights association 🇬🇪

Youth Leader:
Tako Tumanishvili

The mission of the Association is to support young people, initiative groups and youth organizations, interested and involved in Human Rights issues in Georgia and in the future in Caucasus region and Eastern European countries, in communication and partnership building processes.

Youth leaders 4 Human rights and inclusion

International Youth Exchange Step Forward into Youth Mobility Activities: Youth leaders 4 Human rights and inclusion KA1 Youth Mobility Project financed by the National Agency in Ireland Leargas under the European Union Program Erasmus+. Participating countries: Ireland, Lithuania, Spain, Italy, Georgia, Ukraine and Albania Hosting and coordinating organisation- Eurobug.

Event took place at Surami Youth House in Georgia on 19th – 26th of August, 2019

 

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

  “We, as youth, must now be the change that we seek. If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.”D’Angelo McDade

 

Youth leaders 4 Human rights and inclusion was youth lead exchange. I saw an opportunity img_1585where I could see how much young people are passionate about being activists and spreading the word about inclusion and Human rights. I am so proud of each and every one of them, because I see young activists who can and will change the future.

Also, being with young people from different backgrounds always reminds me about different situations in each country and how much  in need we are to prepare youth leaders 4 Human Rights and Inclusion.

 

Special thanks: Youth leaders 4 Human rights and inclusion was a collaborative work, therefore I want to thank our Partner Organizations for their commitments during the planning, implementation and evaluation of this project. I also want to extend special thanks to Kelvin Akpalimg_2035oo, Aiste Kazokaite, Ignui Lapieniui, Tamara Gonzalez Casado, Mariam Saakashvili, Fjorela Milanj, Natalia Yaroshenko, Roberto Rossetto who took a very active role in this journey of making young activists more aware about topic of Human Rights and Inclusion. Thank you!

Eurobug Director, Aiste Slajute

 

The main aim

4c0116f7-6daf-4c74-bf0c-25d245193c70To address the issue of Human Rights and Inclusion in today`s society and to create a group of youth leaders that will be able to challenge in.

The main objectives were:

  • To create a welcoming a welcoming environment where participants can dive into learning about Human Rights and Inclusion;
  • To assess how Human Rights violations and exclusion effects the `day to day` lives of young people in participating countries EU;
  • To create a network of youth leaders that has knowledge, skills and confidence to advocate for Human Rights and Inclusion in local communities

As a result of taking part in this international youth exchange participants gained the following skills, knowledge and attitudes:img_2380

  • Gaining knowledge about Human Rights and Social Inclusion;
  • Acquiring skills for activism for Human Rights and social inclusion
  • Developing and understanding of the human rights and social inclusion realities of participating countries
  • Gaining and ability to communicate and to socialise with people from different cultural backgrounds;
  • Improving English language skills;
  • Developing efficiency in making joint decisions and reaching agreements in diverse groups;
  • Obtaining communication and team working skills;
  • Improving skills for public speaking and delivering presentations; img_1133
  • Learning how to plan and implement non-formal education activities in local communities 
  • Developing an ability to approach problems and challenges in creative ways;
  • Improving a sense  of confidence and raising self-esteem;
  • Learning about using social media not only for maintaining communications, but also for advocating on particular issues;
  • Taking responsibility for becoming multipliers in local communities;
  • Improving knowledge about Erasmus+ program and its opportunities for young people;
  • Gaining a sense of active European citizenship.

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img_1865 National groups were involved in this project: Ireland, Lithuania and Spain, Italy, Albania, Ukraine, Georgia. There were more nationalities and cultures represented in the participants group: Gana, South Sudan. Also, in this project were people from minorities: LGBTQI+, migrants. In this exchange we had an amazing opportunity to celebrate and replicate two amazing celebrations, one was Lithuanias`s celebration – the 30th annaversary of Baltic way, which means a lot to every lithuanian and also Independence day of Ukraine. Because of that participants had incdredible opportuinity to learn about each of the countries histories, listen to traditional songs and national anthems.

img_1988PARTICIPATING ORGANISATIONS

IRELAND –Eurobug 🇮🇪

imagesEurobug’ is an Irish NGO that stands for diversity and social inclusion of ethnic minority youth. We organise local, national and international projects with and for young people;and training courses for youth and community workers in Ireland and Europe

Project coordinator and Youth Worker: Aiste Slajute

Youth Leader: Kelvin Akpaloo

LITHUANIA – Eurobug Lithuania 🇱🇹

40664548_10156334616319220_1112590722315321344_nEurobug Lithuania is Lithuanias NGO that works with young people from different backgrounds in different Lithuanias towns and cities trough non-formal education.

 

Youth Worker: Aistė Kazokaitė

Youth Leader: Ignas Lapienis

SPAIN – Europimpulse 🇪🇸

Eumhvszgqf_400x400ropeImpulse was born from the need to provide training for the civil society on the cooperation, European funding, Education, Social Innovation, Culture and Sustainable development. EuropeImpulse is a Spanish project developed through two basic areas: 1. Europimpuls Training: development of learning methodologies, resources and tools (online and off-line) about European project engineering and 2. Europimpulse Network: promotion of spaces for the exchange of experiences, collaboration and incubation of innovative projects

Youth Leader: Tamara Gonzalez Casado

atsisiustiITALY -APICE – Agenzia di Promozione Integrata per i Cittadini in Europa 🇮🇹

Youth Leader: Roberto Rossetto

Main aim is to promote active European citizenship between young people.

ukrainaUkraine – European Youth Community (EYC) 🇺🇦

European Youth Community (EYC) is a non-profit, non-governmental youth organization established in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine in 2015 with the main objective to promote mobility of young people and youth development through fostering active participation of its citizens in civil society.

13307337_700529980085351_6113005312813220142_nGeorgia – Human Rights association 🇬🇪

Youth Leader: Mariam Saakashvili

The mission of the Association is to support young people, initiative groups and youth organizations, interested and involved in Human Rights issues in Georgia and in the future in Caucasus region and Eastern European countries, in communication and partnership building processes.

 

 

 

Bridges not wall! Inclusion`

International Youth Exchange ‘Bridges not walls! Inclusion KA1 Youth Mobility Project financed by the National Agency in Ireland Leargas under the European Union Program Erasmus+Participating countries: Ireland, Lithuania, Spain. Hosting and coordinating organisation- Eurobug.

Event took place at Innovator’s Valley in Lithuania on 29th of June – 15th of August, 2019

#BridgesNotWallsInclusion

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

dsc_5182When you do learn these things, when you understand what inclusion is, then we can accomplish greater things together.      

Aldis Hodge

The concept of social inclusion was adopted by the European Union in the late 1980s as a key concept in social policy and in many instances replaced the concept of poverty. Many years pasted by, but we still need to shout loud and fight for inclusion. So, I believe that in this 20 days project ‘Bridges not walls! Inclusion’ participants had an opportunity to learn so many things about inclusion process, not just from youth workers and youth leaders, but it was full 20 days of learning from each other. We lived like a huge family, shared ideas about inclusion process, planned actions and prepered young people to stand for inclusion. People were so motivated and excited to fulify their action plans in their local communities, that I could see that fighter sparks in all of their eyes. I feel so proud of every one who participated in this project, because as a team we achieved so much and we created a wonderful performance in three different cities and also, people found their friends and international team which will last for a life time and will do so many amazing things after this project.This International Youth Exchange also reflected our organisation’s values, beliefs and vision ’To empower young people to actively participate in building more peaceful communities where diversity is celebrated and every single person is valued for who they are.’

img_0607Special thanks: ‘Bridges not walls! Inclusion’ was a collaborative work, therefore I want to thank our Partner Organizations for their commitments during the planning, implementation and evaluation of this project. I also want to extend special thanks to Kelvin Akpaloo, Cristobal Bi Moreno, Aiste Kazokaite, Ignui Lapieniui, Raquel Sastre Rojo, Laura Ruiz Navarro who took a very active role in this journey of ‘building bridges’. Thank you! Eurobug Director, Aiste Slajute

 

 The main aim of this international project was to go into the details about the topic of social inclusion andsc_8755d the issues related to migration, refugees, people with disabilities and LGBTQI+. This was a follow-up project built on the experiences of the last years’ ‘Bridges Not Walls-Migration!’ Youth Exchange.

 

 

The main objectives were:

  • Youth empowerment through active participation;
  • Increasing young people’s knowledge and understanding of the complex concept of ‘social
  • inclusion’;
  • Space for intercultural learning and self-expression through performing arts;
  • Creating an awareness raising campaign for social inclusion.

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As a result of taking part in this international youth exchange participants gained the following skills, knowledge and attitudes:

  • Ldsc_6394ooked at the obstacles that marginalized groups such as migrants, refugees, people with disabilities and LGBTQI+ are experiencing in today’s society;
  • Developed critical knowledge about the power structures today and how it affects our participation in life;
  • Understood the links between social inclusion and human rights;
  • Through living and working together in the intercultural environment young people gained all range of soft skills, such ability to connect with people around us, ability to listen actively, and to communicate effectively using verbal and non-verbal communications;
  • Learned how to be flexible and to adapt in different environment and how to consider different cultural and social norms;dsc_6645
  • Through various workshops, organised by participants themselves, their skills of public speaking, leadership, facilitation and making presentations improved;
  • Skills of action-planning, time and task management and how to use social media to raise awareness about important issues;
  • Teamwork, collaboration and networking skills were also improved as a result of this project;
  • Skills of creative thinking and creative self-expression through performing arts grow, as well as ability to deconstruct problems in creative way;
  • Participants enhanced critical thinking through discussions and their ability to make joined decisions and solve conflicts have improved;
  • Through on-going evaluations and reflection session’s young people adopted an attitude of taking responsibility for their personal learning process and ability to self-asses their learning needs and progress; learned to recognise and to follow their personal growth and development;
  • Young people got motivated to become change makers in their local communities and to promote diversity, intercultural dialogue, and common values of freedom, tolerance and respect of human rights;
  • Gained a sense of initiative through their active engagement in this project and a sense of European citizenship and European identity;dsc_6797
  • Furthermore, these personal journeys of self-development, new competences gained, and improved English language skills will increase participants’ employability in a long run.

 

 

 

National groups were involved in this project: Ireland, Lithuania and Spain. There were more nationalities and cultures represented in the participants group: Turkey and Ghana. Also, in this project were people from minorities: LGBTQI+, migrants. These people honestly talked about their reality and shared with us different stories and this honest relationship between participants, created extremely strong bond. All young people were passionate about inclusion process trough performing arts, such as: puppetry, dancing, theatre, music, song writing, videography and photography. The Partner Organizations who took part in ‘Bridges not walls! Inclusion’ mostly works with topics of integration, social inclusion and human rights. They supported young peoples’ participation through full duration of this project.

PARTICIPATING ORGANISATIONS

IRELAND –Eurobug 🇮🇪

imagesEurobug’ is an Irish NGO that stands for diversity and social inclusion of ethnic minority youth. We organise local, national and international projects with and for young people;and training courses for youth and community workers in Ireland and Europe

 

 

Project coordinator and Youth Worker: Aiste Slajute

Youth Leader: Kelvin Akpaloo

LITHUANIA – Eurobug Lithuania 🇱🇹

40664548_10156334616319220_1112590722315321344_nEurobug Lithuania is Lithuanias NGO that works with young people from different backgrounds in different Lithuanias towns and cities trough non-formal education.

 

Youth Worker: Aistė Kazokaitė

Youth Leader: Ignas Lapienis

SPAINEuropimpulse 🇪🇸

Eumhvszgqf_400x400ropeImpulse was born from the need to provide training for the civil society on the cooperation, European funding, Education, Social Innovation, Culture and Sustainable development. EuropeImpulse is a Spanish project developed through two basic areas: 1. Europimpuls Training: development of learning methodologies, resources and tools (online and off-line) about European project engineering and 2. Europimpulse Network: promotion of spaces for the exchange of experiences, collaboration and incubation of innovative projects

Youth worker: Cristobal Bi Moreno

Youth Leader: Laura Ruiz Navarro

INTERVIEWS WITH PARTICIPANTS 🗣️

Jack Jones from Dublin (Ireland 🇮🇪)

“I want to thank Eurobug, International Youth Work Training and Collaboration Ltd. for giving me the chance to collaborate with young people from across Europe in Lithuania and have a performance that had su378ch a strong message on social issues that are so current and important to people of our generations.
The day at Rukla where we got the opportunity to have fun with refugee kids and parents from war torn places in a refugee detention centre and was so unique and amazing. To physically see the people affected by migration and have no verbal conversation through art and dance and facial expression. I never thought I would get a chance like that before and I realised I never understood the situation fully until that day.
I feel that everyone of any age should give up a small amount of their own time to put back into their/your own community in any way you can. Because if we get to know your communities you can understand and have conversations with people with different backgrounds and stories so we can solve many of the current global issues by being more open minded.”

Dominykas Šinkonis from Vilnius (Lithuania 🇱🇹)

“I was very impressed by Eurobug representatives professional attitude and impact towards participants and idea of this project. Schedule was presented in a clear and understandable manner. Moreover, the dsc_4699goals that we set as a group were accomplished with advance, that is certain indication of good and responsible management. Most importantly there was no pressure and restrictions for people to express their own ideas.
Every creative process during this project was very authentic and unforgettable. The idea to gather people who have various experiences in performing arts was very beneficial. Artistic and creative people create this very unique and open for ideas environment. The feeling of this specific environment with all amazing people there I will definitely remember for a long time.”

Guillem Lisarde from Valencia (Spain 🇪🇸)

“#BridgesNotWallsInclusion project came to me at the right moment in my life. I am #LGBTQ activist and dsc_5054recently I helped people with disabilities to participate in the pride, so when I found out about this exchange I really thought that this would fullify my personality. Of course the duration of this project, which is 3 weeks and that I had no idea how projects works, was a bit scary for me. I waited almost till the deadline to fill in application for this project, but I am so glad that I looked the fear in the eyes and did it, because this project is better than I could ever imagine! In this place, with these people, I can not only learn, discuss, discover, but also I can feel myself, I can be myself. There I had a chance to visit a refuge center in Rukla. At first I thought I had no knowledge of how to play with kids and entertain them, but when I started to play with them it looked like I became a kid and even though we didn’t know their language it was so easy to be with them and make them smile. Before going there I was a bit sceptical and I thought that there is no way that we could do anything for them, that could help them to feel better, but this project taught me an important lesson, that small things matter and to make kids happy for a few hours is better than doing nothing.”

 

Ashley Makombe Chadamoyo from Dublin (Ireland 🇮🇪)

“After graduating I realised I have no idea when I might get to be in an environment like this again so I figured I should take each opportunity that came my way. So I decided to go to #BridgesnotwallsInclusion dsc_4417logoproject. It was also dealing with topics that I do dearly care about so it was the perfect mix of everything for me.
From the exchange I expected and went in with the idea to learn and grow which I think I achieved. But I feel as if I also left with life long friends and memories that I never in a million years expected. While I miss the trip and wish to go back.
After this project I am more sure of myself as a person and what talents I bring to the table. I just have a better understanding of who I am and why I do the things I do.
I really appreciate Eurobug and all the work that they are doing. I thought the project was organised incredibly well especially given the amount of people and the length of the project.

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Advocacy – sustainable road towards sustainable changes

Advocacy – sustainable road towards sustainable changes training course financed by Leargas under European Union Programme Erasmus+ took place in the Republic of Ireland on the 11th-18th of July, 2016.

#SustainableChanges

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Youth is very important group of society, but often vulnerable, unorganised and not consistent. This training course was design to build capacity of youth NGOs to raise awareness about important youth problems such as unemployment, ineffective communication, poor involvement in making decisions which are related to young people, lack of quality representation, also – uncertain position of youth work in several countries. We believe that transparent representation of interest is a key element of participatory democratic community. Important aspects of any development are access to communication channels and information, visibility, awareness of society, ability to represent interests of different public interest groups, to raise awareness about pressing issues, to discuss publicly and look together for solution, to access decision-making mechanisms and platforms.

Advocacy is a powerful tool which youth leaders, youth NGOs can use move effectively to promote changes in civil society. The main focus of this training course was youth participation and youth involvement in different settings were public policies are discussed and priorities are set. Also participants looked in which areas can youth participation be expanded, such as public health, school councils, youth centres and created new tools and arguments to fight issues that are important in their work.

The results we achieved:
– Youth NGOs in participating countries have skills and knowledge to actively engage in decision-making processes at national and local level;
– Increased knowledge/understanding of youth NGOs with regards to national/European laws and policies concerning youth;
– Established contacts/networks between youth NGOs at international level;
– Advocacy actions planed and implemented by youth NGOs locally;
– Increased awareness among general public on relevant youth issues, especially with regards to youth participation;
– Increased communication between public authorities and youth NGOs with regards to relevant youth policies.

Countries involved in this project were: Ireland, Lithuania, Latvia, UK, Poland and Spain with youth representatives from youth councils and members of active youth NGOs on the local level. We believe participants act as a multiplier and agent of change in their communities.

Training course was based on the non-formal learning methodology, learning from hands-on experience, practising things when learning, reflecting on results and own learning, realising some advocacy campaign steps during the TC and involving via social media channels their peers and members of their organisations, planning further advocacy actions to be taken in their communities.

Project’s link to Erasmus+ aims:
Project supported learners in the acquisition of 8 key competencies and specific competencies on advocacy, democracy, participation, communication which helps to promote change in participating regions. Moreover, through personal development of participants we improve their employ-ability and ably to communicate in foreign languages, awareness and understanding of different cultures, countries and democracy practices. Participants gained opportunity for participating actively in society, through promoting changes in society through Advocacy and its tools and developed a sense of European citizenship and identity.

Some examples of Advocacy campaigns planed and implemented by participants as a result of taking part in Advocacy – sustainable road towards sustainable changes training course on our Facebook Event  and Facebook Group pages

 

Participants about their experiences

Aistis Ramanauskas- Politikos tyrimu ir analizes institutas (Lithuania)

 

Yona Arike  Samuel, Godfrey Otema, Kelvin Akpaloo, Claire Cahill– Eurobug (Ireland) Andrea Accison- Youth Work Europe (UK)

 

Marta Mansanet-EuropImpulse Training (Spain)

 

Michal Kochanouski, Natalia Caban- Stowarzyszenie Universum (Poland)

Ieva Kolosova- Bauskas novada pasvaldibas interesu izglitibas iestade Bauskas Bernu un jauniesu centrs (Latvia)

 

Giedrius Tvarijonas-Politikos tyrimu ir analizes institutas (Lithuania)

 

Ines Calero-EuropImpulse Training (Spain)

 

Berta Radvilaite- Politikos tyrimu ir analizes institutas (Lithuania)

 

Esther Haro-EuropImpulse Training (Spain)

 

Photo diary of Advocacy training course

 

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Eurobug

“Every day think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can.” – Dalai Lama