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
“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 where 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 Akpaloo, 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
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
- 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;
- 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.
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.
IRELAND –Eurobug 🇮🇪
Eurobug’ 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 🇱🇹
Eurobug 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 🇪🇸
EuropeImpulse 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
Youth Leader: Roberto Rossetto
Main aim is to promote active European citizenship between young people.
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.
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.