Category Archives: Projects

Umbrella

So our project Umbrella had a great impact on our participants and our local residents of Nysted. We can say that the participants had a real experience of what it means to be European in rural Denmark.
We use to have our projects in places that were closer to the bigger cities but still isolated. Our Nysted Projects have benefitted in this way that when we make our projects in this small town the effects of the projects are felt. To elaborate on this, the participants influence the local residents, as well as the local residents, influence the participants. By this we feel that we capture the true spirit of the European Union, to make something that appears far and strange, to something that is close and familiar.

Through their own prepared daily workshops, the participants could live out what it means to be responsible for own and collective learning. Great experience and knowledge were attained throughout this project, especially because our participants viewed themselves as being the primarily responsible persons for the learning outcome. According to our learning-by-doing methodology the participants experienced aspects they either did not know they had or to shy to show others. By being responsible for all the different aspects that is in a project the partipants understood that they could do more than they were aware of.

 

 

At gøre ungdomsarbejdere i stand til at arbejde i et interkulturelt følsomt miljø

På den smukke kyst af Ohrid-søen I Struga, blev der afholdt et Erasmus+ projekt varende fra den 5.-14. marts 2018. Projektet tilsigtede, at øge bevidstheden omkring kulturelle forskelle og udvide kendskab til folk med forskellige kulturelle baggrunde.

Projektet ”Enabling Youth Workers to Work in Intercultural Sensitive Environment” bestod af 15 deltagere fra tre forskellige lande: Argentina, Makedonien og Danmark. Formålet med projektet var, at uddanne og udvikle ungdomsarbejdere, ungdomsledere, lærere, socialarbejdere mv. indenfor brugen af Milton J. Bennett-modellen i deres daglige arbejde og liv for at støtte unge mennesker.

 

 

Milton J. Bennet udviklede en enestående teori kaldet: “Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity, som bl.a. kan sættes i praksis under ungdomsarbejders hverdag og arbejde. Den akademiske model kan tilpasses til diverse ungdomsaktiviteter, hvilket giver ungdomsarbejdere mulighed for, at støtte og styrke unge mennesker til at forstå hinadens forskelligheder, samt forbedre deres evner til at fungere sammen.

 

 

I løbet af projektet deltog participanterne, sendt fra tre forskellige organisationer: Asociacion Civil Familia Gangitana de Rosario – Argentina, Youth Council Next Generation – Makedonia og Danish Intercultural Organisation – Denmark, i en række forskellige aktiviteter. Gennem ikke-formel undervisning blev deltagerne ikke kun præsenteret for undervisningmaterialer, men også involveret i mange forskellige workshops, rollespil, diskussioner, uformel læring og erfaringsudvekling. Resultaterne var langt over forventning. Både participanter og værter var i den grad tilfredse med projektet. Vi rejste fra Struga med baggagen fyldt op med nye partnerskaber, samarbejder, god viden og ikke mindst livslange minder. Ideer blev diskuteret og muligheder blev skabt.

Dette kursus var anden del af et tredelt erasmus+ projekt. Den første del blev afholdt i Rosario, Argentina fra den 28. november – 3. december 2017. Den tredje og sidste del af dette projekt vil blive afholdt i Nysted, Danmark fra den 15. – 23. maj 2018.

We Are Multipliers

New experiences, friendships, non-formal learning and skills-boosting. What is their common denominator? The Erasmus+ training course in Istanbul named “We Are Multipliers”. The project took place from 21/01-30/01 2016 in the Istanbul-district Bayrampaşa. In total, 44 young, ambitious people from near and far were gathered from ten different countries: Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Poland, Slovak Republic, Spain, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.

The hosting organisation for this training course was Danish Intercultural Organisation – DIO even though the venue was the lush four star Marnas Hotel in the 20-million-people metropolitan city of Istanbul. A splendid location for an event such as this. The participants came either in national teams or as individuals, but from the moment they arrived, we were all as one, interacting with each other and enjoying the warm and festive atmosphere, ready to explore Istanbul, acquire new skills, and much much more.  

The main objectives of the project was professional development of youth workers by enabling them to acquire new skills and professional experiences. The project included transnational activities such as seminars, training courses, contact-making events, university visit, cultural evenings, and self-made workshops. To help the participants reach the objective, two trainers from Estonia, Heleri Alles and Janar Eismann, worked as facilitators to guide the participants through the program. Furthermore, this project helped the international team of youngsters develop skills such as working with different target groups, understanding the concept of intercultural learning, and developing the personal learning process in the context of non-formal learning.

Everyday started out with a solid breakfast at the hotel followed by activities until 13:30 when we were presented with a substantial lunch consisting of salads and hot meals. After a short break the activities were resumed until 19:00 where a daily self-assessment and feedback session were held in pairs and small groups. After a nutritious dinner, the day usually ended in a cultural evening where the different countries had the opportunity to do a presentation about their country. The planned program ends around 22:30 which paved the way for us to have a party – either in the hotel or somewhere in Istanbul – or get a early night, whatever was preferred.

A lot of the workshops were designed to involve all the participants, so group assignments were a big part of the project. The workshops included: tasks to complete in Istanbul on our own, preparing a self-made workshop to present to the others and university students, ‘creating’ a distinct culture to highlight the difficulty of intercultural understanding etc etc.    

  Besides this, the activities we did revolved around some key competences that the trainers wanted us to learn or enhance. These were: communication (in native and foreign languages), mathematical, basic science and technology, digital, learning to learn, social and civic, sense of initiative and entrepreneurship, and lastly, cultural awareness and expression.

The project also gave us the opportunity to eat breakfast with the mayor of the Istanbul-municipality Küçükçekmece to have a talk about youth workers, environmental issues and the importance of intercultural understanding as well as the fight against terrorism. The visit also included a tour around some of the cultural institutions that the municipality has to offer. A great day out, full of impressions.

Stepping away from the workshops and activities for a moment. Because the project also included a day out in Istanbul where we had the opportunity to explore the beautiful city of Istanbul. Some went shopping, some went to a football game, others sightseeing. It was a good day out and a great experience. And it also keeps the project in a good balance between learning and having fun. We even had a  group-night-out in Istanbul’s Taksim district, famous for tourists and parties among other things.

All in all, I would say, as a participant, that the project was a great success and a great opportunity to develop skills, enhance competences, and gain experience useful in working with young people or in the professional working life. Furthermore, the other participants only added to the fun with their willingness to learn and party. As we said: “Work hard, play hard”.

By Daniel Pedersen

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Eco-Action, Sep/Oct 2015 – Greenland

Kangerlussuaq. How often do you hear about this city or for that matter about Greenland without the context of global warming? Well I can tell for myself that I rarely hear about it, if not never. Nevertheless, with a 1.3 kilometre long airstrip, Kangerlussauq tops at being the biggest airport in Greenland, reasons to its flat ground and greatly stabile weather. Kangerlussuaq has because of its nature become one of tourist’s favourite destinations to Greenland. Despite its small population of 560 people, the most essentials of living can be found within a small radius.

 

After four hours flight from Copenhagen Airport, the Eco-Action group composed of four countries: Italy, Poland, Denmark, and Turkey, with each 5 participants, arrived early morning and were met by cold and fresh-breeze Kangerlussuaq’s weather. Quickly we realized that infrastructure in Greenland works differently compared to “back home”. Considering the short distance to the hostel, we therefore decided to walk. In the hostel the owner met us and gave a brief tour of the place. The next nine days were spent in shared rooms of four or six beds, with only curtains separating us from the others guests, a shared sitting room, kitchen and four bathrooms.

 

None of the participants were from Greenland; we therefore had to figure out how to maximise our time in Greenland and the project with a combination of outdoor trips, workshops, presentations, and the fundamental as shopping and cooking. Our different habits from our home countries are expeditiously shown by our actions. The Italians appreciated a well-prepared meal, whilst the Danes rather have some quick food as rye bread with cold cuts. Hence our differences we easily learn to live in a community and respect our heterogeneity.

 

Taken of our possibilities and circumstances into consideration, we found it most efficient and convenient to make day-to-day plan. As a result of having some experienced and skilled participants, we had the possibility to go for several trips, such as hiking, camping, hunting and viewing of the Ice Cap. Predominantly all our trips should be for all participants to participate, but taken everything to consideration, being together as a group was not an option because of the supply from firms. The group therefore needed in some situations to separate into two teams for some of the outdoor trips. Trips combined with workshops held by the represented countries, and presentations by scientist, the participants got a more fully understanding of Greenland’s situation with the climate changes and global warming.
First of all the Ice Cap ice will melt due to the changes in average temperature of the Earth, which will lead a lot of countries to go underwater including Italy and Denmark. The other aspect is that Greenland and the North Pole holds a lot of natural resources, which captures the attention of the world’s great powers. This is some of the perspectives the Eco-Action group became wiser about.

 

One thing I learned from this trip was that the way I am used to think and approach a task does not always seem to work out. In Greenland we had several situations, where we needed to think out of the box, cross our own limits and were forced to respond to the given situation, as challenging as it might have been.

Of course with hindsight, there is so much that could have been tackled differently, but what I can take with me from this project is that I got my horizon widened and gained new perspectives regarding group work, leadership and always having at least a plan b’s.

By Shabnam Abbasi

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The Rights of Children versus Parentes, October 2015 – Czech Republic

When the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted back in 1948, was it formed on the principle of respect for the individual and that “all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights” – Article 1 of the UN Convention on the human Rights. But does it include the rights of children in a refugee camp too? And what about there rights in a divorce, childcare setting or in a forcible removal proceeding? Not to forget children’s health and safeness in a refugee camp? How is it going with them and who are protecting their rights? Is it the parent’s responsibility – or which rights do parents have in the mentioned areas?
Well according to the article 25 &26 of the UN Convention on human Rights  – have all human beings the right to a good life, in which includes food, shelter and free primary school scholarship. So such things as the rights to food, shelter, education, protection etc. sounds very delight -right?
Even though Human rights are universal and applies to all human beings I keep questioning myself – if people have the right to food and shelter – why are 16.000 children dying of starvation every day? One every five second!
If people have freedom of speech – why are thousands in prison for speaking their mind? If people have the right to education – why are over 1 billion adults unable to read?
Does it mean that the human rights aren’t universal? As matter a fact no. The thing is, when the universal declaration of human rights was signed it did not had the force of law, it was optional. Well that sounds fair right? So the question is still who will make those words into a reality? Officially it’s the local and national authorities responsibility, to not only protect the human rights but also to ensure that the rights of children and parents are carried into effect. If that so, how is then going with the human rights in the worldwide? What kind of issues are the most developing countries dealing with regarding the rights of children vs. parents?
The more I rotating around this subject with all my questions and thoughts, the more I got excited for my participation in the project. Well to begin with, Tenna Poulsen and I got the opportunity by Serhat – the leader of Danish Intercultural Organization (DIO) to participate in a youth exchange project in Czech republic. The theme of the project was “The rights of children versus parents”.
Since it was my first time to participate in a EU youth exchange project I kept my expectations low to not get disappointed. It might sound a little crazy but I simply have a life philosophy that says: Life is much easier the lower expectations gets. Therefore were my expectations unusual. Still I got pleasantly surprised for not only how well organized the whole project was but also the participating countries’ presentations regarding the topic.

Beside DIO were the other partner organizations from Norway, Jordan, Turkey, German, Bulgaria and Czech Republic. At the 1st October did all participants meet in Penzion Poledníku hotel, which was located in the heart of Jindřichův Hradec. The city is known for its beautiful and historical old view. So the next 8 days we did not only exchange experiences and knowledge during social activities, presentations, workshops, discussions etc. – but we also had rich opportunities for exploring the city and Prague.

For the best part of my experience was that I not only improved my knowledge about the topic – but furthermore I also gained a deeper understanding of myself and people around me and their cultures; I learned in a way that books, school assignments never can reveal, which especially became clear for me during the Jordan presentation. Before this project I didn’t know anything about Jordan but somehow I still imagined Jordan as a political unrest country. Unexpected I got a “real eye-opener” when I heard about Jordan’s caring of refugees kids. It suddenly became clear that refugee kids have more rights in Jordan than a democratic country such as Denmark. Even though the living condition is better in Denmark, in Jordan refugee kids have more rights taking Jordan’s situation into consideration.

In regard of my huge amount of questions and thoughts, it became clearer to me, what sorts of issues the other represented countries are dealing with. This for sure would not have been possible for me without the opportunity to participate in such a project with lots of nationality, which really colored the project.

By Nilofer Abbasi

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United by Difference – In all inclusive sports, Denmark 2015

Youth Exchange: United by Difference – In all inclusive sports

Dates: 22-28 June 2015

Venue: Allerød, Denmark

Description:

Youth exchange offers young people an opportunity to share, discuss and experience useful approaches, techniques and tools helping to evoke, develop and support using sport as a method of social inclusion. The aim of the YE is also to promote sport as an educational and social tool helpful to support young people (life skills, attitude, values, social integration).

Methodology:

United by Difference – Denmark, was the last project of the 2 project United By Difference – in all inclusive sports series, in which the first was held in Diyarbakir, Turkey June 2015. In this project we had the opportunity to apply modifications to our new methods that we have worked on since the first project in Diyarbakir. We added much practical activities based on the theoretical platform we have develop since we started DIO. We worked with “contextual problem solving” which we have put a big emphasis on since we believe that it is tangible and dynamic method for investigation and/or problem solving.

United by Difference project was created with the purpose of tackling social exclusion with sport as the mean. So we went on trying to understand what the benefits of sports were in order to tackle social exclusion. We understood that sports created a reality in which our daily dimensions, such skin colour, social status, faith etc. didn’t not have an influence. Most importantly we put emphasis on which kinds of sports were most beneficial, where we came to the fact that sports in which team members are highly depended of eachother were the best to break the barriers that led to social exclusion.

Results:

We always try to meassure the impact of our projects on the participants, and here we noticed that the confidentiality and friendship bonds between participants from different nations and cultures were not only created fast, but also emotionally profound. We have had very positive feedback from the participants and we will use this to further develop our methodology and organisational culture in order to further improve our projects.

 

“Eco-Action” APV in Nuuk Greenland, 25 – 28 June 2015

APV: Eco-Action

Dates: 25-28 June 2015

Venue: Nuuk, Denmark

Description:

The Advanced Preparatory Visit is a pre-project expedition where representative of the participating organisations have the opportunity explore the venue of the project to come.

Mission:

Our mission to Nuuk was an investagory expedition where we wanted to explorer the opportunities to realise our project Eco-Action.Advanced Preparatory Visit

The project entitled “Eco-Action” is focused on the theme of climate change addressed by concerned and proactive European youth. In the frames of the project we intended to organise a youth expedition to the arctic region to prepare a documentary about the ecological changes.

Within Eco-Action project, we attempt to raise eco-thinking of young Europeans, educate them on the topic of climate change, sustainability and witness global warming effects of the melting of the ice cap in Greenland.

Results:

We achieved the purpose of the APV which was to get more familiar with the Greenlandic society, its past and its future regarding ecological challenges. We met representatives from different aspect of the Greenlandic society which all gave shared their opinion about how imagine Greenlands future will be.

United By Difference – In all inclusive sports, Turkey 2015

Another awesome project from Danish Intercultural Organisation!

First of all, we want to thank everybody who  made it possible to realise our project.

This project offered us the opportunity to apply our organisations newest tool contextual problem solving, the “why, how and what” method. The reason behind the creation of this method was the interest of actually achieving reapplicable results from our projects, so we will be able to prove that we strive to create tangible results. The result proved that our method offered the participants a mean to actually seek the reasons behind a problem or any given complex situation, as social exclusion which we wanted to find a procedure on how to tackle. The method created the necessity of critical thinking to solve the issue of social exclusion. Many participants actually presented solutions from their team-based work that a holistic approach to the issue would be the most sensible approach, since it took so many details into consideration. The results we have achieved will be analysed and the “why, how and what” method will be adjusted, if needed, accordingly.

B.A.B.E.L: Boosting Abilities By Empowering Languages, Vibo Valentia 2014

22/09 – 28/9 -2014, Vibo Valentia

B.A.B.E.L: Boosting Ability By Empowering Languages is a Youth Exchange of 35 youngsters, aged between 18 and 25 years old, from Italy, Croatia, Lithuania, Greece, Hungary, Turkey and Sweden. It seemed appropriate to choose so many different countries to guarantee  different points of view on the EU, on the perception that each of these countries has of its membership and on the importance of national and not national languages within it. The project will take place in Vibo Valentia, in southern Italy. This project focuses on the ability of young people to use several languages and their opportunity to access culture and participate as active citizens, to enjoy  better communication, inclusion and employment. Better language skills are an advantage in all activities, including mobility in general.

The main objective of the project is to raise awareness of the value and opportunities of the EU’s linguistic diversity and encourage the removal of barriers to intercultural dialogue. Other objectives are:

– To promote and enhance all languages, in fact, in the current context of mobility and migration, mastering the national languages

it is essential to be able to integrate and play an active role in society;

– Make participants aware that the competitiveness of linguistics can improve their employability ;

– Use the method of non- formal education as an effective tool for learning and spreading its use ;

– To support European objectives aimed at investing in people , their skills and abilities, and to guide them towards innovative solutions;

– Make the participants understand the importance of foreign language as a communication tool, taking into account that we live in an era in which relations with other countries are essential

– Broaden the horizons of cultural, social and human rights of the participants to understand that each language reflects the different ways of life of the communities who speak and express in different ways the aspects of human experience, having great importance to the understanding and to the respect of others and the values they possess.

Activities will be based on a non formal learning (learning by doing)