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In NFE We Trust, Sardinia 2014

“MV International” (MVI) is a European Network NGO which promotes the TC and aimed to valorize the high quality system of NFE and to validate and create a common form of certification of the key competences gained in a non formal education context.

Since non-formal education is not recognized in all European countries, one of the main objectives of MVI is to train social workers at a professional level in order to serve as a support for the youth.

Therefore this project aims to build the basis of a NFE Pool of Trainers inside the network of NGOs being inspired by the “Pathway 2.0 towards recognition of NFE learning/education and of youth work in Europe” (2011) created by the European Commission and the Council of Europe in the field of Youth.

According to this paper, “Non formal education/learning in the youth field is more than a sub category of education and training since it is contributing to the preparation of young people for the knowledge based and civil society”.

Promoters want to rise the awareness of the importance of a non formal education methods and the recognition of the key competences developed in order to facilitate the youth employability.

The target group will be social worker that are actively involved in NFE methods in their NGO during their daily activity to support personal development of youth in disadvantage areas (such as rural area or suburbs).

The main question we want to answer is: how the NFE in a professional way could help youth on rising their possibility of being a job itself or get a job developing their competences?

Social workers are facing off this problems every day and usually their method are not codified that means not well recognized from the authorities.

The role played by social workers and NGOs is crucial since it help to lead youth during their personal growth giving them new competences useful for the labour makert (in term of digital, social, civic, linguistic competences).

After having identify the mistakes of the past economic mentality and passing in a new economic model more ethic, fair and socially and environmentally friendly, projects like this are up to date and cover present and future needs of both NGOs and firms.

All in all, this project is indispensable for the development of an innovative cooperation between NGOs and profit making organizations.

Our objective is to establish a permanent cooperation and network between social workers and labour market in order to facilitate their job as a professional former of youth. All the partners involved are actively working on social topics since ages in the field of NFE.

We will realized those ideas in three steps:

– Before the event: a research in which each partners could introduce the social context, analyzing all together the weakness and the strengths offered by the community trying to suggest new methods and action to be implemented;

– Before the event: local meetings:, conference or seminar about the importance of “non formal education as a professional method” in which all the authorities (policy making, stakeholders) acting at local, regional and international level could understand its importance;

– The Event: the production of an output (Guide) as a results of the meeting about best practices to be implemented in projects that we will plan during the PBA inside the network.

Taking into consideration the policies of EU, “In NFE We Trust” project sets as objectives:

– Access of youths with fewer opportunities in education for enhancement their work opportunities;

– Decrease of youth unemployment with gaining new competences;

– Foster the cooperation between NGOs and civil society in the combat of social issues.

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Show Your Voice, Diyarbakir 2014

01/10 – 09/10 – 2014, Diyarbakir-Turkey

Develop creative tools and skills for videomaking and digital storytelling will be a training for youth leaders and young volunteers (also including NEET and unemployed) working with non formal education to be held in Diyarbakir, a small city located on South East of Turkey besides Tigris River from 2ND to 10TH September 2014.

Partners from Germany, Denmark, Turkey, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, France, UK and Spain will meet to focus on priority topics for all, education, unemployment, activism and creativity using video making and digital storytelling together with non-formal education methodologies to foster inclusion and raise awareness on the importance of active participation of young people in society. With participants and trainers we will be 63 persons.
This training aims at providing young people useful tools necessary for a critical analysis of reality and a conscious use of audio-visual messages and at empowering participants to strengthen their narrative and digital skills. They will be involved in the multiple creative steps of designing, creating and presenting their audio-visual outcomes, encouraging them to explore and experiment together the possible uses of video as a powerful and creative tool of expression, cooperation, learning and active participation.
It also aims at developing and strengthening knowledge, skills and competences useful for employability, according to what is happening in our complex society that requires to all to RE-think education also from the point of views of youth who, through non formal but also technical tools given in this training, will have the opportunity to deepen the relevant themes for them and be able to communicate and work together also afterwards. An added value of this training will be the chance for partner organizations to become able to communicate in a more effective way what they do at local level and with new international partnerships coming out from specific workshops on networking and projects ideas starting from common needs.
Specific objectives are:
– to raise participants’ awareness about the techniques of audio-visual language in order to be better informed as active citizens and thrive in increasingly media-varied environments
– to foster digital literacy and employability by developing skills and competences according to the “New skills for new jobs” EU flagship initiative and to the “European framework for key competences for lifelong learning”
– to provide communication tools in order to improve the quality of internal and external communication
– to involve young people in reflection on the priorities that affect them and stimulate them in playing a constructive role in the development of their own communities, using videos as a way of expression and constructive debate on the European Citizenship.
– to encourage the sense of initiatives and entrepreneurship capable to stimulate the ability to turn ideas into actions as the designed video is brought until a final product
– to provide a non-formal environment in which young people can learn to work in co-operation with others
– to empower young people strengthening their competences and critical capacity to fight against unemployment and social exclusion, to discover new talents and mobilize the potential of young Europeans
– to strengthen the European dimension of projects and to facilitate comparison about youth field issues at European level and learn new strategies for the development of their own communities and personal projects
– to experiment new ways to communicate and cooperate with local institutions and community through videos, involving local people through their active participation and debate on relevant issues for them
Indoor and outdoor activities will be balanced, the methodology will be based on non formal education and will apply active and experiential methods, learning by doing and mutual cooperation between participants from different backgrounds and settings, promoting exchange of knowledge, best practices, working methods and proposals for new projects and networking actions.

 

Youth Advocating for Social Inclusion Policies, Brussels 2014

04th to 11th of November 2014, Brussels, Belgium

The TC “Youth Advocating for Social Inclusion Policies” will gather youth workers and youth leaders to develop their competences in implementing effective advocacy actions and fostering social cohesion in their local communities and filed of work.

The ‘Out of the Box International’ in cooperation with the partner organizations has developed this project aiming to promote bigger social inclusion in the processes of development of youth policies. The main aim is to develop competences of youth workers enabling them to design and implement effective advocacy actions and foster social cohesion in their local communities. The training will raise the capacity of partner organizations in the field of advocacy and lobbying by helping them to better understand social transformation and advocacy principles in order to plan and deliver effective advocacy initiatives.

The project objectives are:

* Develop the competences in advocacy for social inclusion, youth work, and participatory youth policy;

* Equip youth workers with basic participatory advocacy and lobbying techniques;

* Empower youth workers with tools and competences to support youth with fewer opportunities to actively participate in youth policy mainstreaming;

* Create common understanding of the importance to involve youth organizations working with vulnerable groups of young people in the consultative processes and youth policy in generally on local, national and European level;

* Increase the capacity of youth organizations in Europe to advocate for inclusive youth policy;

* Create concrete recommendations and guidelines for different stakeholders in youth policy how to create more effective inclusion tools in decision making processes;