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Learning with, about and from Refugees - basic information

project falls under Key Action 1

National Agency: Italian

applicant ngo: Hub-Officine Giovanili of Diego Cimino

venue: Italy

contact people: Julia, Katie, Diego

partner countries and YPAs involved: Armenia (Seg and Marine), Turkey (Zek), Poland (Agata), Ukraine (Julia), Giorgia (Katie, Nino), Italy (Diego), Hungary (Lutza), Macedonia (Emir and Viktor), Serbia (Branislav), Russia (Chechnya, Bekkhan), Bosnia and Herzegovina (Emil), Lithuania (Raminta), Azerbaijan (Nargiz)

Learning with, about and from Refugees - project summary

In the situation of the current refugee crisis in Europe caused by the conflicts around the world there is a need to work on the assistance measures and mechanisms. The communities hosting refugees and IDPs, particularly when the numbers are large, clearly experience economic, social and political consequences for doing so. Community and public services are strained. Governments of countries hosting large numbers of refugees may fear that they will cause political problems, stir up ethnic grievances, and cause long-term economic and environmental damage. NGOs, voluntary organizations play a substantial role in providing services in local levels. They need some tools to deal with those issues and experience from those who have already gone through these processes.

The aim of the seminar is to empower young refugees and IDPs and youth workers from hosting communities to create dialogue that leads to integration and establishes culture of peace.

The objectives are: to understand the root causes, working mechanism and effects of prejudices and racism towards refugees/IDPs; to map the needs and deconstruct the positions of both sides, explore and analyze corresponding practices; to create safe space for sharing and learning new methods of peace-building that fosters dialogue and mutual understanding; to create local projects for dialogue and active participation of both refugees, IDPs and youth workers from the hosting communities; to multiply gained knowledge, attitudes and competences in the local communities of the participants.

The target group of our activity are 31 young people who work in their own communities as a trainers/multipliers. The participants should be actively involved in the development of the networks and ready to implement common actions on local and international level. Taking into account the specifics of the topic of the seminar, it will be important to invite people with refugee and/or IDP backgrounds as participants, also young leaders with practical experience in youth work, activism, promoting human rights, dialogue and integration. In order to promote matching process and sharing experiences, we will select an equal number of participants with youth worker, refugee and IDP backgrounds, from one community so that the exchange of the experiences and peer-to-peer education could take place.

The main activity of the project is the seminar "Learning with, about and for Refugees” which will take place in August 2016 in Catania, Sicily.

The following countries will be involved in the training course: Italy, Poland, Hungary, Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Lithuania, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Turkey, Serbia, Russian Federation.

The programme of the seminar is divided into five main phases focusing on the different objectives building the space for dialogue, analyzing the main issues blocking it and working on practices to foster mutual understanding in the home communities of the participants. During the seminar the methodology will be based on the methods of non-formal education, human rights education and intercultural learning. Moreover, participatory and experiential approaches will always be emphasized for each method. The planned session will be conducted using interactive and participatory methods which will create spaces for participants to work together to elaborate individual and common ideas of applying the knowledge and skills in their practices and setting the foundation for future cooperation. Among the planned methods will be: individual reflection, working in groups, interactive lectures, simulation and role play games, case studies, sharing experiences, field studies, experts’ talks, debates, community mapping, world café, open space, teambuilding and integration activities, study visits, etc.

In the long-term perspective the seminar will contribute to promoting inclusive and peaceful societies.

The following results and impact of the project are expected: there will be provided an opportunity to the vulnerable groups to express their needs and empower them to tackle racism and discrimination, and at the same time to further build on capacities of youth workers and their NGOs to promote peaceful and intercultural dialogue and conflict transformation in their societies, as well as integration of young refugees and IDPs; the youth workers will be further empowered to prevent negative tendencies existing in their societies towards IDPs and refugees; the platform for sharing best practices will be created and it will help to build strong links with and between the relevant youth actors in this field on a global scale; the support will be provide support to NGOs from hosting communities by using new learning tools and methods; a follow-up of this project the local initiatives towards fostering integration of refugees and IDPs are envisaged.

Youth Peacebuilders Multipliers - basic information

project falls under Key Action 2

National Agency: Spanish

applicant ngo: Sende of Edo Sadikovic

venue: Spain and Ukraine

contact people: Agata, Lutza

partner countries and YPAs involved: Turkey (Zek), Poland (Agata), Ukraine (Julia), Giorgia (Katie, Nino), Italy (Diego), Hungary (Lutza), Macedonia (Emir), Serbia (Ana), Russia (Chechnya, Bekkhan), Bosnia and Herzegovina (Emil), Spain (Edo), France (Edouard)

Youth Peacebuilders Multipliers - project summary

Europe get questioned every day. Moreover, such symptoms can be recognized: a decline in turnout and other forms of political participation, policy making that is increasingly detached from ordinary citizens and their preference, as well as erosion of trust in government and satisfaction with democracy among citizens.

With the project Youth Peacebuilders Multipliers (YPbM) we are aiming to empower young people to play a stronger role in advocating and educating for democracy and active citizenship both on a local and on an European level. We would like to show that democracy is about far more than just voting and encourage young people to take an active role in their communities and in a common Europe.

The aim of the project is to equip young people with competences to be actors and multipliers of building and sustaining strong democratic systems across Europe.

Our more specific objectives are:

- to gain a better understanding of democracy and its forms and the importance of youth participation in democratic institutions,

- to equip young activists with off-line and on-line tools to strengthen democracy both on a local and European level,

- to strengthen a value-based European citizenship and the feeling of responsibility and solidarity towards different European communities,

- to reinforce cooperation and to empower youth organizations across Europe coming from communities with different democratic traditions by training their active members to advocate for democratic values within their community and act as multipliers,

- to use, exchange, create and promote innovative tools to strengthen democratic values in European communities.

-to ensure sustainable impact and a high level of youth participation in European democracies.

The project targets as direct participants 30 youth workers- multipliers between the age of 18-30 comming from communities in Europe in which the need of improving democracy was recognised. Participants are expected to have some experience in youth work and be involved in a local organization. The indirect target group of the projects are members of the oganisations of the participants, their peers, participants of the local actions, users of online tools and the intellectual outputs, as well as various stakeholders (policy makers, municipalities, regions, schools, regional or local youth councils).

During the whole project the role of young people in strenghtening democracy and acting as multipliers.Two residential seminars (in Ukraine and Spain) will ensure interactive space to keep in contact betweeen the participants, exchange practives while also receiving support for common and individual projects.

The expected result of the project is a group of trained youth activists-multipliers who will be able to act locally, support each other through online tools and promote the values of democracy and human rights. The participants will not only be able to act, but will be expected also to multiply their knowladge by getting active within their local communities and passing on their knowladge. Participants will also have the space to develop a set of innovative practices which will be also implemented by the participants in their local communities. Mentioned above practices would be also dessiminated and implemented by the current.

The outcome of the project will be also a creation of the intellectual output - Online platform of Young Peacebuilders Multipliers. The platform will be a combination of a regular website and several new media tools which will ensure the fulfillment of its objectives. There will be a space for stories, democratict metods, peer-to-peer learnine and creative ideas using and developing the media literacy among participants.

The impact of the project is stronlgy connected with the multiplying effect emboddied in all its activities. We envision that the participants will internalize and represent the democratic values and ideas for active participation in all sphere of life. We envision impact both on local as well as international level. On a local level the project will include a number of youth (also from disadvantaged background) as participants in projects discussing democratic values and European citizenship. On a interntational level, the project will initiatie discussion finding solutions to the nowadyas democractic recession on a bigger scale. As several new media tools will be used, many discussions and outcomes will be accessible from everywhere.

Benefits of long period of the project are expected to happen as the tools and the European examples can be used on an international level. The intellectual output will support the accessibility of the results of the project making it's impact wider and lasting. We believe that the participants of the project, together with the memebrs of the YPA network will strive for promoting democracy and good governance of the highest quality, nationally, regionally and locally for all the citizens.

Peace in mind - Peace in world - basic information

project falls under Key Action 1

National Agency: Turkish

applicant ngo: Young Peacebuilders of Zek Dundar

venue: Turkey

contact people: Zek

partner countries and YPAs involved: Armenia, Turkey (Zek), Agata (Poland), Ukraine (Julia), Giorgia (Nino), Italy (Diego), Hungary, Bosnia and Herzegovina (Emil), Spain (Edo)

Peace in mind - Peace in world - project summary

UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has dedicated the World Peace Day 2013 to Peace education in an effort to refocus minds and financing on the preeminence of peace education as the means to bring about a culture of peace.

Animator and children's book author, Sue Dicicco announced in May 2013 a global campaign to increase awareness of Peace Day and promote peace education within schools and community groups through the Peace Crane Project. Gorey Community School in Wexfor, Ireland, has been chosen to be School of Peace for 2013.

Peace In Mind – Peace In World (PMW) aims to promote a culture of peace and enhance peace education through arts (music, dance, photography and theatre) in Europe and Neighbor countries by educating young people to become local Peace Educators and promoters. Training course will support the campaign, which was started by Sue Dicicco to encourage Non- Governmental organization to refocus on Peace Education. Moreover, it aims to encourage young people to use art and cultural tools to promote a culture of peace while raising awareness about The International Day of Peace (21st September).

During the training course participants will create a joint action to implement in their home countries on 21st September 2015.

Participants of project will be the main multiplier of project to promote out a culture of peace in their own community.

Objective of project:

· To Use art (music, dance, photography, theatre) at peace education and organize outdoor joint activity during training course in Artvin.

· To create joint action to implement in home countries of participants on September 21st 2015.

· To educate inner Peace through Peace Meditation.

· To create a space to exchange ideas, good practices expertise and approaches on peace education in the local, European and global level, by exploring diverse activities, possibilities and challenges related to create a culture of peace.

· To assist and develop capacity of the partner organizations in their role as active networks by engaging in national and global decision-making processes related to peace building and peace education.

· To promote a culture of Peace through networking of partner organizations by developing participants’ capacity on working with young people on peace education;

PMW will take place in Artvin, Turkey from 27th August to 3rd September 2015. The training course will gather participants from Europe and neighbor countries. Having different regions will provide a larger perspective on peace education. It will also create a space for partner organizations to build up network in order to spread the common understanding of a culture of peace.

Training course methodologies based on Non Formal Education approached such simulations, group works and role-plays. Moreover, it also includes artistic tools such as folkloric dances, music, and photography.

Trainers will create equal opportunity for all participants while they will have space to share their experiences and real examples on peace education and on promoting a culture of peace through artistic and cultural tools