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Active citizenship as a way to tackle socio-environmental issues
Start date: May 15, 2015, End date: Dec 14, 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The training course 'Active citizenship as a way to tackle socio-environmental issues' addresses the need to increase youth work in the field of animal welfare and protection, and is in the line with European Convention for the Protection of Pet Animals. The project gathered a groups of youth workers ( 29) from the UK, Bulgaria, Belarus, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Romania, Latvia and was held in Plymouth, UK in December 2015. The project filled a gap in competences of youth workers so that they are able to offer new diverse activities and projects that better respond to the above mentioned need. As result of this project, the organisations increased their ability to promote active citizenship and volunteering in more structured way and involve their target group in diverse local and international activities to tackle socio-environmental issues (animal welfare and protection). Youth workers are able to maximise opportunities for the active involvement of young people and support young people in ways that best suit them. During the activity stage the participants will explore Active Citizen Concept, the European Strategy for the Animal protection and EU legislation. Iceberg Culture Concept, including Deep Culture of participating countries. Increased knowledge of Concept of Animal welfare allow the participants to implement targeted, diverse and attractive activities. The programme designed is closely linked to the objectives of the project and participants' needs, aspirations and interests. The training course offered space for interactions of participants working in different settings, sharing of ideas and creation of a platform for future international projects. The project were based on non-formal education. Work in small and large groups, team building exercises, problem-solving tasks, simulation exercises, role play, debriefing, presentations, round table discussion, sessions for evaluation and reflection, etc. were used throughout the seminar to ensure everyone has an opportunity to express themselves freely and to achieve maximum results in the learning process. The project offered space for active interaction, sharing ideas, analyse information, plan actions and express opinions as well as evaluate learning outcomes and put ideas into practice. The objectives of the project were: - To increase level of professional competences of youth workers and their understanding of active citizenship concept; - To increase awareness of European culture and diversity - To increase awareness of active citizenship and volunteering as an enjoyable way of helping promote animal welfare - To increase awareness of European strategy for the Protection and welfare of animals 2012-2015 and European regulations. - To increase capacities of the partner organisations to promote active citizenship and volunteering as well as to expand their activities in animal welfare field on local and international level, including cross-field cooperation and partnership. - To enhance opportunities for cooperation between youth organisations from Programme and Partner countries. The project is in line with Erasmus+ aims and objectives such as improving competences of youth workers, linked to their professional profile, promoting active citizenship, promoting cultural awareness, increasing of capacity, attractiveness and international dimension of organisations active in the youth field. The project will help the organisations from Programme and Partner countries to build network and cooperation.
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