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Active Europeans
Start date: 01 Aug 2014, End date: 01 Apr 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The TC "Active Europeans” wanted to explore what it means to be a "European Citizen" and the advantages of "Youth Mobility" and Active Youth Participation. Within the project the space for intercultural dialogue was created, which was an opportunity to exchange and experience different concepts and obstacles of the above-mentioned topics and how young people can overcome them. Therefore the aim of the training was to raise a level of participation of young people, learn from each other and exchange best practice examples. The participants came from different cultural and political backgrounds which made the exchange of ideas extremely interesting. The activities during the training helped the participants to get new essential skills for breaking the stereotypes about other cultures and create a positive atmosphere of common understanding, tolerance, diversity, united Europe; additionally raise sense of confidence and become active citizens in order to take an important role for positive changes in their communities. The participants have been involved in practical workshops-including: forum theatre, discussion, also they worked in groups and individually to develop their skills and later they have been able to evaluate the process. The beginning of the TC mainly implied teambuilding activities and ice-breaking games. The rest days have been particularly focused on forum theatre techniques, discussions, specific sessions about the European citizenship and exchanges of ideas. We have organized national evening for each country, where all of the participants have been able to present their culture and traditions. Furthmore, we had Erasmus+ presentation, so that the participants find out all of the opportunities provided by it and become more motivated to involve in Erasmus+ more actively. We did issue Youthpass for the participants. To sum up the project, we had a final evaluation. The TC took place in Georgia, Tbilisi 01. -08.10.2014. The working methods for this project were based on the principles of non-formal learning and we will work based on David A. Kolb's experiental learning. The different working sessions did include discussions, group work, role plays and simulations. There has been always a debriefing. The participants could actively participate. Included countries have been Germany, Poland, Georgia, Romania, Armenia, Croatia, Italy and Turkey.
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