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Cages Are Open, Let's Fly!
Start date: Jan 1, 2015, End date: Apr 1, 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The youth exchange was carried out in cooperation with "Jaulas Abiertas- Universidad en Transicion!, a project which has been developing for more than three years on a piece of land ceded within the university of Malaga. The space offers an amphetamine for giving classes outdoors, an edible forest, garden, everything developed in a participative way, coordinated and dynamized by the organization team of the youth exchange program. 25 persons between 18 and 25 years from 4 different countries took part in this "experimental, educative prototype" based on the principles of non-formal education: a continual and horizontal process facilitated by practical, participative and open activities pursuing and encouraging at all moments the creation of knowledge by experience and the coherence between words and actions. For that reason we created the "living curriculum of the transition", a pedagogical proposal of the "university of transition": innovative pedagogical activities and contents centered in the development of basic competences to encourage the young participants, contributing to their formation towards an active and responsible citizenship committed to society and nature as a whole. The experience had a big effect on the participants and on the organizers. That's why we want to highly appreciate the confidence and the possibilities which entailed this subvention. An experience which emerged out of a solid communion of learning, emotion and cooperation, which materialized in the development of 5 new projects of the European exchange program among those some by our participants, who we guided and who took their experience with this exchange as a prototype on which they developed their project. Developing the entire exchange as an organic process based on liberty, we were afraid of the lack of participation or the lack of interest in respect with some activities. However when carrying out each activity and when working with the groups of self- organization, there was always a very high participation rate and all the tasks were fulfilled. Additionally in most of the cases the participants showed a strong interest, seeing themselves as an active part in the development of the project. As fruits of this we see the values which have guided the development of the exchange program such as commitment, colaboration, education, participation, integration and most important, respect, care and appreciation of diversity as a source of enrichment. There is more detailed information included in further parts of the report.

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