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Clubbing Europe - strengthening active European clubs and creating new ones
Start date: Feb 1, 2016, End date: Oct 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The main goal of the project is to promote European education by empowering the existing, active European clubs in Latvia, Poland and Portugal and to set up new European clubs in France and Germany, where such concept has not been developed yet.European clubs are informal groups of teachers and students interested in European Union, learning about different countries and cultures in Europe and international cooperation. Clubs are voluntary extra-curricular activities schools offer to their students. Three partners in this project have been working with European clubs so far and see the need for strengthening the activities of the networks – enabling meetings of European clubs members and trainings for developing new skills and encouraging international and intercultural exchange. Each partner has established partnership with one active European club in their country for the purpose of this project – this European clubs will take part in all project activities. They will participate in the blended bilateral mobility, involving a coaching process to help set up a new European clubs in France or Germany and conduct a series of activities in partnership with the new clubs. There are already established initial partnerships with teachers interested in introducing a concept of European clubs in their regions: Rhineland-Palatinate in Germany, Ile-de-France and Poitou-Charentes in France.Throughout the project partners will collect already existing materials published about European clubs and collect good-practice examples to create a Manual “EUROPEAN CLUB – how to set it up and keep it active”, which will be free for download for all interested youth workers, young people or educational institutions.There are three main direct target groups of the project: NGOs which cooperate with schools and want to improve their activities promoting civic; youth workers - school teachers leading European clubs in particular and teachers or youth workers willing to set up a new European club in their community; young people from 15-19 years of age who are actively involved in European clubs activities or are interested to learn more about the European Union. Young people in all stages will have an active role as partners, which will help develop their entrepreneurial competence by suggesting, making up, planning, implementing, promoting and evaluating activities within European clubs. Non-formal learning methods will be at the core of all project activities. A lot of focus will be put to group building activities, variety of group and individual working tasks, active participation of all participants using role-play, games, workshop sessions and intercultural exchange in the working process of all activities.The primary impact we expect is improved European education in participating countries and increased European awareness amongst project participants. We aim to raise the level of activity of the young people and youth workers, members of European clubs involved in the project. We will connect three national networks of European clubs. Some of the clubs will attend national meetings and choose their representatives for transnational activities. Three most active European clubs will create a partnership with a new European clubs from France or Germany and organize a string of activities through on whole school-year. The effects of such partnership will be later shared within European club networks. At least three teachers in secondary schools in Germany and France will get first-hand support from an experienced colleague, who will help them set up a new European clubs in their schools and who will help them motivate the members in their activities through bilateral partnership. The results of a year-long partnership will be shared with other educational institutions in the respective to encourage the creation of more European clubs in the future.
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