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Common European Citizenship - Different local approaches
Start date: Jul 1, 2014, End date: Sep 30, 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

This project is a multi-measure framework including five job-shadowing activities that involved 8 professional youth workers working in the field of long-term youth exchanges. The project focused on peer learning for implementing at local/national level a common European approach to European and Active Citizenship (EAC) education within long term youth exchanges. The project built on the outcomes of three previous Youth in Action trainings targeting volunteers and aimed at developing a common European educational framework to include European and Active Citizenship content in long-term youth exchanges. These job shadowings involving professional youth workers were needed in order to include EAC content in exchange programmes in a systemic way. The project involved 6 organisations based in 5 different countries - Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Hungary and the Russian Federation. The applicant is the European umbrella organisation to which the other 5 belong and this partnership construction ensured the overall European approach while adapting the EAC educational framework to local and national realities. The job shadowing activities were reciprocal and took place in all countries involved. In particular, through these job shadowings, participating youth workers have : 1) learnt from each other how their organisations are adapting the common approach to the different local/organisational realities, while keeping the overview on the common approach through the coordination of the project by EFIL; 2) experienced how European and Active citizenship are practically conveyed in a long-term youth exchange by taking part to themselves to youth seminars placed at different phases of the exchange (preparation pre-departure, exchange, re-entry/follow up) and volunteer trainings; 3) used the newly acquired awareness on European and Active Citizenship (EAC) and the best practices on the implementation of the common framework to better promote the exchange programme with EAC content (EFIL’s European Citizenship Trimester Programme-ECTP) to participants and the communities engaged in the exchange, and coordinate better the volunteers’ expertise on this topic. Participants learned through peer coaching, continuous reflection on learning and monitoring of implementation of action plans, sharing of practices, hands-on coaching and training young exchange participants and volunteers on the EAC topic. The project have impacted the youth workers’ professional and personal development, their organisations and the overall EFIL network comprising 28 European countries, the quality of EAC content in the exchange programmes offered to about 6000 Europeans every year, the visibility of European and Active Citizenship in the local communities of inbound and outbound exchange participants.

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