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Eco Art & Development
Start date: Aug 1, 2015, End date: Oct 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The EVS Project “Eco Art & Development” will facilitate the stay of one volunteer from Germany from 10.08.2015 until 09.08.2016 with Art center - Institution for development and art in Središče/Szerdahely, Slovenia. In this project, volunteer selection will search one young person facing economic and/or social obstacles, thereby facilitating youth with fewer opportunities to be proactive and involved in cultural and environmental projects. Project partner will give priority to young people exposed to any kind of discrimination and/or facing unemployment or precarity. Activities include supporting international artistic projects, running environmental workshops and discussions for local youth, gathering materials and field research in topics connected to sustainable environment and participating in non-hierarchical, consensus based dynamics of the hosting organization. The project aims to strengthen young peoples engagement as promoters of culture, environmental justice and sustainable alternatives across Europe. In critical times where support for the creative and environmental sector is decreasing both in numbers and strength and governments seem unable to fully take on environmental challenges from a social justice perspective, the volunteers will explore and visualize sustainable and creative future for all; encourage active citizenship; build a more inclusive European community; involving both local and European-wide youth. The project working and learning method used will be popular education, a group facilitation technique and style of non-formal education used to raise consciousness and awareness of how individual experience relates to larger societal problems. In this model everyone teaches and everyone learns in a collective process of creating new knowledge. This means that it will speak to different learning styles by including a mix of discussions, workshops, team-building and hands-on activities along with structured informal time. This will encourage and empower active participation and acknowledge the importance of this input. Volunteers will acquire new practical skills like project management, creative thinking, workshop presentation, consensus decision-making structures, ICT use, language skills, field research methods and environmentally friendly skills that will help to improve their economic, professional and social opportunities. Also, this EVS experience will enable the volunteers to enact their ideas and make their own projects or campaigns happen after this project. The project will be beneficial to the local community by providing interesting and valuable informal education for local youth. In the long term, the project will extend Art center's network and contribute to fostering young people's sense of European citizenship and their role in the present and future of Europe as promoters of culture and environmental sustainability.

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