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ECO FOR LIFE
Start date: 01 Mar 2015, End date: 28 Feb 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

In recent years a number of important changes have been taking place in the Mediterranean and Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. In the southern Mediterranean, the economic crisis has had a knock-on effect across societies, with issues such as the environment, culture, health, and even identity coming to the fore. The people's revolutions in North Africa and the Middle East, spurred on by a popular demand for democracy, human rights, and transparency have highlighted just how interconnected the region is, as well as the role that Europe can play in one of its immediate neighbourhoods. The media has played an ambiguous role in the crises which have affected the region - the advent of social media has been hailed as a driver of democratic change and community building, while at the same time economic and political pressures have caused the mainstream media to curb their reporting of the aforementioned issues. In the melting pot of change, the region's youth has been both a driver of change but is also one of the main groups that is suffering the consequences of these crises. Lacking proper information and opportunities, there is a risk of youth becoming disenfranchised within and across societies. Official institutions, operating under economic and political strain and restriction, are not able to address numerous issues of relevance to youth, while the media are not responding to their role in supporting democracy. ECFOLI is a media education project giving the opportunity to the youth of the Mediterranean and Middle East region to meet, share and create in their own communities, around the common issue of Environment and the Mediterranean cultural heritage, fostering therefore a dialogue, and allowing the establishment of long lasting and sustainable skills in conflict resolution. The 30 youth participating coming from of Cyprus, Palestine and Morocco will create different media products as digital stories, jazz videos clips, and drama plays that will highlight and promote in their own way the Environment and Mediterranean cultural heritage. the youth will be trained to be the ECFOLI ambassadors and therefore take a more active participation in the society. Through the use and the development of an E-learning and E-coaching multilingual platform, ECFOLI will provide learning and initial and ongoing training material for users as well as communication, collaboration functionalities, collaborative space work and evaluation system to the trainers and participants. ECFOLI will promote, develop and implement an innovative practice in the field of media education in a transregional project. The project will take place during 2 years, starting with a training of trainers in Cyprus, followed by the implementation of the different activities in each country and ending after the dissemination of the media products by a final inter regional workshop and conference in Morocco where leaders and participants will share best practices and evaluation. The conference will also gather together practitioners and experts in the fields to ensure the dissemination and sustainability of the projects outcomes. The ECFOLI documentary and exhibition will be launched.
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