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From TRADition to Employment: Clay Creations
Start date: 01 Jul 2016, End date: 31 Aug 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

“Trade Clay”: From TRADition to Employment: Clay Creations" is a youth exchange funded by Erasmus+ to promote entrepreneurship through traditional arts. The youth exchange will take place in Phini area in Limassol district of Cyprus. Phini village is very famous for its tradition on pottery. 36 Participants coming from Cyprus, Portugal, Italy, Bulgaria, Romania and Spain will meet all together to experience this innovative project and create all together new entrepreneurship ideas to fight unemployment through having a close insight experience with traditional means and customs. The project will be implemented in two activities: An Advance Planning Visit will be held on 22/04/17 - 23/04/2017 for the group leaders meeting while the youth exchange will be implemented on 23/05/2017- 01/06/2017 in Phini village, Cyprus.The aim of this youth exchange is to inspire young people to transform, improve and reinvent their own traditions, implement them into today’s world and create new job opportunities in an entrepreneurial way.The project will focus on the ceramics traditional arts of Phini. The participants will be involved in workshops and they will create their ceramics projects from scratch! That will involve all the stages of the creative process, starting from gathering the soil to create the clay and concluding with the firing of the final pieces. Study visits in small ceramic and entrepreneurship businesses will be included in the agenda as well as an exhibition with the pots created by the participants in the village square. The methodology that will be used will be non formal education including workshops, hands on job, study visits, simulation games, energizes, team building activities, role playing exercises etc.Participants profile: young people age 18-30, with efficient level of English, interest on arts and culture, coming from rural areas of facing financial obstacles, seeking for inspiration and (or) want to change their career orientation and create their entrepreneurship opportunities.Objectives of this project:- acquire knowledge about pottery-related traditions and professions of the participating countries- acquire authentic information from discussions with people still practicing these traditions- expand knowledge on arts, culture, agriculture and home made products- promote enviromental best practices- foster entrepreneurship and creativity in turning pottery-related traditions to modern ways of employment- improve skills and employability of participants through group activities and workshops - personal development of participants especially with regards to self-confidence and realization of their strengths and weaknesses - enhance creativity and promote active citizenship as a way to fight unemployment - establish life-long connections between participants and create collaborations with respect to employment and/or Erasmus+ projects- involve the local community and especially the eldest by sharing their experience with the young people- increase cross-cultural understanding and communication between European citizens
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