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Inclusion competences for youth
Start date: Jan 14, 2015, End date: Aug 13, 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

This youth exchange initiative is a partnership cooperation result between the peer leaders and educators on social inclusion and intercultural learning (ICL) with neighboring countries of the Eastern partnership youth window. Partners have been working on raising awareness of intercultural challenges in modern Europe and now are willing to share innovative visions and practice possible ways of social and community inclusion of geographically disadvantaged (sub)urban youth by facilitating Intercultural learning process in their local and regional peer led projects. The innovation of this project is that we aim at developing ICL process by empowering peers to address this issue in their immediate daily peer group environment of multicultural communities suffering from exclusion. The exchange will take place in Beltsi region (Moldova) and bring 64 young people and youth leaders from UK, Moldova, Russian Federation and Lithuania for 8 days. The young people involved in the project will be mostly with a difficult social background coming from geographically disadvantaged (sub)urban areas and often unemployed. This target group has fewer opportunities to be exchanged and get intercultural understanding. And the Erasmus + Programme can be a very good opportunity for them to get intercultural experience. The main objectives as related to the topic of the youth exchange are: • To reflect, discuss and learn more about challenges with peer youth work in geographically disadvantaged (sub)urban areas connected with multiculturalism; • To gain/develop new knowledge and skills in managing diversity in youth work in disenfranchised (sub)urban areas; • To practice peer led approach of non formal groups in a youth exchange; • To raise cultural awareness between our countries and to promote cooperation and understanding; • To become more aware of the conditions other young people live in and the issues that affect geographically disadvantaged (sub)urban youth in Europe both locally and in the rest of Europe, and for them to develop confidence regarding their environment. Methodologically, the project is built upon “learning while doing” and “mixed nationality” principles. Participants will be encouraged to generate new methods of inclusion into the society for peer leaders. On the main workshop, the participants will be given chance to share their knowledge and achievements and to find out how they can act together, as a whole group, to bring advantages to their local youth groups. Peer educators will also help to create educational environment where the participants are encouraged to work on their own projects and find out how peer leaders can participate in multi-national projects. With this project we want to raise awareness and promote non-formal ways of communication between EU and Non EU non formal groups of geographically disadvantaged (sub)urban youth by letting them share their skills and achievements with other young people in peer led workshops. It includes the youth participation aspect, as it is strongly present in non-formal education, peer leadership and peer education. The idea of this exchange is that advantages gained and skills acquired will be used not only by participants of the project but also spread around local youth groups and the organizations that take part in such intercultural follow up projects which will relate this to both a local and European context. One of the project’s aims is also to initiate cooperation with the Neighbouring Partner countries. The Erasmus+ programme will be also explored and promoted which will lead to follow-up projects and usage of the skills gained during this exchange in them in terms of paying more attention to the topics of Dissemination and Exploitation of new skills and knowledge.
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