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Start date: Aug 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Cooperative Games This project is built base on previous work carried out in a daily basic from the Youth Centre of Maracena City Council, in coordination with other areas such as the Women Centre or the Department of Education and Culture. These areas mark as essential objectives the development of participative, responsible, supportive, committed and educated youth in values. Therefore, we highlight the drive, the dynamism, the creativity and the interest that a large group of local youngsters are putting in what this project concerns. The main activity of this project is to gather in Maracena (Granada) 25 youngster of this city, with 25 other young people from the city of Tortona (Italy). This group will have 8 leaders: 4 from the Spanish organisation (City Council of Maracena) and 4 other from the Italian’s (City Council of Tortona). The participants will be selected among boys / girls between 15 and 16 years who attend the fourth grade of the Compulsory Secondary Education (Spanish Educational System) (or its equivalent in Italy) and who are particularly motivated to experience, internalize and / or enhance a collaborative spirit, open and dynamic, in order to produce positive changes in them and then being able to transmit what has been learned in their respective areas. After years of experience in non-formal education, we have been able to confirm the very positive results that have the use of a recreational and educational methodology regarding the intervention in youngsters, betting on the game as a way of learning and values experimentation. This is the reason why we consider very important to develop a project aimed at these whose "tool" are the cooperative games, especially when placed them in a European context, where the exchange and the interchange of experiences enhance the deep sense of cooperation. In regards to the participating partner (City Council of Tortona), the election was mainly done due to the previous collaboration on other projects (Youth for equality and good treatments). We have been able to verify their experience, ability and sensitivity to the topic we are dealing with and generally in all matters relating to education in values. Like us, they are working with schools and young people in reference to cooperation topics. Thus, considering the methodology we are going to be using, the scheduled of the activities and the two organizations involved in the exchange, we are convinced that the project we are presenting will have a wide impact on the participants, the coordinators, and the surrounding of all who are involved. In line with the above, a control system and monitoring will be conducted under a feedback and self-learning methodology which will overcome the difficulties that may arise and will promote good relations among all participants. The combination of practical actions with a ludic methodology, joined together with the determination of what the group could learn involves a consolidation of networks already initiated, which its multiplier effect has already begun to bear fruit, are the cornerstones of this project. We are fully aware that Europe is an unique and personalized learning place for young men / women, therefore dealing in this moment of our collective engagement with the need to encourage cooperation and solidarity regarding all areas and all policies (local regional, national and European), it seems an exciting challenge. (SEE PROYECT TIMETABLE ANNEX I AND ACTIVITIES TIMETABLE ANNEX II)
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