O.R.A.: sustainability and green jobs
Start date: Aug 1, 2014,
End date: Jan 1, 2015
The project of Study Visit "O.R.A.: sustainability and green jobs" answered to the needs to acquire knowledge and competences to support opportunities of inclusion, employment and "green" entrepreneurship that came out from participants to a previous project when they had the chance to be in contact with some entrepreneurial experiences in the Sangro Valley (Province of Chieti, Italy) characterised by high level of sustainability. The idea, then, was to realise an activity targeted to youth workers and organisation based on the knowledge of good practices adopted in Abruzzo. Dates of the project were 1st August 2014 - 1st January 2015 and the Study Visit was realised from 18th till 25th October 2014. Objectives of the project were:
- To know in detail examples of good practices in the Sangro Valley and in Province of Chieti in terms of methodologies, activities and policies realised by companies, co-operatives, institutions and associations on the theme of Sustainable Development as a tool of inclusion, employment and entrepreneurship for young people;
- To share among partners and participants elements of knowledge about the different contexts involved on the themes of Sustainable Development, green jobs, youth inclusion and fight against poverty
- To analyse the possibilities and methodologies given by educational and multimedia tools to transfer and promote the knowledge and the experiences acquired during the Study Visit in the different contexts of each partner to increase the quality of the work done with young people
- To reinforce the relationship among partners with the specific objective to plan and realise future projects under the framework of the Erasmus+ Programme to increase its quality and using the knowledge and competences acquired during the Study Visit. Future projects will represent a concrete opportunity of active involvement and personal and economic development for those young people with which all the partner work.
Participants were 30, including 2 facilitators and 3 support staff, from Italy, Bosnia Herzegovina, Serbia, Albania, Bulgaria, Romania, Germany, Macedonia, Belgium, Spain and Portugal. Their profile was youth and social workers, educators, youth animators, responsible of associations.
The methodology used was the Non Formal Education (learning by doing, peer education, interaction, sharing) and, particularly, the innovative one called ORA (Observe, Rethink Act) developed in the last years by ARCI together with other European partners. The methodology applied guaranteed high level of involvement of all the actors of the project.
During the preparatory phase participants collected examples of good practices on the themes of Sustainable Development, youth inclusion and concrete experience of development of "green jobs" and "green entrepreneurship" and realised a preparation on intercultural aspects as well. During the Study Visit were organised ice-breaker games, team building, presentation of the Erasmus+ Programme and Youthpass certificate, sharing activities on the associative backgrounds and on the preparatory works, 2 "Show and tell" sessions, a working session on the theme of the project, field visits and meeting with different local experiences on the themes of Sustainable Development, inclusion and dynamization of young people, promotion of green jobs (each one followed by de-briefing), a working session on how to reproduce and concretely apply the competences and the knowledge acquired, working sessions on the realisation of communication, promotional and information material on the themes of the project, elaboration of common future steps, reflection groups and final evaluations. A dossier on the different visited realities was prepared directly by participants with their notes, data and comments.
Project had a high impact on the knowledge and competences on both promoting social inclusion and active participation for those young people coming from condition of exclusion and for the promotion of an alternative, sustainable and innovative approach to entrepreneurship through "green jobs". Most of the partners are already applying in their territories activities and methodologies acquires during the study visit adapting them to each context. The planned future steps will realise international activities through Erasmus+ Programme (training, youth exchanges, EVS) reinforcing the partnership and ensuring a qualitative increase of the actions through the direct involvement of the young people with which partner work.
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