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Old Masters - Young Traditions
Start date: Aug 1, 2016, End date: Dec 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Within the framework of the project Old Masters – Young Traditions, we wish to implement a youth exchange in partnership with five European organisations with the inclusion of disadvantaged youth. During the project, we combine the development of cultural conscience and expression (with the emphasizing of the role of local knowledge, old professions, teaching of environment-friendly, sustainable methods and techniques) with community development, and responsibility towards the local environment and community. The aims of the project:- forming mutual tolerance among participating organisations and young people. Forming international youth cooperation among organisations with similar profiles, laying the foundation of future joint personal and organisational work.- Relationship-building, sharing experiences and viewpoints regarding the topic- Development of the key competences of participating young people (among them, disadvantaged) primarily in the areas of cultural consciousness and expression, social activity and inclusion with the employment of motivating and creative crafting methods- We use natural materials in our project (wood, clay/mud, leather), with which, we would like to emphasize the opportunities of using environment-friendly materials in this day and age.- Emphasizing the important of local heritage, local knowledge, primarily learning techniques of old professions.- Deepening of the self-awareness of participating youth and the realization of their role and responsibility in their local communities, support of their active social role, development of their entrepreneurship skills and competences in order to allow them to make positive changes in their narrow and wide environment.- Fostering intercultural dialogue and intercultural sensitivity among participants.- Dissemination of achieved results. The project has the following phases:Preparation: selection and preparation of participants, joint preparation (presentation of local knowledge and heritage in the form of a workshop), Youthpass, getting acquainted with the system of key competences, preparation of the project. Youth exchange in Szeged:1. Past: We focus on the roots of the participants, what defines them including the presentation of the local values, heritage of their own communities. This provides the opportunity for participants to get to know each other’s cultural foundations and explore the diversity of the group2. Present: Focusing on the community forming during the exchange, learning allows the development of creativity, getting acquainted with different materials and techniques. Beside this, we also reflect on the possibility of using (reusing) traditional knowledge and materials in this day and age.3. Future: Planning and building of a public community space in Szeged using the learnt materials and techniques. At the same time focusing the attention of the group to the responsible, creative participation in the environment surrounding them. Dissemination, follow up, closing: In the last, third phase of the project, participants report on the project results at their communities at home, they survey the possibilities of utilizing the acquired knowledge at home Partners make the project results available for a wide audience with the help of the participants. The evaluation of the project also takes place in this phase on several levels (participant, group, organisational levels).
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