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ORA: green tools to enhance the social inclusion of young people and sustainable development of local communities
Start date: Nov 30, 2016, End date: Nov 29, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

This project find its roots in a previous Seminar realised by ORA Network in Bosnia in January 2016, where a working group among partners was created defining aims, objectives and contents. Commonly agreed information were shared and completed with a need analysis process with young people conducted at local level."ORA: green tools to enhance the social inclusion of young people and sustainable development of local communities" consists of 3 main activities: a training course and 2 youth exchanges. Partners are coming from United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Albania, Romania, Bulgaria. The duration will be 12 months and each activity will last 8 working days plus 2 days of travel. Training will be hosted in Italy, 1st youth exchange in Germany and 2nd youth exchange in United Kingdom. After each youth exchange, local initiatives will be organized by young people with the support of partners. Through this project, our organisations would like to answer the demand and need of actions in the medium/long term period coming from different actors (young people, especially those coming from disadvantaged conditions, youth and social workers, youth centres, youth NGOs, Nature Reserves, local communities, etc.) to improve the efficiency and to enrich the quality of the work done at the grassroots level to enhance opportunities of inclusion. For these reasons, the general aim is to facilitate inclusion of young people (economic, social, cultural, etc.) and the growth of local communities through thematic and tools related to sustainable development.Objectives: To organize a medium/long term multi-activity project, that include a training course and two youth exchanges, to build capacity for NGOs, youth workers, young people, giving priority to those coming from fewer conditions, to use sustainability as tool of inclusion.To share and know good examples and best practices realised at European level on the use of sustainability as tool for the inclusion, involvement and engagement of young people and for the growth of local communities.To share results and outcomes of the project with the local communities in order to aware/sensitise civil society, citizens, institutions and to contribute in developing higher quality initiatives that will at the same time activate and integrate in the community young people with fewer opportunities.To produce a final booklet in which to collect all the outcomes of the project in order to make them available, useful and reproducible by other interested groups.To plan follow up measures to be realised both at local level, applying the competences acquired during the project (multiplying effect) and at international level through the Erasmus+ Programme in order to generate further possibilities of inclusion and involvement of young people.Project will involve 92 persons: 87 are participants; 3 are trainers and 2 support staff of the training course. 27 participants of the training course are youth workers or youth leaders and 30 participants of each youth exchange are young people aged from 16 to 30 and a group leaders per country without age limit. 20 participants to the Youth Exchanges are people with fewer opportunities as well as 9 participants to the Training Course.Partners continuously work on building a stronger relationship in the field of youth work, on social inclusion and participation of young people. Sustainable development and environmental protection are innovative tools close to interests of young people to express their creativity and to be environmentally friendly at the same time. We consider these tools effective because they are easily understandable and working sessions (in TC so called Workshop Path and in Youth Exchanges so called Workshops) will not only be focusing on knowledge and skills but on fostering mutual understanding and changing the attitudes. At the end of the project, we will realise a booklet that will include all the outcomes of the project in terms of dynamics, materials, documentation but also recommendation, suggestions and advices on how to use green tools to enhance the social inclusion of young people and sustainable development of local communities. All participants will be called to provide their contribution in this publication.The project methodology is built entirely on non-formal education and especially on the Observe Rethink Act method developed by our Network. In the medium-term perspective the local communities of all partners will benefit from the increasing number of young people engaged in activities which promote sustainable development and environmental protection as tools and integration of society’s most fragile members to contribute to the creation of sustainable communities. In the long term perspective the realisation of similar projects promoted through Erasmus+ will have a systematic impact on education, training and youth in the countries involved in the projects.

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