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“Putting Passion Into Action”Games to activism youth in rural areas
Start date: Jan 28, 2016, End date: Sep 27, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The main theme of the “Putting Passion Into Action” is how to engage (disadvantaged) young people from a wide range of social and cultural backgrounds by using games as a tool for personal and social development. In addition, the training will address the role of the youth worker/leader in making contact with a wide range of (disadvantaged) young people. All of the participants are professionals or motivated volunteers that are daily involved with (disadvantaged) young people and consider innovative approaches based on creativity as a possible way of working with their target groups. Our experience from previous trainings is that these professionals are always looking for new techniques that they can use effectively with their target groups; and that there is not a good level of knowledge, skill and experience of game playing amongst youth workers/leaders. A growing generation of disadvantaged young people currently have no work and is not involved in study. Often, their problem is a combination of cross-related problems in several areas: health, housing, work, health, education and justice. By organising this training we hope that youth workers/leaders gain more knowledge of how to activate this group of young people and to establish a deeper relationship with them what could lead to discuss/solve cross-releated problems. “Putting Passion Into Action” will be a 5 day training course in Kosovo that gather 22 youth workers and youth leaders together from Latvia, UK, Serbia, Greece, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Macedonia, Spain, Albania, Lithuania, Belgium, Estonia and The Netherlands. It covers topics from theory and practice of game playing, workshop planning, adapting games to suit (disadvantaged) young peoples, and the use of traditional and folk games as a tool for non-formal learning. The working method that takes a central place during the training is peer education. We strongly believe that learning from each other, sharing good and bad moments together will have effect in a positive atmosphere, promoting balance and solidarity among the participants creating the common ground in which the trainers can work on. Peer education means also: peer support, peer counseling, peer teaching, peer learning, among others. All these different kind of peer moments will happen during the training and it will give the participants the opportunity to share their knowledge, experiences and their points of views. The impact of the training will therefore be not only on participants, who will have the opportunity to develop themselves, but also on the target groups of the organizations that they represent. The methods employed over the 5 days of the training will be visual presentations, group work, group discussions and brainstorming, presentation of the Erasmus+ programme, organizing a study visit and meeting with local officials, workshops and round tables and panels discussions. While the whole programme of the training course has been designed in cooperation with the partner organisations such that in combination the activities work together to ensure that this impact is achieved.Because the programme will give participants’ skills for use in their own organisations with their own target groups, the project will have a longer term more sustainable impact, multiplied to include groups of young people in organisations across Europe. Participants ‘organisations will start to offer projects at a higher level, with a greater understanding of the non-formal learning process, and as a result their target groups will learn more and generally benefit more from their own participation in activities. This will have an even greater longer-term effect – by offering better activities more young people will be attracted to the work and even more will benefit from the outcomes of this project.During the later part of the training we will focus on the subject of establishing partnerships and how to develop long term strategies for successful initiatives which support effective volunteering opportunities at a European level for young people from all backgrounds (including those with fewer opportunities). We will emphasize the fact that sharing each others vision, aims and objectives can lead to effective partnership, and look for participants to make compromises within their own practice that will allow for the development of successful projects within the context of the Erasmus+ programme. Of course these further outcomes will be the responsibility of the participants but it’s our aim that one of the outcomes is to establish a strong and effective network of like minded organisations in Europe.
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