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Raising Environmental Awareness Among Young People
Start date: Feb 1, 2015, End date: Jan 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Raising Environmental Awareness Among Young People (RAISE) consist of 5 partners (Ministry of Water and Forest 6th Region (TR), Pi Pozitif (TR), Yuva Association (TR), PRISMA (EL) and IBINET (IT)) aims at contributing to prevention of natural destruction through increasing the youth’s awareness and active participation in environment related issues. We aim at reaching our global objective through: - promoting volunteering for environment, - making non-formal education (especially learning in natural environments (LINE)) more attractive to youth especially in the framework of environmental issues, - enhancing the preservation of protected areas and environment, - developing new curriculum on environment education for youth and promote the culture of active citizenship, - adopting innovative solutions to learning that make use of the IT to create interactive learning environments, - developing game-based learning opportunities with free access through internet - creating a participative learning methodology by the learners and youth workers through interactive face-to-face sessions, field visits The main activities of RAISE include: Development of the Quality Management Plan Project Coordination and Management Monitoring and Evaluation of the RAISE activities Identifying competence needs of facilitators (youth workers), and young volunteers Development of the learning methodology Pilot testing the learning methodology for 75 young people in total (45 in Turkey, 15 in Italy and Greece) Development of five online mobile games Launching a competition and developing a database for the best practices on conversation volunteering by youth Development of Learning Toolkit and Learning Guide Undertaking dissemination and exploitation activities/Promoting the project The target groups of the project include the immediate targets and the wider targets. Immediate targets are those groups from which the training participants will be recruited i.e young volunteers of secondary school age (13 to 18), and conservation experts/teachers. Wider targets include schools and youth groups/NGOs, environmental NGOs, policy makers, local authorities, protected area management bodies. The benefits to the target groups will be assessed through an evaluation workshop of facilitators; and through a survey of all those participating in the implementation phase. Assumed benefits include: • for young people: promote the ideas of volunteering and responsible behaviour towards nature, hopefully leading to desire, commitment and ability to create an ecologically sustainable future. • for NGO staff and school teachers: possibilities for career improvement. • for education institutions, NGOs, policy makers: increase the attractiveness of non-formal education especially game-based learning and LINE through the innovative methodologies proposed by the project, and more accessible to all ages and youth with disabilities. The change the project is expected to bring about relates to attitudes of the target groups; their involvement with environmental conservation as active citizens; their motivation to volunteer, and the improvement of non-formal learning methods.

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