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Social inclusion of unemployed youth through non-formal educational activities and grassroots sports.
Start date: Oct 6, 2014, End date: Apr 5, 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The international partnership of youth organizations from the UK, Portugal, Belarus and Moldova represented by 56 young people having employment problems and 8 youth leaders will come to Gomel region, Moldova for 11 days from the 15th till the 25th of November 2014 to take part in this youth exchange. The aim of this youth exchange is to advance the level of participation of unemployed young people in community inclusion projects by practicing peer to peer non formal education through sports and games, to develop a sense of community responsibility, the skills required to be active agents for change and development, and the knowledge required to make informed choices within this context. It will be achieved by exploring Intercultural leaning and inclusion techniques during workshops as well as participation in mixed nationality games and grassroots sports. The concrete objectives of the youth exchange will be: 1. To improve self-organization and responsibility-taking skills of every participant; 2. To create presentations in promoting the concept of healthy lifestyle, non formal education and inclusion of unemployed youth through grassroots sports; 3. To develop recognition for unemployed youth non formal education and inclusion in the local community and in the communities we come from through grassroots sports; 4. To introduce to the participants related concepts such as citizenship, human rights, diversity , democracy and civil society and raise awareness of their importance; 5. To present the approach of the European Commission to promote European dimension in youth policy and European awareness and to explore the direct links between youth policy and participation of unemployed youth on local and regional level ; 6. To introduce the revised European Charter on the Participation of Young People having unemployment problems in Local and Regional Life and to develop ways and competences in using it. With the help of this youth exchange we would like to demonstrate what our values are and popularize the concept of non formal education and inclusion in an original way among the local people through grassroots sports. We plan to further adhere the principle of self organization and unemployed youth empowerment where the youngsters are very much involved in the planning process not only before and during the exchange but also as results exploitation after the exchange. The youth exchange is planned to take place in Gomel region, Belarus. In this area particular attention is given to the promotion of unemployed youth non formal education and inclusion through sports and outdoor activities. The administration of Gomel region actively supports projects aimed at promotion of non formal education and inclusion through grassroots sports and sportive games together with a wide network of youth organizations active in this field. The proposed youth exchange has an extensive role of the peer led groups approach as most of the workshops will be led by the young people having former experience of different youth projects with other partners. They feel the capacity to promote their achievements in the international cooperation project by building up new sustainable links/networks and promoting non formal education and inclusion of unemployed youth through grassroots sports The young people - participants of the exchange will have different experiences in intercultural contacts from nill to a quite experienced peer leaders and ex EVS volunteers. By using knowledge and experience got during the previous projects and involving suitable methods and ensuring that the project is firmly rooted within the local community, we hope that this youth exchange will give the possibility of reaching out to unemployed young people through grassroots sports and games in Europe. Educational objectives of this youth exchange are to be reached rather by real experience together in the group than by theoretical inputs. The methods of non formal education such as using facilitated discussion, developing positive relations and delivering projects will engage young people in the exchange. These methods increase participation of unemployed youth, empower young people to make changes in their lives and promote equality of opportunity, diversity and sharing experiences. One of the project’s aims is also to initiate cooperation with the Neighbouring Partner countries. The Erasmus+ programme will be also explored and promoted which will lead to follow-up projects and usage of the skills gained during this exchange in them in terms of paying more attention to the topics of Valorization and Transfer of Knowledge.

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