The Tree of Awareness
Start date: Sep 1, 2015,
End date: Sep 30, 2016
The existential distress that young people live in this historical period has assumed alarming dimensions. Unemployment, no clear vision of their future, a not appropriate life style, enhance the sense of elienation. More and more young people leave school career, and others, after a long period of unemployment, even give up the job search. The participation of new generations in political life is very poor. Very sad is the resignation attitude and the delegation to others the choice of their own destiny. The discomfort is exacerbated in rural and isolated areas where emigration is current.
"The Tree of Awareness" aims to revolutionize the attitude of disoriented and submissive young people through a process of self - awareness through three degrees: self-awareness, awareness of the environment and the European dimension.
Participants will learn to discover and develop their talents, to know their body and healthy lifestyles.
They will learn about the social and historical value of place ehere they live, appreciating and protecting the environment. The European dimension is presented as the unique platform that allows the various actors to interact even retaining the own identity.
The project aims to: spread the love and knowledge for their own territory in order to stimulate the youth to be active in the context where they live; disseminate practices and habits that help people to balance the life, avoiding stress, anxieties and fears; improve methods and procedures for assessment of informal learning; strengthen partnerships and international cooperation; stimulating mechanisms of participation and interest in European politics, including the use of debate concerning some issues (disparities between citizens living in different countries of European Community).
The countries involved are Italy, France, Georgia, Romania, Turkey and Armenia. Thirtyfive young people will spend eight days in Pietramelara (EC), a small village in southern of Italy.
The main activities are: exercises of self-awareness (with yoga, music therapy and color therapy), sports and outdoors, visit the main historical, artistic and folkloristic places (to know and enhance the environment around us ), excursions, meetings with the local community, workshops and more and more. The "three degrees of awareness" (personal, the environment where we live and the European dimension), will provide important solution keys for an individual aware growth. The method used is informal learning This method will enable young people to be leaders, discuss and express their personality in a general respectfull context. This experience is new and certainly not repeatable, for methods, contexts and subjects involved. This will ensure a major impact on young people. The fact that the coordinator organization (Work in Progress) is part of a national network aimed at the territory development and, at the same time, the local high connection will ensure a strong impact.
The results of the initiative will be the starting point for future projects. At the end of the activities partners synthesize all aspects and positive things to improve in view of future initiatives.
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