Youth in outdoor action for European citizenship
Start date: Sep 20, 2016,
End date: Mar 19, 2017
The idea of undertaking this youth exchange where young people representing youth organisations of EU and EECA region will come together in Moldova came about during the previous European Citizenship training courses where the representatives of some of the partner organisations met to discuss the topic. During the workshops on what European citizenship means for representatives of different corners of Europe it was highlighted that European citizenship is perceived as a feeling of historical, social and cultural bonds to the continent sharing its common past, present and future rather than any political/economic union and at that practicing active attitudes to play an effective role on all levels of responsible youth participation.The aim of this 11 days Youth Exchange is to develop the attitudes and skills of young people and peer leaders for improving European citizenship education in peer-to-peer youth work as well as to explore and understand experiential learning and outdoor education methodology as an approach for youth citizenship education. The innovative feature will be to approach European Citizenship issue in the out-of-doors environment using experiential learning methodology. The exchange is planned to take place in the Chisinau area of Moldova. This Youth Exchange will bring together 12 young people and 2 group leaders from the UK, Moldova, Belarus, Lithuania, and Portugal motivated to improve their skills in peer to peer citizenship education through experiential learning, ready to learn from their own experience and act as multipiers after it.Careful selection of the participants is one of the main aspects of this Youth exchange to be taken care of by all the partner organizations. Our participants will meet the following general criteria: willingness to learn and share; ability to speak and understand English; open-mindedness and openness to learn new things; positive attitude; commitment to implement the obtained knowledge and skills in practice back home; commitment to actively participate in all stages of the project.The project methodology will be based on experiential learning and outdoor education principles. We are intending to use the following methodology during the exchange: outdoor workshops, presentations, facilitated exchange of experiences and best practices. Methods of facilitation will be taken by the preparatory team from the SALTO online toolbox. The exchange will include the full range of non-formal educational methods, starting with a block on team building and icebreaking where the atmosphere and group spirit will be formed and the continuation of the project consists of balanced set of inputs on various aspects of experiential learning , facilitation of European citizenship issues in communication, information and Inter Cultural Learning. The exchange will be finalized by blocks on Erasmus+ programme, some follow-up and future partnership planning and evaluation. During the exchange a special group will also work on the systematization of the findings and tools developed during the project to provide information for the web platform.The European dimension of the project will be developed by all the partners together, as they intend to extend such projects among young people of multinational communities, basing on interlinked educational activities. Non-formal educational means will be taken from on-line SALTO Toolbox and Booklets and adapted for goals of the exchange. This will be done to raise young people’s awareness of European problems and to show how these young people may participate in creating new, united Europe.It is expected that the young people will return to their youth groups and organisations with increased confidence on how to approach European citizenship in peer to peer youth activities. After the youth exchange is over we also expect that new projects and teams will be initiated and formed. The participants will be given records of what was done within the exchange to spread this information in their local groups and communities by making presentations and organizing workshops.
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