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EU-WISE 

Young Citizens – Consumers

Erasmus+ KA3 project within Call EACEA/34/2019, ‘Social inclusion and common values: the contribution in the field of education and training’ of the European Commission.

                                                                                                                Project number: 621515-EPP-1-2020-1-RO-EPPKA3-IPI-SOC-IN



THE PROJECT IN ONE SENTENCE:

This long term Erasmus+ project that started in December 2020 and ends in November 2022 (2 years), coordinated by the Youth Association from Transylvania, a grassroots NGO from Romania, brings together 5 entities from Belgium, Italy, Poland and Romania, who will work together with the purpose of raising awareness and upscaling various sustainable production and consumption practices, all the while also empowering youth with fewer opportunities.

AIMS:

The main aim of the project is to build civic awareness, involve and empower 120 young people with fewer opportunities in groups of 30, from Belgium, Italy, Poland and Romania in promoting responsible consumption and the Sustainable Development Goals, focusing mainly on fair trade and the slow food movement.
Another aim is to increase the acquisition of social and civic competences, understanding of values and fundamental rights by young people. To achieve this, during the implementation, youth will take part in debates, activities, and promotion of new consumption patterns. As initiators of changes, they will also be involved in activities aimed at local communities in the role of organizers.
EU WISE also strives to collect and disseminate good practices supporting the role of young people as active partners in the change and implementation of SDG4, which supports quality education and SDG12, which ensure sustainable production and consumption patterns.

BENEFITS AND KEY FIGURES:

– Developing a common methodology for training young people in international cooperation in the promotion of responsible consumption and fair trade;
– Creating and disseminating a catalogue of good practices promoting responsible consumption and Fair Trade at the level of schools and local communities;
– At local level, 120 young people from 4 countries (indirectly 10000) will be involved in youth training and pilot projects organised by those youth we will train;
– Internationally, 200 civil society organizations, businesses and local authorities from, Belgium, Italy, Poland and Romania will receive a toolkit showing how they can involve young people in sustainable consumption and production;
– In the EU context, at least 100 EU decision-makers will receive the project’s toolkit, including policy recommendations from partners experienced in advocacy.

COORDINATOR:

Youth Association from Transylvania – Romania

PROJECT PARTNERS:

Equo Garantito – Italy

Fair Trade Advocacy Office – Belgium

Polish Fair-Trade Association – Poland

Project School – Italy

CONTACT:
For more information look for the #EU-WISE hashtag on social media or mail us at eu-wise@ata-ro.eu

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STEP 1 

the right step to be a volunteer

Erasmus+ programme – KA204 Strategic Partnerships for adult education

Project number: 2020-1-PT02-KA205-006639




FRAMEWORK AND PROBLEM

The European Union’s effort to develop a set of strategies that promote an active role and youth participation in community and European activities is recognized. The goal is for young people to acquire and recognize their skills and the importance of adopting critical and conscious thoughts and attitudes, essential for social transformation. New generations of young people have greater access to information and opportunities, but continue to fail to filter those that fit their expectations, motivations and interests and, in two ways, can be a point of personal development and a point of social contribution.

PROBLEM

We intend to respond to the problem of social exclusion of young people from community activities (volunteering), due to the absence of key competences (mainly citizenship) and the disconnection between their interests and the activities promoted.

NEEDS

– Promote a project that allows the sharing of practices, strategies and the transfer of knowledge and experience of organizations in the intervention with young people, especially with regard to the appeal and preparation of young people for local community activities (volunteering);
– Promote the consolidation of innovative, appealing and truly inclusive projects and / or activities for young people, considering their expectations, motivations and
interests, by incorporating different social realities (and with transferability – from local to European);
– Promote solutions and conditions for the training of young people and youth workers, taking into account the potential of participatory and voluntary methodologies.

OBJECTIVES

– Identification, collection and systematization of good practices and strategies, knowledge and experiences in the intervention with young people, especially with regard to the appeal and preparation of young people for local community activities;
– Joint consolidation of a guideline oriented towards the appeal and preparation of young people for participation in local community activities;
– Training of young people with key competences for lifelong learning, especially citizenship skills;
– Training of youth workers with new key skills, practices, strategies and non-formal methods of youth intervention, boosting their capacity for local and transnational operationalization;
– Strengthening the European partnership network, forcing the transnational opening of youth workers and organizations and the recognition of their work;
– Promotion of social inclusion, namely in terms of access to opportunities, transfer of common social values, valuing European diversity and strengthening the European identity of young people, participation and citizenship.

Project coordinator: Ungvári Borbála
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RESCUE
Renewed spaces – U educate 

Erasmus+ programme – KA204 Strategic Partnerships for adult education

Project number: 2020-1-FR01-KA204-080064_202010071705-1




Our project aims to rehabilitate abandoned public areas by involving local actors to take ownership of the area and create social links through innovative methods of non-formal education and citizen participation. We believe that giving a second life to these areas, by developing economic and/or
cultural activities, contributes to upgrade our territory by directly involving the inhabitants.
Within the partner local communities, there are many abandoned public spaces, especially in popular neighborhoods. Restoring life to these places in the communities helps to improve the wellbeing of the inhabitants, to feel integrated into their community and to create new opportunities for the development of the territory.
Our project is focused on the development of social enterprises that aim to combine economic efficiency and social impact in order to better exploit abandoned public spaces. In order to develop concrete methods for the involvement and effective engagement of citizens in the development of their community, we wish to develop this strategic partnership project involving 4 European partners from France, Romania, Italy and Greece. We will involve 5 participants per partner
country, educators/facilitators and territorial agents from the local communities concerned who will be trained to actively contribute in the implementation of the local activities planned. They will mentor 40 adults beneficiaries, including some with fewer opportunities, in their training and in the setting up of local initiatives for entrepreneurship, by experimenting with the pedagogical tools that will be created.

AIMS OF OUR PROJECT

The main objective of our project is to promote the adoption of innovative practices in rehabilitating abandoned areas and by developing collaborative and accessible learning approaches for adult education.
Our operational objectives are to:
– Enable adult educators and territorial staff from various European countries to exchange experiences and best practices, and to develop skills on how to mobilize the citizens of their communities in a process of positive territory change.
– Develop innovative educational methods that encourage commitment to active citizenship and
social entrepreneurship for the benefit of local communities by focusing on an efficient
development of abandoned public spaces.
– Raise awareness and mobilize local authorities and policy makers to increase their interaction with
citizens and to involve them more in a participatory development process for the benefit of the
community.
– Elaborate innovative initiatives for the management, development and exploitation of abandoned
public spaces, taken by partners and local actors at large-scale, as good practices for local,
sustainable, participatory and inclusive development.

EXPECTED RESULTS

The quantitative results of our project will be as follows:
• The results of a research survey aimed at detecting abandoned public spaces and the proposals of local citizens for the development and operation of these spaces according to their needs.
• 3 interactive online training courses meeting the support needs of adults who wish to invest as social entrepreneurs to renew and operate abandoned public spaces.
• 4 E-tutorial videos to support and develop the inspiration of stakeholders during the planning and development of public spaces to be improved.
• A technical & educational guide in interactive and offline versions, complementary to the videos, on methods for involving citizens in the organization and management of abandoned public spaces in their community.
• A cartography (GIS – geographical information system) which locates and gives a visual overview of the developed public spaces and the entrepreneurial initiatives set up by the beneficiaries of this project.
• Creation of a resource book that presents the process, results and impacts of the public spaces that will have been developed.
The qualitative results of our project will be as follows:
• Improvement of the training offer and resources to support adult learners in the field of social entrepreneurship for the development of the territory.
• Improvement of resource persons skills (educators, facilitators, mentors, etc.): Two training courses will take place for 20 beneficiaries in order to improve their mentoring skills (face-to-face and remotely) in the relevant field.
• Promotion of cultural diversity and diverse methodological approaches for the engagement of adults in local development through transnational partnership.
• Emergence of a reinforced dialogue between citizens and political decision-makers on the development of a common territory plan and the use of abandoned places for the benefit of the local communities concerned.
• Development of certain public spaces abandoned by various forms (volunteering / taking entrepreneurial initiatives / activities, etc.), especially in popular neighborhoods of the communities involved.

Duration of the project: 24 months: From December 2020- November 2022
Project coordinator: Györgyi Réka 

 

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Learning from the Past
(so we are not condemned to repeat it)

Erasmus+ programme – KA204 Strategic Partnerships for adult education




This is an extremely interesting project at this time. It aims to promote a value of cultural heritage, educate adults and young people about the importance of understanding of their past and events, which led to the major conflicts in history of Europe and beyond. Therefore the project addresses a horizontal objective of the action, promotion of social and educational value of European cultural heritage. The needs of the target groups and need for the project to be delivered transnationally are sufficiently justified. The objectives of the project are clearly stated. The project is innovative on several levels, i.e. intergenerational learning, non-formal learning of the history, cultural heritage and ICT skills. The project is also complementary to Global Link’s project ‘Sowing the Seeds of Global Citizenship’ and to the first World War remembrance initiatives.
Most of the phases of the project are properly designed. It is good to see that the beneficiaries will be given several opportunities to evaluate their own learning and to contribute to the overall
evaluation of the intellectual outputs, training sessions and multiplier events. Some risks, related to the administrative and financial matters, are highlighted. It would also be good to
see if partners considered risks related to the development of the results or working with the target groups. The project provides value for money considering the project results, number
of the direct beneficiaries and potential impact outside of the participating organisations. The Intellectual Outputs are well developed and provide sufficient information on the time and resources needed to produce quality results. Short-term joint staff training event will add value to the project. Practical arrangements to support the participants could be described further
and include information on the travel arrangements, accommodation, learning agreements and potential outcomes. The Partners have necessary expertise to deliver the project and produce high quality results. It is useful that such organisations as museums, archives, history departments of the universities will be involved in the project at the Associated partners’ level.
The project is likely to have a substantial positive impact on the participants and partner organisations, which will have an opportunity to learn about cultural heritage, historical events, also partners will enhance their networks. All these aspects are sufficiently explained in the proposal. Evaluation activities, including evaluation methods and indicators of achievements
could be described further. The dissemination plan has to be constructed, but even so the application details, types of dissemination, types of audience. The group has a good address to the EU level as the previous work of the lead partner is well known among academics and they propose to use Youth networks as well as EPALE to disseminate. The material will be incorporated in the Mapping Dissent website, in relevant languages and will be mainstreamed and remain part of that resource for the foreseeable future. Beneficiary is reminded that more information on how the platform will be used could be provided. It is positive that the Partners will use creative commons licences to provide access to all outputs produced by the project.

 

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On February 2 and 3 our NGO hosted the kick-off meeting of the “EU-WISE: Young Citizen Consumers” project, which is financed by the Erasmus+ Program of the European Commission. The online Zoom meeting was attended by project coordinators and financial managers from all partners, 10-12 people in total.
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In its final stage the 3 year long Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership called “TRY – Educational Approaches and Self-Management Practices (TRY)” shares the main project’s results and outputs with the objective to facilitate the implementation of Non-Formal Education for the promotion of Participation, Autonomy and Sustainability.

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In the May 2021-February 2022 period we, the Youth Association from Transylvania, will host 10 volunteers from the EU for 9 months, in the small town of Cristuru Secuiesc, Romania, through an already approved European Solidarity Corps project. The candidates have the choice to be active in 8 different areas: support person for entities working with disabled youth (1), for kindergartens (2), for herbalists (3), for the www.keresztur.info news portal (4) and for the host organization (5), manager of up-cycling education (6) and puppet show group (7) and as promoter of rural traditions (8). keep reading

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We are glad to announce that the European Commission has approved our Erasmus+ project called “EU-WISE: Young Citizen Consumers” which was submitted by us within the call EACEA/34/2019, social inclusion and common values: the contribution in the field of education and training. The project started in the beginning of December, this year and will last 2 years until the end of 2022. The project is coordinated by us and the partners are Equo Garantito from Italy, Fair Trade Advocacy Office, which is based in Belgium, Polish Fair-Trade Association from Poland and Project School, also from Italy.

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RENATA WATTS- UK

  • Hi I am Renata and I am 23 years old. I grew up in a rural place in England called Norfolk surrounded by nature and studied a Masters in International Development.
  • I am half Hungarian so I am very excited to learn and improve my Hungarian here.
  • I am also passionate about the environment and combatting climate change. I will be taking on the upcycling education role which I am really looking forward to!
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