Project Reference: 2019-2-UK01-KA105-062258
Type of Project: Youth mobility
Number of sent participants: 10
Involving people from different parts of Europe, this project seeks to show that the concept of human rights is relative to the social and cultural context in different societies, but still it has relevance everywhere around the world. Thus, with this Youth exchange we want to orient participants in the intellectual tradition of human rights and to give them the resources which will allow them to appreciate and criticize its contemporary status. Given that, we want to help young people gain better understanding and knowledge of human rights inherent to all human beings, whatever the nationality, place of residence, sex, national or ethnic origin, color, religion, language, or any other status is. In that regard, this project will open discussion on some of the most important issues related to human rights, such as the current situation with the refugees and immigrants across Europe. Also this Youth exchange aims to empower young people to become more active in their daily life and to use their talents towards a positive cause, such as promoting democracy, human rights, and the rule of law in the civil society. The project’s objectives are set as following:
● to explain different approaches and perspectives about human rights, as well as to exchange experiences and practices on projects’ topic among youngsters from different countries, cultures and backgrounds;
● to raise awareness among youth across Europe about the importance of supporting and exercising human rights;
● to empower youth to become more active in their daily life and to use their time qualitatively and usefully;
● to transform participant’s own personal experiences, to develop competencies and to learn a variety of techniques to develop creatively;
● to encourage participants’ talents and build their confidence;
● to give advice about active youth involvement and to promote social inclusion and anti-discrimination;
● to promote the Erasmus+ Programme and non-formal learning;
● to provide opportunity for intercultural dialogue and to strengthen respect for cultural diversity.
Given all that, the projects’ activities are designed to raise youth awareness about human rights and to motivate young people to be active citizens in their communities striving towards better future. In that regard, group activities, debates, skills-development workshops on cultural awareness, self-assessment, improvement of key competences, cultural presentations and outdoor activities will be included. Also, the project is designed to develop and distribute materials related to human rights which will promote understanding, respect and enjoyment of human rights in different regions of Europe, particularly in resource poor countries. Thus, participants will be involved in a unique creation of a impactful video promoting human rights, directed and executed by the participants during the Youth Exchange. The video will be also part of a social media campaign for raising awareness among youth in Europe about the importance of knowing and supporting human rights. Besides that, participants will create a Booklet containing information about the activities done during the project, as well as about the Erasmus+ Programme. Moreover, the methodology will not only encourage peaceful, nonviolent and tolerant approaches, but also will be focused on promoting community involvement.
Next, the target group of participants involved in this project will be youngsters who have passion to acquire and advance skills, knowledge and competencies in the field of human rights, given the principles of non-formal education. Participants will be between 18 and 30 years of age, including the group leaders who will be 18+ years old. As these people are just entering their adult years, they need to have certain level of knowledge and attitudes in order to be able to contribute the society by being role models for other youth. Given that, during this Youth exchange will be also involved people who are interested in non-formal education and seek to gain better understanding in experiential learning and its methodology. We also believe that involving youth with fewer opportunities such as, unemployed youth, youngsters with cultural inclusion problems, youngsters living in peripheral or rural areas etc. will help promote inclusion, tolerance and anti-discrimination among youngsters coming from different backgrounds. Thus this Youth exchange will involve 60 participants (including group leaders) who are coming from 6 (six) European countries: UK, Denmark, Lithuania, Macedonia, Turkey and .
Furthemore, participants will have an opportunity to increase competences in the field of human rights, democracy and the rule of law, as well as will learn how to use their talents and be active members in the society working towards a positive cause. Also, youngsters who will take participation to this project will become more aware of their talents, strengths and weaknesses, and will learn how to put the gained knowledge into practice. Involving people from different countries and cultures to participate in this Youth exchange will provide an opportunity for them to understand the meaning and importance of intercultural learning and communication. Next, the proposed activities will not only allow them to gain knowledge in the field of human rights, but also will enable them to acquire personal and professional skills, such as responsibility, creativity, tolerance and critical thinking, communication and management skills, etc. In addition, it will allow identifying and accepting their responsibilities as individuals, group members and citizens of their communities. Besides that, they will gain better understanding about the Erasmus+ Programme and what possibilities it can offer for them and for other young people across Europe and beyond. Next, given our social media campaign and dissemination strategies we intend to reach as many young people as possible and to inspire them to be active human rights supporters. We also believe that this Youth exchange will have strong impact on the involved organisations and will provide them an opportunity to develop their abilities implemented by participating in this project. In fact, the project will be of participants and partners asset to develop new contacts, to span their network and develop ideas for future projects which can be implemented at various levels. Above all, this Youth exchange represents an opportunity for young people across Europe to meet and collaborate together and to produce significant results like guidelines and recommendations for other youth and organisations interested in implementing future projects.