Project Reference: 2019-1-DK01-KA105-059963
Type of Project: Youth mobility
The main objective of the project is to raise awareness among young people across Europe that music can be used as a cultural and educational tool for personal development, as well as for making positive impact in the society. Thus, with this Youth exchange we seek to empower them to become more active in their daily life and to use their talents towards a positive cause, such as promoting tolerance and peace among youth. In that regard, the project’s objectives are set as following:
● to motivate young generation to use music styles as educational tool, as well as a mean for social change;
● to empower them to become more active in their daily life and to use their time qualitatively and usefully;
● to transform their own musical experiences, to develop musical competencies and to learn a variety of techniques to develop creatively;
● to encourage their talent and build their confidence;
● to give advice about active youth involvement and to promote social inclusion through non formal education, music and performance;
● to explain different approaches and perspectives in music, as well as to exchange experiences and practices;
● to promote the Erasmus+ Programme and non-formal learning;
● to provide opportunity for intercultural dialogue and to strengthen respect for cultural diversity.
Furthermore, the whole learning process will be based on non-formal educational methods where participant will develop musical competencies and will transform their own musical experiences, as well as will learn a variety of techniques to develop their creativity and to use their time qualitatively and usefully. Namely, participants will be involved in various presentations, creative workshops, outdoor activities, open discussions and intercultural activities in order to meet project’s objectives and help participants develop their skills and create music promoting positive change. Thus, throughout the whole Youth Exchange music will be created by the participants using vocals, instruments and technology, and the project will culminate with a final public event with music performance, where not only the music, but also the Erasmus+ Programme and the projects’ outcomes will be presented. Hence, we are seeking to provide a space for young people across Europe, in which music can inspire them to take advantage of their talents, not only for spreading positive message, but also to become vessels of social change affecting their immediate communities and encouraging their followers to join the cause. Involved in such a movement, participants will have a unique opportunity to drive that movement forward for social change and to enrich listeners’ consciousness of both the music and the cause. Also, workshops will be held about how participants to determine their own conflict styles and how to deal with situations when experiencing or witnessing bullying, cyber bullying or harassment. Besides that, each day every group of participants will host intercultural evening with an aim to strengthen respect for cultural diversity and to support coexistence of different cultural identities and beliefs.
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 music and social change, 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. Also, we 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 tolerance and anti-discrimination among participants coming from different backgrounds.
Youth exchange will encourage youth in self-expression of their interests, emotions, passions and in passing through their ideas using music as a tool for making positive impact among other youth. Participating in various discussions and creative workshops will enhance their intellectual, moral, and emotional capacities, as well as will allow them to practice leadership, individual and social skills. Moreover, the discussion on the topic will help their personal development, will increase their international experience and will raise awareness of their role in the society. Thus, this project will give tools to participants about how to transmit knowledge, experience and skills to one another, how to solve problems, how to establish social relationships, and how to facilitate personal and social development. Such action will help them learn more about themselves and the others in the society through activities which combine challenge, learning and achievement. Furthermore, with the newly gained skills on youth activism, we expect participants to be more motivated to contribute to their local communities and to engage in the youth field more actively. Also, by taking part in this project, young people will have an opportunity to create their own subculture (on group level, team level etc.) and also will allow them to become more aware of their talents, strengths and weaknesses, and to experiment and challenge their own limits. In addition, it will allow identifying and accepting their responsibilities as individuals, group members and citizens of their communities. Given the final public event and our social media dissemination strategies we intend to reach as many young people as possible and to inspire them to use their passion and take positive action. 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.