ACTarea: Training Course for youth workers

Project – ,,ACTarea’’ focuses on active youth participation and nonviolent activism. Through it we would like to reach young people living in Europe who have Social, Economical,Geographical,Disability obstacles.

Where & when?

Due to travel restrictions related to COVID-19 pandemia dates of projects are changed, please check new dates:

1 training course – Latvia, Koknese – 26.06.2021-02.07.2021.

2 training course – Georgia, Rustavi – 08.08.2021-14.08.2021.

AIM

Aim of the ,, ACTArea ” is to promote non-violent activism as an effective tool for youth participation and inclusion of young people with fewer opportunities, particularly young people living in villages, internally displaced young people, refugees and minority groups.

Main objectives of the project:

MAIN OBJECTIVES OF THE PROJECT:

-To support cooperation and communication process among young people with fewer opportunities living in different part of Europe;

-To get familiar with elements and forms of discrimination and how and why to combat it;

– To raise awareness about main principles of youth participation and non-violent activism as an effective instrument;

-To increase competences of participants on social/non-violent activism;

– To increase competences of participants to initiate, design and implement nonviolent actions and campaigns through digital tools (photography, videography).

– To provide a safe space and opportunity for participants to plan and implement follow up actions in communities;

-To provide young people with an opportunity to present their culture, learn about others and share their specific attitudes;

METHODOLOGY

The training is designed to give participants the opportunity to experience and reflect upon activities and concepts central to human rights education based on experiential learning approaches. It is also designed as a mutual learning situation, where participants can compare their approaches to training and to human rights education across Europe in an intercultural approach and environment. Contributions from trainers in the field will establish a theoretical framework and a common reference point for learning and communication, and there will be opportunities learn by using different manuals. The course is also built around the expectation that participants will put in practice their learning by developing and implementing local action and campaign.

All the activities and sessions of the seminar will be based on non-formal education and approach, using different pedagogical resources and respecting working principles of Erasmus +:

  • • Participation of ALL
  • • Participants’ centered
  • • Combination of methods
  • • Safe learning environment
  • • Intercultural learning process
  • • Development of competences
  • • Experiential learning and practice

The facilitators will choose creative and active methods to provide a safe learning space to explore the topic and achieve the objectives.

The programme will be built so that the participants use peer-to-peer learning by allowing enough space for them to share and learn from each other and by organising relevant field visit on spot.

The project is about the values of respect of human dignity, freedom, human rights, equality, democracy, the rule of law, including the rights of people belonging minority groups.

Who can participate?

Participants: 18+ with no age limit

For the first activity training the following target group will participate: one youth worker or youth leader, one activist, one organization representatives and one
person from local community stakeholders – the last one will be decided by the organization itself, the local community stakeholder could be local municipality, local state university, local student union or self-governing body. In total on the training we have 8 countries and from each 4 participants, from Georgia and Latvia 6 participants

No any participation fees from any participant.

PARTNERS AND ELIGIBLE COUNTRIES

1. Kulturas biedriba “Alternativa Realitate” – Latvia

2. Institute for Democratic Changes – Georgia

3. KIRSEHIR AHI EVRAN HAVACILIK KULUBU – Turkey

4. ASOCIACION JUVENIL ALMENARAS – Spain

5. ACTION FOR PEOPLE – Romania

6. Yeghvard youth ecological NGO – Armenia

7. BELARUSIAN YOUTH PUBLIC UNION NEW FACES – Belarus

8. CENTER FOR EUROINITIATIVES – Ukraine

Each of the partner organisation will select participants:

1. Kulturas biedriba “Alternativa Realitate” – Latvia – 6 participants

2. Institute for Democratic Changes – Georgia – 6 participants

3. KIRSEHIR AHI EVRAN HAVACILIK KULUBU – Turkey – 4 participants

4. ASOCIACION JUVENIL ALMENARAS – Spain – 4 participants

5. ACTION FOR PEOPLE – Romania – 4 participants

6. Yeghvard youth ecological NGO – Armenia – 4 participants

7. BELARUSIAN YOUTH PUBLIC UNION NEW FACES – Belarus – 4 participants

8. CENTER FOR EUROINITIATIVES – Ukraine – 4 participants

After first activity – training – trained young people will have local practice phase. 4 participants of the training will organize workshops in local communities, in each community at least one workshop will be organized.
For the second training course 4 participants will reunite and share their work experience about local practice and they, together with partner organization will decide to mix the participants team for activity 2 – which means to involve at least 1 participant from training 1 and other participants can be selected among participants who attended on local community actions organized by participants from activity
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For the second training , who will be selected among those who participated in the local workshops in order to give opportunity for local youth to be involved and to get familiar deeper with other countries, cultures and to share experience about activism with others. The criteria for selection will be their motivation and their involvement in the long-term.

PARTICIPANTS PROFILE AND BACKGROUND

  • Who Can Apply:
  •  Youth workers or youth leaders
  • – Local activists
  • – Partner organization representatives
  • -Age of participants 18 + (due to the international travel restrictions)
  • -Participants who have full motivation and want to gain new experience
  • -Participants who are available with whole duration of the project – preferably those can participate in second round of the training in Georgia October 2020.

PREPARATION FOR LATVIA (ONLY FOR SELECTED CANDIDATES)

We will have an activity before last day of the training when participants will arrange photo

exhibition – public event, where other guests will be invited from local community, so

they should take some photos, that express activism, in their local communities before coming to Latvia. (only for selected participants)

Every Country’s group should send us 3 photo , that express activism in their community and

short description of the photo.

Deadline for sending photos will be set after selecting participants.

TRAVEL REIMBURSEMENT AND LIMITS

Will be organized 2 training courses – in Latvia and in Georgia. Travel cost will be reimbursed according to Distance calculator after providing all original travel documents (invoices, boarding passes, tickets)

CountryLimit per 1 participant
for TC in Latvia,
EUR, both ways
Limit par 1 participant
for TC in Georgia,
EUR, both ways
Latvia20360
Ukraine275275
Armenia360 (and 60 EUR for visa cost)180
Belarus180 (and 60 EUR for visa cost)275
Romania275275
Spain530820
Georgia36020
Turkey275 (and 60 for visa cost)275

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

All candidates must apply on-line by clicking the button below.

In case of big amount of applicants from the same organisations, sending organization should provide a support letter which should indicate the priority of the applicants.

We will try as far as possible to respect the organisations’ priorities, but also to ensure a balance between genders, geographical regions, different types of experiences, cultural backgrounds and organisations, institutions and projects.

A waiting list may be established.

Candidates will be informed whether their application has been accepted or rejected, and if they have been put on the waiting list.

Partner Organizations:

Each partner organization will be responsible for preparation of their participants for the project: provide them with materials (if any) and information about the project, helping them in organizing traveling documents, consulting them for follow-up activity (if needed) – designing campaign,creating movement.

Each partner organization should arrange preparatory meeting (online, offline) with participants, give them information about training course and talk about the challenges they face with in their communities, do some researches and agree with the topic they want to work, that they will implement after training course, as they get more knowledge and experience.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS 18TH OF MAY 2021

Detailed information about the project activities will be published soon.

Registration form for participation: here

Project. No. 2019-3-LV02-KA105-002801

The project ACTarea was financed with the support of European Commission’s “Erasmus+: Youth in Action” administered in Latvia by the Agency for International Programs for Youth. This publication reflects only the author’s views, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained there in.
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