Youth Exchange in Italy 28.4.-8.5.2017
ERASMUS+ PROGRAMME KA1 Youth Exchange
"A PENCIL, SO MANY CULTURES - A EUROPE, SO MANY WORLDS"
28 April - 08 May 2017
Venue: Bologna, Italy
Working Language: English
Participants: 5 Participant (17-23 years) and 1 Group Leader (28-34 years old, exceptionally up to 34 years old) per Country.
"A Pencil, so many Cultures. In Europe, so many Worlds." is a youth exchange project which aims to involve youngsters, aged between 16 and 25, from different parts of Europe (Portugal, Italy, Macedonia, Finland, Lithuania and Turkey) to reflect about a pro-active approach to participation in democratic life and to the cultural growth of the g-local company.
The youth exchange will last 11 days and will be realized in the Italian city of Bologna. The youngsters will came from countries with different forms and levels of active participation (such as classic political participation, associacionism, internet activism, taking part at protests or boycott), strategies and levels of integration, inclusion and other social dialogue, different historical experiences of migration, in order to share experiences and methods of participation, to enable a process of positive contamination of the more “deficient” ones and to enhance their intercultural awareness levels.
The project wants to breakdown the difficulties that European youngster encounter in overcoming cultural and language barriers and the frustration that young people feel, resulting from the overwhelming pressure from the global to the local and the continuous tension between homogenizing pressures and differentiating pressures - trend that greatly weakens the exercise of active citizenship and the building of collaborative social relationships and pro-active. The project aims to provide theoretical and practical tools to educate young Europeans to a "g-local citizenship" capable of addressing issues of global concern, with the intention of producing a progressive transformation of values, attitudes and behaviour so that acting locally is a consequence of thinking globally. Therefore, we aim to make young people playing an active role in decisions that concerns them and more responsible to community life, first of all strengthening a cooperative and rights and duties’ committed social interaction. This approach to society should be exercised at every level, daily in their life (in contexts such as family, schools, associations, peer groups) as well as, in the long run, in the political participation opportunities offered by European Union institutional framework.
We are going to achieve our purpose through the use of non-formal education, Theatre of the Oppressed practices, Comics workshops, using graphic and citizen journalism. The activities will allow the acquisition of soft skills such as critical thinking, willingness to dialogue, mediation and negotiation skills as tools of peaceful resolution of conflicts, being the intercultural dialogue system of value the necessary framework. In this way, the young people involved in the exchange, will break down preconceptions and barriers that disrupt their psychosocial development, will strength its European identity and will experience new forms of dialogue and constructive cooperation in the name of values such as democracy, tolerance, dignity and reciprocity of human rights.
This action will also benefit the approach of the youngsters in the world of work, having acquired soft skills such as greater self-awareness and of their potential, knowledge of non-verbal and Para verbal language, team-work and conflicts resolution abilities, a more profitable predisposition to social interactions.
PASSI cooperative enterprise is a young cooperative run by youth aged under 35 years old in December 2012. We are a project planning and fundraising strategy consultancy working with profit and no profit organizations in Italy and abroad. We advocate for using a participatory approach to promote sustainable change, to connect people and countries, to boost synergies between profit and no profit organizations in reaching shared goals. PASSI consult on european Union funding, application procedures, needs assessment, technical requirements, feasibility, and grant writing.
Once funding is secured, we assist with financial monitoring, reporting and dissemination.