Projects

Projects As a Coordinator

KA105 “The Devil’s Advocate” – Youth Exchange

The Youth Exchange project titled “The Devil’s Advocate” (KA105) is organized by the European Center for Research and Regional Development, aiming to bring together 30 young individuals from Latvia, Slovenia, Turkey, Germany, Italy, and Spain. The project’s primary objectives include fostering critical thinking, promoting objectivity, enhancing effective communication and public speaking skills, and fostering self-awareness and understanding of others’ thought processes. Participants will gain essential knowledge, skills, and competences with a focus on psychological and business aspects. The project incorporates the TEATER simulation game, enabling participants to apply foundational concepts in their local environments. The culmination of the project involves presenting the final TEATER simulation game, “The Devil’s Advocate,” at the Latvian National Library—a symbolic venue representing the project’s core goal of raising awareness of critical thinking. Additionally, a visually crafted booklet titled “My Mindset” will document participants’ life changes and unique perspectives before and after the project, contributing to the practical implementation of the project’s outcomes and fostering youth activism in local communities. Emphasizing non-formal education methods, the project aims to build competencies in communication, objectivity, and understanding diversity. Participant engagement in the project is expected to boost confidence and facilitate the dissemination of results and experiences, with a structured program covering conceptual understanding, individual competency development, and effective communication strategies, all culminating in the integration and execution of the TEATER simulation game.

KA104 “New Abilities and Skills in Europe” – Adult Education Staff Mobility

The KA104 project, “New Abilities and Skills in Europe” in the context of Adult Education Staff Mobility, known as NASE, is focused on the training of educators and trainers in the realm of digital education. The project addresses the adaptation of individual countries in Europe to local socio-economic conditions and their capacity to invest in infrastructure, aiming to implement effective systemic actions that cater to changes in the technological environment and enhance citizens’ skills in the conscious use of digital technology. The training modules for teachers participating in overseas training will emphasize bridging the gap in team collaboration among educators through digital channels and interactive technologies. The overarching goal of the NASE project is to streamline the training process for teachers in consortium schools, transitioning them towards a new teaching model supported by media and digital technology. The project identifies three distinct areas of intervention, each corresponding to a group of educators seeking specialized training in Spain, Ireland, and Italy. These destination countries were chosen based on their experience and experimentation with innovative models in adult skills education. The specific training areas include “Educator in digital contexts” in Spain, “Digital Humanities and Interactive Tools for Training” in Ireland, and “Educator as a Digital Expert” in Italy.

Sport “Integrated Sport Educational Plan to tackle Racism of Youth – iSER” – Small Collaborative Partnerships

The project titled “Integrated Sport Educational Plan to tackle Racism of Youth – iSER” is an 18-month initiative led by five youth and sport NGOs to address racism rooted in factors such as race, color, ethnic or social origin, and membership in a national minority. This issue hinders the enhancement of key competences among youth and their integration into society, affecting their self-confidence in future life. The project aims to equip European Youth and Sport managing authorities, along with youth workers, with the necessary tools to combat the escalating problem of racism in the youth population. iSER proposes an innovative, integrated approach to building key competences in the youth environment, centered around sports. By involving all stakeholders, especially those closely working with youth, the project aims to create healthy, safe, and happy environments for marginalized youth to develop holistically. Activities such as trainings, study visits, engagement meetings in five countries, and an educational platform will facilitate the identification of best practices, documented in an accessible e-Book online. This resource will enable organizations to involve trained youth workers in their activities, ensuring both the engagement of high-quality youth workers and the sustainability of project outcomes. The project outputs will be widely disseminated to encourage broad engagement and the adoption of new resources.

Europe for Citizens “Youth action towards respecting EU common Values” – Civil Society Project

The Civil Society Project titled “Youth Action towards Respecting EU Common Values” under the Europe for Citizens program addresses the contemporary challenge of Euroscepticism in Europe, particularly exacerbated by the substantial political disengagement of young people from traditional political forms. The project recognizes that young individuals tend to prefer short-term political activities, such as specific initiatives, petitions, and brief engagements that do not require full commitment. Notably, the project acknowledges the extensive use of new information and communication technologies (ICTs), such as social media, which offer a quick and accessible means for fulfilling political obligations and participating in social change movements. EUVALUE aims to respond to the crisis in youth political participation by providing young people with the opportunity to learn about available tools and methodologies for engaging in politics, especially considering the current challenges posed by the rise of Euroscepticism and the prominent issues brought forth by COVID-19. The project seeks to empower participants to express their vision for the future of European integration, emphasizing concrete achievements of the European Union, lessons from common history, and current trends. It intends to address Euroscepticism, foster critical thinking, and propose actions that the EU could take to enhance a sense of belonging, emphasize the benefits of the EU, and strengthen its social and political cohesion.

DEMOCRACY AND E-DEMOCRACY THANK TO LIFE SKILLS IMPROVEMENT, PARTICIPATIVE CULTURAL RESEARCHES AND CREATIVE LABORATORIES – Comfort Zone

The project aims to explore, rework and reconstruct in collective terms the contemporary perception of European common history, identity and culture, in order to foster dialogue and participation on a democratic level.

 

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The project wants to create knowledge on the legacy of the past, in order to draw an important lesson for today: dealing with the historical theme of totalitarianism and democracy building, the project wants to spread the importance of democracy for today and for tomorrow, revealing important knowledges in the democratic mechanism (democracy is a priority of the project);
The project looks at digital media as the most important ones to reach the newer generations: digital can reduce the distance, and give access on a broader scale to educative contents, informations rather than disinformations (media critics and e-democracy are priorities for the project);
The project Create a lasting network of collaborations between partners, while engaging citizens of different nationalities, ages and social classes in participative and creative practices to improve the skills able to change their attitude towards an inclusive proactive building of the democratic society.
The output includes the making of international in-person and digital events, as well as 2 exhibitions, with the partnership of 7 countries (Italy, Croatia, Latvia, France, Germany, Holland and Slovenia).

 

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Projects As an Organisation

KA204 “iCirclEU: Cross Border Circular Economy towards Sustainable Development in the EU” – Strategic Partnerships for Adult Education

The Strategic Partnerships for Adult Education project, KA204 “iCirclEU: Cross Border Circular Economy towards Sustainable Development in the EU,” places the responsibility on citizens to address the crucial issue of Circular Economy. A significant challenge in establishing a more comprehensive model for achieving a circular economy is that cultural backgrounds significantly influence the concepts of this idea in different countries and environments. However, given the interconnected nature of goods and waste across borders, nations cannot thrive without dependence on each other. To comprehend the principles of a circular economy and achieve the 12th Sustainable Development Goal (SDG), an international dialogue is crucial, with Luxembourg leading a consortium that includes Italy, Latvia, France, and Cyprus. Collaborative efforts are needed to discuss issues aligned with the 12th SDG. The project aims to contribute to cross-border circular economy awareness by identifying obstacles faced by relevant stakeholders and sharing best practices through seminars and workshops organized by partners in their respective countries. Representatives of partner organizations will be invited to these events to undergo training on approaching the problem, fostering international solutions that can genuinely be deemed measures for achieving a real circular economy.

KA105 “Volunteering: Changing Lives, Changing Communities” – Youth Exchange

The Youth Exchange project titled “Volunteering: Changing Lives, Changing Communities” under KA105 aims to contribute to the promotion of volunteerism and voluntary work. The primary objective is to encourage young people, including those with fewer opportunities, to participate in volunteering activities at the local, national, or international levels, such as the European Solidarity Corps. The project believes that volunteering plays a crucial role in youth development by boosting self-confidence and self-esteem. It provides an opportunity for the development of various skills (communication, teamwork, problem-solving) and competences in diverse fields, preparing young individuals for the job market. Additionally, volunteering enhances young people’s understanding of issues in their communities and countries, fostering empathy towards groups facing social exclusion and discrimination. Through volunteering, participants realize the importance of actively engaging in the decision-making process and community life.

KA105 “Disability Support Worker Training” – Youth Workers TC

Through the execution of the project “Disability Support Worker Training” under KA105 Youth Workers TC, our goal is to enhance the capabilities of NGOs and facilitate the professional development of 19 participants, including youth disability workers, leaders, teachers, educators, trainers, facilitators, and career counselors. The project’s focus is to assess the learning requirements of participants with disabilities and generate learning outcomes specifically related to unemployment and job-seeking skills. Positioned as a proactive effort akin to an army combatting unemployment among people with disabilities in Europe, the project addresses the imperative need to curb the increasing unemployment rates within this demographic.

Europe for Citizens “ArtForRememebrance” – European Remembrance

The European Remembrance project, “ArtForRemembrance,” under Europe for Citizens, takes into account the historical context of the intervention and previous expressive/artistic initiatives funded by the program. In the initial phase, participants gather memories (oral, written, material) through direct interviews with the elderly and partisans, and by assembling local and international memorials. These memories are then deliberated upon in debates, screening sessions, round tables, and training sessions, incorporating key EU documents within the framework of “creative pop-ups” with extensive involvement from young people. In the subsequent phase, the outcomes of these discussions, actively shaped by young European artists, are adapted by participants. They organize exhibitions and collective installations with the goal of restoring multicultural perspectives in an expressive manner, uniting the past and present

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