Working Group “Active participation of Youth Exchange among organisations”
Next meeting: October 20th 2017 in Budapest
Seminar in Cologne – Project “KEY”
Brno, Czech Republic, 30. 08. 2016.
Highlight of the project “KEY – Knowledge Exchange about Youth Participation” was seminar that took place from June 24th to July 1st 2016 in Cologne. Project KEY was focused on the exchange of knowledge, experience, and know-how in the field of non-formal and informal civic education of the youth. Main organiser and coordinator of the project was Czech NGO EUTIS, o.p.s., project partners were other EUNET members – Karl-Arnold-Stiftung e.V. (Germany) and Centrum pre európsku politiku (Slovakia).
Twelve experienced and younger professionals from all three organisations participated in study visit to Karl-Arnold-Stifung e.V. Programme included various activities – presentation of partner organisations and forms of civic education in Germany (more specifically North Rhine-Westphalia), the Czech Republic and Slovakia and role of our three organisations in civic education.
Participants spent two days with German high school students from Erftgymnasium Berghaim. First day they took part in a simulation game “Destination Europe” organised by Karl-Arnold-Stiftung e.V. at school. For second day was planned study trip to Brussels, where participants visited European Parliament and Parlamentarium and they have discussed various issues with German MEP Herbert Reul. We had time as well for sightseeing of Cologne and learning more about its rich multicultural history.
Thanks to the experiences of German partner that is involved in education of asylum seekers coming to Germany, participants from the Czech Republic and Slovakia had unique opportunity to get more information about real situation in Germany in the field of migration. According to German colleagues we need to face refugee crisis as a challenge that Europe can cope with, but for now they still miss solidarity from other members of the European Union. Therefore it was important to talk about this topic and to explain different positions of our countries together with different historical context.
Thanks to this project participants gained new experiences, skills and methods of youth work (they already tried some of them during seminar). Seminar has as well contributed to improvement of current and future projects of all involved organisations thanks to the possibility to use simulation game “Destination Europe” for activities with Czech and Slovak participants.
The project K E Y – Knowledge Exchange about Youth Participation was first project of EUNET Working Group: Active participation of Youth – Exchange among organisations that was supported by Erasmus+ programme. Goal of the working group is to enhance cooperation among member organizations of EUNET and contribute to further development of our everyday work (especially with young people) thanks to the exchanges of good practice among member organizations.
Contact: Michael Murad, EUTIS; firstname.lastname@example.org
KEY – Knowledge Exchange about Youth Participation
The project K E Y – Knowledge Exchange about Youth Participation is first (pilot) project of EUNET Working Group: Active participation of Youth – Exchange among organisations that was supported by Erasmus+ programme. Goal of the working group is to enhance cooperation among member organizations of EUNET and contribute to further development of our everyday work (especially with young people) thanks to the exchanges of good practice among member organizations.
Project KEY is focused on the exchange of knowledge, experience, and know-how in the field of non-formal and informal civic education of the youth. Bringing together experienced professionals and young professionals from non-governmental organisations based in the Czech Republic, Germany, and Slovakia, it will lead to evaluation and improvement of methods used in youth work, acquisition of news skills, professionalization of their work, and strengthening of cross-border cooperation. Ultimately, the aim of the project is to contribute to increased European awareness, active civic engagement, and participation of young people through simulation of democratic decision making. Main organiser and coordinator of the project is Czech NGO EUTIS, o.p.s., project partners are other EUNET members – Karl-Arnold-Stiftung e.V. (Germany) and Centrum pre európsku politiku (Slovakia).
The key activity of the project is a eight day seminar taking place from June 24th to July 1st 2016 in Cologne. 12 participants – 4 from each of the organisations – will take part in the project. The seminar will include various activities. Apart of the presentation of the participating organisations, their activities, and experience, discussions about civic education and role of simulation games in it, participants will have the opportunity to actively take part in a simulation organised in a local school by the German partners and understand the opinions and attitudes of the students. Participants of the project will also join the students on a study trip to Brussels and discuss with European politicians, experts and officials in seats of European institutions.
The project will result in the participants gaining new experience, skills, and methods of youth work, and improving the methods already in use. Another positive impact will be the creation of a network of cooperating European organisations which will enrich future projects and connect the practitioners from the respective organisations and young people from the European Union member states. The project will also deepen and promote the experience with the Erasmus+ programme and help the participants that don’t have experience with mobility programmes yet.
Contact: Michael Murad, EUTIS; email@example.comKEY – Knowledge Exchange about Youth Participation
Working Group meeting March 14th to 16th 2016 in Pezinok (Slovakia)
We have started our work on new project – “Fences”. Few ideas for this project were developed in EUNET GA in Salzburg (October 2015), but main work was done during this WG meeting.
In order to reach best results and keep meeting focused we followed planning guide NAOMIE, which is systematic planning cycle that helps to question activities before we begin. Thanks to this planning cycle we identified various aspects and parts of new project – Needs, Aims, Objectives, Methods, Implementation and Evaluation.
After this we focused on SWOT analysis of new project. SWOT analysis is a technique for understanding Strengths and Weaknesses, and for identifying both the Opportunities and the Threats of our common projects. Then we were working with Erasmus+ application form and we have divided our work (parts) on it. We all have agreed on need to involve more EUNET partners and that project application will be submitted on April 26th 2016.
The goal of the working group is to enhance cooperation among member organizations of EUNET and contribute to further development of everyday work with youth (but possibly with other target groups) thanks to the exchanges of good practice among member organizations.
EUNET members can cooperate together (e.g. during meetings of this working group) on development of methods how to attract youth to participate in their events/projects and they can run exchange projects together (typically Erasmus+ Key Action 1 – mobility of youth workers).
These projects will be aimed at visits of interested EUNET members (their youth workers) at receiving EUNET member. They will together develop program of these visits and then implement newly gained experiences in their practice.
- Preparation of (pilot) Erasmus+ KA 1 project
- Realization of (pilot) project.
- Meeting of working group/preparation of new projects at GA of EUNET in Austria; Presentation of this WG to other EUNET members
- New projects…
The group is chaired by Michael Murad from EUTIS