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Since 2009 the EU has launched the EaP (Eastern Partnership) program to have a close dialogue with the Eastern neighbor. The high hopes that have been demonstrated after the 2015 Riga summit for this program show how the stability and prosperity of the Eastern neighbor represent still a top political priority for the Union. It is useful to remember, however, that as we write there are still 5 different "frozen" conflict that threatens the regional stability and the progress made by these countries in their transition process to democracy. In addition, the countries of the Eastern neighbor share together a series of tensions and rivalries that at the present day still affect their political
relations. This is exacerbated by the controversial and delicate position of Russian which took and hostile and skeptical stance towards the EU initiatives in the area.
Our organization in collaboration with its partners has developed a daring dialogue program in the spirit of the EaP program and the European values. In fact, just like stated in the 4th 2020 delivery after the Riga review, we have the deep-seated belief that mobility and peer-to-peer contacts can stimulate better policies and a stronger society. We think that dialogue among people helps integration and transnational cooperation. For these reasons, we have devised a task-oriented action which intends to promote:
1) The realization a successful skill transfer activity about social peacebuilding and the promotion of the values of peace in order to improved competences, linked to our participants' professional profile
2) The set up of a future peacebuilding discourse able to integrate multilaterally the partners from the EaP countries and the partners from the member states
3) The creation of a functional transnational partnership that is able to work independently connecting our participants' local realities to a transnational one
4) The raising of awareness of the EU values as a peacebuilding tool for promoting multilateralism and social stability
5) A better awareness of the European project and the potential and limits of formal and nonformal education
6) The social empowerment of our participants to be social change promoter and the enhancement of their agency capacity and the ownership of their action;
We have noticed that for many local activists their limited outreach capacity leads to scarce chance to build constructive and innovative processes for social stability and peacebuilding action. The peacebuilding activity by consequence grows frustrated and inefficient because loses his grasp on the local communities and fails to deliver the expected results.
In order to solve this problem, we have devised our transnational forum. This forum involves actors directly involved in peacebuilding, social stability and development action. Our project will respond to the needs that our partners have demonstrated in order to establish dynamicity in their local action and transnational outreach in their international activities. The project has a threefold multilevel objective.
1) We want to hance the in-house capacity of our partners
2) We want to transform our participants in multipliers able to transmit the acquired skills through creative and innovative actions
3) We want to enhance our newly born transnational peacebuilding platform expanding it in its potential and its contents
Our action will be divided into 4 phases. During the first phase, the participants will have the opportunity to build their partnership (PBA ) and to receive a high-quality training about peacebuilding, conflict management, social activism and youth work. The training will employ a series of nonformal education tools like peer-to-peer learning, simulation games, circular learning, visuals, energizers and practical activities and be brainstorming.
During the second phase, the participants will explore more in depth then what are the instruments needed for a concrete peace intervention. The activities will be directed with a multilevel approach as inspired by peacebuilding and conflict management scholarship.
In between the training and third phase, the applicant organization will negotiate with the partners' practical exercises to carry on for applying the acquired skills and to exercise the new tolls During the third phase, the participants will reflect and integrate their experiences in a reflection phase. In the reflection phase, the participants will come together to organize a role game session in our future game exchange program. This will allow them to consolidate their partnership and to test their skills.
Lastly, the participants that have organized the youth exchange will act as group leaders in conducting the simulation sessions in the program. Other additional young people will be invited to the youth exchange in order to allow the former participants to practice their newly acquired skill transfer capabilities.
Youth Peace Dialogue Euromed
The European dialogue with the southern neighbor has never been so important as it has been in the last year. Since the beginning of the Arab spring in 2011 the southern relations have been a major cause of a change in the EU foreign action strategies. Today migration an integration remain still at the center of all the member states agendas and represent a great political pressure point in the debate. The difficulties that the EU countries are having with these topics are making the way to populist and anti-European political forces which are a reminder for all of us how we need to deal with the topic efficiently but retaining a large consensus in decision-making.
The project is born as the collaboration between the CRN and the IYDA on the development of a dialogue program among Mediterranean countries. We think in fact that tools of peacebuilding coming from the tradition of dialogue and education in conflict scenarios can be used efficiently to deal with the social challenges that migration brings.
What we want to produce is a dialogue instrument among different stakeholders that would, on one hand, enhance the partners' skills and capabilities and on the other will create a transnational support network that will enhance their reach out capacities and the sustainability of their action.
Our main objectives are:
1) A successful skill transfer action in the field of peacebuilding and social development
2) An intercultural encounter among countries that have high stakes in the topic of migration and
3) The creation of a functional transnational partnership that is able to work independently
connecting our participants' local realities to a transnational one
4) the promotion of EU values as a tool of democratic participation, dialogue, and stability
5) A better awareness of the European project and the potential and limits of formal and nonformal
6) The empowerment of our participants to work closely with their local realities and their
communities in order to enhance their status.
Our project is oriented towards the improvement of the grass root capabilities of our partners. The project has been shaped by the belief that dialogue is the base for integration. In order to have a fruitful and proficuous dialogue, we need stable partnership, on one hand, and suitable dialogue tools on the other. The project responds to the needs that the partner associations have to be provided with these 2 elements. We think that the Erasmus program could be the best forum for this action seen that the K1 action retains the objectives we have established for our projects in the list of their fundamental priorities.
In order to achieve our objectives, we have foreseen a 4 phases action to be taken in the timeframe of one year and a half. During the first phase, the participants will have the opportunity to build their partnership (PBA) and to receive a high-quality training in conflict management, interfaith dialogue gender issues and intercultural communication. The training will employ a series of nonformal education tools like peer-to-peer learning, simulation games, circular learning, visuals, energizers and practical activities and be brainstorming.
During the second phase the participants will receive a training about the issue of migration and project management. In between the trainings and the third phase, the participants will be given autonomous tasks to implement in their local realities in order to exercise their newly acquired competencies and to start a multiplicative discourse in their local communities.
During the third phase, the participants will gather up to integrate their experiences and to plan out several activities on the topic of migration. These activities will be an integrative part of the next and final step of our action.
Last but not least we will organize a youth exchange as a multiplicative event. The participants who have organized the exchange workshops will act as group leaders for the delegations and will facilitate the workshops they have designed.
Shortly after the USSR collapsed, a violent political and ethnic conflict-ravaged more than one country in the region. Some of these conflicts such as the 2013 Euromaidan protests in Ukraine were due to political crises in the successor states. Others involved separatist movements attempting to break away from one of the successor states. Some of these conflicts ended in a stalemate or without a peace treaty, and are referred to as frozen conflicts. Notable such cases include Abkhazia and South Ossetia in Georgia; the Transnistria region in the Moldova's eastern border with Ukraine; and Novorossiya (a confederation of the Donetsk People's Republic and the Luhansk People's Republic, breakaway areas in Ukraine).
While these countries are moving more and more toward the EU, they still retain a high level of internal instability that is potentially a threat to the whole region. It is opinion of the organizing staff that the Erasmus project within its goals and priorities has a lot to contribute on this issue.
Peer-to-peer cooperation and transnational partnership among EU states and EaP countries will give us the opportunity to implement efficient dialogue that will be the base for social changes of different magnitudes in our societies. The project enters in the long discourse of social peacebuilding partnerships carried on through the Erasmus+ especially in the Caucasus.
The idea is to develop an innovative training package that goes beyond the classical approach maintaining the focus on non-formal and participatory education.
The training session remains though just a part of the whole project. In one of our main goals will be the creation of a transnational network of among the participants. This will enhance their reach out capacity, their possibility to exchange learning best practices and knowledge and their economic sustainability as single associations.
The training should also enhance the potential of the organizations to take part in external initiatives and to propose themselves initiatives and campaigns on the base of the skills acquired.
Programme Erasmus Plus KA 2 Adult Education
Duration 01/09/2017 - 30/08/2020
Our Role co-leader
More Than Words
More than Words is aiming at improving intercultural communication and training skills of educators, social workers, and all people being engaged as professionals or activists in supporting migrants and other minorities tackling problems of integration and communication.
We will develop a pan European curriculum for non-verbal intercultural trainings, synthesizing the experiences of our partners in different areas of training and creativity, such as theatre, dance, humor therapy and storytelling. This project is crucial in terms of Europe’s relationship to migrant communities and other minorities, especially under the current political and social tensions all over in the Continent.
Integration of migrants and other minorities is not a simple question of willingness. Lacking of basic skills for communication strongly hinders the mutual understanding between migrants and other social groups. Communication barriers also include difficulties related to cultural differences even when people understand the language.
The integration of vulnerable groups in European societies is a challenge that transcends borders, and requires a pan-European, multi-agency strategy as a response.
The main outcome of the project is therefore a European training module, offering new approaches for both governmental and nongovernmentalgencies in responding to these highly significant challenges. Other intellectual outputs will include a synthesis of good practices, an online platform of intercultural training, and a documentary film presenting the different stages of the project implementation. All these will be disseminated through local multiplier events allowing user organizations to benefit from the findings and methodologies.
More than Words will follow a three years long project circle oriented on work packages, intellectual outputs, milestones, staff trainings and transnational meetings. The leading of work packages will be divided among the partners, a system that will ensure that all partners will take an active role and responsibility in the implementation of the project. Work packages will take place parallel and in deep interaction with each other. Within them the main project activities will be as follows:
Our project is based on a strategic partnership of like-minded organizations across Europe, working with migrant and disadvantagedcommunities, to develop and share practice to create a collective working methodology in intercultural training. The project leadpartner, Border Crossings is a UK-based organisation working in intercultural dialogue through vocational education and performingarts. It has developed strong creative methodologies to encourage understanding between cultures through theatre and creativelearning practices. The partners’ approach, experiences and areas of work are different and complementary.
The partnership iscomposed of two main groups according to their main roles in the project: the needs assessment group is composed by 3 organisations having a direct experience dealing with the needs of migrants and vulnerable groups: Narud and AEL and dla Ziemi.
The training providers group will contribute with their innovative methods of non-verbal intercultural training: Border Crossings for theatre performance, CRN for digital storytelling, Euro-Net for humor and clowning strategies and IKTE for dance and body movement therapy. They will provide the staff trainings, create the synthesizing training and report based on the needs and accompanied by the monitoring activities of the first group.
The year 1989 brought historic changes to Europe. States disappeared, new borders were created, old borders re-emerged while yet others vanished altogether. This year marked the start of processes which have led to the Europe we know today, integrating from within but also separating itself from “others” on the outside. Processes of de- and re-bordering have thus taken place simultaneously. If Europe can be considered as a common house, it might also be described today as a common fortress. This Seminar will try to examine processes and phenomena that illustrate those changes.
Berlin was symbolic of division 25 years ago. Today, the city is symbolic of change and new opportunities. It is the spot where the consequences of changes during the past quarter-century still can be tracked today. The seminar will be therefore take Berlin as a stage. The first day will be dedicated to the presentation of papers and posters of participants. The scientific discussion and development of the research ideas will be the main theme. The second day will involve fieldwork within the city of Berlin, where the participants will have the chance to gain personal experience through group interviews and specific thematic tasks. The third day will include an excursion where the participants as whole group will learn about certain aspects of reshaping the borders in Berlin during the last 25 years.
Programme CRN Research
Our Role Organiser