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In the context of our ongoing peacebuilding program, we would like to propose here a new project that aims to expand our activities to the Balkan-east-Mediterranean area. The project come in the context of the recent unrest in the Balkan region. Here, on one hand, we assist to a rekindling of old rivalries while on the other the migration crisis adds new tensions to the old ones. The Balkan remain nowadays an important rout of migrations and these new problems collide with old unresolved issues creating a dangerous mix of social instability.
The program will comprehend 4 different parts
The second training: will take place in Croatia. Here our partner is an experienced peacebuilding practitioner and it will bring invaluable practical experience not only about the region but also about the field activities that are implemented in regard to conflict prevention, reconciliation, peace education, peace advocacy and conflict transformation.
The reflection phase the participants will be guided by the trainers through a process of co-
creation in order to apply the information that has bee acquired in the planning of concrete activities.
Finally, there will be the implementation of a youth exchange in Croatia. This will have a double value, on one hand, will guarantee the practical implementation of the activities thought in by our participants in the previous phase and on the other will exchange our reach out presenting to our consortium the opportunity to work as a real peacebuilding network.
The project responds to precise needs that we are starting to realize are more widespread than we thought among the actors of civil society dealing with the conflict transformation and peacebuilding. We target mostly those youth workers that are at close contact with their local communities and that concentrate on their territory. Because of their narrow profile and particular character of their job, many times this organization lack the understanding for formulating sophisticated peacebuilding strategies and for extending their reach-out capacity outside their reality.
As a consequence, these subjects lack financial stability and the possibility to formulate long-term goals in relation to their priorities. This is also due to the fact that despite a great grasp of the nature of the local problems these small and medium actors do not have a strong grasp of general strategies and problem-solving techniques to deal with these problems. We try to transfer the capabilities and the skills to our partners to set up strategies that could be adapted to solve their community problems. Furthermore, we strive to insert our partner in a transnational peacebuilding network aimed to connect our partner with like-minded people that could support them both in terms of skills and capabilities and in terms of financial abilities.
The project is aimed to improve these aspects of the field action of our partners and to realize a better dimension for implementing a joint peacebuilding action. The aim of the project is to use innovative tools through NFE in subjects such as movies and videos, role game, narrative and music, as methods to enhance understanding and open dialogue between individuals of different political, religious, ethnic and geographical backgrounds.
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:
Dialogue for Adult
DiA is a cross sectoral project addressing the intersection of the key competences of Lifelong
Learning through its methodology and partnership. By exploring the diversity of approaches of peace education such as peacebuilding, active citizenship, structured dialogue, and conflict resolution, social inclusion etc., our project will contribute to the development of educational methods teaching new skills leading to social innovation.
The main patterns of EU peacebuilding practices pursued in the Instrument for Stability (IfS). This
instrument was conceived as the Commission’s response to the demands of the greater EU’s
involvement in conflict prevention and peacebuilding activities, following the notion of increased governance. The approach of governance is underlined by empowering local actors and citizens to
participate in policymaking by improving adult civic education, as reflected in the Europe 2020
strategy and within the Erasmus+ objective to strengthen civic education for adults.
The pre-assessment of the needs In the partnership found various scenarios, where peace education
A. External Conflicts, with implications inside the EU
- Dealing with refugees and military conflicts in the EUs’ Neighborhood (Ukraine, Syria, Libya etc.)
- Helping to integrate traumatised refugees into host societies in Europe
- “Imported” conflicts in migrant population (such as Turkish vs. Kurds)
B. Internal within the EU
- Reconciliation in the Balkans (Croatia, North Macedonia)
- the frozen conflict on Cyprus
- Minority Issues
- Political and religious extremism
- Negotiating social integration between different social groups
C. Empowerment of EU Citizens
- Creating new spaces for dialogue between decision makers and citizens
- Analysing how to involve groups, which obstain the democratic process
- Creating dialogue between social and ethnic groups
- Creating dialogue between EU citizens in different countries to support a stronger cohesion within
The project is targeted on trainer, teacher and learner in all education sectors, staff and learners within the partnership, stakeholders and associated partners. The indirect target groups are the usual groups, the partners work with:
Adult learner and educators, refugees and migrants, refugee women, socially excluded children and
young people, IDPs, youth leaders, students, women, NGOs, journalists, local authorities, Students,
relevant ministries and agencies.
The overall aim of DiA is to identify the main areas where peace education can contribute to help
adult education institutions to mitigate conflicts, help to support community building and foster mutual understanding and social dialogue by turning citizens into bridge builders in their communities, and to gather and discuss smart practices and methods reflecting each of these areas. In order to achieve this main goal the implementation phase of the project will lead to 5 main results.
Result 1: elaboration of at least 80 smart practice evaluations on peace education methods in the
different sectors (youth, schools, adult) based on a commonly approved evaluation grid.
Result 2: Organisation of 2 Impact Trainings. During the trainings the collected methods will be
discussed, their transferability will be tested and finally the methods will be implemented outside the project.
Result 3: The smart practices evaluation and the two trainings will lead to the identification of a large number of practices, that will be gathered and presented in an interactive map of European
Peacebuilders, functioning as a database and methods toolkit
Result 4: The DiA consortium is composed by partners who are all actively engaged in teaching and
Result 5: A European eBook on peace education for adults. The eBook will be the main dissemination product of the project. It will summarize the 50 most relevant smart methods,
recommendations and inputs.
DiA will implement two joint short innovative co-creation impact trainings. Co-creation typically
involve hands-on activities in which a group of peers expresses experiences and explores potential
solutions in a tangible way. Collaborating in this way provokes discussion and creates valuable
insights. Impact trainings are a way to improve quickly the methodology of educators in a spec ifci group/topic.The aim of these four-day programs is to improve quickly teaching in a very specific area. The training is developed based on the participants’ normal way of working and adds improvements to this. We don’t strive for big changes, but for important improvements in the overall teaching. The training is based on the knowledge and experience of the participants.
DiA will contribute with its open access practice s collection, the eBook and the digital map of
European Peacebuilder to a more equal access to knowledge, by providing a new approach of
participative learning, permitting to cross cutting skills and competences from different sectors.
Dialog für Frieden und
The goal of the project:
The project will contribute to the demystification of the conflict, finding joint ways to solve it through raising awareness among journalists on conflict sensitivity, training NGOs representatives and community activists on essentials of integration and peacebuilding.
The project participants will act as multipliers, and agents of change articulating the problems of integration and peace in mass media, providing a range of creative events to various stakeholders and community representatives from different regions of Ukraine to bring them together and start a peaceful dialog to resolve the conflict situation.
The impact of the Project consists of the developed capacity of Journalists to create professional materials on conflict sensitive issues without prejudices and stigma, which promote peaceful dialogs in society.
NGO leaders, youth workers and educators as well as local government representatives will raise their awareness about peacebuilding and dialogue between the local communities and IDPs, reaching an estimated 240 direct beneficiaries in target communities.
The project also includes 12 community actions implemented by activists in local communities, 1 workshop for 25 NGO leaders, youth workers and educators.
Long term results are on one hand the empowerment and the sensibilization of journalists that deal with the conflict and on the other the empowerment and the sensibilization of young people that are affected by the conflict. By involving individuals from the IDP communities, as well, we are expecting to reach a multiplicative event that will improve the social situation of these groups greatly. Last but not least we want to create durable partnerships and methodological cooperations between journalists and NGO practitioners for enhancing the possibilities that these subjects have to accomplish their peace agendas.
These results are what we expect to be the minimum in what we can achieve, however we will actually be striving to more results and a bigger local long-term impact.
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
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