ERASMUS+, Key Action 1: training course
Dates: 20—29 November2022
Venue: Szeged, Hungary
Please read the info-pack.
National team size: 3 youth workers
Please note that the hosting organisation will collect a participation fee: €30/participant.
Hosting organisation: NGO Yopa
The recent refugee ‘crisis’ has impacted European societies. Immigration is viewed across nearly all EU member populations as the main challenge facing the EU. Since the July 2015 ‘Eurobarometer’ immigration is at the top of the most frequently cited topics at EU level. With 38% (+14 points) of those polled citing it as such, this issue is now way ahead of the economic situation (27%, -6 points), unemployment (24%, -5 points) and the Member States public finances (23%, -2 points). It was the number one most frequently cited concern in 20 Member States, reaching peaks in Malta (65%) and Germany (55%). Concern for terrorism at EU level has also increased significantly since November 2014 (17%, +6 points) (source: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-15-5451_en.htm). On top of general concerns, migration issues are a source of prejudice, misunderstanding as well as stereotyping and discrimination. Based on our local researches, we have identified the following needs:
- Lack of awareness about refugee issues in Europe among young people, and numerous stereotypes, prejudice and xenophobic attitudes resulting from it;
- Lack of easy-to-use, suitable and adaptable youth work tools that can be both relevant in local context but also applied across borders and cultures;
- Lack of management and organising skills among youth workers that could improve campaigning and encourage young people to act on refugee issues;
- Need for cross-border co-operation to make young people understand that both the causes and the effects of the refugee crisis are cross border, and those countries do not share the refugee burden equally (and that Europe is not a besieged fortress!).
In order to address those issues, we propose the following activities:
- A training course for youth workers;
- A campaign on migrant, refugee and asylum rights using the #NotJustNumbers hashtag, both online and on social networks and offline in all partner countries; this will be organised and disseminated by partners and participants of the course;
- A series of joint follow-up activities at cross-national level, including youth exchanges, youth worker mobility projects as well as voluntary activities projects.
The overall aim of the training course is to develop the youth work competences of youth workers, youth leaders in order to adapt and use the non-formal learning methods and techniques of Not Just Numbers Manual made by UNHCR based on the needs and profile of their local target groups. To fight against raising xenophobia, radicalisation and intolerance towards refugees and migrants through local and European online and offline campaigns and youth activities.
Who can participate in the training course?
3 participants per countries with the following profile:
- Youth workers, youth leaders who directly work with young people with refugees and migrants’ background and represent youth voluntary organisations;
- Youth workers, youth leaders, who would like to be part of an European platform and support each other’s local and European youth work in order to fight against xenophobia and racism towards refugees and immigrants;
- Community leaders, educators, trainers, facilitators, young leaders, social workers, intercultural mediators to be put into practice in their daily work with and for children.
- Ready to take part in the whole training course;
- To be able to communicate English language.