Not All Heroes Wear Suits – Bulgaria

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Programme: ERASMUS+: Youth, Key Action 1: youth exchange

Dates: 4—12 July 2021

Venue: Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Please read the info-pack & project description 

Věkový limit pro účastníky: 16-30

Počet volných míst:  5+1 group leader

Hosting organisation: Connected for Future

Project description:

Erasmus+ Youth Exchange about Social Entrepreneurship

Inspired by the following issues in modern day Europe:

  • Rising levels of youth unemployment in the EU due to Covid-19
  • Among young people: unpreparedness and lack of practical skills to tackle socio-economic issues, esp. regarding emerging technologies in the Digital Age
  • The existence of educational, occupational and wage- inequality in Europe, based on nationality, race, gender, sexuality, height, weight or accent in the workplace.

Key learnings/ deliverables of the project:

  • Understanding the personality on an entrepreneur and becoming familiar with the entrepreneurial eco-system in our countries and the EU
  • Mastering some core tools of social entrepreneurship (incl. need assessment, prototyping, conducting a pitch)
  • Increasing one’s intercultural awareness, enhancing soft skills, making memories that last for a lifetime

The content activities which make out this project are aimed at providing the target group of
the project with the skills required by the labor market and the economy, while allowing them
to play an active role in society and achieve personal fulfilment. The activities are meant to
deliver social value and bring about change. Among with the 8 key Youthpass competences,
which lay the foundation of Erasmus+ non-formal education, the project attendees will have
the opportunity to master some more topic-specific skills like:

  • To understand and apply earned income strategies to secure their own financial
    security, this of their families and communities and to pursue higher goals such as communal
    and environmental sustainability;
  • To get to know the entrepreneurial eco-system in Europe as an act of career-orientation and understanding the employability tendencies in European countries;
  • To get to know core tools from the field of entrepreneurship and business like the team canvas for human resources, the business model canvas, the structure of a business pitch;
  • To get to know core techniques in the field of social entrepreneurship such as problem mining (identifying issues and turning them into entrepreneurial opportunity), the guiding principles of effectuation, the crazy quilt and affordable loss;
  • To apply technological tools to create protypes to come closer to the realization of their entrepreneurial ideas;
  • To learn about different types of intelligence, identify personal strengths, increase their intercultural awareness, create human networks of like-minded people, and to acquire skills according to the 8 key competences of the Erasmus+ program;
  • To gain intercultural awareness and understanding, as well as to develop an awareness of their own views, assumptions and beliefs, and how they are shaped by their nationality, culture and generation;

Another major focus of the project is to empower young people with disadvantaged
background, who face one of the core exclusion factors: economic obstacles, geographic obstacles, cultural differences. We will examine, by applying a set of non-formal education methods, the cause-effect of educational, occupational and wage- inequality in Europe, based on nationality, race, gender, sexuality, height, weight or accent in the workplace.

Bulgaria, according to the Report on Inequality Women and Men in the EU for 2018, is the country where most people, 81% of the study attendees, respond that “The most important role of a woman is to take care of her home and family.”, followed by Slovakia (79%). Wage disparities between native Western European citizens and employees with Former-Yugoslavian backgrounds for middle-skill jobs lay at about 21% (2018). Further studies show concerning results in the matter of the nationality/ race of the candidate employee, and whether she belongs to a religious/ gender minority.

The aim of our project, in this respect, is to analyze the present circumstances and give our participant a brief insight into the institutional and legal tools necessary to protect themselves from becoming victims of occupational discrimination, as well as to promote equality in decision-making.
Yet another major purpose of the project is to give the opportunity to 39 young people from different countries to meet, live together, learn and grow together in an open and good- natured, people-oriented, inclusive and protected setting shaped by mutual understanding, acceptance and dedication to a set of common goals.

Last but not least, this project is to a great deal about creating long-lasting friendships beyond
national borders and creating memories for a lifetime.

 

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