POWER OUT: Youth Learning through the Power of Outdoor Activities — 1st phase — Albania

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Programme: ERASMUS+, Key Action 1: multi-phase: 1st part: seminar

Venues and dates:

  1. part (seminar): Korce, Albania, 29 May—5 June 2022 
  2. part (training course): Thessaloniki, Greece, 11—18 September 2022

National team size:: 4 participants

Please read the information provided below and the info-pack.

Hosting organisation: Social Innovation and Cohesion Institute

Project description:

POWER-OUT is a European youth project aiming to address the challenges of social exclusion and marginalization of young people while raising awareness on the importance of outdoor activities as a worldwide known tool for tackling inequalities which gives the base of our initiative designed by young people for young people.
 

Project Summary

For the combat of the crucial issue of youth social exclusion, surveys the last years find that apart from being a source of entertainment and physical fitness, outdoor activities are a powerful social and educational tool in achieving goals on not only personal development but also peace in society.

Outdoor activities allow youth to actively participate and to learn by doing, as learning requires a lot of work and activities. They help youth to change theoretical knowledge into practice, record it in the long-term memory, and create solutions to problems they encounter in daily life, based on what they have learned. Therefore, through outdoor activities we can educate youth on leadership, foster role models, promote peace and give youth hope for the future.

POWER-OUT is a European youth project aiming to address the challenges of social exclusion and marginalization of young people while raising awareness on the importance of outdoor activities as a worldwide known tool for tackling inequalities and social exclusion which gives the base of our initiative designed by young people for young people. Fifty-Fifty believes that outdoor
activities are a key tool for developing important social and personal values in youth, such as team spirit, inclusion, discipline, perseverance and fair play.

From our experience we proudly embrace the belief that young people that practice outdoor activities are less likely to fall into extremism and it facilitates their inclusion, brings them the opportunity to acquire sport values as part of their educational process and allows them to feel part of a group and society.

POWER-OUT aims at providing a Workshop, where youth workers will learn to successfully implement Outdoor Activities. They will receive a hands-on experience on how to use them as an educational tool for youth and social development. The project places a significant emphasis on the inclusion of marginalized young people with fewer opportunities, who demonstrate great potential and interest in becoming community youth workers.

The project aims to train and equip youth workers and youth leaders who are working directly with disadvantaged young people in underprivileged rural and urban areas with essential tools, methods and skills on how to use the European Training Strategy (ETS) methodology to provide sustainable development in their regions.

POWEROUT’s objective is to build the capacity of 40 youth workers from 10 countries in two activities:

(1) a Seminar and (2) a Training Course, taking place respectively in Albania and in Greece.

The first activity will aim to set a common understanding of ETS among all participants by, for and through sport. A1 will provide a perfect opportunity for preparation and introduction to A2, where participants, as experienced youth workers, will develop ETS tools, test them and plan their practical usage. During the first activity, we will set a common understanding in all participants regarding education BY, FOR and THROUGH Outdoor Activities.

Objectives:

  • Raise awareness on the importance of intercultural dialogue, mutual understanding and tolerance among young Europeans of different origins
  • Draw attention to the importance of social inclusion especially concerning young people from disadvantaged cultural and ethnic minority groups
  • Develop young people’s skills and competences to become more active, sporty and health conscious European citizens
  • Make young people advocates of inclusion, tolerance, dialogue and active, healthy living in their local communities
  • Provide opportunities for young people with fewer opportunities through outdoor activities-based non-formal education

Needs addressed:

  • Improve the skills and critical thinking of youth workers and gain knowledge on how to use
    outdoor activities as an educational tool
  • Get a better understanding of non-formal education and its many opportunities for lifelong learning
  • Develop sustainable and diverse youth network
  • Generate new project ideas to be applied under Erasmus+
  • Meet colleagues who are working with youth and exchange best practices

One of the central issues in these challenges is that national education systems simply do not offer training in the skills required for the labor market, leading to thousands of unfilled positions across the continent. ETS aims to fill this gap by improving soft skills, intercultural competencies, and teamwork of youth from across the EU. The project is in line with all objectives of Erasmus+ Program and EU Youth Strategy and, more specifically, will contribute to the achievement of the main objective of the renewed framework for European cooperation in the youth field (2019-2027). The project will improve the efficiency of cooperation among youth leaders and will increase capacities of young people in the EU. Through Non- Formal Education (NFE) methods, the project will provide opportunities for young people in education and enhance their employability in the labor market.

Participants’ profile:

  • youth workers and leaders aged 18-30 and involved in a partner organization, with competence in working with young people, preferably with disadvantaged youth categories;
  • youth workers motivated to improve their personal and professional competences as social operators specialized in promoting tolerance and awareness about youth issues and challenges among youngsters through innovative ETS and new NFE tools;
  • youth workers are motivated to become positive ambassadors and promoters of the added values of the diversity in fighting against prejudice and intolerance;
  • youth workers willing to share their knowledge, skills and experience with the other participants and act as multipliers in their communities.
  • Wwe will involve in total 20 youth workers who are currently facing certain difficulties. From Albania, Czech Republic, Montenegro and Bosnia we will involve two youth workers per organization facing geographical obstacles who live in small cities and are therefore limited in access to the capital cities of their countries. They also face economic difficulties through financial obstacles because transportation services in these countries is expensive for youth workers, who are often working on a voluntary basis.

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