DEMOCRACY IN CRISIS

This European memory project, Democracy in Crisis, will discuss the state of democracy in Europe with eyewitnesses, citizens, speeches, and political representatives.

In Bulgaria, old structures of dictatorship are still alive, and the corruption threatens democracy; in Spain, separatism is building ‘new walls’; Thuringia (East Germany) has a right-wing populist party with more than ¼ of the population; in West Germany, people seem sceptical about reunification and EU enlargement to the East. It is even more important to talk to citizens about the current state of democracy and the future of Europe and invite them to participate. Testimonial workshops in each country will bring the “reunification story” to life; a “photo marathon” will make EUROPE visible in each city. These “MY EUROPE” photos will be shown in international exhibitions in each city, where Europe, reunification and the current challenges of democracy will be discussed.

Especially, young citizens will be invited to contribute essays for balcony speeches, to walk around their city and take pictures of EUROPA and reunification in their city in a “photo marathon”; through debates, street surveys and radio campaigns, citizens are invited to engage with the challenges facing a crumbling Europe and to actively participate in shaping it. The activities are prepared in a transnational exchange and will take place in Jena, Pleven, Granada and Lüneburg. Through schools, universities, and museums, we talk about citizens, and through social services, about young people who are critical and insurgent against the liberal-democratic order.

Citizens gain understanding of the EU, democracy and identification with Europe. An impulse document will summarise the results of the policy from the citizens’ point of view and will be transmitted to political leaders, translated into all national languages

INFLUENCERS OF INTERCULTURALITY

The Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation for the Dialogue between cultures is an organization network of civil society focused on promoting intercultural dialogue in the Mediterranean area. Among their lines of work, there is one about educational, artistic and creative projects which look for educating in diversity and building citizenship.

AIFED as the coordinator entity, along Exchange Live Art and Artixoc organization have decided to develop a training and awareness project, reflecting about interculturality values in rural areas of Spain related with that line of the Anna Lindh Foundation work. We propose two lines of work, one of them with the children and young and the other one to train the teachers of the school.

It will be a team work that would imply the three entities and through theatre, art, culture and social media we would like to train and make the community aware of intercultural values.

The project is based on the ability of the students to be creative and to reflect about values of interculturality through a performance. We will talk with them about culture, understanding art as a tool communication and making that those thoughts and ideas reach the community.

With these values, students will become INFLUENCERS OF INTERCULTURALITY. We would like them to post on their social media using the hashtags of ReFal, their school, the organisms of the community and the hashtag we have created for the project #InfluencersDeLaInterculturalidad. All of the knowledge and reflections generated in the project will be out of the school as soon as they put it on social media, reaching the whole community and making them influencers of intercultural values. They would make posts, record videos and tiktoks and using their social media to change their environment.

Also, we have considered a line of work with the teachers in order to offer them the best skills to deal with conflict and working on it through creativity. They will be trained in interculturality  concepts and how using theatre could be a tool to fight conflict and to work in educate in diversity. Anna Lindh Foundation and their ODS they are working on will be make known as well.

We have chosen a high school from Íllora, Granada. This town is losing population despite their economical potential but, every year, it is welcoming lots of immigrants from north Africa for seasonal harvest of olive, farming and agricultural work.

We chose this school because they are fully committed with education and due to our own commitment of reach rural areas that usually have less opportunities to be heard and to listen to the right messages.

Also, there are teachers in the school that collaborate with AIFED and they will supervise and they will be an active part of the project development out of their work schedule.

Beneficiaries will be around 20 young people chosen by teachers and 8 teachers themselves. As we said before, given that the project is going to work with social media, we expect that the message and awareness reach the whole community indirectly.

The planning with the young is to make workshops in an active methodology with dynamical and digital activities:

  • Workshop: Becoming influencers of intercultural values. This workshop is going to have 2 sessions of 3 hours each one. We would like to develop their creativity to work on interculturality concepts and get them ready to the performance.
  • Workshop: No filters. 4 sessions of 4 hours each one to:
    • Introducing the teenagers to the action, with activities and training in language use.
    • ‘Score’ of performance with examples, activities y work in groups.
    • Photo and video performance and the difference between this and live action. We will use examples and group activities to make the photo and video performance always associated with interculturality values.
    • Live performance. It would be streamed on the social media. This session will include a round table to discuss and debate at the end of the workshop.
  • Workshop: What have we learnt? 2 hours to talk and discuss the conclusions, commitments and assessment of the work. It will be leaded by AIFED and the teachers.

Teacher’s planning is going to be workshops as well, dynamics and based on active methodologies that would be online and in-person. Online workshops will be teach by Artixoc and in-person workshops by AIFED until complete 12 hours of training.

  • First session: introducing the project. What is Anna Lindh Foundation, their goals, the ODS…
  • Second and third session: training and activities. Theatre workshops about racism, xenophobia, fighting stereotypes, communal living… the goal of these sessions is to think about these terms and to give them tools to create a relaxed environment and to handle hard and not open to dialogue situations. It will be trained the conflict theory and how to deal with it from a dialogue perspective with improvisation activities.
  • Fourth session: assessment and conclusion.

As a result of the workshops there will be a video with the live performance of the students, an e-book with the training and compilations of:

  • The main messages shared on social media.
  • Teacher’s thoughts about the project.
  • Methodologies that have been used in order to be able of extrapolating to other projects and organisations.

We expect that the active and dynamic training action develops knowledge, potential and social, civic and intercultural skills of the youth through the theatre and workshops. Creating art is a very useful way to express emotions, feelings and opinion. It allows you to interact with other people and develop new ways of thinking. Also, it is a tool to be used working in respect and inclusion.

We consider that the project has actions of great added value, blending training and awareness, involving the whole community and connecting with the children in their own language, through the internet. We think that this use of social media could be the communicative effort we need to spread and to share values.

The preparation and settle up of the proposal has been made in common between the three entities, the three of them committed and involved in order to get the best results and to make an important benefit to the community we are working with.

Talking about SDG from ReFal Andalusia

The Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation for the Dialogue between cultures is an organization network of civil society focused on promoting intercultural dialogue in the Mediterranean area. Among their lines of work, there is the promotion of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) proposed by the United Nations Organization (UNO), for which it was established a 15 years term (until 2030) for the establishment and achievement globally.

AIFED as the coordinator entity, along Azarquiel (Seville), Sevilla Acoge (Seville), Juvenil Inter (Cadiz) e Incide (Malaga) organizations, have decided to develop a dissemination and spreading Project based on the next SDG:

  1. Ending the poverty (SDG 1)
  2. Gender equality (SDG 5)
  3. Reduction of inequality (SDG 10)

This project is framed in the “Intercultural Projects of ReFal” call and it has the goal of:

  • Making known the Sustainable Development Goals that have been chosen, relating their single goals with intercultural value.

As a secondary goal they would include:

  • To increase positively the value of intercultural in every area.
  • To contribute to improve the intercultural relationships, intra and extra Andalusia, making the work of the Anna Lindh Foundation and the ReFal known to the people.

The tools and procedure that it would be used to achieve the goals will be:

  • Massive use of Social Media: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and TikTok in order to be present in each social network and to reach as much people as we can because each one has their own user profile and age rank.
  • To make and spread interviews.
  • Redaction of articles.
  • All of these means will be related with the Intercultural Tendencies of the Mediterranean Area’s Report of 2018.

Beneficiaries will be 10.000 people divided in:

  • Intercultural collectives and groups of people from different cultures.
  • Women, who we will be provide a special support.
  • Young people, who spend lots of their time on social media and should change social stereotypes.
  • Global citizens.
  • Participant entities which network will be seen reinforced.

EL PODER DE LAS HISTORIAS – THE POWER OF STORIES 2020-1-ES01-KA227-ADU-095529

KA227 ADU – Development of Innovation

Coordinator: ASOCIACION DE INNOVACION, FORMACIÓN Y EMPLEO PARA EL DESARROLLO SOSTENIBLE. AIFED.

Partners: AUGUST VERMEYLEFONDS Belgium

CONTEMPORARY PLEVEN MEDIA FOUNDATION Bulgaria

EYROPAIKO INSTITOYTO TOPIKHS ANAPTYKSHS Greece

Duration: 18 months

Context

The human mind evolved with stories and is shaped by them. Good storytelling can motivate people to do incredible things and is a tremendous advantage in communication. Education and learning are no exception. The world of storytelling is a vast one. It covers the entire world and everything in it, and every century in which there is a record of storytelling having taken place. There is no known culture without some form of storytelling, and the craving to know “what comes next” has been felt by every human being, regardless of age, gender, culture, or century.

Stories also can be used for educational purposes. Storytelling provides other growth opportunities, as stories help listeners to see through another’s eyes and to share the protagonist’s feelings of anger, fear, or love—all from a safe place. Perhaps best of all, stories stretch the imagination. The teller takes the listener to distant places where remarkable things happen. And once stretched, an imagination stays stretched.

Within this project we aim to use the power of stories to ignite creativity in adults and develop their resilience skills and capacity to come up with innovative solutions for different challenges.

For this, 2 Intellectual Outputs will be developed:

IO1: Research and Collection of Stories

Each partner will make a research at local level (regional, national) and collect at least 15 stories that have meaning within the project objectives. The stories will be “tested” with groups of adults at local level – testing that they do have a meaning and they trigger feelings and behaviours.

IO2: Training Course Modules

The training course aim to capacitate adult educators to use storytelling in developing adults creativity, resilience and promote the social inclusion of vulnerable groups. There will be 6 modules for this training course.

Health, Solidarity and Social Cohesion with Sport Erasmus + KA204 2020-1-TR01-KA204-093342

Sports were included in EU competences with the Lisbon Treaty. The European Union is using the definition of sport, which was adopted by the Council of Europe in 1992 and published in the “European Sport Charter” which was updated in 2001. The Council of Europe defines sports as any form of physical activity that occurs through coincidental or organized participation with the aim of being physically fit and expressing or improving mental health, creating social relations or achieving a competitive outcome at all levels. Physical education not only contributes to people’s immediate fitness and good health but also helps people to perform and understand physical activity better with positive lifelong repercussions. Moreover, physical education brings about transferable knowledge and skills,such as teamwork, cultivates respect, body and social awareness and provides a general understanding of the ‘rules of the game’ which people can readily make use of in life situations. Physical activity is a fundamental means of improving physical and mental health. For too many people, however, it has been removed from everyday life, with dramatic effects for health and well-being. Physical inactivity is estimated to account for nearly 600 000 deaths per year. Tackling this leading risk factor would reduce the risks of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, hypertension, some forms of cancer and psychological disorders. In addition, sport is one of the keys to counteracting the current epidemic diseases that is posing a new global challenge to public health. Physical activity is not just a public health issue; it also addresses the well-being of communities and investment in future generations. Countries need to reverse the trend towards inactivity and create conditions across Europe in which people can strengthen their health by making physical activity part of everyday life.

The scale of the problem requires developing a new understanding and new, effective, population-based approaches. This implies strengthening existing partnerships, such as those with the education and sports sectors, and developing new ones with others that play a major role in shaping communities. Sport is a practical instrument for social integration. The sport also creates opportunities for learning basic principles such as acquiring skills such as discipline, trust, leadership, and valuing tolerance, cooperation and respect needed especially these days.

Our project includes distance learning modules based on informal and non formal teaching techniques that enable people to change their attitudes and behaviours both in personal and public health, participation in balanced social and cultural development. The content is based on current events, includes real-life tasks, supported with videos and animations. The Project will contain the following reinforcing goals:

– To increase the number of people with the knowledge of healthy life style to contribute to community health, social welfare and harmony,

– To give the opportunity to people to improve their attitude, understanding and trait for their own self-actualization needs,

– To develop and increase the awareness about crisis management on the side of personal and public health with sport.

– To develop and increase the awareness of European values in education by providing equal and accessible opportunities to people,

Our project has been prepared to ensure that people from all walks of life especially for disadvantaged groups (inadequate income, inadequate education, geographical barriers, cultural barriers, immigrants, refugees, etc.) to be able to access equal educational opportunities.

The social changes brought by the globalization have taken every subject of life to international dimensions. Cultural interactions among people, cultures and countries have driven forward such a life which is based on multicultural social skills and harmony around the world. For this reason, our Project is prepared in a structure that includes partnership at international level.

Also, it includes international partnership to support mutual exchanges for educational cooperation at international level, remove obstacles, encourage innovation in education and contribute to common educational policy areas.

Lifelong learning is an important element in the development of active citizenship, social skills, social cohesion and equal opportunity. Physical activity is not just a public health issue; it also addresses the well-being of communities and investment in future generations. Being healthy is the most important and functional feature for individuals to live effectively and independently in society. It is very important to establish positive relationships among people, to maintain these relationships and to get positive feedback for the individual’s social behaviours.

Constant changes in the economic, social and cultural life of the society necessitate constant renewal of the knowledge and skills required by today’s living conditions. With this Project, local and international activities will be carried out. By the help of distance educational applications (modules), people who are from all walks of life will have equal and open learning opportunities based on ICT. With the activities, the following outcomes and outputs will be achieved. A series of onsite/online and relevant activities are planned including the following topics

 Project Outputs:

* Photography contest (Are we Healthy?),

* Seminars

Healthy Life with sport

Sport for mental and psychological wellness

Active and passive sport in daily life,

* Online training modules;

Healthy Life with sport

Healthy diet and sport

Sport for mental and psychological wellness

Strengthening the immune system with sport

Socialization and sport,

Active and passive sport in daily life,

Sport at home

Sport at work

* Field Survey – “Healthy Life Perception and Sport” in the neighbourhoods

* Transnational Meetings to evaluate the activities,

* Control and practice groups.

 

 By carrying out the project, we aim to achieve the progress of following objectives:

* Social and civic competences

– Protection and Development of Health

– Social Life and Social Inclusion with sport

* Digital competences; computer and internet usage skills

* Communication skills in the mother tongue

* Communication skills in foreign languages

* Learning to learn ability

* Increased internationalism

* Increased awareness on acceptance of differences

* Increased consciousness about EU values

* Increased capacity of participating organisations and relevant stakeholders

* Increased awareness of Erasmus+ Programmes

 

 By carrying out this project we aim to create the following products;

* E-Learning Modules (Training Videos)

* Healthy Life Booklet,

* Digital Photography Album (Are we Healthy?)

* Scientific survey and article – “Healthy Life Perception and Sport”