FIRST STEPS TOWARDS EU VALUES

Purpose:

The main idea is to create understanding in young people about the values of human dignity, democracy, equality, that no one is above the law and to respect human rights, as well as human rights of people belonging to the minorities. Those values have to be the foundation on which young people have to develop their skill for solving problems, critical thinking and cooperation.

Plan for action:

Phase 1 – Development of an educational program that is specific for working on the field with the youth. In the preparation, attention will be paid to the specificity of the region. What are the most common prejudices and stereotypes? We will establish partnerships with different stakeholders. Also, we will carefully select the right educational tool in order to avoid provoking prejudices and negative impact.

Phase 2 – Through using the method of Socrates, participants will be involved. Youth workers or volunteers will establish contact with the target group and will give them 1 to 3 questions on important topics which aim to stimulate young people to respond. This method can be used in school breaks or breaks between lectures in the university as well as on social media. Only in case of interest from the young people, the representatives of the Institute Perspectives inform them how they can participate in the initiative.

Phase 3 – Training course. When the training course is conducted, the trainers will have to merge with the group. The trainers have to create a positive and encouraging atmosphere, which helps the participants give their best. When the trainers ask participants about the program and the goals that are set in, the trainers have to encourage them to act according their feelings, ideas and desires. Every training course will have the following stages: participants getting to know each other better, creating a team spirit, role-playing to distinguish the different learning methods, team working on a case, simulation, creating a strategy leading to sustainable results, general debriefing of the activities and personal reflection.

Phase 4 – Identifying the strengths of participants. After the end of phase 3, the trainees and two volunteers with psychological competence constantly monitor the actions of the participants and their attitudes towards the educational process and goals, also their relationship with others participants and self-control. After phase 3, the trainers conduct interviews and special tests through which young people will have better understanding of their talents and skills.

Phase 5 – Motivation for creating their own Youth club. Experts from Institute Perspectives prepare short video materials which focus on the positive effects of phase 3. In the video they emphasize the strengths of the team and the need to continue to develop the society in which they live in. The video will emphasize the positive effects that participants would have on their professional, social and personal development by taking part in such youth clubs.

Phase 6 –Principles of youth work and the methodology of non-formal learning. Youth workers and experts from Institute Perspectives live in the city or village where the youth club is founded for a period of 7 to 14 days. Together they search for possible local partners in order to establish good practices as well as organizing events for gathering volunteers.

Phase 7 – Youth club initiatives.

The young people who created the club, along with the volunteers will start brainstorming initiatives that can have a positive impact on their local community. Experts and youth workers of Institute Perspectives will help only by giving guidance. All the work will be done by the young people who set the foundation of their club. By implementing the knowledge gained from their work with our experts and the trainings they will gain the needed competence to become local educational leaders and innovators.

Results:

-Better communication in different and complicated situation by adjusting their communications skill.

-Better use of digital technologies to promote active citizenship and social inclusion.

-Collaboration with others in order to achieve personal, social and professional goals.

-Competence to define their own abilities to focus and tackles complex tasks and to stimulate critical thinking and decision-making.

-An open mindset to different people and cultures.

-Readiness to spread knowledge to other young people in their rural areas and not only there.

 

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