“ACT! – Active Citizenship Training” is a project consisting of only one activity – a Mobility of youth workers: Training Course that is implemented by Asociatia Comunitara a Animatorilor Sociali from 14th to 22nd of May 2017 in Craiova, Romania. The project brings 34 youth workers, leaders, trainers and staff from youth organisations from Romania, Macedonia, Poland, Greece, Croatia, Italy, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Turkey and Lithuania in order to train and equip them with competences and tools on how to develop and run activities that aim to motivate and educate youth about (active) citizenship and participation in democratic and community life by in the same time promoting European citizenship and awareness of common European identity and values.
The mobility activity addresses the needs of all involved organisations as well as the learning needs of their youth workers – participants of the project. The training addresses the need of youth workers to improve and gain new competences and tools, but also the needs of organisations involved in the project to strengthen their capacities, to exchange good practices and establish future sustainable cooperation and partnerships with other European organisations working in the field of citizenship education, active citizenship and youth participation.
In order to achieve this, the project has the following objectives:
O1: To provide knowledge to 30 youth workers about citizenship in general and European citizenship in particular by exploring the concepts, their dimensions and contemporary understandings which later on they can multiply it to their target groups through their youth work;
O2: To explore and analyse current situations and different models in 10 European countries regarding youth participation in democratic life and share experiences and good practices of supporting it in order to encourage active youth participation on local, national and European level;
O3: To develop, practice and evaluate non-formal learning tools (methods, approaches and activities) that youth workers can use to foster youth participation on all levels and which are enhancing young people’ awareness to common European issues as well as the feeling of belonging to common European identity and values;
O4: To provide opportunity to 30 youth workers for strong intercultural learning, improvement of competences and development of multiplying initiatives to be implemented in their respective countries;
O5: To foster sustainable international cooperation, capacity and partnership building between 10 European organisations working in youth field with citizenship education, European citizenship and youth participation;
O6: To promote Erasmus+ Programme and Youthpass as recognition tool for non-formal and informal learning in youth work.
The participants are impacted by improving or gaining new knowledge, skills, attitudes and contacts that can be useful in their personal, social or professional life, but also get concrete methods, tools and practices on how to develop and run non-formal activities for young people about citizenship, European citizenship and values as well as for enabling active youth participation in democratic and community life. Involved organisation are greatly impacted by the project by strengthening their capacities and having the opportunity to map their challenges and needs as youth organisations, exchange and reflect upon good practices, get concrete ideas for future activities, deepen the cooperation with the applicant organisation and make new partnerships with the other involved organisations. The project also indirectly, but significantly impacts several target groups such as young people from participating countries, other organisations, other youth workers as well as the applicant and partners’ local communities.
The most important result of the project is the creation of ACT! Toolbox of non-formal learning activities for citizenship education that is created by participants, run and evaluated during the Training course and later on shared with other youth workers, organisations, young people and other interested parties that can use it in their educational or youth work.
The working methodology of the training course is based on non-formal, experiential and informal learning methods with strong encouragement of sharing personal experiences, knowledge and good practices. The Training course concretely uses non-formal, experiential and creative working methods such as: brainstorming, discussions, small and big groups work, getting-to-know each other, ice-breakers and team building games, learning-by-doing activities, peer-to-peer work, lectures, debates, simulations, creation of tools (methods), theatre and role playing, personal and group reflections, presentations, open-space and outdoor activities.