Citizenship education in Romania

Development Assistance Center and Asociatia pentru Consolidarea Societatii Civile – Valea Jiului from Romania have signed a partnership for the development and implementation of a citizenship education programme for youngsters with fewer opportunities from the rural area of Hunedoara and Alba Iulia counties in Romania.

The programme targets youngsters between 11-14 years old from villages and small towns from the Hunedoara and Alba Iulia counties.

The programme was developed during 2017 and it also include a local partnership between DAC, ACSCVJ and DJST Hunedoara (Hunedoara County Direction for Sport and Youth) whom have contributed to the programme with “in nature” support for the implementation of the activities and “Maica Precista” Association which had an essential role in reaching the target group.

DAC have financially supported the costs for organizing the summer school (meals, transport, purchase of materials and schools supplies) and have facilitated the summer school through a trainer. ACSCVJ have coordinated the organization of the summer school and joined in the facilitation with one trainer and volunteers.

 

At present, the programme builds on two pillars:

  • the implementation of an annual summer school for youngsters with fewer opportunities; and
  • offering material support in the form of school supplies with the purpose of decreasing school drop-out due to economic pressure.

Two other activities will are under development and will start in 2019:

1. A mentorship programme for high school youngsters with the purpose of personal development and carrier guidance through interaction with role models and professionals from different fields; and

2. A ToT for members of local and regional NGOs as well as youth workers employed by the regional authorities working with youth and sport in Hunedoara and Alba-Iulia counties.

 

In 2017 the summer school took place in the youth camp of DJST in Costesti, Hunedoara were twenty young people from Vulcani, Aninoasa, Valea Lupului, Banita, Baru Mare (HD) and Zlatna (AB) have attended the summer school organized between 28th of August and 2nd of September.

The summer school included topics as citizenship education, financial planning, literacy development, carrier guidance and development of soft skills as presentation skills and team work. The activities were facilitated using non-formal education methods like role plays, storytelling, theater, brainstorming, group work, cultural visits and meetings with role models.

Here you can see some photos from the activities:

In 2018 the summer school will take place at the end of August.

 

 

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Europe for you!

In November DAC has facilitated a presentation of the Erasmus+ programme for the students enrolled in the Barn och Fritid program at Hulebäck gymnasium.

The presentation was organized as part of DACs “Europe for you!” initiative of making accesible European funds through reaching different categories of possible beneficiaries.

Below you can see a photo collage from the event:
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INTERREG networking and project development event

Development Assistance Center participated at the INTERREG North Sear Region – Interwork project development event organized in in Gothenburg on November 15.

DAC has presented a project idea for which we are looking for partners. The project idea is on the topic of knowledge transfer in the field of social economy. Interested possible partners are welcome to contact us at sweden.dac@gmail.com

 

The North Sea INTERREG programme has four priorities:

I. THINKING GROWTH

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Strengthening research, technological development and innovation.
Specific objectives

  1. Develop new or improved knowledge partnerships between businesses, knowledge institutions, public administrations and end users with a view to long-term cooperation (post project) on developing products and services.
  2. Enhance regional innovation support capacity to increase long-term innovation levels and support smart specialization strategies.
  3. Stimulate the public sector to generate innovation demand and innovative solutions for improving public service delivery.

 

II. ECO-INNOVATION

Thematic objective
Preserving and protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency.

Specific objectives

  1. Promote the development and adoption of products, services and processes to accelerate greening of the North Sea Region economy.
  2. Stimulate the adoption of new products, services and processes to reduce the environmental footprint of regions around the North Sea.

 

III. SUSTAINABLE North Sea Region

Thematic objective
Promoting climate change adaptation, risk prevention and management.
Preserving and protecting the environment and promoting resource efficiency.

Specific objectives

  1. Demonstrate new and/or improved methods for improving the climate resilience of target sites.
  2. Develop new methods for the long-term sustainable management of North Sea ecosystems.

 

IV. GREEN TRANSPORT AND MOBILITY

Thematic objective
Promoting sustainable transport and removing bottlenecks in key network infrastructures.

Specific objectives

  1. Develop demonstrations of innovative and/or improved transport and logistics solutions with potential to move large volumes of freight away from long-distance road transportation.
  2. Stimulate the take-up and application of green transport solutions for regional freight and personal transport.

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More information about the programme and the event can be found at the link below:

http://northsearegion.eu/about-the-programme/events/interwork-gothenburg/

SEEDS for NEEDS local event

Claudia Andreasson and Ruben Jenssen have facilitated the local level workshop implemented by DAC as part of the SEEDS capacity building project.

The workshop was organized in collaboration with the Anna Lindh Foundation Sweden and brought together a diversity of participants representing both NGOs and public institutions as well as persons interested in developing a social company.

The workshop took place on the 9th of April in the World Culture Museum in Gothenburg, Sweden. Claudia and Ruben, the two facilitator and specialists on the topic, have tested the methods developed in the SEEDS project with the purpose of developing a workshop format that will not only inform but inspire non-governmental organization to develop social business and thus decrease their financial dependency on public funds.

Below are several photos from the event. Enjoy!

 

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STRATEG+ Advanced training on quality in Strategic partnerships in the field of youth

Training Course

8-13 June 2016 | Gothenburg, Sweden

 

The training course is organized by Myndigheten för ungdoms- och civilsamhälletsfrågor and will be facilitated by one of DAC’s staff – Andreea Maris.

Andreea has experience in writing and managing several Strategic partnership projects and has several years of experience in facilitating learning processes.
She have attended the Training of Trainers long term course organized by SALTO between 2013-2014.

She have previously colaborate with the MUCF in delivering the international course U SEE+ (Using Social Entrepreneurship in Erasmus+).

 

Deadline to enroll: 10 April 2016

https://www.salto-youth.net/tools/european-training-calendar/training/strateg-advanced-training-on-quality-in-strategic-partnerships-in-the-field-of-youth.5630/

 

This training course is addressed to coordinators or partners of granted KA2 Strategic partnership projects for participants who are project coordinators, staff or youth leaders working directly with ongoing or finished Strategic partnership Projects.

Further on the training course targets those who are:
• interested in developing their management and reporting competences
• willing to work on the quality of their international projects
• able to use English as a working language

The overall aim is to support the target group to implement qualitative projects through the development of participants’ competences to manage and report Strategic partnerships in the field of youth.

 

The specific objectives of the TC are:
• To help the participants understand the importance of the partnership as a quality element for the project implementation;
• To explore different project management instruments and increase their ability to design own instruments;
• To explore the role and the challenges of the intellectual outputs, multiplier events and TTL activities;
• To discuss qualitative and quantitative indicators for project activities;
• To explore the reporting criteria and consider those project elements that have to be monitored during the project’s lifespan;
• To offer a space for peer learning among experienced project workers;
• To offer support during the project implementation and reporting through individual coaching sessions.

 

STRATEG+ will focus on specific activities of the strategic partnerships as project management, transnational project meetings, intellectual outputs, multiplier events or training, teaching and learning activities from the perspective of transversal activities as project and budget monitoring, quality and relevance to the objective as well from a risk management perspective and will answer to questions as:
How do to ensure a strong and functional partnership? When and how to include intellectual outputs and multiplier events?
Which is the purpose of TTL activities in a strategic partnership? How to ensure the quality of the activities, monitor the budget and payments made as well as monitor the project’s risks? What to monitor during the project in relation with reaching our objectives and reporting the project?

 

An introductory part for the TC will be done in the on-line environment so that the participants got to know each other and have prepared eventual tasks.
After the training course the participants will be able to receive support through their project management and reporting phase with the purpose of increasing the quality of the implemented Strategic partnerships projects around Europe.
The TC will be based on the application form for the Key Action 2 Strategic partnerships for youth – Development of innovation.