CESIE – European Centre of Studies and Initiatives – and the Department of Political, Legal and Social Studies of the University of Palermo present the International Conference “Internet and Young People: Risks and Opportunities” closing the project Virtual Stages Against Violence.
The afternoon will be dedicated to addressing the issue of the relationship between young people and new media, proposing solutions for teachers and educators to use in their work.
The keynote speaker will be Mario Morcellini (Director of the Department of Communication and Social Research, Sapienza University of Rome), accompanied by the coordinators of the Virtual Stages initiative in four European countries – CESIE (Italy), die Berater (Austria), Salvati Copiii (Romania), Thüringer Volkshochschulen (Germany) and University of Palermo (Italy).
“Creative Learning Communities” (CLC) is a project funded by the Lifelong Learning Programme, Leonardo da Vinci 2011 – 2013, Development of Innovation, and has been developed in order to explore, analyse and improve teaching plans and educational paths for the acquisition of skills, such as entrepreneurship, spirit of initiative and innovation. Organisations, companies and foundations from Austria, Italy, Malta, Poland and the UK took part in the project.
CESIE is implementing EAT SMART project (Youth in Action Programme – Action 3.2) which aims at spreading a sustainable way of approaching life, promoting youth creativity, intercultural dialogue through pleasant approaches and link the work of organizations with the world of enterprises and sustainability.
Through using food as a tool to exchange culinary traditions, notions of healthy eating and different concepts of sustainable development and consumption, it will stimulate intercultural dialogue of young people among the four countries. In addition, new dishes mixed of Asian and Mediterranean flavors will be created during the implementation, which will show the youth’s creativity and their senses of healthy life.
TAPT (Transfer of Administrative and Pedagogical Tools useful to manage mobility project) is a Leonardo da Vinci Transfer of Innovation project under the Life Long Learning Programme. It involves 4 partners: Adice (France), CESIE (Italy), Paragon (Malta) and Projinal (Turkey).
The project aims to improve the quality and efficiency of mobility project management by creating a common infrastructure, to support participants with administrative and pedagogical tools adaptable to different kinds of targets, fields and structures.
The partners will experiment ADICE administrative and pedagogical tools for the first 6 months and at a later stage they will adapt these tools to make them suitable to different context and mobility.
The transferred tools could be used by any Europeans structures willing to improve and structure the mobility projects management.
Last Autumn 2012, the second phase of “NATURAL” project took place, a European Voluntary Service Project of Youth in Action Programme (Action 2). 6 volunteers coming from Austria, Hungary, Estonia, Lithuania and Spain spent a month in the reserve Serra Guarneri reserve near the Madonie Park.
Tasks and activities were related to the season, differently from the first group of volunteers.
In fact, this group worked in olive oil production process, production of bio jam, cultivation of season plants and fruits. The group also performed manual works in the structure/building to make it ready for the winter.
From the 21st to 29th April 2013 in Struga (Macedonia) 43 young people coming from 7 countries (Macedonia, Romania, Portugal, Italy, Malta and Turkey) will meet to discuss about values and benefits in the field of youth work. Youth workers, youth leaders and young people working in youth associations will work together to study in depth the theoretical knowledge to promote and develop international youth activities. Moreover, practical organizational skills will be developed, essential tools within an international team which needs to implement such initiatives.
How many times not being able to speak a foreign language abroad has been a problem? How many times you felt like the language barrier was so strong to discourage your desire to travel beyond your country’s borders? The exchange “No language? No barrier!” will take place in Stelpe, Latvia, from the 11th to the 18th of March: for one week young people coming from all over Europe will try to find new ways to communicate without using any language and using arts, games, music and body language instead, preparing a performance for local community without speaking. An innovative and nice method to overcome all the barriers – linguistic and not – dividing us, getting together in the pleasure of communication.
Would you like to experience an immersion in nature? Sleeping in a tent around a fire, cooking and doing outdoor activities? For one week between the 25th and the 31th of March in Bad Ischl (Austria) young people of different nationalities will gather to make a great experience together: it will be a great chance to get to know different traditions about the bonds with nature and to live with it an unforgettable adventure.
The seminar “Edges of Exclusion” will take place in Aghveran (Armenia) between April 22nd and 30th :for one week youth workers and youth leaders will work together to discuss and develop different ways to involve young people with fewer opportunities both in society and in the whole European context.
Reaching young people living in the most isolated and internal areas, updating them about latest chances and projects useful to their personal development, is often difficult not only in Italy but in other parts of Europe as well. 30 participants coming from 14 countries will gather in Chisinau, Cahul (Moldova) between the 9th and the 16th of April 2013 to discuss and strengthen the participation and involvement of young people coming from rural areas in international activities. Moreover, the organizations operating in rural areas will be able to extend their networks, strengthening their action in local areas.
Environmental problems and climate change are nowadays a reality that closely affects all of us: the risks, for the planet and for future generations, are huge and force us to take urgent action. In order to reduce the effects and the negative consequences that could result, it’s necessary to use all the means and strategies at our disposal.
The “Climate Change” project, funded by the Youth in Action programme (Action 3.2 Youth in the word) of the European Union, aims to raise awareness about these issues, especially for young people, and to change lifestyles and consumption habits, improving and making them more respectful towards the environment.