in association with European Integration Group

Τίτλος : «Villagers are Masters»

Τόπος : Mersin, Turkey

Ημερομηνίες : 20 εώς 28 Μαΐου 2019

Συμμετέχοντες : 5 άτομα 18 εώς 30 ετών και 1 άτομο (leader) 25 εώς 35 ετών

Καλύπτεται το 100% των εξόδων μετακίνησης εώς 275 ευρώ! και το 100% διαμονής διατροφής.

Συμμετοχή : 40 € (εφόσον επιλεγείτε)

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There a numerous challenges that European societies are facing. One of the sensitive problems that is widely seen across the EU (however, often wrongly-considered as not acute) is social exclusion of villagers in urban areas. This results in young people from villages starting studies in universities and moving to cities facing discrimination, negative stereotypes and, hence, less opportunities. This was just proven by an email survey carried out through the network of our partner
organisations in August, 2017. In short, it has confirmed that people from rural areas are seen as less educated and are less likely to make friends/contacts (Lithuania, Czech Republic, Greece), or even sometimes downright consider as second-class citizens (Romania, Turkey, Italy).
In order to tackle this, youth organizations from the mentioned countries have united for this project. The aims of which are to change the approach to- and opinion about people from countryside, minimize negative stereotypes towards them and reduce the ensuing social exclusion. To accomplish this, youth exchange - “Villagers are Masters” will be hosted in Turkey on May 20-28 of 2019. It will involve 36 participants both from rural and urban areas (18-30 years old). Priority will be given to those from disadvantaged backgrounds and with fewer opportunities.

In order to reach the key aim of the project mentioned above, the following OBJECTIVES have
been set:
1) to raise youth's awareness of social exclusion that people from the villages are facing in
urban areas, as well as to provide them with specific tools and support to fight that;
2) to identify the most common stereotypes towards people whose place of origin is countryside, and find ways to tackle that;
3) to spread tolerance, strengthen equality and combat marginalisation;
4) to increase cooperation between village and city youth in order to create opportunities for joint work and social initiatives.

The project also aims to:

5) help the participants increase their social responsibility; 6) involve the youth in discussions and decision making in an international environment; (7) keep the youth active; (8) enhance their social skills and multilingualism.
In order to achieve these objectives, a range of NFE methods developed by all the partner organisations will be employed. Involvement, creativity and initiative of all the participants will be
GET CONNECTED: encouraged throughout the activities, which were planned to avoid any negative-bias, separation or ghettoising of youngsters from rural areas.
These will include: 1) interactive workshops on stereotypes, social exclusion, marginalisation, etc.; 2) discussions in non-formal environment, 3) analyses of relevant video materials; 5) visit to the local village community; 6) sessions with relevant guest speakers; 7) social actions/flashmobs in the city; 8) creative art sessions on the topic; 9) surveys carried out in the city and, subsequent, 'myth-breaking'; 10) specialized group exercises, games, 11) feedbacks, reflections, evaluations and much more. In order to facilitate integration of the participants: 13) cultural evenings, 14) energizers, 15) ice-breaking and socializing activities will also be organised. Since the project goal is to reach the public and disseminate the results effectively: 16) special ‘Video-book’; 17) photo albums; 18) webpage/blog on the topic will be prepared by the participants. All of this will ensure that the project would induce a positive effect on the participants, organisations and the target groups (urban and rural youth and, more generally, wider public) in regional, national and international levels.

The participants will not only improve a number of skills and competences required for reducing social exclusion, but will also get a chance to extend their social networks. This would make them more competent in their future endeavours.
The organisations and participants will share the resources about social exclusion related to rural areas through various activities in their respective counties. Results’ dissemination will be also facilitated through involvement of local media and spreading of ‘Video-book’ prepared during the project. Ideally, the target groups themselves will be disseminating the results even further. The project is anticipated to not only help participating youth enhance their skills and competences, but also increase general awareness of the issue in the participating countries. As a result, reduction of social polarisation and stereotypes towards villages is expected in the long-term. Additionally, more social problems could be solved by stronger cooperation between urban and rural areas.

Participating countries: Turkey, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Greece, Italy, Romania

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