INVOLVEMENT: Involving and Embracing Mentalities
The “INVOLVEMENT” project was an attempt to combine formal and non-formal education in trying to solve the problem of social inclusion of young people who were forced to migrate through military conflicts. The fact is that the involvement into formal education only will not allow student-aged migrants to be socially integrated because universities are not focused on non-formal methods unlike NGOs are. Therefore, to launch intercultural dialogue, share values of inclusiveness and encourage civic initiatives of migrant youth, universities needed NGOs’ experience and NGOs needed deeper penetration into academic community for strengthening capacities of both. In contrast to formal education that is strictly standardized and certified and allows people to gain specific knowledge and skills proved by degrees and diplomas, non-formal trainings and courses are not so structured and regulated in terms of content and educational methods.
During the training course days, representatives of public volunteer organizations and the academic sector together tried to find ways to cooperate in this rather complicated case. Participants were challenged by the problem of how academicians could be integrated into extra-activity provided by NGO and, in turn, how social activists could provide young refugees with more planned and structured support within the academic space.
The training days were rich in various sessions and panel discussions with unexpected outcomes and conclusions. Sharing national experience in supporting refugee youth and internally displaced students evoked in-depth discussions with clearing details and peculiarities of legislation, refugee camp conditions, social activities and academic environment across participating countries. Through psychological games, participants obtained fresh crucial insights into the reasons of wars and horrible feelings refugees have in conflict, migrating and post-arriving phases. We debated strong and weak features of various social agents while applying SWOT-instrument to the topic as well as found out best ways to communicate with youth requiring specific approach to be socially adapted.
Through the project, youth workers from different countries have improved skills in intercultural communication, critical thinking, argumentative discussion and analysis as well as strategy formation.
Coordinator Organization: VšĮ Inceptus (Lithuania)
- Yasar Universitesi (Turkey)
- Way of Hope gGmbH (Austria)
- IDEA (Greece)
- National Mining University
- NGO “Development and Initiative” (Ukraine)
- Eurobug, International Youth Work Training and Collaboration Limited (Ireland)
- Yeghvard Youth Ecological NGO (Armenia)
- International Labour Association (Turkey)
- NGO “e-Arch” (Italy)
Program: KA1 Mobility of Youth Workers
Start Date: November 19, 2017
End Date: October 27, 2017