With excellent and very successful programmes implemented over the years by various European institutions, the positions and possibilities of youth have greatly improved, giving the opportunity for mobility, meet new people, new cultures, learn and master new skills, gain new experiences and generally make them better equipped to tackle the adult world. But does the responsibility of improving the lives of young people lie solely on their governments, the European Commission and institutions alike? NO! In accordance to the EU Youth Strategy 2010-2018, the Declaration of the 1st European youth work Convention and the Pathways 2.0 paper and building on our experience after implementing two Youth Conferences ‘’Recognition of Non-Formal Education’’ we believe that organizations in Europe, dedicated to working with and for youth, should take the necessary steps to improve their capacities, re-evaluate their previous work, learn from past experiences and genuinely and whole-heartedly work on establishing new and higher standards of their future work, therefore making a greater impact on their respective communities and the lives of the young people they work with and in the process, making a greater and long-lasting contribution to the quality and recognition of non-formal education and youth work in Europe for years to come.
Having all this in mind, our goal is to, through this project, improve the capacities and enable the aspirations of organizations and institutions so they can contribute to and benefit from carrying out higher quality projects, thus ensuring more opportunities and higher standards of non-formal education for youth in their communities and around Europe. The project, with its seven planned activities, will:
- Establish new standards of quality in future Erasmus+ projects;
- Foster learning and exchange on key competences of project managers, trainers, youth workers and volunteers involved in future Erasmus+ projects;
- Raise the level of understanding of the importance of recognition of youth work and non-formal education in general, and through the Erasmus+ Programme in particular;
- Strengthen the impact of future Erasmus+ projects on communities towards which they are directed.
- Further advance the quality and recognition of youth work on a European level.
A theme that will be present in all elements of the project including planning, implementation and follow-up is the special dedication to the development of strategies and measures directed towards youth with fewer opportunities.
The planned activities will be carried out in cooperation with 34 partners over the course of 24 months, starting in May 2015 in Germany, Croatia, Macedonia, Serbia and Bosnia & Herzegovina
The project will be supported by