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2nd Transnational Meeting



13-15 December 2021 Barcelona, Spain.

 

meeting 2: 13-15 December 2021 BARCELONA

  • human rights

  • vulnerable groups

  • duty bearers

  • Erasmus+ Sport opportunities:

1) cooperation partership

2) small scale cooperation partership

3) not for profit european sports events

  • 3 examples of cooperation partnership proojects:

- How to promote sports events to include people with the need of wheelchair.

- To promote sport for young refugees

- To include transgenders persons thought sport.




From 13 to 15 December 2021 the second meeting was held in Barcelona to go on with the PUNCH project.


After having learned the importance of the role of sport in education and the fight against poverty in the previous meeting, the members of the associations participating in the project co-funded by the Erasmus + Program of the European Union took part in a lesson on training opportunities put in place by the European Union.


We focused on the opportunities to let NGOs grow through partnerships in Europe, thanks to an overview of the funding opportunities offered by the EU.


During the first phase of the lesson, the participants became aware of the benefits of collaboration with other organisations, dealing with different realities and developing effective communication strategies to work with people with diverse backgrounds and cultures.


We show them the European opportunities:

- Cooperation Partnerships, which are designed for organisations to develop and implement joint activities to promote (among others) sport and physical activity, as well as deal with threats to the integrity of sport (such as doping or match-fixing), promote dual careers for athletes, improve good governance, and foster tolerance and social inclusion;

- Small-scale Partnerships: For grassroots organisations, less professional organisations and newcomers to the Program. Small-Scale Partnerships have simpler administration, smaller grants and shorter durations than Cooperation Partnerships;

- Not-for-profit European Sport Events: Designed to encourage sporting activity, implement E strategies for social inclusion through sport, foster volunteering in sport, fight against discrimination and encourage the participation in sport and physical activity.


The meeting continued with the aim of impressing the participants with a series of crucial concepts such as human rights and childhood. Briefly, following the history of human rights and the 1989 Universal Declaration of Human Rights for Children. We explained the concept of vulnerable groups and categories at risk and with whom they, as sports associations, are in contact and we analyzed the recommendations of the EU on sport as a tool for social inclusion to understand sport as a vehicle for messages and education.


In the last part of the meeting, we focused on some important and essential key competencies that youth workers should have.


When they approach work with a group of adolescents they have to understand the important role they have for them.


During the meeting concerning adolescence, participants acquired awareness of the psychological peculiarities in terms of the development of adolescence. The figure of the youth worker has the potential to facilitate the learning, personal and social development of young people. For this reason, is crucial that Youth workers develop an awareness of their role to give younger the chance to become autonomous and responsible citizens through active participation in decision-making processes and inclusion in their respective communities.


Youth workers must understand the importance of adult reference figures in the pedagogical path of the youngers.



In the last part of the meeting, we focused on some critical and essential key competencies that youth workers should have.


When they approach work with a group of adolescents, they have to understand the vital role they have for them.


During the meeting concerning adolescence, participants acquired awareness of the psychological peculiarities in terms of adolescence development. The figure of the youth worker has the potential to facilitate the learning, personal and social development of young people. For this reason, Youth workers must develop an awareness of their role to give younger the chance to become autonomous and responsible citizens through active participation in decision-making processes and inclusion in their respective communities.


Youth workers must understand the importance of adult reference figures in the pedagogical path of the youngers.


The active part of this meeting concerned the creation of 3 social projects. The results have been imagined on a local scale and, therefore, with a more direct approach to one's community. On an international scale, intercultural shows the problem from multiple points of view.


The meeting continued by explaining some transversal skills that the members of the participating associations must use to best help young people at risk of poverty and social exclusion. These skills concern non-formal education methods and conflict management to help them cope with difficulties in a healthier way, such as communication.


In particular, the associations worked on non-verbal communication and public speaking to help young people at risk develop better emotional intelligence.


Thanks to examples of active listening and role-playing activities, the participants developed communication techniques to face better the problematic situations that can arise, trying to encourage the inclusion of young people at risk of poverty and social exclusion in their sports activities.


Therefore, the outcomes of this meeting helped the members of the sports associations learn more about the starting situation of the children at risk of poverty and social exclusion that they have the task of helping.


They also took an example from the funding opportunities offered by the EU to carry out social projects on a local scale, thus putting into practice forms of communication and role-playing that are more suited to their role as youth workers.



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