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Call for writers: European Dignities - Winter Edition

sâmbătă, 25 octombrie 2014

The EUROPEAN DIGNITIES journal provides to young people from all over Europe, a way to communicate and express, to demonstrate and discuss about what is happening around them. Therefore, European Dignities is the Voice of Europe's Youth! The first 2 issues had a great success and you can read them HERE and HERE. The journal has accreditation and it is registered as: ISSN 2360 – 6355.

If you want to have a contribution, please send it to us at european.dignities@gmail.com. Bellow you can check the thematic, sections and general rules for the magazine. 


Maybe you remember a #song, a beautiful poem or some good lines from movies. This is the reason why at the end of 2014 we want to give the opportunity to everyone that have some special lines to share it for our readers. From Goethe to Whitman, from Woody Allen to Lana del Rey we are sure of the wonderful lines and the healthy environment for understanding created by them. Like W. Whitman said – “I am enamour’d of growing out-doors”, let’s leave these best lines to generate open doors for our imagination, happiness, creativity and human understanding. At the end of the year we just want to be in the world of best lines to have a great 2015.

So for Winter 2014 the topic is Best lines (lyrics)!


Every single article, photo, interview or photo-report shared with young people around the world can be a source of information and also, a source of inspiration for them as humans who are interested to educate themselves.

This things being said, we are impatiently waiting for your work (lines, articles, photos, drawings, photo-reports, reports etc.) to european.dignities@gmail.com until 25 November 2014.
Before sending us your work, we kindly recommend you to read the general rules available HERE


European Dignities Journal is part of Young European TroubleShooters project,  financed by Youth in Action Programme, with the support of European Commision.

Call for participants: Art is an International Language

miercuri, 22 octombrie 2014

Căutăm 5 participanţi pentru a participa la un schimb de tineri în oraşul medieval Veliko Tarnovo, situat în nordul Bulgariei, la numai 160 km de Bucureşti. Pentru a participa e nevoie să realizaţi cel puţin 2 activităţi de voluntariat înainte şi după proiect, în cadrul Asociaţiei SUPER TINERI (ASIRYS). Aceste activităţi vor fi stabilite de comun acord. Dacă doriţi să fiţi în echipa de proiect, vă rugăm să ne trimiteţi 2 propuneri de activităţi de voluntariat (online/offline) pe adresa voluntarasirys@gmail.com (până la data de 25 octombrie 2014) şi să completaţi acest chestionar: 


Asociaţia noastră nu percepe taxe de participare, iar costurile de cazare, masă, activitate şi transport sunt suportate 100% (transportul în limita a 80 de euro/persoană). Costurile de transport trebuie înaintate de participanţi, ulterior fiind decontate de organizaţia gazdă. Mai jos găsiţi mai multe informaţii despre proiect.

We will be happy to meet you in Youth Exchange “Art is an International Language” Project. The project wıll take place in Veliko Tarnovo, between the 14-21 November 2014 with 32 participants from 5 countries - Czech Republic, Romania, Poland, Bulgaria and Turkey. We will use non formal education learning in the activities and get to know each other’s cultures.
 

Art Is An International Language project aims to show people how important is art and how it can help people communicate with each other, get to know each other and find new friends with similar interests.
Art inspires people to share and be together. It has no limits, borders or barriers, it can gather different people, cultures, nationalities, no matter what language they talk.


The project includes 32 participants of 5 countries - Bulgaria, Turkey, Czech Republic, Poland and Romania. Each country will have 6 participants, only Bulgaria will have 8. All of
them will be youngsters with fewer opportunities aged from 18 to 30, only the 5 group leaders from each country will have no age limit. All participants will have interests in different arts, but without having professional skills or experience.
The project will be held between 14-21 November 2014 at Veliko Tarnovo city, Bulgaria. 


During it participants will have several non-formal education activities and the opportunity to get to know different cultures. They will prepare and perform an art flashmob event in the center of the city. The event aims to make a lot of people think about the importance of art and how it can gather different people and cultures.


WHAT LANGUAGE WILL WE USE
The official language of the exchange will be English.

During the Youth Exchange we are planning to arrange Intercultural Evening for each country. You will present your own cultures – national, regional, personal or any kind of
culture you feel represents you! These presentations should be interactive. It should not be a “lecture” but should be done in a creative way. You can see when is the evening of your
country in the daily programme. 


This means that all options are possible. A culture may be presented by a song, a game, a story, a poem, a dance, Power Point, video, some typical drinks or food, etc. You may bring
pictures, music or anything which you consider to be helpful to present your culture. There will be a computer and data projector available. 


COSTS
Programme costs will be provided and paid 100% by the grant from the Bulgarian National Agency. We recommend you to bring money for drinks, presents, etc.
We have a budget for travel costs. According to the restrictions of the Erasmus+ Programme we will refund 100% of the travel cost if the following points are fulfilled:


Your travel route is from your home town to the venue in Bulgaria (Veliko Tarnova) and back.
 You have chosen reasonable and economical means of transportation (e.g. student discounts, 2. and economy class, low-cost airlines, etc.)
 Your travel dates are according to the programme (one day before the beginning and one day after the end are O.K.)
 You have a receipt or invoice for the cost of your plane ticket, your boarding passes and the local bus/train tickets.
 !!!!!!!!!!!!!TAXI IS NOT ACCEPTABLE COST TAKE IN MIND !!!!!


HOW TO COME TO VELİKO TARNOVO
PLEASE DO NOT BUY YOUR TICKETS BEFORE OUR CONFIRMATION. 

The exchange will take place in Veliko Tarnovo. The arrival day is the 14 of November (Local time) and the departure day will be the 21 of November, 2014.
We will inform you about hotel very soon.
• 2-4 participants from dıfferent natıonalıtıes will share the rooms.
• There is a bathroom/shower in each room.
• Breakfast, lunch and dinner will happen generally at the hotel during the whole project. 


WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU
Clothes: please bring comfortable and sports clothes that will be suitable for the sportive activities that involve a lot of movement. Please also bring comfortable/sports shoes as we
may walk to the nearby places. And take in mınd than November can be cold in Veliko Tarnovo.


PARTICIPANTS AND PREPARATION OF THE GROUPS
 Each country will select 5 participants from 18 up to 30 years old + 1 group leader (no age limit).

After the selection of participants, every participant should fill in the participant form and send it to us as soon as possible.
 We will NOT have Health/Travel Insurance for the participants, so we suggest you make your own one if you want. 


TRAVEL BUDGET
According to the rules of the Erasmus+ Programme and the budget that was agreed on with the Bulgarian National Agency, here is the maximum amount that each group can use for the travel to Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria, and back (100% round trip per person)


For Romania the budget is 80 euro/person. 

WE WILL TRANSFER YOUR TRAVEL COST MONEY IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE PROJECT WHEN WE RECEIVE ALL YOUR TICKETS, INVOICES, ETC. TICKETS MUST BE BOUGHT EARLIER THAN 1 NOVEMBER 2014.

Târgul de Meşteri de la Târgu Frumos

marți, 21 octombrie 2014

Primăria Orașului Târgu Frumos și Asociaţia Meşterilor Populari din Moldova (AMPM), având ca partener Muzeul Meseriilor din Târgu Frumos, organizează în perioada 24-26 octombrie 2014 în Parcul Central din Târgu Frumos cea de-a III-a ediție a Târgului de Meşteri. Această ediție este dedicată tuturor meșterilor și meseriașilor care au trăit sau încă mai trăiesc în cochetul târg moldav. 

Într-o vreme în care valorile tradiționale suportă un asalt fără precedent din partea modernității, manifestarea de la Târgu Frumos va reuni circa 30 de meşteri şi creatori populari din întreaga ţară, care vor încerca să contribuie la promovarea meşteşugurilor artistice tradiţionale şi să educe publicul, în special cel tânăr, în spiritul cunoaşterii, preţuirii şi respectului pentru tradiţii şi bun gust.


Detalii pot fi obținute de la meșterul ceramist Eusebiu Iacinschi, președintele interimar al asociației (0740/183.273).


Sursa: Comunicat etnograf Marcel Lutic, preşedinte al Asociaţiei Meşterilor Populari din Moldova, Ussel-Franța
www.mesteri-populari.ro

Call for participants: Training in Mugla, Turkey

joi, 9 octombrie 2014

Căutăm 3 participanţi 1 participant pentru a ne reprezenta la un training în Mugla, Turcia. Pentru a participa e nevoie să realizaţi cel puţin 2 activităţi de voluntariat înainte şi după proiect, în cadrul Asociaţiei SUPER TINERI (ASIRYS). Aceste activităţi vor fi stabilite de comun acord. Dacă sunteţi interesaţi, vă rugăm să completaţi acest CHESTIONAR şi să ni-l trimiteţi pe adresa voluntarasirys@gmail.com, până la data de 15 25 octombrie 2014. Asociaţia noastră nu percepe taxe de participare, iar costurile de cazare, masă, activitate şi transport sunt suportate 100% (transportul în limita a 275 de euro). Costurile de transport trebuie înaintate de participanţi, ulterior fiind decontate.

Health is our lifestyle is a KA1 project that will be coordinated by  Province Directorate of Youth Services and Sport Mugla. Training course which is type of ”Training course and networking which intend to youth workers'' will be realized between November 4 - 10, 2014 in Mugla/Turkey. In the training course which will be realized with 24 youth workers from 8 different countries, 3 supporting staffs and 3 trainers, Healthy lifestyle, wellbeing and non-formal/informal learning activities will be arranged.

Our aim in project is to encourage healthy life and to spread popularity of non-formal education to large community. According to this aim, by using non-formal education methods, some activities which is giving information about healthy life and non-formal/informal learning and awareness will be carried on. 


According to gain of project, firstly it will be provided that enhance capacity of youth workers and partners and then spread healthy life and non-formal/informal learning thanks to transfering information which they learnt in project to youth and volunteers in the activities.


Hosting Organization
Province Directorate of Youth Services and Sport Mugla consists of Mugla Youth Centre as well as Mugla Sports Centre.
Mugla Youth Centre provides young people with a lot of opportunities to spend their free time with the aim of providing quality free time for young people in Mugla and at the same time offering them the possibility of improving their social skills.


Young people between the ages of 14 - 29 can participate in social, cultural and sport activities that are offered throughout the year. They can also benefit from the center’s offers free of charge, including projects, trainings, campaigns and seminars. At the same time the young people are encouraged to develop their own ideas and make them come true with the help of the Youth Centre.


Mugla Sports Centre provides many different sport courses for different age groups throughout the year. Sport courses offered are e.g. Athletism, Badminton, Volleyball, Pilates, Taekwondo, Karate, Kickboxing, Basketball, Cycling, Football, Table Tennis and Tennis. The aim is to improve the health awareness of the participants as well as their social skills.


Participating Countries and Travel Limits
(Age limit: 18-30, Exceptional age limit: 30+)
Ø Bulgaria: Centar za mejdunarodna mladejka deinost – 3 participants
o Travel limit: 275 Euro per participant
Ø Italy: Young Effect Association – 3 participants
o Travel limit: 275 Euro per participant
Ø Spain: Asociación las niñas del tul – 3 participants
o 360 Euro per participant
Ø Lithuania: ASOCIACIJA "AKTYVISTAI – 3 participants
o 360 Euro per participant
Ø Portugal: Erasmus Student Network Minho – 3 participants
o 530 Euro per participant
Ø Romania: Asociatia SUPER TINERI (ASIRYS) – 3 participants
o 275 Euro per participant
Ø Poland: Fundacja Cherry Home – 3 participants
o 275 Euro per participant


INFORMATIONS
Ø Official language of the training is English.
Ø Participants should be present throughout the whole duration of the training in order to be eligible to receive the Youthpass certificate and reimbursement.
Ø Intercultural evening will be organized during the first days of the programme and national food, drinks, snacks, sweets and national symbols (e.g. flag) should be brought in order to present partner countries. Very short presentations of countries will be done in creative way.
Ø You should bring documents (flyer, poster ext.) about your organization.
Ø Participants should prepare themselves for active participation during the training.
Ø You need to have travel and health insurance before coming. Insurances will be under your responsibility. Please inform us, when you have it.
Ø At least 1 female or 1 male should be in the team.
Ø If you have any special health condition or some special dietary requirements, please let us know.
Ø Participants buy their tickets by themselves. Economic flight tickets, buses, trains and local transportations are available with invoices and boarding passes. Taxi and private car expenses don’t allow.
Ø We will reimburse the participants, after we have all invoices and boarding passes.
Ø DON’T BUY ANY TICKETS, BEFORE WE CONFIRM.
Ø Accommodation will be in a hotel in Mugla city center. 2 or 3 participants from different countries will share a room during the project.
Ø We suggest you bring sportive clothes.
Ø If you need visa, you can buy it at the airport or as online. The link for online visa: https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/
Ø You should arrive BODRUM (BJV Milas-Bodrum) Airport.

Bodrum airport to Mugla timetable:
06:00 – 08:30 – 11:00 – 13:30 – 16:00 – 18:30 – 21:00
Website: http://muttas.com.tr/hizmetlerimiz/havaalani-yolcu-tasimaciligi#menteşe
You can’t buy tickets online; you can buy tickets in the bus.
If you arrive later than 21:00, we can contact with travel agency but it can be more expensive.


VENUE OF THE PROJECT
The province of Mugla is located in the Western part of Turkey, at the intersection point of the Aegean and Mediterranean Sea. It has the most significant beach resorts of Turkey like Bodrum, Marmaris, Fethiye, Datca and Koycegiz. Its coasts have a total length of 1100 km, making it the longest coast line in Turkey.
Mugla hosts more than 3 ,5 million foreign tourists and local tourists every year, thanks to its high quality touristic infrastructure. The touristic strength of Mugla Province makes it one of the richest provinces in Turkey. 


Mugla City is a city where you can enjoy four seasons at the same time. One day you can enjoy the sun at Gökova Bay, the other day you can enjoy the snow on the mountain Yilanli that is only 30 min. away . The small size of the city as well as its safe environment make it a good place for living. So far volunteers staying in Mugla experienced it as an open-minded region with friendly and hospitable people.
The project location of the volunteer is Mugla City with a population of 64.000. 


The city is connected to main roads and within easy reach of most historical and touristic spots. It hasn’t got any transportation problem and hasn’t got too much industrialization. It has an economy based on agriculture. The air pollution is less than in other Turkish cities because there is only a small amount of industrialization and a lot of wide green fields. Because Mugla has its own university, students make up most of its population. This has caused that Mugla has a lot of activities and places appealing to young people. It is a vibrant city with festivals, theatre performances and concerts organized throughout the year. Its history and its being close to touristic places are its most important features.

Call for partners - ASIRYS projects

miercuri, 24 septembrie 2014

SUPER TINERI - ASIRYS Association is a non-profit and non-political organization based in Romania, that engages youth in order to develop them into leaders of positive and sustainable change for their communities.

For the 1 October deadline we are preparing 5 projects. Bellow you can see the descriptions. If you are interested to join as partner one or more of them, please send us the application form and the mandates till 28 September 2014, to superyouthprojects@gmail.com.


StartUp your NGO 
Training course, minimum 10 partners (1 or 2 participants per country), May 2015

The project „StartUp your NGO” will be an active training course, which will involve 10 partners, during 10 days. The aim of the project is to develop the entrepreneurial spirit and skills among 20 participants interested to develop their own youth organization and to contribute to the development of their communities. During 10 days the youth will participate to several workshops where they will learn more about how to develop and run successfully, with limited resources, their own NGO. The participants will have the opportunity to develop their skills and competences through nonformal education and learning by doing methodologies. One of the approaches of the training will be to think and to create sustainable strategies for NGOs in order to develop a network for future projects. This training will be a space to learn and share, so we expect that each partner/team will be an active part.  The project will be hosted in Tirgu Frumos and Iasi, in May 2015. 

To be partner, please:
1. download and fill in the "Partner identification": https://www.dropbox.com/s/uwpup3rdak92vwb/Partner%20identification%20SUPER%20TINERI%20projects.doc?dl=0 


Taste & Music
Seminar, 8 partners (2-3 participants per country), June 2015


The project Taste & Music is a seminar about healthy food and music, which aims to involve 8 different partners. The seminar will take place in Tirgu Frumos, Iaşi and adjacent rural areas, Romania, in June 2015, during 8 days and will involve minimum 25 participants. During the seminar, the participants will create unconventional nonformal methods and will  have the chance to travel in several cities and villages of Romania, in order to learn and to promote healthy lifestyle through music. 

The participants should be passionate about food (cooking) and/or music or/and nonformal education. 


The themes of Taste & Music are “art and culture” and „health and wellbeing”. The main objectives are:
- to achieve - by sharing, knowledge and skills about healthy food and music
- to achieve knowledge about other European cultures,
- to develop the creativity,
- to promote the socialization among young people regardless of language, color, ethnicity,
- to develop the team work and the communication skills in a foreign language,
- to create common results (nonformal methods, concert, TV show about food, catalog) in order to promote volunteering and participation in international projects. 


The activities will be based on non-formal education, the young people will create new music and new receipts, will learn to play and sing new songs, but in the same time will discuss about their traditions, will share the most healthy receipts of their countries, will create events, shot video-clips and TV-shows.


To be partner, please: 
 1. download and fill in the "Partner identification": https://www.dropbox.com/s/uwpup3rdak92vwb/Partner%20identification%20SUPER%20TINERI%20projects.doc?dl=0 

Rural Nonformal
short-term EVS, 10 partners (1 volunteer per country), 1 July - 1 September 2015
 
The project “Rural Nonformal” has as target group 10 young people from Europe, young people aged 18-30 years, passionate of one or more of these topics: media, social-entrepreneurship, rural development, arts. 10 young people will do a short-term European voluntary placements in our organization for 2 months. If the volunteers will like to continue the project, we will create a new EVS for long term, to fit their needs. 

The period of the mobility will be 1 July - 1 September 2015. The volunteers will have the chance to develop their social entrepreneurship skills, to develop a personal project involving their passions, in order to achieve the competences of a social entrepreneur in community development.
The activities of the volunteers will be:
- promote nonformal education and volunteering in at least 10 touristic rural communities of Moldova and Bucovina,
- create and implement media campaign in order to promote the local heritage,
-  learn more about the culture of Romania,
-  use their creative skills to develop sustainable services,
- implement a personal project in one of these topics: arts, media, rural development, social-entrepreneurship. For example a volunteer passionate about films, can do a documentary about ancien hand-crafts of rural Romania. 
The project responds to the needs of young people to acquire expertise to develop social entrepreneurship projects that create employment opportunities, both for themselves and for their peers. The young participants will have the opportunity to learn a new language, to participate in innovative activities that will develop creativity, entrepreneurial skills, communication and presentation, will interact with new non-formal education methods and tools, they will make analysis of the management and of the development strategies of the organization and will take the best practice models. Participants will have the opportunity to develop themselves in a multicultural environment, which will acquire general knowledge about Europe. Through this project, young participants will have the chance to become successful social entrepreneurs.


To be partner, please: 

1. download and fill in the "Partner identification": https://www.dropbox.com/s/uwpup3rdak92vwb/Partner%20identification%20SUPER%20TINERI%20projects.doc?dl=0 

Culture Shapers  
Long-term EVS (10 months), 1 April 2015 - 1 February 2016, 3 volunteers  
 
Culture Shapers aims to promote and develop the volunteering activity through arts/culture, in order to decrease the unemployability rate among youth. The project is focused on the following subjects: cultural entrepreneurship and youth, and the activities will be hosted in Tirgu Frumos, Iasi and adjacent rural area. 
In cooperation with the House of Culture and local public institutions, the project wish to support the development of the community and of the volunteers, as cultural entrepreneurs.
We are looking for 3 volunteers, with sense of initiative, interest about different arts, about culture in general, ready to implement their ideas. The project will give to the volunteers the chance to experience creative ideas, to bring their contribution, to manage different type of teams, to work in a challenging environment and to make a positive change through cultural/arts tools. The methods & instruments that the EVS volunteers will use to develop the activities are from the non-formal area: games, workshops, street arts activities, presentations, debates, brainstorming, socio-educational animation, public cafe, street animation, audio-video materials etc. All the activities developed by the volunteers will aim to encourage young people to pursue and develop their artistic talents and in this way, to support their personal development and fight against unemployment. 


The volunteers will have a mandate of 3 months as manager in 3 different departments of our organization: 
Human Resources: involved in all things related to the volunteers – recruitment, volunteer management, training, succession planning.
Communications and Public Relations - external relations – creating and developing partnerships, develop and maintaining social media channels and website.
Business Development: finding sources of funding and developing a social enterprise.
After 10 months, the main result of the volunteers will be a successful cultural center in Tirgu Frumos and more than 20 cultural and creative events organized. 


To be partner, please: 

1. download and fill in the "Partner identification": https://www.dropbox.com/s/uwpup3rdak92vwb/Partner%20identification%20SUPER%20TINERI%20projects.doc?dl=0 

ParaEuropean Games  
youth exchange, 5 partners (5 participants/country), March 2015

ParaEuropean Games aims to gather five different nationalities for 8 days in an intercultural exchange under  the theme  of European citizenship, sport and inclusion.
The participants will have the opportunity to experience tolerance in working with special children, they will choose and create a sport event – ParaEuropean games, and they will develop their skills through workshops (art-craft, sports, public speaking). The participants will share and learn more about European citizenship  and  social integration through sports. 



To be partner, please: 
  1. download and fill in the "Partner identification": https://www.dropbox.com/s/uwpup3rdak92vwb/Partner%20identification%20SUPER%20TINERI%20projects.doc?dl=0 

Call for writers: European Dignities - Autumn Edition

luni, 18 august 2014

The EUROPEAN DIGNITIES journal provides to young people from all over Europe, a way to communicate and express, to demonstrate and discuss about what is happening around them. Therefore, European Dignities is the Voice of Europe's Youth! The first 2 issues had a great success and you can read them HERE and HERE. The journal has accreditation and it is registered as: ISSN 2360 – 6355, ISSN-L 2360 – 6355.

If you want to have a contribution, please send it to us at european.dignities@gmail.com. Bellow you can check the thematic, sections and general rules for the magazine. 


For the third number, the topic is "European Youth Capital 2015 - Cluj-Napoca". We want to bring in attention intercultural experiences and not only that a city, considered as one of the youth in Europe, proposed a series of events and manifestations of this type for a year. We want to hear details, to discuss about the experiences and programs proposed by the organizers from Cluj-Napoca in 2015. Moreover, we want to connect European youth cities that have gained their status in the past or are willing to acquire it, in order to observe the impact of such a European project. We film, we photograph, we take interviews, we narrate. We want to read about your experiences in Cluj-Napoca, city designated to be the European Youth Capital for 2015. We also want to know how did take place the cultural events held in the other cities having this status and what preparations do those who will become European Youth Capital city in the coming years. 

Before sending us your work, we kindly recommend you to read the general rules available HERE

Motivation:  

European Youth Capital (EYC) is a transnational cooperation and integration of young people through cultural, social, artistic and active citizenship. The connection between EYC and European values build a safe environment for youth to share their ideas and work for a better society.

Cluj-Napoca is one of the important academic and cultural city from Romania where young people are well connected and active. In according with the status of EYC, our journal, European Dignities, find the decision to have Cluj-Napoca as the EYC in 2015 a good opportunity to create channels of communication between youth in Romania and Europe. 


We found good connections between our objectives and the ones from Cluj-Napoca city as EYC. In this way we create a standard of excellence in Europe and Romania and strengthening the relationship between young people.


European Dignities Journal is a way to provide to young people around all over Europe a way to communicate, to explore and exchange ideas, good practices and having Cluj-Napoca as EYC is the opportunity to promote and disseminate all the activities and the programme of 2015. In the same time we are focus on the “horizontal priorities” of Cluj-Napoca EYC like SHARE European, SHARE responsible, because our main goal is to let young people to SHARE their own views to other young people. 

We will achieve our goals with this cooperation following one of our main value – DIGNITY. Firstly we must ensure that what we do is worthy and contributes to accomplish the morality in communication, integration and respect. Then we want to show that it is worthy to appreciate, to thank, to simultaneously encourage and recognize the best initiatives. Worthy to understand the model of active citizenship marked by our rights and obligations under a European, national and regional construct and also to initiate a culture of individual liberty placed in the center of the concept of human dignity. A Romanian writer noted very well this aspect, "dignity is the good use of freedom" (Andrei Pleşu).

Merging historic traditional memorial and visionary European side with a cult of dignity, we will be able to provide an enhanced environment of ​​recognized moral values by the spirit of independence. If a Romanian philosopher (Constantin Noica - European cultural model) is talking about "culture morphology" referring to the European one, we would like to address dignity "morphology" through Europe. Going on with the same philosopher ideas, we are informed that "without identifying realities, it's hard to believe you can handle and reach a form of civilization, without naming them, you cannot reach the culture. We will try to name them through the pages of European Dignities Journal (Spring 2014).


The topic/ theme for EYC Cluj-Napoca 2015 could be SHARE or DIGNITY, in the same way in which Thessaloniki (the current EYC - 2014) choose the theme TIME. We can create a great story about EYC Cluj-Napoca 2015 working togheter and share with dignity our values and beliefes. 

European Dignities Journal is part of Young European TroubleShooters project,  financed by Youth in Action Programme, with the support of European Commision. 

General rules for European Dignities Journal

The EUROPEAN DIGNITIES journal will have in its structure several sections where young people may regularly contribute with articles, photos reports, images, pictures, interviews, surveys, etc. The magazine will be published in English (for a greater accessibility to young audience in Europe) and if necessary, it can be translated into other international languages (French, Spanish). Here are some proposals for sections:

Troubleshooters - a section dedicated to photo reports. Our desire is to promote the art of reportage among young people.

Liberal arts – this is a section dedicated to all the fine arts which are appreciated, promoted and even created by the young people. Be it film, theater, dance, sculpture, painting, it is a good opportunity of knowing and enjoying our current visual arts and more.

Urban legends – what happens in your hometown? This is the basic question one has to start from, especially the authors who want to contribute to this section. We can promote events, expositions, economic and institutional development from different cities.

Profile hunters – it is a section dedicated to the interviews, dialogues between the author and those “interesting” folks which have excelled in their work and can be taken as an example. This section requires a higher note of creativity and originality. After all, it is not just a simple classic interview but rather something distinct.

Diplomacy and culture – it is a section dedicated to both the political and the cultural space. A political and cultural dialogue.

High education – all about education (formal, non-formal or informal).

In community – a way to promote different communities and their activities. Be it organizational, rural or regional development, it is a demarche to view, encourage and support the development of the communities.

Search research – section dedicated to everything related to innovation, research, Google search (something we do not know).

Know-how – is a section dedicated for useful information for young people.

Instructions for authors

 Articles must respect academic rules of elaboration (TNR format, 1.5 spacing, quotations – all quotation systems are accepted, alignment – Justify).

 No ideas will be plagiarized, it is important to respect the rights of original authors.

 Articles submitted to European Dignities must not have been previously published elsewhere (magazines, blogs, news websites etc.). We must assure that there is a certain exclusivity in this respect, to prove that we are professionals and that we offer new and trustworthy information.

 Articles must be between 2 and 6 pages; they may contain photographs, drawings, as long as their source is provided (artist, website) if they are not elaborated by the author.

 Submitted articles will only be accepted after consulting the editorial board, to ensure that they were written with respect to free, innovative and deferent spirit and that they accept promoting the journal’s objectives. We reserve our right to refuse any articles that do not respect these rules.

 Each article must enframe into one of the sections mentioned in the journal’s official draft.

 All ideas belong exclusively to the authors.

 Every article must contain the title, the author’s full name, e-mail address, country, city, institution of affiliation (NGO, university, school, group, community – if available) and a short description of the author highlighting his/her activities.

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Experienţa mea în Grecia

joi, 14 august 2014

Experienţa din Grecia a fost una marcantă pentru mine deoarece nu am crezut că îmi voi face atât de mulţi prieteni şi că voi întâlni persoane care îmi vor schimba ideea despre viaţă.

La început când i-am întâlnit pe olandezi  în aeroport m-am speriat. Erau aşa de mari şi mă gândeam cum o să supravieţuiesc 10 zile cu astfel de oameni. Erau foarte ciudaţi şi era o răceală între grupurile noastre neimaginabilă. Ei s-au mirat când au văzut că suntem doar nişte copii, iar noi am rămas uimiţi de faptul că erau mari şi ca vârstă, dar şi la fizic. Drumul cu autocarul de la aeroport până la locul unde am fost cazaţi a fost extrem de lung, iar gândul că nu vom avea cu cine vorbi 10 zile l-a făcut şi mai lung şi noi eram obosiţi, frânţi, numai un drum atât de lung nu ne mai trebuia.

În prima zi de activităţi am început să ne dăm drumul la gură şi să interacţionăm cu ceilalţi, astfel încât până la sfârşitul zilei am legat prietenii cu majoritatea oamenilor din grupul nostru. Am descoperit că după ce treci de bariera aparenţelor, vei găsi un alt om faţă de ce te aşteptai. Toţi erau de treabă şi politicoşi cu noi şi încercau să ne integreze în discuţiile lor ca să nu ne simţim daţi de-o parte. La fiecare activitate eram împărţiţi pe grupuri, diferite de fiecare dată şi astfel vedeam cum gândesc toţi cei de acolo nu numai câteva persoane. Serile petrecute împreună la cafenea sau în holul casei au fost magnifice, de nedescris. Toată lumea vorbea şi râdea, eram o familie mare şi frumoasă. Ne-am distrat pe cinste şi mi-am făcut nişte prieteni grozavi după care am plâns şi pe care aş dori oricând să îi revăd.

Nu aş da această experienţă pe nimic în lume şi aş face orice pentru numai o zi împreună cu acei oameni minunaţi. Toţi, grecii, bulgarii, olandezii, românii, eram şi suntem o familie de prieteni. Am învăţat multe despre alţii, dar şi multe despre mine, lucruri pe care nu aveam cum să le aflu fără acest proiect. Cu siguranţă voi mai merge în astfel de schimburi, care sper să îmi lase impresii la fel de frumoase despre alte ţări.

Scris de Raluca Chițescu

Made in Europe în comuna Olivieri

Ceea ce a început cu titlu destul de simplu: "Made in Europe” s-a dovedit a fi pe parcurs un mix de culturi din care au rezultat numai lucruri demne de admirat.

După un drum destul de lung şi o vizită în oraşul Catania, am ajuns în comuna Olivieri, ce nu seamănă deloc cu o comună din România. Poate părea normal, însă am fost uimită câtă agitaţie era la miezul nopţii: terasele erau pline, majoritatea localnicilor se plimbau, iar cei mai în vârstă mergeau cu bicicleta.


A doua zi am început activităţile în spiritul caracteristic, adică mult mai târziu (să nu fii punctual e ceva normal în Italia, iar în câteva zile “ne-am adaptat” şi noi acestei reguli nescrise).


Poluarea europeană şi modul în care noi putem să oprim acest proces prin acţiunile noastre zilnice a fost nucleul în jurul căruia s-au derulat activităţile proiectului. Poate părea destul de anostă tematica, însă membrii fiecărei ţări participante au pregătit câte un workshop interesant prin care am putut observa ce probleme de mediu există în Europa într-un mod non-formal. Astfel am participat la jocuri de echipă, am pictat ouă, am colectat deşeuri de pe plajă, am făcut quilling, am jucat o piesă prin intermediul teatrului forum, am confecţionat diverse obiecte de vestimentaţie din materiale reciclate, am creat un calendar cu forografii din Olivieri. 

În ultima zi am pictat un perete exterior prin care am prezentat toate efectele poluării atât în adâncuri, cât şi la suprafaţă. Fiecare ţară a realizat propria schiţă, iar apoi le-am unit, astfel încât a rezultat un desen ce a întors privirile tuturor trecătorilor şi care transmite faptul că indiferent din ce parte a Europei provenim, problema poluării există pretutindeni şi doar împreună putem diminua efectele ei.

A fost un proiect reuşit într-o locaţie simplă şi plină de frumuseţi ale naturii, în care am mai “crescut” încă puţin în spirit non-formal!


Scris de Mădălina Enea

Experienţa TC în Moldova

miercuri, 13 august 2014

Am ajuns în Moldova la prima zi de curs, iar la coborâre am fost preluat de Sandu, unul dintre organizatori şi dus cu maşina la locul de desfăşurare al activităţilor.

Am participat activ pe toată durata cursului şi am interacţionat cu toţi colegii, inclusiv cu trainerii. Am contribuit cu tot entuziasmul şi energia de care am dispus.


Am apreciat foarte mult prestaţia celor 2 traineri care au avut un mod de abordare foarte eficient, deschis şi au fost foarte comunicativi cu toţi participanţii. Au înţeles orice situaţie şi au ştiut să direcţioneze cursul într-o direcţie în care să nu fie prea mult orientat spre obiectiv sau doar spre relaţionare.


Cursul a fost foarte bine echilibrat şi a atins toate punctele pe care şi le-a propus. S-a vorbit despre cetăţenie activă, drepturile care le au cetăţenii europeni, oportunităţile, ce stereotipuri există. Ce sunt prejudiciile, ce sunt stereotipurile, ce reprezintă elementele europene, despre istoria şi geografia Europei. Ce sunt drepturile omului, ce este democraţia şi cum este ea aplicată în Europa. Care este legislaţia şi oportunităţile existente în UE în comparaţie cu cele din afară UE. S-a vorbit despre autoevaluarea pe care ne-o putem face faţă de noi înşine şi fata demodul în care interacţionam cu realitatea. S-a vorbit despre cum folosim comunicarea şi de ce e important să fim activi în relaţia cu alţi cetăţeni europeni. S-au desfăşurat o mulţime de metode non-formale care au urmărit în special interacţiunea dintre participanţi. S-a desfăşurat şi o seară interculturală.


În toate metodele s-a urmărit empoweringul participanţilor şi s-a pus accentul pe importanta interacţiunii între participanţi, inclusiv cu trainerii. Trainerii au moderat foarte bine grupul şi au intervenit doar la nevoie.
În majoritatea timpului (inclusiv la evaluări) s-a pus accentul pe lucru în grupuri mixte (naţionale şi de gen) şi s-a urmărit ca toţi participanţii să interacţioneze în cadrul activităţilor.
S-au desfăşurat energizere foarte variate, activităţi de cunoaştere (ice-breaker), s-a urmărit ca toţi participanţii să fie activi, să interacţioneze, să îşi spună părerea.
Evaluările s-au făcut pe hârtie prin desen şi în scris.
Am vizitat Chişinăul, Universitatea Internaţională din Moldova ULIM, Ministerul Integrării Europene - întâlnire cu viceministrul.
 

A fost primul TC/schimb de tineri/curs la care trainerii nu au discriminat pe cineva, din experienţa mea până acum.
Atmosfera a fost una destinsă, productivă şi a facilitat comunicarea între participanţi. S-a facilitat crearea de noi proiecte de către participanţi şi stabilirea de noi parteneriate. S-au pus bazele unor noi proiecte şi parteneriate, care sper să se concretizeze în viitor. 


Scris de Tudor Năforeanu

Grundtvig Workshop Literacy Opportunities for Adults in Rural Areas

It was my first Grundtvig Workshop. A great and challenging experience... After two days spent in Istanbul, I arrived to Gaziantep, the 6th biggest city in south Turkey, near the Syrian border. The recent problems did not change my decision to join this event. Actually, I was amazed by the way Turkish Government and people are managing the situation. It was one of the key aspects of the workshop. The topic, literacy, the ability of reading and writing, is much more complex than it seems to be at the first hearing. The group was heterogeneous, with people aged between 25 to 53 years old from different domains: academics, linguistics, international relations, education& innovation, finance, media and history; and different countries: Bulgaria, Ireland, Germany, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Scotland and Turkey.  


The workshop was structured in several parts: the concept, the methodology, practical tasks, study visits, presentation of the new program called Erasmus + and the evaluation. We had the chance to learn about the forms of literacy (basic, functional, multiple), we worked in groups and presented the characteristics of each country related to understanding literacy (in the people’s and state’s opinion), the current situation (facts and numbers concerning illiterate people), and the type of literacy used by each member of the group. We learned new things, we had a view of literacy in present times in different countries and we reflected on our activities and how literacy works in our daily life.
  
Also, we delivered some presentations about methodology used in academics, teaching-directed learning, self-directed learning, plain language and its usage, the level of literacy in Bolivia (the case of indigenous people) and the way we trust Internet sources. We learned about the Pedagogy of the Oppressed of Paulo Freire, literacy for adults, by doing research on The Banking Model of Education, which "it transforms students into receiving objects. It attempts to control thinking and action, leads men and women to adjust to the world, and inhibits their creative power"; on the Praxis, Easter Experience, Dialogue, Conscientization and Codification. We had some interesting interpretation tasks, divided in groups we had to make a live photo based on a certain word; based on a live photo we had to create a story, to give life to the actors and to come up with an ending (called Theatre of the oppressed). It was creative, challenging and funny, we learned to express what we see, to let our imagination fly and to act in this direction.  An interesting task was developed by the Bulgarian team: a quiz about learning styles. We had the chance to discover what type of learners we are: activists, reflectors, theorists or pragmatisms. Also, we presented differences between children and adults as learners according to different aspects: self-conception, experience, orientation, readiness and motivation.


I appreciate the high quality of this workshop due to the consistency of all activities and implication of both trainers and participants.


An impressive aspect of this event was the study visit part. We had the change to visit two education facilities: the Mother-Child Education Foundation and the Syrian Refugees Education Center.
   
Firstly, the Turkish Government and the local authorities strongly support the education of Turkish mothers (in specialized centers they learn to read and write, to sew, to sing etc.). The attendance at these classes gives them the opportunity to integrate in the social life, to find a job, to be able to communicate within the community). Secondly, the situation of the Syrian Children, in terms of education, is very well handled by the authorities, they have very good conditions to learn, classes diversity, Syrian teachers, moral support in order to continue the learning process and to get through the major problems faced by their country. It was amazing to see the reaction of the Turkish people towards this situation, the result of the big investment that Government made (infrastructure) and the solidarity and care for these people. Also, we had an open discussion with the director of the Syrian Refugees Education Center and we asked question about the current situation, the number of participants, their activities, financial issues.


In another day, we visited the Gaziantep Training & Youth Association, the organization which made possible this event. We met the volunteers enrolled in the EVS program, we found out information about their current projects, we had a great time.
   
The intercultural evening was full of surprises, with good food and wine, great music and dancing, nice presentations, a lot of joy and friendliness. The Turkish participants prepared a special concert inviting a local band, mostly students from the Gaziantep University Turkish Music State Conservatory. We learned their traditional dances; we enjoyed the famous baklava and we felt like one big happy family.

In order to establish new collaborations, in one evening we presented our organizations, our activities and interests. Also, we received new information about the new program Erasmus+ as much as there are official records. Last, but not least, we enjoyed a visit in the city (we entered in a Turkish Hamami, we walked through the parks, the boulevards and the bazar).



Personally, I consider this experience very useful based on the information that I received (related to the objective of the course, different cultures, new places I visited), the people that I met, the tasks I fulfilled and the future opportunities that were created throughout this meeting.
 
During this training course, I have been active, communicative, flexible, open-minded and I embraced challenges. I also realized the high potential development of such activities. 

To conclude, I gained new friends, I improved my skills and my knowledge, I looked into myself and I evaluated my personal resources (the intangible ones) as a preface of my potential as a member of the European community. 


Written by Anamaria Avadanei

O experienţă de neuitat!

duminică, 10 august 2014

Cea mai frumoasă experiență a mea dintr-un proiect internațional a avut ca actriţe în rol principal pe: Alexandra, Cornelia, Nina și subsemnata, bineînțeles. Zilele petrecute în Anglia au trecut incredibil de repede, însă am rămas cu o mulțime de lucruri învățate legate de problemele ce pot apărea în momentul implementării unui proiect european și modalitățile de prevenire ale acestora, am dobândit abilități referitoare la acordarea primului ajutor și mi-am făcut prieteni din diferite părți ale Europei.

Fiind vorba despre un “Training Course” am avut incluse în program și diferite activități practice, ce păreau inițial destul de obișnuite, până când acestea s-au concretizat în vizitarea dealurilor Malvern, ce au stat la baza inspirației pentru filmul” Stăpânul inelelor” și din care izvorăște și o apă minerală, ce este preferata reginei Elisabeta, dar şi petrecerea unei după-amiezi la un centru YMCA (centru de adăpost pentru tineri cu diverse probleme).

Ne-am simțit ca niște adevărate eroine când am ajuns în vârful acelor dealuri, cu atât mai mult cu cât priveliștea era incredibil de frumoasă. Am reușit să simțim puțin și din stilul de viață britanic colindând toate magazinele din centru (care nu erau deloc puține), petrecându-ne unele seri din pub în pub, așa cum le stă britanicilor în fire, dar și gustând din diferite preparate tradiționale. În ultima azi am vizitat orașul Oxford și astfel am reușit să fim mai aproape de Harry Potter, dar și de una din cele mai valoroase universități din lume
 După acest proiect nu am rămas doar cu moment memorabile, ci și un buchet de prietenii ce s-au legat fără să îmi dau seama.

Cel mai amuzant, dar și constructiv moment a fost la întoarcere, când dorind să trimitem bagajele către cală, domnișoara de la aeroport ne-a spus că una din genţi depășea greutatea admisă cu 5 kg și trebuie să plătim în plus 70 de euro. Am spus că revin în 5 minute, iar în acest timp ne-am deschis toate gențile și am transferat “surplusul” de 5 kg prin bagajele tuturor. Am trecut cu bine și de aeroport, însă când am ajuns în țară a fost o adevărată provocare să îmi recuperez câte un pantof, o bluză de la toate persoanele, dar am avut parte de un teambuilding ad-hoc, care a reușit să ne unească mai mult.



A fost o experiență de neuitat și nu pot spune decât că aștept cu nerăbdare următorul proiect în care să mă pot implica!

Scris de Mădălina Enea

Dezbaterile... un nou început

Ce start mai bun pentru o nouă săptămână decât o întâlnire productivă cu și despre dezbateri?

Dar până să ajungem aici, totul a început când Mihaela a postat pe facebook un anunț în care liderul Asociației de Retorică, Dezbateri și Oratorie București a solicitat două persoane interesate de un mentorat online în ceea ce privește dezbaterea și tot ceea ce cuprinde ea. Cu dorința să îmi ocup timpul ”cu cap” , am răspuns afirmativ fără să ezit și împreună cu mine a făcut același pas și Alexandra Matache. După ce am făcut cunoștință cu Horia, mentorul nostru și arbitru al dezbaterilor realizate în cadrul programului Closer to Oxford, am dat startul sesiunii de mentorat cu o discuție online  unde am învățat ce este o dezbatere în adevăratul sens al cuvântului după care am stabilit o întâlnire într-o zi de duminică în Târgu-Frumos pentru a aprofunda mai bine lucrurile.

             O dată cu explicațiile lui Horia, am pătruns puțin câte puțin în tainele argumentelor, contra argumentelor, dovezilor, lucruri care pot părea simple la prima lor vedere dar pe măsură ce le supui la o analiză amănunțită, ajungi la concluzia că nu e totul atât de simplu cum s-ar părea, fapt dovedit în cadrul întâlnirii noastre.  După teorie, au urmat și exercițiile care nu a fost tocmai la îndemâna noastră. Ca oricare început, aplicarea teoriei în practică, necesită un timp îndelungat de exercițiu constant pentru a se crea obișnuința și posibilitatea de a da un răspuns imediat. Horia ne-a fost de un real ajutor deoarece experiența și lucrurile pe care ni le-a povestit, aici mă refer la cât trebuie să dureze discursul unui debater și organizarea de care trebuie să dea dovadă în aranjarea argumentelor, ne-au oferit un impuls pentru a exersa și pentru a face primii pași în discuție. 


             Parcursul întâlnirii a fost unul revelator de-a dreptul pentru că am descoperit o altă latură a comunicării, o latură care ajută la gîndirea logică, o latură care dezvoltă abilitățile exprimării și competiției civilizate. De asemenea, pentru a realiza o dezbatere ca la carte, am învățat că orice tema care se vrea a fi discutată, necesită o cercetare amănunțită în prealabil pentru a avea la îndemână dovezi, organizare a argumentelor din partea celui care dezbate și nu în ultimul rând respectarea opoziției, fie ea afirmatoare sau negatoare.


Cert este că dezbaterile nu sunt deloc ușoare dar benefice și necesare într-un final. Spun benefice și necesare deoarece cu ajutorul lor putem adopta o atitudine critică în ceea ce privește o idee, o afirmație, o temă, atitudine prin care  lucrurile din jurul nostru și din viața noastră implicit, capătă un alt contur. Un lucru de care m-am convins că pot beneficia de pe urma unei dezbateri, este capacitatea de a-mi susține o idee printr-o argumentare logică și structurată. Astfel deprinzi abilitatea de a susține ambele părți, atât cea afirmatoare cât și cea negatoarea, indiferent de aria de conflict. Pe de altă parte, dezbaterile sunt o modalitate de a contribui la înțelegere în rezolvarea unor probleme care necesită soluții imediate, rezolvare care poate fi realizată prin puterea cuvântului. Utilizând această putere a cuvântului, se învață a lupta într-un mod pașnic pentru o cauză nobilă.

                 În cele aproximativ 3 ore și jumătate ale discuției noastre, timp pe care nici nu l-am simțit când a trecut, am făcut un pas înainte în ceea ce privește dezbaterile în primul rând, educația dar și dezvoltarea noastră personală. Conștientizez, atât eu cât și Alexandra, că această întrevedere este abia începutul și dacă există dorință pentru a ajunge să dezbatem cu succes, munca este un element primordial.  


Scris de Alexandra Muscalu

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