Youth Exchnage – Long Live Love

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The youth exchange Long Live Love  took place in city of Pogradec, Albania. The project was hosted by Youth4Society organisation during 1-9 March  2013.  During 8 days,  43 youngsters, from seven countries: Albania, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Germany, Italy, Romania, Turkey and Kosovo shared their ideas and opinions about topics such as gender equality, sexual education, sexual trasnmitted diseases and other themes about the Youth in Action Programme. The implemented activities were based on non formal education approach.

Participants, 7 group Leaders and 5 participats per country, got familiar with the concept of non formal education and  they were encouraged to express their opininon freely about the senstive issuses of gender and sexual education. The intearaction and exchange of opinons between participants from SEE  and EU related to the topic gave them the opportunity understand better the situation in different countries and to break prejudices about the disscusions on the topic. Several sessions of the activity were used to give general information about the history and expalanation of main problems related to sexual education and also to give the possibility to all the participants to talk about them in small groups or in the all the gruop together. Different examples of how these issues are considered in Ballkan countries were given during the sessions Sexuality and values (Day 4). Possible ways to make people with fewer possibilities (especially those coming from low level classes, those lacking education related to the topic ect) were discussed in the some of the session too. A wide rage of information about the spread of sexual trasmited diseases nowdays and the fight for promotion of the safe sex were given to all the participants in order to have a clear picture of the problem but also to understand the importance of sexual education and to use the information back in their country, association and local level.

Link: Photogallery Youth Exchnage  – Long Live Love



Seminar: Evaluation Meeting for Anti-discrimination in Youth

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Evaluation Meeting for Anti-discrimination in Youth under Action 3.1 of the Youth in Action Programme, took place in Tirana, Albania from 23-30 April 2013. The activity gathered 27 participants from Programme Countries and South East Europe and its main focus was to evaluate projects in the field of anti-discrimination, with particular reference to anti-discrimination areas identified by the European Union: age, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity and disability. The trainer’s team worked in three dimensions: Sharing experience and good examples, giving knowledge and changing attitudes in positive way for marginalized target groups and creating common strategies for evaluation of youth projects and future cooperation.

The main objectives of the project were:

– to elaborate a common strategy on future projects to be conducted on these topics with the direct participation of young people from minority background and victims of discrimination.

– to raise awareness on local situations with anti-discrimination in the countries represented in this project

–  help to elaborate new activities in the youth field both between the partners represented in the project and with other youth non-governmental organisations, in particular with organisations who have previously co-operated and have a long-term view

– to help any plans for future work, also under the new Erasmus for All Programme.

The Project methodology was based in non-formal education and ‘learning-by-doing’ approach, where participants were the main actor and were encouraged to share their experience through participation and active involvement. Beside this, theoretical knowledge and input was provided from trainers team, who had lot of experience in youth work and international projects. Simulation exersices, role plays, brainstorming, power point presentations, case studies, small working group, debate, open group discussion and other methods were used to make the programme interactive and attractive.

 Link: Photogallery Seminar: Evaluation Meeting for Anti-discrimination in Youth