Erasmus+ strategic partnership project ‘Peace&Love Vector’ includes organisations from Armenia, Estonia, Sweden and Ukraine. The project is planned for a period of June 1, 2017 – November 30, 2018.
Partners of the project are NGOs working in the field of youth using non-formal education methods. During the project they will cooperate with other institutions, NGOs, schools, research groups, local communities and policy makers, international aid organisations and directly with young people. Coordinator of the project is NGO "Active Ukrainians in Europe" from Sweden.
The aim of the project is empowering of youth leaders and youth workers in the field of preventing extremism and radicalization focusing on young people with migrant background through exchange of best practices and experiences between the EU and the Eastern Partnership countries.
Strategic partnership project ‘Peace&Love Vector’ objectives are to:
- improve and professionalise the cooperation among partners' organisations based in the EU and EU Neighbouring countries in the area of work with young migrants, IDPs, refugees trying to reduce growing radicalization and extremism among young people;
- foster and improve transnational cooperation through staff and youth workers exchange, through innovation and the exchange of good practices in the area of combating extremism and radicalization against migrants;
- develop network of stakeholders that are willing to contribute to the migrants, IDPs, refugee's integration processes;
- bring together youth leaders and workers, staff members, project managers, educators in the field of non-formal education from the partner organizations in order to develop new competences;
- increase knowledge of the participants in combating violent extremism and hate speech towards migrants, misinformation about refugees and xenophobic discourse by drawing attention of their local communities to positive contributions of refugees;
- empower youth leaders to become stronger actors for current problematic and to contribute to the resolution of the crisis through influencing local and national policy making;
- to establish a working reference group for knowledge and information exchange.
The project’s aims go in line with the objectives of Erasmus + Programme:
- to improve the level of competence and knowledge in the field of youth work, active citizenship and participation;
- to encourage inter-cultural dialogue, multicultural diversity, social inclusion and cater for the needs of disadvantaged groups;
- to foster new developments in the work of the participating organizations;
- to promote European citizenship’s values;
- to promote mobility and capacity building.
Participants of this project activities will be staff members of partners' organisations, youth leaders and workers active in the topics of the project as well youth with IDP, migrant/refugee background.
The project's has the following phases:
A1 – General management.
A2 – Research.
A3 – Testing.
A4 – Implementation.
A5 – Dissemination.
M1 – Management meeting in Sweden.
M2 – Mid-term evaluation meeting in Ukraine.
M3 – Evaluation and dissemination meeting in Armenia.
C1 – Training course in Estonia.
Out of which there will be local meetings every month during the project where organisations staff members and on a later stage youth leaders and workers will take part.
The working methods, created during the main implementation part, will be collected in PDF-handbook. It will be available in a digital form for further dissemination in partners' and other countries.
The most important impact will be on the target groups, which are aimed by the project’s goals – youth with IDP, migrant/refugee background. Best practices, knowledge and skills gained during the training course and transnational meetings will allow the partners' organisations to apply methods and implement new approaches, that are already well-functioning in the participating countries.
The project’s design foresees the steady growing impact on different levels. First of all, the exchange of best practices from different countries and conveying them to local communities in partners' countries will help to improve quality of youth work. During the implementation phase the organisations will organize local activities in their home countries involving other institutions and partners. Participants of the training course in Estonia will allow to disseminate the knowledge and share the achievements with other staff in NGOs through presentations and workshops that would imply strong impact on local level.
Eventually, after ‘Peace&Love Vector’ strategic partnership project, as a follow-up stage, all partners involved have a goal to establish a reference group and develop new European-scale projects, involving Programme and Partner countries. We see it as the logical outcome to continue working and applying the methodology developed during this strategic partnership project.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.