Increasing mutual understanding with YOUTH EMOTIONAL MANAGEMENT GUIDE
The main aim of this Erasmus+ strategic partnership is the writing, publication, translation and exhaustive dissemination of the Youth Emotional Management Guide. This guide will be a useful tool, so that youth workers could improve the competences needed in the emotional work towards their learners, giving pedagogical guidelines on active listening, emotional discharge and other strategies to work with young groups about the oppressions and mistreatment they receive and that are perpetuated by them. A teaching unit will be also writing collaboratively to offer specific activities to organisations wishing to work with groups about this topic. Through the dissemination of the project ́s results (the guide in Czech and Spanish, the teaching unit in Estonian and the summary video of the conferences where the results will be presented) we would like to improve the quality of youth work, through capacity building on emotional management.
The innovative and participative design of these two years project will also involve a decisive strengthening of the professional skills, for the staff of the three participating organisations: Sokratovské rozhovory z.s from Czech Republic, Permacultura Cantabria from Spain and Eesti People to People from Estonia. This strengthening will be especially important, with regard to the emotional management in the youth work and non-formal educational framework, the employment of ITCs and the linguistic competences. Thus, they will, in turn, improve the quality of their daily youth work as well as their teaching and the learning of the young people with whom they interact.
The specific goals of this partnership are:
* Bestow the basic emotional management tools for non-formal education on youth workers.
* To raise awareness, among those relevant agents in the educational decision-making, of the relevance of the emotional issues, in order to achieve an education of quality.
* Introducing innovative improvements, related to the emotional management in youth training, with the consequent direct impact in the learning quality of the young people, their inclusive education and their future employability.
* Broadening the knowledge about emotional management of the participating organisations, by means of online and on-site networking.
* Laying the foundations for other future long-term collective projects in the emotional field.
The main activities comprised in the project include:
(a) the realization of three transnational meetings, in which the representatives of the participating organisations will review the working plan and evaluate the project until that moment;
(b) the joint online writing, publication and dissemination of the Youth Emotional Management Guide and the Teaching Unit on Emotional Management for Youth Workers, by all the participating organisations;
(c) on-site conferences with different stakeholders relevant for educational decision-making, in each of the three participating countries that enhances the general and the online dissemination.
After the conferences, the educational challenges identified will be further addressed through teamwork
Long-term impact for the participating organisations will include a greater confidence of our youth workers and trainers, to face the challenge of emotional education, a high-quality education, from the point of view of inclusion, academic and professional success, as well as the social and personal integrity of their learners. In addition, contacts will be shared during the project, contributing to the creation of a transnational net of organisations interested in the emotional education, which, at the same time, could end up in future projects.
Through the dissemination of the outcomes, it is also expected to inform and persuade key educational stakeholders, so that the emotional issues are, definitely, taken into account, in all educational aspects (from youth work practice, to educational legislation). Thus, the organisations that participate in the project will also have a greater European involvement, widening the influence of their role, as key actors, creating connections between different stakeholders, in the field of education.
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.