3th-11th of April 2019
The training “Empowerment through (social)entrepreneurship” will take place in Wisła (Poland) between 3th – 11th April 2019 (including 2 travel days). It will be attended by 21 youth workers from 7 countries: Cyprus, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Poland, Portugal.
Youth unemployment is still a significant challenge in the EU: – long-term youth unemployment is still at record highs, – the EU youth unemployment rate is more than double the overall unemployment rate. However, unemployment is not only about gloomy statistics and sad, depressing reality of many unemployed young people. Many people argue that it is also connected with the rise of Neo-Nazism in Europe and raising intolerance towards immigrants “who steal the job”. Young people that have been long-term unemployed, often feel a sense of alienation and have lower self-esteem. And it is a fertile ground for populist slogans that immigrants came to still our jobs, and to “cure” lower self-esteem by boosting ego with slogans about superiority of one’s own origin.
We believe that including Social Economy (SE) into non-formal education might be a solution. On the one hand, spreading knowledge about the Social Economy can be extremely useful in order to motivate young people in set up similar initiative by themselves (especially that all over Europe there are many successful examples of how SE helped in combating youth unemployment; unfortunately, in many countries and areas young people are simply not aware of such thing and opportunity). On the other hand, promotion of SE can influence attitudes of young people towards “others” (migrants, refugees who ‘steal’ a job) by showing them, that economy does not necessarily need to work on the win-lose scenario (“if you get a job, it means that I will not, so I am loosing something because of you”). Quite a contrary – thanks to Social Economy, economic initiatives can be a win-win scenario, where we all gain. Showing young people SE solutions will help them realise that immigrants, refugees or other
People, that they might currently blame for their unemployment, can in fact actively contribute to the development of their local community. This, in turn, will also contribute to the spread of tolerance.
- Gain and further develop knowledge regarding SE and opportunities it gives in combating youth unemployment as well as changing attitudes of young people by promoting important values, such as tolerance and solidarity;
- Become familiar with experience and lessons learnt (both of participants and organizations) regarding including non-formal education on Social Economy and promotion of entrepreneurship’
- Gain knowledge on how successful activities regarding promotion of entrepreneurship can be expanded by Social Economy elements, so entrepreneurial education will be able to promote important values.
Furthermore, participants will get to know other like-minded youth workers and organisations, who are interested in the future cooperation regarding using Social Economy education as a tool for combating youth unemployment and changing behaviours and attitudes of youth. Thanks to this, they will have better opportunities and will be more confident in planning and developing ideas for future activities in this field.
Thanks to cooperation in international environment, they will improve their multicultural communication skills as well as they competences in working in international environment. Thanks to this, they will become even more tolerant and open towards different perspectives and cultures, what is important competence for youth workers aiming at promoting tolerance and solidarity values among youth.
Eligible to participate in this project are only Cypriots or Cypriot residents.
Age Limit: +18 years old
Food and accommodation are fully covered from the project and the traveling cost is covered up to 275€
If you are interested to participate you can fill up the Application Form
Application Deadline : 21st of January 2019