PROJECT TITLE: GLOBALAB-goes global
Acronym: GlobaLab CBY
THE PROJECT CO-FUNDED BY THE ERASMUS+ PROGRAMME,CAPACITY BUILDING IN THE FIELD OF YOUTH, UNDER THE EUROPEAN UNION WITH PROJECT REFERENCE NUMBER: 589577-EPP-1-2017-1-LT-EPPKA2-CBY-ACPALA.
GRANT AGREEMENT NO: 2017-2615/001-001
PROJECT DURATION: 01/08/2017 -31/01/2019 (18 MONTHS.)
PROJECT PARTNERS:
  • Global Citizens' Academy - GCA (Lithuania).
  • Pro-European Network – PEN (Bulgaria).
  • Cazalla Intercultural – CAZALLA (Spain).
  • Tanzania Youth Cultural Exchange Network – TYCEN (Tanzania).
  • Soul-Xpressions Co. Limited - (Uganda).
  • Young People We Care – YPWC (Ghana).

PROJECT DESCRIPTION.

GLOBALAB is a capacity building follow up process coordinated by Cazalla Intercultural, PEN and Global Citizen Academy, Young People We Care, Tanzania Youth Cultural Exchange Network, and SOUL-XPRESSIONS CO LIMITED seeking functional links and synergies between youth work and the Sustainable Development Agenda. Sub-Saharan African and European partners are working together on improving competences in youth work, its quality and recognition, and to foster new non-formal learning mobility schemes.

Aim:
The project aims at developing the competences of youth workers in the area of facilitating the Global Learning, free of Eurocentric approach, and focused on the real life examples. The European partnership has already created the manual GLOBALAB and the mobile application based on the 6 steps approach that aims to activate young people to take actions in the areas that interests them, and they find important.

Objectives:
  1. To enhance cooperation between youth organizations from different regions of the world engaging young people in global education processes and SDG agenda.
  2. To improve quality of youth work and non-formal education among engaged partners addressing global issues.
  3. Provide mobility opportunities for youth workers and young people to foster their competences and increase their motivation to actively participate in their society, especially focusing on tackling global issues.
  4. To pilot and disseminate the practices for making global education through real case studies and new IT solutions.

Activity Steps:
  1. Kick-off meeting of 6 representatives (1 per organization) for 3 working days.
  2. Sending 8 youth workers from Europe and 6 from Africa on 14-day job shadowing programs.
  3. Sending 31 participants for 8-days youth exchange in Lorca, Spain.
  4. A 7-days international seminar for 18 youth workers for making recommendations of best practices.
  5. Local workshops for young people and the contest engaging youth to implement own actions.
  6. Developing a final publication including case studies, tools and best practices.

Desired impact:
We expect this project to positively influence the learning of youth workers and the youngsters who will benefit from the mobility opportunity, and to bridge the digital gap through the GLOBALAB app allowing us to reach other less-exposed groups of youngsters who will download and use the app. The Euro-African partnership has the desired impact of generating out-of-the-box ideas, tools, practices and solutions for both sides to be shared within our collective networks of youth workers.

PROJECT OBJECTIVES AND AIMS

  • Objective 1 - To enhance cooperation between youth organizations from Europe and the global south in the field of engaging young people in global education processes and SDG agenda.
    Such cooperation is an exemplary approach to building partnerships based on mutual understanding of the common issues faced, and allows for exchange of information about successful practices. It also dissipates the sense of alienation and ‘otherness' through mutual contact, which untangles complexes created, in this case, by both Euro and Afro-centrism.
  • Objective 2 - To improve the quality of youth work and non-formal education among engaged partners addressing global issues.
    This goal is to be achieved through the space created by the project for sharing best practices and best working solutions for common challenges faced by organizations on either side of the globe. The globalab app is meant to the partners and beneficiaries us a reality check about the needs of young people in order to better their approach and improve their techniques.
  • Objective 3 - To provide mobility opportunities for youth workers and young people in order to foster their competences and increase their motivation to actively participate in their societies, with a particular focus on global issues.
    It allows them to pursue their life goals while being mindful, global citizens.
  • Objective 4 - To pilot and disseminate Global Education practices through case studies and technological solutions.

PROJECT ACTIVITIES AND METHODOLOGY


The 6-step approach of the Globalab app provides both allowing the partners to develop their competences and create a ripple effect within their respective networks.
The overall methodology of the project is based on the 6 steps model:
  • Step 1. Get connected!
    This step provides young people with an opportunity to make links between their own lives, the life of their local community and its relation to people and things in a wider world. In this step young people also explore their identities in a global context, as well as personal values and attitudes towards their ability to make a difference.
  • Step 2. Choose an issue!
    This step allows young people to brainstorm important issues affecting their lives, compare them in different contexts and question their importance both locally and globally. In this step young people also prioritise and choose one issue to take action on to improve the situation.
  • Step 3. Explore more!
    In this step young people have a chance to investigate in-depth the main features of the chosen issue. They draw a multi-perspective picture of the chosen issue, deeply explore its causes and effects, and relate them to their own values and attitudes.
  • Step 4. Look for solutions!
    This step allows young people to think of possible solutions to make a difference on the chosen issue. They are engaged in group decision-making process where they look for possible actions, discuss their feasibility, choose the best alternative and make a plan to implement it.
  • Step 5. Act!
    In this step young people turn their plans into action.
  • Step 6. Reflect!
    In this step young people reflect on the achievements of the global citizenship learning process, discuss outcomes, effects and sustainability of the action.

The project activities are clustered in 3 work streams, targeting 3 different groups. WS0 Management is targeting the partnership and aims to ensure the quality implementation, and the success of the overall process. WS1 is targeting youth workers and educators and aims to raise capacity of those involved in the project activities, as well as develop the publication for further dissemination. And finally WS2 targets young people and aims to engage and empower them to be active global citizens.

Work stream 0 - MANAGEMENT.


This work stream aims to proper management and implementation of the project. Will be composted of mainly transversal activities happening throw-out the whole duration of the project:
  • Monitoring and evaluation.
  • Visibility and dissemination.
  • Financial management and administration.

During the project we have planned as well kick off meeting, during which we will offer partners the possibility to meet, get to know each other, create an efficiently working team and plan the activities of the project. The kick-off meeting will take place in Lithuania, hosted by the project leader, and will gather per one representative of a partner organisation. Please consult the draft of the working programme for more details.

Work stream 1 – CAPACITY BUILDING


This work stream is composed of activities designed to equip youth workers with competences and tools, and through this to raise the quality of the youth work they do. There are two specific needs within this work stream: a) firstly, European partners are all involved in global education, and they need to have the experience in the Global South to challenge their perspective, get new experiences and learn how global issues we talk about in Europe really look like in the Global South; b) on the other side, partners from the Global South express the interest to learn from the experiences of Europeans in the area of engaging young people, non-formal education and promoting the participation of youth.
We have selected two types of mobility – job shadowing and seminar, and the development of the publication, as a tool to reach our objectives.
Job shadowing will be based on the 6-steps model methodology. Each participant will join variety of activities that the hosting organization is offering during the first 2-3 days, with the idea of trying everything. After this period each person will select an ‘issue' which they find the most interesting (for example management of water, or access to education) and in which they would like to further develop competences. The next 3-4 days will be dedicated to the further investigation of the issue, participate in more activities, conduct interviews with people, and do everything possible to gather more information. In the last few days, participants will have to ‘act', which in our case will be documentation of the issue and investigation. We will ask each job shadower to create the case study that later on we can use it in the youth work, and which will be included in the publication.
Seminar on the role of youth work in overcoming global challenges – will gather 3 participants from each participating partner and will take place in Tanzania. The seminar will aim to exchange best practices of partners, and improve the participants competences in the field of non-formal education, promotion of active global citizenship and supporting young people in the development of their global citizenship competences.
Finally in the end of this process there will be a publication developed, which will collect all the learning from the project. The aim of the publication is to collect case studies that can support youth workers in the implementation of Global Education and work with young people. Details of the publication will be planned during the kick off meeting.

Workstream 2 – ENGAGING YOUTH


This workstream aims to make the outreach to young people, and put into practice all the learning that youth workers developed during the project, to empower young people to be active global citizens. We will use 2 tools developed in the previous project: a manual with tools based on the 6-steps approach, and the mobile app.
The outreach will be done on 3 different levels and using the tools previously developed by the partnership. We will implement the local workshops for young people so called GlobaLabs, where youth are going through the 6-steps process, which ends with the implementation of the specific actions. There is already a guide that will be distributed within the project ‘6 Steps to Global Citizenship' that will serve as a base for the activity. Each GlobaLab will be done for 25 people and will last 3 days.
In the meantime we will open an international contest – taking into consideration that young people are interested in new technologies and like to create, we plan to open a contest in all participating countries, where young people using the mobile app will first go through the 6-step process to get more awareness and reflection, and then create their response for the global issue they selected. We plan to have 3 different categories of work that can be submitted: visual art – meaning photo, poster, postcards etc; moving picture – meaning any short movie and written word – it can be blog, article etc.
Finally we will invite 4 youth from all partner countries for the youth exchange in Spain, which will allow the youth to share their experience and all together raise a voice for making people aware on the global issues. The activities will be fully based on the 6 steps approach.

EXPECTED IMPACT OF THE PROJECT


The project has a direct impact on youth workers, young people from participating countries, young people everywhere and the global society at large.
  • Youth Workers: they benefit from the hereby-offered mobility activities. The job shadowing will allow 14 youth workers the chance to gain a working experience in a different country and learn about different practices related to non-formal education and empowerment of young people, as well as practical examples of global education. The job shadowing is expected not only to impact the participating youth workers, but also their colleagues in the sending and hosting organizations through the process of sharing ideas, and also the global youth working community will be reached as the job shadowing stories are case studies that will be included in the publication (final output). The second mobility activity is the seminar, in which there will be three participants from each participating countries, and its topic will be the role of youth work in overcoming global challenges.
  • Young Beneficiaries: Young people also benefit from the mobility activities as they are offered the chance to participate in a youth exchange project in Spain in which activism is addressed through the 6-step model of Globalab. Moreover, they have the chance to participate in learner-based workshops offered locally in each of the participating organizations that will similarly use the 6-step module. In addition to that, they have the app, which is a handy, cost-effective way to rediscover their own potential and entertain their fresh ideas about global citizenship before taking them into the action phase.
  • The Global Society: is expected to benefit from the publication similarly to youth workers and from the app similarly to young people, as the ideas and practices offered by Globalab are not only of interest to professional youth workers, but also to parents, teachers, social workers, as a source of inspiration and a beacon of light in an ever changing, dynamic and rampant youth sphere.
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