This month Paul and Andrew were invited to speak at an online event organised by the German National Agency. The “Move-It” conference was a series of webinars and presentations about the use of digital tools and methodologies for bringing people together in the virtual world. There was an audience of around 100 youth workers and trainers from all over Europe. While everyone agreed that there can never be a substitute for actual travel and intercultural contact, it is clear that digital tools provide a lot of added value, not least by promoting inclusion and allowing more people to participate. Our session focused on our recent experience and future plans for using virtual and augmented reality for non-formal education, showing that this technology is approachable and affordable by anyone who wants to try. The conference itself was an example of best practice for online events, and provided a model that we hope to follow in future.
Youth for Europe is a project that Momentum World has been a partner in since December 2018. It deals with youth participation in politics, advocacy and European citizenship and is funded by the Erasmus + programme and the EU Commission. Youth for Europe offers young participants (from 6 countries) the chance to play a central role in European decision-making by working together with other young people from across Europe to create policy proposals connected to 3 main areas: Education and Jobs, Media and the Environment.
16 proposals were developed and now they are being presented to, and discussed with, many MEPs across Europe to establish dialogue, cooperation and give the young people a voice. With the current global Covid-19 situation the focus shifted to online meetings replacing the physical summit which was planned to take place in Milan. We are still able to continue to have this dialogue and engage other young people to get involved which brings us to here and now. We have put together a series of live online talks which we have invited many speakers from across Europe to, to speak to the young people directly in their homes. The speakers are discussing their connections to the 3 main topics.
The series of online talks take 2 different formats; MEP proposal groups and live speaker talks – for the MEP talks the participants who took place in one of the 6 youth exchanges (as part of the overall Y4E project) meet online with a MEP and discuss their proposal and how it can be improved and brought forward to the EU. There is also a chance for a Q&A discussion at the end. The live speaker talks are with a whole range of different speakers/experts from across Europe who have an inspiring or informative story to share around one of the 3 main topics of the project and then there is chance to have a discussion and ask questions. These talks are streamed live on the Youth for Europe Facebook page
The live talks will run till the end of June and then hopefully by October Europe will be back to some form of normality and the young people will be able meet the MEPS in person in Brussels for the end of project celebration and evaluation.
In our role as a Eurodesk UK partner, we have found a new way to get information out to people during the Corona lockdown. We are producing a daily “International Hour” for a new online community TV channel run by our long term partner Chaos Cornwall.
Working with Chaos, we have turned the crisis into an opportunity to reach a literally captive audience, because people are stuck at home and looking for ideas. We are promoting international mobility to young people and the general public in a rural area where there is a lot of social disadvantage and where most people have never even heard of Erasmus+.
We have found this approach to be especially productive because it is based on mutual benefit: we get valuable air time, while Chaos get interesting, varied content and the opportunity to bring on guests from around the world. It has also helped us to fulfil our responsibility to the Erasmus+ programme by disseminating results from our past projects to a wider audience.
In response to the Corona virus lockdown, we have created a special version of Time for Tea, which families or other groups can do together at home. It’s educational and creative, but most of all it is fun.
Activities can be completed in one day or spread out over several days. Each family will send in a short film to show what they have done. We are providing simple guidelines which can be followed as closely or as loosely as people want.
All family projects will be featured on the Time for Tea website map, alongside projects from schools and other groups around the world.
To get involved, simply visit the Time for Tea Family page
The Dora House ‘Opening Doors’ project aims to encourage an understanding of heritage among young people which will enable them to share their work with their classmates, families, and communities. Over four weeks, young people will engage with and create a virtual tour of Dora House, home of the Royal Society of Sculptors (RSS), that makes use of their own content and research. Through individual and collaborative work, these participants will learn about remote work, effective research, and producing compelling written and video content.
We are pleased to announce a new phase in our partnership with Chaos Cornwall. We are contributing to their new initiative Chaos TV with an “International Hour”, featuring a range of guests from all over Europe and beyond, and promoting opportunities available to young people through Erasmus+, European Solidarity Corps, EuroPeers and other programmes.
You can tune in to International Hour live every day (Monday – Friday) from 3.00 to 4.00 p.m. (UK time) at https://thisischaos.co.uk/tv/
As a result of the Corona virus (Covid-19) crisis, our office is currently closed and all international mobility projects and courses have been put on hold. We will announce new dates for planned events as soon as we can.
Meanwhile, we are actively developing a range of online and “virtual mobility” activities. Just because we are shut indoors doesn’t mean we need to lose contact with the world. On the contrary, this is an opportunity to connect and get involved. To begin with, we have launched two new strands of our Time for Tea programme to inspire individuals and families to share ideas with the world. Find out more on our Time For Tea website