Action clé :
Action clé 1
FORMATION ET SENSIBILISATION DE LUXEMBOURG (LUXEMBOURG)
WORLD INDEPENDENT YOUTH UNION (ARMENIA)
NGO “STEP. FORWARD” (UKRAINE)
SWIDEAS AB (SWEDEN)
MOTHER FLOWER (SLOVAKIA)
CAPIVARA AZUL – ASSOCIAÇÃO CULTURAL (PORTUGAL)
SOLIS DABA (LATVIA)
ASSOCIAZIONE LET’S KEEP LEARNING ONLUS (ITALY)
STUDENT-YOUTH COUNCIL NON-ENTREPREUNARIAL (GEORGIA)
The aim of the project was to promote eco-friendly behavior among the organisers of local and international youth activities in order to make projects less polluting, more organic, energy-saving and responsible. In accordance with the abovementioned, we have set the following objectives for the project:
– to empower youth workers and youth leaders with the skills of making projects more sustainable and environmentally responsible
– to create an educational brochure for youth project organisers with the practical recommendations to make activities and facilities more eco-friendly
– to enhance the number of environmental projects organised by partner organisations
– to create educational tools that can be used during the youth projects
– to emphasise the value of eco-friendliness of European projects and specifically the Erasmus+ programme.
Youth workers (in total 59) from 11 Programme and Partner countries worked hard to learn how to promote ecological thinking among youth workers and organisations from different countries.
The project had three phases:
– A training course: “EcoYOUTH”, 10-19 August 2021 in Hostel “Balkony” Yerevan, Armenia
– A “Homework” phase of implementation of eco-educational and sustainable ideas
– An evaluation meeting: “EcoYOUTH”, 27 November – 4 December 2021 in Youth Hostel Esch-Sur-Alzette, Luxembourg.
The participants experienced how to create podcasts, photoshoots, songs and music videos, and TV projects/vlogging. Among the specific results were 3 video interviews on the daily routine of participants from different countries from an ecological point of view. A hip-hop song, in a youth-likely style, was written and implemented during the project and was later recorded and became a music video. 8 photographs with quotes from famous people about nature were researched and introduced by participants. An e-book for youth workers, who want to make their projects eco-friendlier and more sustainable was presented.
We believe that the project influenced all the participants positively and met their needs . Participants got new knowledge about environmental protection and sustainable development. They discovered new tools, which they can use in eco-education. Participants networked with other youth workers.
The impact of the project beyond its direct participants was measured through both qualitative and quantitative indicators, including:
– the number of individuals/organisations reached by the brochure and the educational tools (more than 150 people have been reached as they were shared with the partner organisation’s networks)
– the number of visitors on the partners’ social pages (1000 views)
– the interactions and feedback through social media channels (100 reactions, more than 700 reaches)
– the number of participants in the local phase workshops and meetings (50 participants)
– the direct feedback through discussions during the events and other activities throughout the project.
We believe that through our activities we influenced both youth and adults, showing that young people with different backgrounds and abilities coming from various countries can cooperate to create a better environment. We hope that active participation of young people in civic life in their communities will develop their sense of social responsibility. We assume that participants and partner organisations became multipliers of the project’s outcomes. More than that, the project generally contributed to increasing youth participation and social change at local levels. The prior impact of the project was raising awareness on how to treat the planet we live on. This will indirectly influence the policymaking of government investments to improve ecological education, the development of youth worker’s competences and the multiplication of the number of eco-initiatives.
Based on this discussion, new project ideas were born. Some partners are working together and are planning a new KA1 mobility project.