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‘A4A’ ACTIVATE FOR ACTION: SOCIO-CULTURAL DIALOGUE THROUGH SPORTS

The training activity took place
in Manchester, UK
organised by V2020 LEADERSHIP INITIATIVE
6th - 12th April , 2014

Aims & objectives

The main aim of the training course is:
to prepare and support youth workers, youth leaders and trainers working with minority groups, disadvantaged young people with linguistic adaptations and socio cultural complexities, difficulties and identifications.
During the course, participants will develop projects and associative strategies based on participation; explore the uniqueness and rallying force of sports to break boundaries and barriers between young people from various racial, sociocultural and religious divides.
'A4A' will introduce a number of priority practical sports project examples which participants are free to have as case studies, review, and examine for future sports related projects.
Objectives:
1. Develop sociocultural learning of participants through the use of sports as a focal and rallying points for reducing prejudices and stereotyping, racism, xenophobia, islamophobia, conflict situations among participants their organizations and in their respective communities.
2. Encourage and increase participation of marginalized groups, especially women/girls and minority groups in sociocultural sporting activities to break down walls and barriers to socialization and cultural harmony.
3. Create awareness among participants participating in sports related projects adopting sociocultural dimensions and the use of sporting activities, processes, working methods, and also encourage participants to participate on an equal basis through inclusion of people with fewer opportunities in sports related projects and activities; one of the important priority ideals of European Commission.
4. Encourage networking activities among participants and also create chances for future partnerships and projects in support of 'Sociocultural Dialogue through Sport' through the Youth in Action programme.
Sports-based projects is established as a potent tool used in bringing about positive change, conflict resolutions and improvements to the lives of young people who are isolated or excluded.

Target group & international/intercultural composition of the group & team

30 participants (Youth Workers, Youth Leaders, Trainers etc.) from 4 NGO’s (V2020-United Kingdom-10, EIA-Moldova-6, URI- Jordan-7 and TUFAC-Turkey-7).

Training methods used & main activities

Non formal training process involve use of role plays, sports, exercises, games; active learning methods, educational tools, outdoor activities, group building activities, simulation, and info sessions to engage participants. Besides training sessions, seminars and workshops “A4A” will encourage interactions, case studies, practical involvement and participation in pedagogical techniques such as discussions, buzz-groups, group work, and presentations. etc.

Outcomes of the activity

• New projects will be submit on the same topic.
• Young people from the local community become aware of the opportunities that the national and European programs offer with regard to social integration, freedom of choice, publicity and problem solving.
• 'A4A' raises levels of young people and members' of the community’s awareness, understanding of issues involved in ethnic balancing, harmony by
government and concerned organizations. Impacts will be cultural bonding and
harmony among the ethnic groups in these communities.
• Ethnic minority communities will feel supported, valued as humans and stakeholders in the community, through constant information on creative entrepreneurial opportunities for disadvantaged groups.
• Engaging young people in productive activities lowered levels of racism, prejudice and xenophobia and improve community cohesion, integration of marginalized young people and families in the community i.e. new immigrants families etc. Volunteers and project team are local people who will be sessional workers and trained in child protection etc.
The sustainable development of results can be related to the multiplication of training materials outside the framework of this project and their utilization during other trainings and directly into the work of youth workers, trainers, youth leaders, with young people.

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

Main Trainer / Facilitator of the training.

I worked on this training for 6th - 12th April , 2014 days as a full time trainer.

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