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Interactive educational toolkit and online training on Children ‘s Rights for youth workers

Project total Duration: 01/11/2021- 01/03/2023 (16 months)

Total Budget: 188.666 €

Partners: Mobile School VZW, ARSIS-KOINONIKI ORGANOSI YPOSTIRIKSIS NEON, Uit de Marge, EUROPEAN PLAYWORK ASSOCIATION EV

Funding from: Erasmus +

According to the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, the Covid-19 pandemic has deepened and widened pre-existing inequalities that undermine children’s ability to enjoy their human rights, including in terms of health, safety, education, and living conditions. All youth workers from the partners involved in this partnership have witnessed first-hand how COVID-19 and the regulations have impacted the rights of the children and adolescents they work with. There is a clear risk that COVID-19 will have adverse long-term effects on children and the fulfilment of their rights.

Youth work and non-formal education has proven to be key in reaching out to vulnerable communities, to empower them in learning, living, and claiming their rights. Therefore, the common objective of Mobile School vzw, Uit de Marge vzw, ARSIS and the European Playwork Association, is to support youth workers directly in their work on, with, and for children’s rights. As “Digitalisation is very important to reach young people and provide access to international youth work (RAY-CAP, 2015-2018)”, we will create and make everything accessible via online, user-friendly platforms. 

Program’s Main objectives:

  • To empower youth workers through training and education and by offering them a free and comprehensive methodology they can use to address these topics with the children and adolescents they work with.
  • To make dissemination easier by using online learning platforms. To be able to share our educational materials and trainings, making it possible to share this toolkit and training efficiently with youth workers across Europe.
  • To produce an educational toolkit with strong digital elements, adapted to the post-pandemic era in non-formal education, that will consist of educational materials on the four categories that Children’s Rights are grouped; Survival, Development, Protection, and Participation.
  • To create 6 different self-paced online learning programs, freely accessible on a learning management system. The program topics are in line with the educational toolkits which will be created and focus on children’s rights.
  • To help all partners in this partnership to train new staff and volunteers in their organization, as when COVID-regulations are reduced, youth work and non-formal education will be more important than ever before and there will be a need to hire and train new staff on this important topic.
  • To improve 21st century skills of young professionals outside this partnership: on the one hand by offering all tools in a user-friendly way online, we contribute to making these tools accessible to a large number of youth workers who didn’t have access before.
  • To encourage young people facing youth unemployment to teach themselves, while getting experience in NGOs as volunteers. By providing them with professional resources, we can increase their potential and possibility to find a job afterwards.
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