Project Length: February, 2017 – January, 2018
The project was carried out by OZ Agilita, Westfälisches Forum für Kultur und Bildung
The focus of the mobility project for young people “Building Fair Play (2017)” was development and facilitation of an active discussion among young people on the theme of fair play and youth radicalization through sport and health. Creating of open public discussion for a pilot sample of young people from two EU countries (Slovakia and Germany) was the goal of the project and at the same obtaining their current opinions and views in relation to solutions of the issues which are mostly dealt with only by experts. The project theme was based on one of the EU priorities – youth radicalisation. The project also very effectively tackled the topics included in the Youth Strategy, as the following: health and healthy lifestyle, education, employment, creativity, and participation.
The youth exchange took place in an informal way of learning through the project work, IT work, brainstorming, role play and simulations, discussions, workshops, creative drama lessons, mini-conferences, outdoor activities and so on. Developing language skills and meeting with cultural, historical and social reality of the partner country was another part of the project. Young people aged between 13 and 30, who had met with negative phenomenon (discrimination, racism, etc.) in sports activities, took part in the project. They shared their experience at mutual meetings focused on finding optimal solutions in a positive way. An active approach of theirs resulted in higher motivation to participate in further education in multicultural environment in the future, and it enabled them to obtain valuable theoretical and practical skills for their personal and work-life.
The project was quite successful as for developing critical thinking, creativity, inclusion and the sense of European citizenship of young people. The participants enriched their attitude to mutual understanding and tolerance among young people and people from different cultures. Various prejudices were overcome and assertive, fair strategies were formed. Awareness as for how sport can become a helpful tool for inclusion, and a new networking platform has been created for the future cooperation. Language skills were significantly improved (in both the English and German language), new cultures met and organisational, presentation and social skills were developed. During the project young teams had a unique opportunity to express their own opinions and provide arguments in multicultural dialogue. They met new people, places, and had new experiences. All participants acquired awareness of an active citizenship and opportunities of the Erasmus + programme to help improve preparation when entering work-life with a goal of better employment. Much of the experience, skills and knowledge (models, proven procedures), which they acquired, can be used, applied and integrated in their lives, communities or interest groups.
Activities carried out during the project had also impact on local communities, especially through dissemination activities (international workshops, conferences, concerts, information sharing). Keeping the quality and perspective of the project outputs and impacts will be ensured by their systematic and meaningful application within new updated conditions (know – how disseminating). Young people, thanks to the project activities, should contribute their approach and own activities to searching for preventive solutions in the form of positive education for principles of a legal state, European values, positives of multicultural and tolerant society, equality before the law and meaningful spending of free time.
Róbert Borbély – Project Coordinator
The project was funded under the EU programme – ERASMUS + for Youth and Sport