Summary of the Project
EurAsian Social ActiveNation (EUASAN) aims to foster trans-continental cooperation in community development (CD) between countries and organizations of Europe (Greece, Spain, Hungary) and Asia (India, Vietnam).
EUASAN comprises of 5 interrelated events (1 Kick off meeting, 2 Training Courses, 1 local implementation in home countries and 1 Final Evaluation meeting) and it will last a total 2 years.
The overall aim is to foster development of communities (marginalised, school, rural area, volunteering and young people with fewer opportunities) by using two interrelated methods a) non-formal education (NFE) for self-development and leadership skills enhancement b) education through sport (ETS).
Beyond EurAsian development between the 5 partners each organization shares common fields of work area where new practices and tools offered by NFE and ETS will add extra value to fostering community engagement, social inclusion, active participation and citizenship. ETS methodology was chosen as it consists of the integration and implementation of sport elements to be used for educational purpose to address social issues, develop social competences and provoke a lasting social transformation.
EUASAN capacity building project will develop communities on two level: 1) European and Asian youth leaders/workers to build intercultural relations and understanding between these 2 regions 2) within the organizations and their field of work. Participants to gain necessary skills and become trainers/facilitators to involve communities and turn them into active and happy citizens by creating platforms/activities for inclusion.
The main methodological approach was: reciprocal approach, experiential learning, cooperative learning, participation and peer learning, interactive methods, individual and group activities, effective and active communication, shared responsibility for the flow of the programme, learning from result and outcomes, constructive feedback, self assesment, space for ideas and innovation. -Experimental Learning and "learning by doing" -Learning approach through play and dynamics. -"TAPE" method (taste, analyse , produce, evaluate) - Cooperative learning, which includes educational games, role-playing games, problem solving. -The four pillars of UNESCO's learning: learning to know, learning to do, learning to being, learning to live together. - Tools to work the Youthpass. - fish bowl - 6 thinking hats - Learning reflection and assessment (work with the support sheets/hand-outs) -Speech and roundtables on the themes of the project. - Educational visits -Exchange of good practices -Evaluations.
Evaluation of main things (Accommodation, food, resources, space,etc) (we use the evaluations from the participants)
Learning process of the participants during the TC from the evaluations
1-Which new skills and knowledge you gained during the TC in Spain, explain some of them:
-New Sports: Surfing, Ultimate, Nordic Walk.
New Knowledge: Kolb´s model, how to plan and generate the idea of the full Project step by step, Spanish Culture
-Team-work, Leadership, Education through & by sport
-I had upgraded with teamwork, collaborate and leadership, also gain theory of Education for/by/through sports combine with many interesting games and physical activities.
-ETS, EFS, EBS, cooperation, leadership, learning to learn.
-The different education through/for/by sports.
-Communication, cooperation, leadership, be more active, new games + more knowledge about organizing things.
-I did not know how powerful sport was and how much you can teach through it. It is such and amazing tool to use for kids,I´d really love to use it.
2-Which impact the training course in Spain created to you?
-You can always do more tan what you are doing. It is very important to be willing to learn.
-I saw the conection of leadership with sports in the practical way.
-I have learnt different knowledge for the future and use with my children´s class.
-I improved myself, i feel i can be decisive person in any type of community.
-This TC gave me the theory and lead me how to contribute for communities development with a new interesting term of education.
-I can learn and improve myself as weel as my community in many different ways.
-After the TC in Spain, I´ll receive the Youthpass so i can officially start training the youth in my country, starting from my organization. Be responsable with myself & my organization & my community.
3-Most interesting activity, workshop, learning tool:
-Kolb´s model: Soo helpful not only for doing social projects, yet applying in the real life.
Activity: Night stealing game, flamenco lesson, Implementing the projects in groups-laboratory.
-Football game, beach activities.
-Interesting theory, games
-Games on the beach, Ultimate Frisbee.
-Orientation workshop, Ultimate and water sports.
-Surf, football, frisbee.
-I take every single game. The football and orientation were some of my favorites.
-The final part + writing the proposals could be more interesting.
-More participants will be nice for some activities
-More cultural activities to see and understand the Spanish culture.
Antonio Benaches Bodi
During the days in INDIA we had a preliminary meeting to plan the activities that would take place in Alicante. Then, during the previous weeks to the training we had other exchange of emails and phone calls to adjust the programme and distribute the sessions of each trainer. Before the training, for the development of the activity programme we had some meetings and conversations about the content of the trainings and the flow of the programme. During the activities we had a continuous feedback to adjust the activities to the group. After the training we agreed on a regular check-up with the participants to follow their local activity plan. The work was divided in 3 parts. Introduction to the concept of Education Through Sports, then practice and then planning the local activities. The team of trainers, composed by 2 of us, had a good work-flow and connection since the beginning. The fact that we knew each other from the previous phase (India), facilitated very much the process. Being training in this project has been very interesting experience. The concept of the whole project is very good and the ETS method as a tool for community development a very good choice. I consider that having the same participants in the 2 phases of the training and also in the local activities has been a very good idea, however, in some cases, I'm not sure if the chosen participants have a clear motivation to make a change and impact their local communities. Furthermore, the fact of missing some countries in the second part of the project (training in Alicante) had a negative influence in the group and it was a bit challenging to understand and continue. It would have been much more better to have also India and nepal, but I understand that the coordination issues are beyond the reach of the trainers... Thanks for the opportunity to be trainer in this project.
We had clear communication, goals and planning for the expected outcome of the first training course. Due to the partnership issues and problems arouse between the coordination I got very last minute confirmation less than a week before the TC that it will actually happen. Other than this, all other matters functioned very well between local host and me. It was a good consensus-based work completing together the full set of activities and learning meadow envisaged. Good communication and collaboration, supportive environment and appropriate division of tasks. Each trainer with their specific personal and knowledge-based skills contributed to the success of the TC. Good local team with strong supportive background and members. Dedicated to help, flexible with arrangements and extra supportive input with local connections to the variety of the Training program too. We have a good amount of media – professional pictures and video. Various layers of evaluation from the participants. Soft copy documents that were created by participants during the course. Stronger bond and collaborative practices. Clear and direct communication is always a key for success and the good base for understanding, it is good to keep it up.