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Official beginning – Kick-off Meeting in Lithuania

It is right to say that the project has officially begun! On the 10-14th of January, all partners met in Vilnius, Lithuania to commence first work for social entrepreneurship around the globe. Partners on this project include Active Youth based in Lithuania, Associación Civil Red de Acción Climática (RAMCC), based in Argentina, Karaganda State University…

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There are many hurdles that societies face across the world. However, the reality shows that governments and NGOs can’t tackle those alone. This is because the nature of these problems is very diverse and solving them requires different solutions and approaches.

We believe, that regardless of different local settings, social entrepreneurship is the answer to combatting numerous social issues. Entrepreneurship (of any kind) can create workplaces for those in need. Moreover, it can also take on social issues and lead to wider potential benefits for the whole society. Yet, social entrepreneurship is still an unknown concept to most of the youngsters, as well as youth workers. Youth’s (entrepreneurial) ideas could be a key to progress. Having this in mind, all the partner organizations participating in the project seek to promote, provide and expand education on social entrepreneurship among the youth and youth workers.

Training programme

Develop, test & launch a non-formal training programme on social entrepreneurship, targeting youth workers & disadvantaged youth from EU & Partner countries

Teaching equipment

Equip youth workers & young leaders with knowledge, key competences & tools required for teaching social entrepreneurship

Transnational cooperation

Foster transnational cooperation and exchanges of social entrepreneurship practices between Europe, Asia, Africa and South America

Qualitative improvement

Improve the quality and recognition of youth work, social entrepreneurship, non-formal learning and volunteering in project regions

Mobility promotion

Promote transnational mobility for youth workers and youth with fewer opportunities between Europe, Asia, Africa and South America

Strategic cooperation

Promote strategic cooperation between youth organisations, public authorities and education institutions in project regions

Key activities

1

Research & methodology

Our research will identify the best ways to teach youth (or youth workers) about social entrepreneurship. Afterwards, a pilot training methodology for NGOs will teach them about youth social entrepreneurship through non-formal education.

2

Capacity building programme

Run a pilot that would test the methodology through events in partner countries. The pilot will include study visit to Lithuania; 3 youth worker mobilities; youth exchange in India; final seminar & conference in Lithuania

3

Job shadowing

In partner countries for youth workers to better understand the local social problems and entrepreneurship capabilities in each of the countries.

4

Online platform

To share the ideas of the project with the public across the project countries (News, updates, educational material (videos, tutorials, quizzes, learning games), etc.) in English / Russian / Spanish.

5

SEH Contest

To develop best social enterprises ideas that could tackle the key social issues in project countries highlighted during the research phase.

6

Seminars

In partner countries to share results as well as one final seminar & conference in Lithuania for participants and open-to-public.

Partners

“Active Youth” Association (AY, Lithuania) works with migrant integration and provides support services for entrepreneurs and would-be entrepreneurs in Lithuania. Organisation aims to: (1) enhance social, communication, entrepreneurship skills, self-esteem, as well as multilingualism of youth through non-formal education; (3) educate youth workers on how to help the disadvantaged youth adapt to the ever- changing (work) environment. “Active youth” Association will be responsible for overall management & implementation of this project.

Asociación Civil Red De Acción Climática (RAMCC, Argentina) is an instrument of coordination and promotion of local public policies to combat climate change in cities and towns of Argentina. RAMCC is a non-profit NGO, closely working with public officials and always considering international agreements (Kyoto Protocol) and recommendations of the IPPC. It also seeks to become a technical support instrument for local governments & enterprises by providing tools to achieve sustainable development model.

Karaganda State University (KSU, Kazakhstan) highly focuses on strengthening and enhancing youth opportunities for social entrepreneurship. For this reason, KSU works closely with the Department of youth policy in Karaganda region, Chamber of entrepreneurs «Аtameken» in Karaganda region and the local association of youth entrepreneurs.

Muwanga Development Association (MUWADA, Uganda) is an NGO operating in Uganda. The organization was founded by University Graduates passionate about giving back to the communities where they are born and grew up from in the form of Corporate Social Responsibility as well as uplifting the wellbeing of the communities. Having grown up in a remote environment where people share water with animals, men abuse women, education is poor, many marriages are forced and most of the youth is unemployed, the founders of the organization decided to unite in 2013 to solve these issues.

Bharati Vidyapeeth (Deemed to be University) (India) is one of the largest leading educational organizations in India having under its umbrella more than 140 educational units of various kinds. Bharati Vidyapeeth was established in 1964 by Dr. Patangrao Kadam, the Chancellor of the University, with an objective to providing all that education can offer to bring about the social transformation. This Vidyapeeth is one of the leading national level educational organisations.

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