We – informal group Youth Line Netherlands – have just implemented an amazing youth exchange “Let’s Show Equality – Social Filming” which took place in lovely little city Ommen, The Netherlands from 4 till 11 of December 2017. We had 36 participants representing 6 countries: The Netherlands, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Poland, Estonia and Italy.The project theme was devoted to recording short videos by participants on the topic of how they perceive the social exclusion, poverty, homelessness, disability, membership of an ethnic minority, lack of adequate literacy skills, unemployment, family circumstances, addiction problems and similar issues connected to social exclusion, and raising the awareness of general public, government officials and European officials about the existing problem and provoking a solution not only from the officials but from each individual who would see a movie or hear about the problem from a friend. Youth exchange served young people with an ability to make their voice heard and to express their view upon fighting against poverty and social exclusion .Our Lithuanian participant Brigita Draksaite shared her experience and impression about the activity:
” The project included a lot of activities. First day was a meeting day during which we had an opportunity to meet each other and tried some team-building games and tasks which helped to realise what kind of skills do people have and what we can expect from them afterwards.
We had workshops of social inclusion when we shared our own opinions and experiences in this field of issue.
Most valuable workshops was related with our main topic – social filming. We are very happy that during this projects participants from Czech Republic shared their experience of video making as professionals, we learned a lot from them.
Learning to learn was mine main competence I wanted to improve during the project and I learned a lot. I managed to work with my team and to create a perfect topic to movie, to develop ideas how it should look like, to imagine and draw the scenes which we would make in Amsterdam, to discuss a lot about social problems in our home, to shoot them and also have a lot of fun doing that. I learned how to lead the group of people as it was my first experience as group leader. I noticed that during this project there was perfect communication between group leaders and organisers as we were doing reflections every evening and sharing jobs and responsibilities.The hardest part of making movie was editing video as we haven’t had any experience before but with a lot of help from others and hard working we managed to do it quite well.
Feeling of different cultures was essential for all of us. Being and working with people from different Eu countries helped to realise how different and perfect we are. Exploring Netherlands and seeing what a freedom they have gave an inspiration to try to make our own public more tolerante and openminded.Every project the youngster participate in helps to develop new ideas, to achieve new experiences, to improve a lot of personal and technical skills. Don’t be afraid to meet other nationalities to feel their lifestyle and to change yourself and your pears afterthat.”YE “Let’s Show Equality – Social Filming” was realised with support of Erasmus Plus Program (http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/about_en) and Dutch National Agency (http://www.erasmusplus.nl/). Separate thanks to Olde Vechte Foundation ( https://oldevechte.com/) for hosting us and taking the best care possible.We are happy to share also 6 unique videos created during this project! Watch them. Think them. Share them!
We propose You to watch videos about our project in the Hague! As they say – better one time to see, then many times to hear 🙂
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.
Everyone is entitled to all rights and freedoms, without discrimination on any ground such as sex, race, color, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, association with a national minority, property, birth or other status.
International Bill of Human Rights
TC: Inclusion as a basis for equality
Training course “Inclusion As A Basis for Equality ” 2-8 September 2016, Tha Hague, Netherlands gathered 30 enthusiastic participants from 9 different countries to develop their knowledge and skills about social exclusion and inclusion and share their unique country experience about this topic.
In project contributed partners:
Youth Line – Netherlands
- The main aim of this informal group is to give young people a fighting chance at realizing their full potential professionally and personally in a fast changing and increasingly more complex world. We hope to becomea relevant platform of knowledge and experience exchange among youth on European level and a valuable partner for professionals and organizations involved in youth work.
Obciansky Spolok- Slovakia
- The main aim of the NGO is to develop social competences, developing, maintaining and support the interests, culture and free-time activities of Hungarian minority in South of Slovakia through creative programs and events. The NGO as well focuses on promotion of better understanding of cultural diversity, helping our society to evolve from multicultural substance to intercultural one. We are active on a local and regional level, but we also organize large scale international activities cooperating with similar organizations in neighbouring county.
Rönesans Enstitüsü Dernegi – Turkey
- The main goal of the organization is is to provide qualified youth services to young people and to build sustainable partnership which brings together the local one with the universal one in order to give opportunities them to realize their selves.
ARS FOR PROGRESS OF PEOPLE – Belgium
- We want to provide individuals, NGOs, international donors intergovernmental institutions with technical advices and expertises to support Project Management.
TDM 2000 MALTA – Malta
- The main aim of TDM 2000 Malta is to increase youth participation in society on a local and international level, to provide the tools and opportunities for its youth members to be active in society on a local and international level. This is done through the various voluntary activities organised by our organisation on a regular basis.
Youth Line – Latvia
- The aim of the organization is to provide a space for young people to develop their talents and abilities. Youth Line Latvia also works on youth policy related issues – promotion of youth rights, recognition of non-formal learning, recognition of volunteering to ensure that young people are encouraged to develop as active citizens.
VIVID z.s. – Czech Republic
- To improve and involved youth through various activities on local and international level, to enrichment the cultural life and education in rural areas of Moravia. Another important aim is to raise the tolerance between different social groups and improve the life quality in the environment of their coexistence.
Associazione Studenti per la Città – Italy
- It is a non-profit organisation composed of university students, high school students and young graduates who work towards the inclusion and participation of young people in university life as well as in social and cultural environment. The main aim is to support young students who have fewer opportunities and supplements their education with opportunities for learning both at local and international level.
SEIKLEJATE VENNASKOND – Estonia
- The main aim is to keep the system very simple in the way it’s easy to approach to organisation to apply for the project. The NGO members participated and organized different youth exchanges, seminars and training courses concerning equality, media impact, innovation, fight against racism & xenophobia, human rights, mobility and migration, HIV prevention, environment protection and other issues.
Social exclusion is a major social problem of our time and each of us is facing with it every day. Social exclusion is often a cause of poverty, conflict and insecurity. Certain groups in society are systematically excluded from opportunities that are open to others, because they are discriminated against on the basis of their race, religion, gender, caste, age, disability, or other social identity. This is the reason why the idea about this project was born.
Our motivation comes from:
- Common interests
What we achieved:
- Raise awareness about the importance of inclusion on local, national and European level;
- Discover reasons and factors that cause social exclusion and exchange practices among youth workers from different countries on various aspects. Compare exclusion and inclusion cases.
- Understanding about concrete tools, methodologies that can be used for working with youth
- Understanding and using new Erasmus + Programme for youth work.
- Stimulating new youth initiatives ideas and projects.
Here are some participants’ feedbacks
“I met amazing people here: responsible, motivated, enjoying life. Looking forward to great result of working together”
Daria – Latvia
“I really enjoyed this experience and I feel like I have made new friends during this project. I believe that getting to know people from different cultures is important for overcoming prejudices and consequently getting rid of social exclusion”
Stacey – Malta
“Great structure and schedule. Enjoyed learning in non formal education and activities (lot of interesting ideas!). We had a really lovely and professional trainer. I really loved this experience!”
Isabel – Belgium
By sharing background knowledge from all the participating countries we gathered reasons what are forcing exclusion in our countries and in the world in general:
- Traditions, culture, upbringing
- Economical situation
- Social Classes
Reasons for Exclusion and Recommendations
Upbringing and finding issues differences in culture is important topic that divides a lot of people.
- Cultural evenings in school
- Promotion of Non formal education in schools and NGO’s
- Extra funds from government to exchange visits
- Immigrant quota for company employment
Economical situation is strongly connected with unemployment. Every country has an unemployment rate, for some countries is it lager then others. We thought about solutions like:
- Regulation that enforces companies to employ people with disabilities.
- Courses to build up skills, main aim would be students and people who are not employed.
- Regulation to employ same percentage of men and women (50% for each).
- Law that protects the rights to practice any kind of religion of the individual’s choice without affecting others.
- Training courses funded from government or other sources to teach employees/employers how to work with disabled people.
- Improvement for entrepreneurship programs for people who are studying.
Education and competitiveness. Main solutions are:
- Government funded professional training courses (providing working skills)
- Improving network of young professionals
- Afternoon courses at school to support learning process
- Summer camps from school
Everyone has stereotypes, but not always positive ones. How can we break them?
- Compulsory youth exchange or volunteering during school
- Multi ethnical games in primary school
- Promotion of cultures on multi ethnical events (concerts, festivals)
Recommendations to reduce the gap between different social classes.
- E-services, voting for suggestions that comes from ether citizens or political parties. Suggestions could be for anything, if at least 10 000 people will vote about your idea, the government will revise it.
- Support from government to alternative media channels (to provide covert media)
- Support from NGO’s and/or schools about basic political education with trainings for critical thinking and how to use media.
Links for Inclusion
Hereunder you may find links on related on going actions and contacts for networking which can help you to further expand your knowledge about social inclusion / exclusion.
The European Commission
Europe 2020 Strategy provides different countries with financial support for projects with the aim of lifting people out of poverty and social exclusion and increasing employment of the population.
European platform against poverty and social exclusion proposes measures to reduce the number of people living in poverty or otherwise socially marginalised.
The Inclusion and Diversity Strategy outlines the support and possibilities available in the Erasmus+ programme for the youth field when it comes to including young people with fewer opportunities.
An association of people with intellectual disabilities and their families in Europe. The association can support interested organisations by exchanging knowledge and influencing European policies.
Governance and Social Development Resource Centre
This publication aims to introduce some of the best literature on the definitions, understandings, causes, and impact of social exclusion, as well as how exclusion can be measured and addressed by governments, civil society actors and international organisations.
Other useful links:
- Social Protection:
- Tolerance and non-discrimination:
- Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development:
- 17 goals to transform our world:
- Foreign Affairs, foregin trade and development cooperation:
- The TDM 2000 International Libary:
- Division for Social Policy and Development Disability:
SALTO-YOUTH stands for Support, Advanced Learning and Training Opportunities within the Erasmus+: Youth in Action programme, the EU programme for education, training, youth and sport.
AS A TOOL FOR SOCIAL INCLUSION
Erasmus+ is the EU’s programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. Its budget of €14.7 billion will provide opportunities for over 4 million
Europeans to study, train gain experience, and volunteers abroad. Set to last until 2020, Erasmus+ doesn’t just have opportunities for students. Merging seven prior programmes, it has opportunities for a wide variety of individuals and organisations.
Detailed information on these opportunities, including eligibility criteria, is available in the Erasmus+ Programme Guide. An indicative funding guide for some centralised opportunities is also available.
The aim of Erasmus+ is to contribute to the Europe 2020 strategy for growth, jobs, social equity and inclusion, as well as the aims of ET2020, the EU’s strategic framework for education and training.
Erasmus+ also aims to promote the sustainable development of its partners in the field of higher education, and contribute to achieving the objectives of the EU Youth Strategy.
Social inclusion is one of the specific issues tackled by the programme.
Social Inclusion promoted though E+
Erasmus+ KA1 promotes mobility to improve social inclusion at the European Level and disseminate formal and non-formal methodologies to provide learners and professionals with information and skills on the key area of social inclusion 81% youth applications includes youth people with fewer opportunities encourage participation of people with special needs Higher Education and Training
What kind of support those with special needs receive?
- Costs for disabled people
- Safety assessments, signers or guiders, adapted transport
- Accompanying people-travel and subsistence
- 100% of costs with evidence
What are the e-tools available?
The Erasmus Plus programme displays several e-tools in order to develop a knowledge and disseminate tools to promote social inclusion. Among them the following websites collects information, good practices and e-tools on social inclusion:
- Social Media Groups
- Erasmus+ Project Results
“We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves”- Dalai Lama
Youth Line Netherlands participated in 2 local events in The Hague which were organized by our partner CC4U (http://www.cultureclash4u.com/eng1.html#visie) – two local festivals aimed to highlight a connection between inner peace and an achievement of a global one.
To know more please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/302386850141819/