Report from projects work

Report from projects work 31 . 08 . 2017

We present a report on the stages of work in the project "Integration through Inspiration. Non-formal education methods tool for equal opportunities for youth at risk of social exclusion.". The aim of the project was to increase the level of social integration of young people at risk of social exclusion. This was accomplished by completing a number of activities set out in the project proposal. The results of intellectual work are: Educational Internet Platform “Integration through Inspiration.”, operating in three languages (Polish, English, German, Spanish). Research report: "Conditions of the efficient support for youth at risk of social exclusion" which is a comparative report describing the situation of youth at risk of social exclusion in project partner countries. The report is available in four languages: Polish, English, Spanish, German. The final result of the project, as well as the result of intellectual work, is an e book :"Non - formal educational methods in working with young people faced with the risk of the social exclusion" which is a handbook of methods for working with young people. I STAGE The first stage of the project activity was the creation of an online educational platform The platform is an online educational tool aimed not only at direct participants of the project but also to all interested in its subject. During the project, the platform was an information base for project participants as well as all those who were interested in non-formal education. The platform has been translated into 3 languages - Polish, Spanish and German. It is a durable product, works despite the completion of the project. It contains information on non-formal education and activities carried out by the Foundation in the field of youth exclusion. Thanks to the platform we could post a recruitment ad to the project - searching for people interested in expanding their competences to support young people at risk of social exclusion, learning about philosophies, tools used in non-formal education. The people who joined the project participated in: •free trainings on the use of non-formal education methods • free study visits to Spain and Germany During this stage two international meetings of the project partners took place, both in Poland, in Wrocław, at the headquarters of the In Posterum Foundation. We discussed all organizational issues related to the project, the organization of focus research, and important issues to be included in the research report, which each organization, after the focus study, should write as a methodological contribution to the overall research report. We have also created a project account on the Facebook to intensify the project's information activities. II STAGE The final result of the intellectual work of the second stage of the project was the creation of a research report entitled "Conditions of the efficient support for youth at risk of social exclusion". This report is a response to the real needs of the target group, including the social workers, assistants, families, curators, educators in the Education Centers, and all those working with youth at risk of exclusion. Therefore, FGI (Focus Group Interviev) was performed at this stage. We have created study scenarios for professionals and for young people. After acceptance by the partners of the thematic scope, scenarios were distributed as binding for all partners. Focused research was directed at both institutional staff, support organizations and youth who benefited from this assistance. Participants talked about their work experience with youth, highlighted issues, difficulties, failures. There were also ideas that opened the way for non-formal education. The youth shared with us their feelings about adults and also presented us their needs in contact with parents, teachers and educators. FGI research was conducted in each of the partner countries. After completing the study, each partner wrote a short study report, which included relevant information on the topic. Based on information from reports submitted by partners, a comparative report has been produced. It provided an information base to help create a training program for the staff of institutions and aid organizations involved in working with young people. During this stage we completed the recruitment of project participants - we recruited 12 people: social workers, family assistants, court officials from all over the country. A similar recruitment was conducted by our project partners in Spain and Germany. The Third International Meeting of Partners in Schwerin [30 - 31.05.2016] was held, in which were experts participated in non-formal education. Their task for the coming months was to create work tools for professionals to use in working with young people. III STAGE The last stage of the project activities was composed of a series of interrelated activities, the final result of which was the creation of a manual for non-formal education. After the recruitment ended on 30 September, we started training for 12 participants. The aim of the training was to learn non-formal education methods that would enable effective working with young people at risk of social exclusion. The training was divided into 3 thematic modules, lasting 40 hours: I MODULE - Introduction to working with youth through non-formal education II MODULE - Planning activities with youth through non-formal education III MODULE - Strengthening non-formal methods of animating youth, translating plans into action At the end of the training (which also took place in similar form in Spain and Germany), the participants were asked to test the non-formal education methods used in daily work training. The testing period lasted 8 months. Testing consisted of introducing methods for daily work, as well as the creation of own, small projects, which in their assumption refer to non-formal education and were conducted together with youth and for youth. After training in Poland were created 5 mini projects. During the testing phase, 6 study visits were conducted, during which participants were able to observe the work of foreign colleagues and learn about new methods, approach to the young person. Schedule of study visits: • German partners arrived in Santander, Spain, between 16 and 21.11.2016 • Polish partners arrived in Santander, Spain from 28.11 to 3.12.2016 • Spanish partners arrived in Wroclaw, Poland from 11 - 15.12.2016 • Partners from Spain and Poland came to Scherin, Germany from 23 - 27.01.2017 • German partners arrived in Wroclaw, Poland between 26.02 and 03.03.2017 Each study visit lasted 5 days. We learned, apart from the way we work, the support systems in the countries we visited. In Poland, visits mainly took place in public institutions, in Germany and Spain - in foundations and associations working for the youth. After 8 months of testing, each participant made an evaluation - we learned from it what works well for young people and what they do not want to do. This information, together with the methods of work and the ready course scenarios, are included in the e-book. E book "Non - formal educational methods in working with young people faced with the risk of the social exclusion" it is a workbook for professionals, employees who want to try innovation. It consists primarily of 10 pre-defined scenarios, as well as the described methods / tools for working with young people that can be used interchangeably in scenarios or provide a basis for developing your own work plan. The final project’s task was a conference "Non-formal methods of education in the social assistance system" summarizing the project "Integration through Inspiration". We served on it social workers, family assistants, curators, diarists of social assistance centers from Lower Silesia. It was interactive conference - apart from information on the activities carried out in the project (focus studies, research report, training, study visits and the development of the method manual), we introduced participants to the world of non-formal education. They could practically "touch" project work by participating in several exercises taken from non-formal learning methods. Similar conferences have taken place in partner countries. During the third stage of the work, international partners' meetings were also held. In September 2016 and in April 2017 we visited Santander - our Spanish partners. The last meeting of the project was held in Schwerin, Germany in early July 2017. We thanked each other for their time and work, which was extremely effective. We did a lot of work, however, it was not without problems. The "Integration through Inspiration" internet platform was intended to be an educational tool addressed not only to direct participants in the project, but also to all interested in its subject matter. The advantage of the platform was interactivity based on the assumption that users were involved in the process of creating content and creating interaction between them. For this reason, a forum has been made available - where visitors can comment on articles, add topics, attach photos, articles and presentations. But that did not happen. The Internet platform exists - we keep you informed about the actions we take. The website includes a research report and a method manual, as well as a wealth of information on non-formal education. It is a tool used passively by users. We hope that in spite of the lack of activity on the part of the public, it is useful and informative. The ERASMUS + program promotes integration, intercultural understanding, strengthening of professional and linguistic skills. We have learned the culture of work in other countries, communicating with one another in one language, English, and the understanding between us was possible, although there were often minor language misunderstandings. We visited beautiful parts of Europe - each partner tried to bring closer to the culture of his country. About the efficiency of work in the project "Integration through Inspiration. Non-formal education methods tool for equal opportunities for youth at risk of social exclusion." not only do the results of intellectual work, which everyone can familiarize with, but above all the approach of people who have come across the idea of non-formal education, the project activity has enriched their professional workshop and opened up to innovation. Opening the horizons of aid workers to new developments, the opportunity to look at other phenomena from the other side is the most successful because finding a way to reach young minds is a difficult task, requiring a fresh, multi-faceted look at reality rather than following the routine. We hope that's what we learned from our participants. Pictures available :