To be or not to be... Formal. Online InformaGiovani publication on formal and non-formal education in youth and voluntary work
Resulted from a two years project implemented in Africa, Asia and Europe, the publication "To be or not to be... formal", is now online.
The publication is an handbook on theoretical and practical aspects of formal and non-formal education in youth and voluntary work.
The publication contains theoretical elements and practical suggestions for youth and voluntary organizations on how to improve the quality and the educational impact of their activities, and on how to make it recognized by the formal educational system: schools and universities.
A wide section of the publication is aimed to provide ideas, hints and examples of actual non-formal educational activities that can be used in the frame of trainings organized by NGOs and other subjects.
The publication can be:
The project "To be or not to be... formal" was implemented in 2015 and 2016 in Belgium, Croatia, Italy, Macedonia, Kenya, Portugal, Spain and Vietnam, in the frame of Key Action 2 of the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.
Many Languages, One World Global Youth Forum offers an incredible opportunity to make yourself heard in the General Assembly of the United Nations. The delegates of the forum will participate in creating action plans related to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Northeastern University and present their ideas at United Nations Headquarters in New York City. The trip between 15-26 July to Boston and New York City will be covered by ELS Educational Services, Inc.
The 60 lucky delegates are chosen through the Many Languages, One World essay contest. So if you feel like the forum is something you would like to be a part of, write an essay and have the chance to win!
Requirements for the essay:
For more information, click on Many Languages, One World
March 21st marks the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Although many racially discriminatory laws have been abolished in many countries, racism is still one of the biggest issues in the world.
“Racism and intolerance can take various forms — from denying individuals the basic principles of equality to fuelling ethnic hatred that may lead to genocide — all of which can destroy lives and fracture communities.”
This year, the UN is turning the focus on the treatment of migrants on this day under the theme “Racial profilling and incitement to hatred, including in the context of migrants” since refugees and migrants are affected greatly by racial discrimination. They flee from the hate of their countries and come to another to be faced again with discrimination. They are regarded as someone who does not deserve the same behaviour as the people born in that country and are often even subjected to torture. In order to stop this unjust occurrence and in continuation with our Human Rights Campaign, we would like to remind you of Article 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:
“No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.”
Unfortunately, there are still countries who are not taking this right into account in their policies regarding migrants. According to the Independent, Australia is one of the countries guilty of this: their immigant detention centres have been accused of torturing the inhabitants of the centres in different ways. Many of the migrants there have been held in detention for over a year with no trial and are only gaining medical help to be tortured more. In addition, the Guardian has reported that in Mexico police officers are torturing migrants travelling through the country. This is done since the police have been set a quota of migrants from Central America to be deported and in order to meet it, police officers are even detaining Mexican citizens who do not speak Spanish and torturing them into confession of being Central American.
Thus, to combat this, the United Nations invites you to participate in the campaing Stand Up for Someone’s Rights Today. The purpose of this campaign is to encourage people to take a stand if they see someone’s rights being violated.
To know more about the campaign Stand Up for Someone’s Rights Today visit the website Stand up for human rights
Check the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
The poster above is part of a campaign raised during the international project "IntercultuReality " which involved young people from different EU countries in several activities related to Human Rights and its awareness. Realizing that HR are not well known and recognized as it should, they created different posters based on some of the articles of the Declaration, in order to sensitize more people about Human Rights and the current reality. For the following months, we are going to show these posters to support their campaign.
For more information about the project visit the blog INTERCULTUREALITY
Sources used: http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/there-is-increasing-evidence-that-australia-is-torturing-refugees-medical-experts-claim-a7107256.html
Plural+ Youth Video Festival is video festival which gives young people possibility to discover migration, diversity and social inclusion by their own videos and help them to share their creativity with the world. If you have original and creative video ideas about one of the theme: Migration, Diversity and Social Inclusion, you can join the festival with your video. Winners will awards with 1000$ prize and full covered invitation to attend the PLURAL+ Awards Ceremony held in New York (USA) in the fall of 2017.
Plural+ is a collaboration between the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and the International Organization for Migration having the final aim to encourage young people to become agents of social change in their communities through power of creative digital media.
WHO CAN APPLY?
All the young people no older than 25 years old. There will be three aged categories: up to 12, 13-17, 18-25 years old and each category will get awards separately.
As long as all the group members are younger than 25 years old, participants can work on one video as a collaborative work.
HOW TO APPLY?
Deadline: 04 June 2017.
For more information you can visit the webpage of Plural+
Every year The International Children’s Peace Prize is given as an award to an exceptional child, whose remarkable actions have made a difference improving children’s rights worldwide.
One of the nominated children will receive the “Nkosi” statuette which aims to show how a child can set the world in motion. The winner also receives a study and care grant which will enable him/her to study until university and provide his/her family livelihood costs where needed. The winner will be part of a platform which allows children to express their ideas about children’s rights.
Furthermore, KidsRights will invest 100.000€ in projects related to the winner’s area of work and implemented in his/her own country.
How To Apply?
Any child who is/was fighting for children’s rights and is between 12-17 years old, can be nominated by individuals or organisations worldwide by submitting dedicated nomination form.
Deadline: 17 March 2017
For more information click on ChildrensPeacePrize.
If you want to acquire experience in working in the Committee of the Regions, come apply for an internship!
The Committee of the Regions (CoR) is an advisory body of the European Union which gives regions and cities a formal say in order to ensure that the position and needs of the regional and local authorites are taken into account in EU law-making. Every year, the Committee of the Regions offers the possibility to participate in an internship or a short-term study visit for young university graduates.
The internship is 5 months long and takes place twice a year: the spring traineeship runs from 16 February until 15 July and the autumn traineeship runs from 16 September until 15 February.
Requirements for the applicants:
· a university degree that has been acquired before the deadline for the application
· have an excellent level of an official Community language and an adequate level of one other official EU-working language (English or French)
This is a paid traineeship.
- For autumn traineeships (16 September - 15 February): 31st of March
- For spring traineeships (16 February - 15 July): 30th of September
Applications are solely accepted via Internet.
For more information on the traineeship and the application form, click on CoR
Short-term study visit
The maximum duration of the short-term study visit is 4 months but may be extended up to 6 months.
Short-term study visits are not paid traineeships.
Requirements for the applicants:
· Bachelor’s degree
· exhibit a keen interest on the work of the Committee of Regions for reasons related to professional,
academic or research activities
For the short-term study visit there is no fixed deadline but applications should be sent by post to the Traineeship Office.
For more information, click on short-term study visits
*Impending deadline* If two of your passions in life are videos and Erasmus+, here is the perfect offer for you!
To celebrate its 30th anniversary, Erasmus+ is offering 16 people the chance to take part in a video workshop in Brussels. The workshop covers subjects like post-production, script writing and filming and is taught by professional filmmakers.
During the workshop, the participants will create a film that will be shown on the Erasmus+ social media channels. All travel costs will be covered, also your stay in Brussels and the workshop which is taking place on 1-2 May. The only requirement for the candidates is to be at least 18 years old.
To apply, you are required to create a maximum 30-second video or write a maximum 500-word essay on the following subject: "How does Erasmus+ encourage solidarity and help young people contribute to society?"
Deadline is on the 17th of March so don’t hesitate and apply!
For more information or to apply, click on VIDEO WORKSHOP
If you are willing to be part of the Council of the European Union then apply for one of the internship opportunities offered every year by The General Secretariat of Council. The GSC offers internships for university students, graduates and national officials. The interns will work in General Secretariat department and assigned to a team. The tasks of the interns include carrying out preparatory work or research on a particular subject, attending meetings and drafting minutes.
The GSC offers 3 different types of internship: paid internship, compulsory unpaid internship and internship for national officials.
Currently, interns positions are available for compulsory unpaid internship starting from September 2017 to January 2018!
Who can apply ?
How to apply?
For more information you can visit dedicated webpage of Council of the European Union.
If you are interested in learning more about the daily work of the European Economic and Social Committee, come and experience it yourself by participating in one of their internships!
The Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is a European Union institution that provides Europe’s economic and social partners the opportunity to express their formal views on EU policies. The EESC forwards the opinions to the Council, the European Commission and the European Parliament, therefore, playing a vital role in the decision-making of the European Union.
Every year, the EESC offers long (5 months) and short term (1-3 months) in-service training periods.
Long-term traineeships are intended for university graduates and are held in two sessions: the spring session (16.02-15.07) and the autumn session (16.09-15.02). Long-term trainees will receive a monthly grant of 1.159,44 EUR. Trainees who already have an income cannot be recipients of the grant.
Short-term traineeships are intended for university students who carry out the internship in order to complete their university degree or who have recently graduated. Short-term traineeships are unpaid and may be carried out any time of the year.
Requirement for both trainings:
Candidate must have an excellent level of one of the European Union languages and an adequate level of another European Union language - one of the languages spoken must be either English or French. Candidates from non-member states only need to have an adequate level of French or English.
- 30 September at 12 noon CET (Spring traineeship Feb-July)
- 31 March at 12 noon CET (Autumn traineeship Sep-Feb)
For more information on the traineeships, click on EESC
If you wish to obtain experience in scientific work and to use what you have learnt in your studies or in your career, then apply for an internship in The Joint Research Centre (JRC)! The JRC is a Directorate-General of the European Commission which provides independent science and technology advice to European policy makers.
The JRC offers two types of trainings, one related to preparation of thesis and the second for university graduates.
Currently, traineeship positions are available in the following fields:
- Energy, Transport and Climate (Deadline 23.03.2017)
- Space, Security and Migration (3 traineeships, deadline 21.03.2017 (2) and 23.02.2018 (1))
- Sustainable Resources (Deadline 20.03.2017)
- Competences (Deadline 22.03.2017)
- Nuclear Security and Safeguards Department (Deadline 23.03.2017)
Candidates should be nationals of the Member States of the European Union, of candidate countries benefiting from a pre-accession strategy and of other countries contributing financially to the Framework Programme. However, a limited number of nationals of non- Member States may also be accepted. Trainees must have an excellent knowledge of at least two official languages of the EU, of which one must be English, French or German. Non-EU nationals must have a very good knowledge of at least one of the working languages.
The traineeship is from 3 to 5 months.
For more information on the trainings available and the application forms, click on JRC.
World Nomads holds a writing competition every year for aspiring travel writers. The prize is a writing workshop with one of the best travel writers in the world and a chance to travel in a region (all expenses paid) to apply the skills learnt in the workshop in real life.
This year, the prize is a 3-day workshop with Tim Neville which is followed by a 10-day trip through the Balkans.
To apply, you have to write a 2500 word travel story on one of the following subjects:
The deadline for the application is March 21st. Don’t miss this chance to have an unforgettable experience!
For more information, click on World Nomads
Erasmus+ is celebrating its 30th birthday this year. To celebrate this stupendous occasion, a writing competition is held for everyone who has participated in Erasmus+ programmes. All stories related to any kind of Erasmus+ programme are expected so don’t miss this chance to tell a great story!
The application process is very easy, all you need to do is upload a video or picture with your 100 word story before the 15th of April. Be imaginative! After submitting your story, you have the possibility to participate in the public’s choice by voting for your favourite stories.
The 4 most inspiring stories will win a 100 euro travel voucher during the submission period. That is not all: the public’s choice will win a travel voucher of 600 euros!
If you have a story about your experience with Erasmus+, don’t hesitate to share it and apply here
Maypole Fund is a fund created in 1986 by women who took part in the peace movement. Nowadays, the group consists of feminists with diverse political backgrounds whose main aim is to support non-violent activities by feminist anti-militarist women.
To do this, the fund is giving away a grant of 750 pounds for women with imaginative projects focused on the following:
· action against the arms trade;
· action against nuclear weapons and weapons systems;
· creating a culture of peace and the prevention of conflict and war;
· action to support disarmament policies, processes and related initiatives
The deadlines for applying for the grant are January 31st and June 30th of each year.
For more information, click on Maypole Fund
eu-LISA is the European agency for the operational management of large-scale IT systems in the area of freedom, security and justice. The agency is offering students the possibility of an internship which will take place in Tallinn, Estonia and the duration of it is from 3 months up to 12 months.
During the internship, the intern will work with other young international people under the supervision of a tutor who will coordinate the activities. The internship starts on the 1st of May (or as soon as possible).
The application deadline is the 24th of March 23:59 (Eastern European Time).
Requirements for the applicant of the internship:
· Citizen of the European Union or of a country that belongs in Schengen
· Completion of 3 years of higher education
· English at a C1 level
For more information, click on eu-LISA
If you are an up and coming filmmaker, here is an opportunity for you that cannot be missed: participate in FEST - Pitching Forum and have the chance to pitch your project (fiction short, fiction feature, documentary short/feature) to the best of the best in the industry!
During FEST, you have to pitch your project to the best of your abilities in 5 minutes, after which the panel of experts will provide you with a 10-minute feedback. The feedback is immediate, constructive, will help you better your project and will be useful even in the years to come. Every pitch will also have a chance to win in one of the three pitching sessions: Feature Fiction Film, Short Fiction Film and Documentary (short or long film). This year two awards are sponsored by Goldcrest Films and Envy Post-Production.
28 projects will be chosen to compete in the pitching sessions happening on the 23rd and the 24th of June in Espinho, Portugal, at Biblioteca Municipal José Marmelo e Silva. The creators of these selected projects have the additional opportunity to take part in a 3-day training program prior to the sessions (20.06-22.06.17).
The period for submitting projects for the pitching sessions is from January 11th until March 31st. FEST will open doors for you and give you more exposure so don’t miss this incredible opportunity and apply!
For more information, click on FEST - Pitching Forum
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