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EU Funded Projects 2015

YOUTH GUARANTEE – YOUTH.INC

Programme Name
ESF

Awarding Body Detail
PPCD

Reference
ESF 3.231

Year of Award
2015

Project Status
COMPLETED

Description
The Project consisted mainly in the provision of training programmes, counselling activities and job exposure targeting disadvantaged youth classified as NEETs and was coordinated by Jobsplus. Jobsplus aimed to endow the beneficiaries with the necessary skills and competences to either access educational/training paths or enter/re-enter the labour market.

The whole project was about supporting disadvantaged groups to enter or re-enter the labour market.

The Project provided funding which allowed the Youth.inc programme to be strengthened through a preventative approach with the potential target group of the Youth Guarantee.

Through the project Agenzija Zghazagh was able:
• To undertake an accreditation process with the NCFHE for all courses being provided leading to greater validity and quality assurance;
• Increase the number of young people at risk following the Youth.Inc programme and receiving a certification on completion of their programme of studies thus reducing the number of NEET’s.
• Strengthen the non-formal education component of the youth.inc programme through providing training for youth workers and increasing the input of youth workers to enhance the mentoring, counselling and life-skills elements, improve retention rates and address the particular needs of the programme participants;
• Ensure that more of the youth workers time was spent in direct contact with the young people participating in the programme by providing adequate administrative support
• Introduce a new Head of Programme qualified, experienced and skilled in the social field to enable better communication and liaison with parents and guardians to more effectively address any issues that might lead to a young person dropping out of the programme;
• Restructure the programme to widen the number of basic skills courses, vocational courses and other courses on offer providing the young people with more options and opportunities to explore and develop their abilities and aptitudes and increase possibilities of success and the range of career paths open to them. Nine Level 1 courses and 10 Level 2 courses were provided in 2013/2014. These were substantially increased in 2014/2015.
• Significantly upgrade the youth.inc premises to provide the young people with a learning environment that is attractive and youth friendly.

The project made it possible to upgrade the Youth.inc programme and facilitate a shift away from formal education, moving towards a stronger link with employment and the transition of the young people from school to work, including further vocational education and training that could lead to better jobs in the future. Among other things the project covered staff costs, the setting up of a computer lab and the equipping of a number of vocational workshops as well as sports equipment.

Total Project Cost
€162,597

rE-ACT



Programme Name
ERASMUS+

Awarding Body Details
The Educational, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency

Reference
1584007104560545-EPP-1-2015-MT-E

Year of Award
2015

Project Status
COMPLETED



Description
The main objective of this project directly addressed the main concept behind the Structured Dialogue process by encouraging a dialogue between young people and policy makers that facilitates a participatory policy making process through the involvement of young people, youth organisations, policy makers and other experts from the field.

30 young people were trained to become Structured Dialogue Ambassadors in different locations and venues, while an estimated total of 3000 young people were reached.

The Three targets of this project were the following:
01. The National Working Group made the Structured Dialogue process more visible both within and beyond the youth sector started to meet to discuss the media campaign. The National Working Group decided that a national media campaign was necessary to reach this target. In this regard two adverts were produced and aired nationally to promote the Structured Dialogue process.

02. The National Working Group worked on the recommendations proposed during the Latvian presidency to make the more visible with policy makers and discuss a way forward for their implementation. In this regard the National Working Group organised a working seminar for policy makers. This seminar ensured a cross-sectoral approach was attended by 85 policy makers from different fields. Feedback was gathered on the recommendations proposed during the Latvian presidency and a discussion on the way forward for their implementation was held.

03. The National Working Group engaged a group of young people (mostly unorganised) from different secondary schools as Structured Dialogue Ambassadors. The young people were given the skills to engage their peers in the Structured Dialogue process, during the 5th Cycle of the Structured Dialogue, capitalising on the fact that Malta will be part of the Trio Presidency.

Total Project Cost
€12,922

face the music

Programme Name
ERASMUS+ KA 3

Awarding Body Details
EUPA

Reference
2015-1-MT01-KA347-003626

Year of Award
2015

Project Status
COMPLETED

Description
Face D Music was a project co-funded by Erasmus+. The aim of this project was to engage more young people in the Structured Dialogue process. In particular this project targeted young people who did not find the more formal and structured methods used in the Structured Dialogue such as public discussions or debating societies appealing.

Through Face D Music groups of young people met and worked with a group of seasoned musicians and composed four songs that all have a social message aimed at policy makers. The songs tackled early school leaving and second chance education.

Through this project young people were given a voice and space to discuss issues that affect their well-being using a medium they are more comfortable with. The highlight of this project was 2 day conference. During this meeting a group of these young people performed the four songs that had been composed to an audience made up of young people and policy makers which was then followed by a discussion on the topic.

Total Project Cost
€24,330

youth wiki



Programme Name
ERASMUS+

Awarding Body Details
The Education, Audiovisual And Culture Executive Agency

Reference
570897-EPP-1-2015-MT-EPPKA3-YTH-WIKI

Year of Award
2015

Project Status
COMPLETED



Description
The Youth Wiki was an initiative by the European commission that was coordinated on a national level by Agenzija Zghazagh as the National Correspondent. The Youth Wiki was an online platform presenting information on European countries’ youth policies.

The main objective of the Youth Wiki was to support evidence-based European cooperation in the field of Youth. It did so by providing information on national policies in support of young people – in a user-friendly and continuously updated way – following the adoption of the renewed framework for European cooperation in the youth field 2010-2018 (EU Youth Strategy).

The overall purpose was to help the European Commission and Member States in their decision making, by providing information on state of play on reforms and initiatives. The collection of qualitative information allowed the exchange of information and innovative approaches and substantiated peer learning activities.
The content of the Youth Wiki was shaped by the policy priorities established by the European Commission and the Member States in the framework of the European cooperation in the youth field.

In particular, it had been developed in view of supporting major European-level commitments and policy developments for the fields of action identified in the EU Youth Strategy.

The information that had been provided and annually updated by the National Correspondent (Agenzija Zghazagh), was essentially qualitative, and allowed for the analysis of reforms and trends in policy orientations in the participating countries.

Total Project Cost
€10,000

human rights education



Programme Name
Right To HRE

Awarding Body Details
Council of Europe – National Training Courses For Human Rights Education With Young People

Reference
DDCP-YD/NTRC(2015)7

Year of Award
2015

Project Status
COMPLETED


Description
25 young participants, most of them educators, took part in this first training course funded by the Council of Europe and organised by Agenzija Zghazagh on the topic of Human Rights Education. The seminar was held at Villa Psaigon – Dingli by trainers Louis Debono and Joe Teuma and consisted of a number of sessions and workshops that aimed to create a culture of Human Rights in which young people and those working with them became more aware of their rights and the rights of others, and more prepared to advocate for them in their respective environments and within society.

To achieve this, the facilitators trained the participants to use human rights education methods in a creative and interactive way within their organisations. Other sessions were dedicated to create awareness of HR issues in Maltese society, and the organisations who deal with them, to train the participants in the use of Compass as a tool and methodology for human rights education in dealing with the needs of the young people they work with and to support the diverse organisations who were invited to conduct workshops so as to start a network of practitioners of Human Rights Education.

The main outcomes of this training course were the increased knowledge of the participants of the institutional and legal structures that can be used to support human rights education and work against human rights violations, together with knowledge of the methodologies of Compass and how they can be creatively adapted.

Total Project Cost
€2,879

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