Vienna / Austria: 15th to 21st of October 2018
Theme and aims of the Activity
This mobility of youth workers "MECOSEIN - Media Competencies for Social and Economical Inclusion" involved 20 immigrant youth workers coming from the organizations that are working with immigrants on intercultural and social problems at local levels from Vienna and Lisbon and at same time giving crucial contributions to the immigrants organizations and youth associations in Austria and Portugal. This mobility of youth workers activity "MECOSEIN" was achieved during one week in Vienna from 16th to 21st of October 2018, involving 20 participants and was divided in 3 fundamental axes: 1- Importance of media competencies of youth immigrant workers to increase the social-economical responses in their residence countries; 2- Competencies of youth immigrant workers on multicultural, intercultural learning in the immigrant communities and social neighborhoods and 3- Participation and knowledge on social-economical development of immigrant community by providing social assistance. The themes of this project were Youth (Participation, Youth Work, Youth Policy), Intercultural/intergenerational education and (lifelong) learning and International cooperation, international relations, development cooperation. The aims were to create synergies between the partners of best immigrants integration practices and ideas between youth workers and enhance the interest in media, intercultural learning and social-economical development. This reinforced the work of youth worker to support partners to have better international capacity and to empower youth workers through non-formal education tools to become better agents of social-economical responses for the benefit of immigrant communities in Vienna and Lisbon. The main objectives were to develop essential media, intercultural and social competencies to work with immigrant groups and way to provide a better social-economical answers and support to the community in disadvantage situation; to reduce the bad stigmatization related with immigrants that both countries have and will receive; to increase knowledge about the intercultural context of the social-economical responsibility and immigrants integration in European Youth Cooperation context, adding the availability among youth workers to work within local communities; to make 20 youth workers well prepared and gain confidence about integration and provide bases to approach and initiate a dialogue about poverty and social-economical exclusion problems among immigrants, by motivation and awareness about values underpinning non-formal education and social-economical responsibility; to increase cultural sensitivity in a European Cooperation context and to support interculturality, fighting exclusion of minorities and xenophobia involving of local communities in the development in order to enhance the impact of social-economical inclusion of youth workers in our communities and to increase the youth workers participant's motivation to introduce into intercultural learning and social answers by creating conditions to support them to engage others, serving as ambassadors of understanding of social, cultural and economical difference between the partner countries. In a long-term perspective, this project had multiplier effect and sustainable impacts to increase values of social-economical responsibility, media and intercultural skills for community development among immigrant communities, improved their life condition and to promote their autonomy and role within the community where they lives, greatened efficiency and breadth of ability in the work with youth workers focused on the full social-economical capacity, supported the PRSD network to bring more immigrant youth workers in order to achieve reasonable minimum living conditions and their possible application in practical life and created space for immigrant youth workers and organizations share and build joint projects for the benefits of immigrants.
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Mobility of social youth workers on Media Competencies for Social and Economical Inclusion.
Immigrant youth workers live in Vienna and Lisbon are facing problems to provide intercultural and social answers to their communities and groups of people in the countries where they live. Some of these immigrant youth workers work with young people that are living in social neighbourhoods, places many times detailed and apart by the society.
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