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Call For French Participants! “Think Human!”

Think Human!” project
Histoire de Savoirs est partenaire du projet “Think Human” porté par notre partenaire grec “System and G”. Ce projet porte sur l’intégration des réfugiés au sein des communautés locales en Europe et au Moyen Orient par la mise en place d’actions de sensibilisation, de rencontres… à destination des jeunes dans le but de combattre les préjugés et les craintes (cf description du projet ci-dessous en anglais).
A ce titre, nous recherchons 2 participants français acteurs de jeunesse, impliqués sur la thématique du projet, pour prendre part au trois rencontres qui auront lieu en Grèce :
1) Une formation européenne du 17 au 23 avril 2017 à Mytilini en Grèce
2) Un séminaire de rencontre du 11 au 16 juin 2017 à Athènes en Grèce
3) Une rencontre d’évaluation du 13 au 18 septembre 2017 à Idomeni en Grèce.
Histoire de Savoirs coordonnera la sélection, la préparation des participants et la logistique…
L’ensemble des frais (transport, logement, nourriture) sont pris en charge par les programmes Erasmus +. Les frais administratifs de 150€ pour l’ensemble des 3 rencontres restent à la charge des participants. Pour toutes informations,  nous contacter par mail : histoiredesavoirs@gmail.com ou par téléphone au 07 62 73 16 04.
Shortly about the project:
“Think Human!” is a 3 stages project that will gather 24 youth workers in order to offer them tools and the capacity to deal with the social dimensions of what we call Refugees crises. Coming from 12 different countries (Egypt, Jordan,Turkey, Greece, FYROM, Hungary, Germany, France, Sweden, Latvia, Ukraine and Georgia)  participants will have a holistic approach of the refugees crises and the related policies so to be able to produce actions and activities for the better integration of refugees and migrants back to their communities.
Our project will cover different types of conflicts and in different settings and consequently ways of transforming conflicts by non-violent actions for post-conflict/post-disaster rehabilitation actions and better integration of refugees . The emphasize is placed on foster a constructive debate on recent conflicts in Europe according to the refugees crises and in cooperation with the youth field to try to face the challenges.
This is done by promoting non-violent approaches leading to actions on peace-building in a society level between the refugees and the locals. Moreover, young leaders will discuss the significant role of youth participation in grass-root peace-building initiatives.
The trainers and invited experts will share practical and theoretical knowledge on the topics, through plenary sessions, discussions, workshops, creativity sessions, inter-cultural & interactive exercises and other non-formal educational methods. Essential throughout the TC is the input and experience sharing from participants.
“Think Human” is the natural reply of 12 HR organizations to the challenges that European society is facing related to the refuges crisis. Europe is becoming less and less safe place to live. Much of the violence is based at prejudices against refugees, which affects young people in our society and increase xenophobia. “Think Human” promotes the Human Dimension of every Human being! Europeans, non Europeans, of any color and gender, any country, refugees or not, we are all Humans! Above anything else!
Young people have the power to break prejudice, promote non–violent actions and become ambassadors of peace and justice for every human. We decided to promote this project because different forms of conflicts are often closely interrelated, young people affected by conflicts whether on international, national or on local level very often develop xenophobic and racist attitudes that can lead to aggressions and violence towards other ethnicities, people of other nationalities, or just any type of minorities – especially refugees.
Simply, chauvinism, racism and discrimination combined with violence and life threatening acts towards minority groups create the need to look for effective strategies to address issues of conflict and violence among young people. “Think Human” includes 3 stages, training course, seminar and evaluation meeting.
The places are selected to enrich not only the project learning experience in matters of learning outcomes but the emotional learning as well. We will follow the route of refugees within Greece!! Starting with the training course at Mytilene 17-23/04/2017, continue with the seminar in Athens 11-16/06/2017 and finish with the evaluation meeting at the Greek-FYROM borders at Idomeni / Kilkis13-18/09/2017. In each place will be targeted visits and meetings with experts of the topic.
The project aims to develop new initiatives and strategies for youth inclusion and active involvement of young people in projects dealing with conflicts on international, national and local level promoting the integration of refugees. This project is dedicated to the promotion of non-violent actions and the development of peaceful social inclusion initiatives for refugees.
The background of the project outline is constituted by existing regional conflicts in  South Eastern Europe, Mediterranean Partner Countries  and Eastern Europe and Caucasus countries and the increasing tensions within many EU countries in regards to nationalism and racism. Tensions that affect directly the EU refugees policy.
As a result, the projects aims to develop new initiatives and strategies for youth refugees inclusion and active involvement of young people in projects dealing with conflicts on international, national and local level. Young people are playing a major role in the solution of existing conflicts and tensions between communities, and can take a leading function in promoting peace, establishing links between the conflict parties, and turning frozen conflicts into constructive dialogues by applying innovative methods all across Europe.

Lead The Future – European Training


European training Ι Social & Solidarity Economy Ι november 2016  Ι Lille

The “Lead For Future” Training Course took place from the 19th to the 27th of November 2016. The programme of this training course about Social & Solidarity Economy (SSE), included exchanges on situation at the European level and in differents countries, visit to local structures, project management and networking.

The idea of this training  was to gather European youth actors, volunteers, entrepreneurs to speak about SSE and build collective project in team. It looks simple like that but it’s not. First, we had to agree about what SSE and introduced it because we had differents understandings for the same topics and some didn’t really know the basic principle.

After a day of introduction and exchanges, we started working. The participants from Poland, Germany, Italy, England and France get to know each other quite well which avoided a diplomatic conflict between nationalities and allow us to work together no matter the country we were from. In the afternoon the participants gathered according to their interest to set up working groups. In the evening, the City of Lille welcomed us, with few words from Marie-Pierre Bresson, Lille City Councellor on International Relations, as they were partner of this training.

On Tuesday and Wednesday’s morning, the group went to visit local structures that focused on SSE (la tente des glaneurs, a social and solidarity grocery store called la passerelle, NASDAQ, ENERCOOP, GECO, Les Blongions…). It was really interesting visits that gave many ideas to some participants for specific projects. The afternoons, they worked on their projects.

There were 6 groups working on differents projects : an urban farm, a youth center, an energy self-sufficient community, citizen workshops, a social inclusion association and an outdoors cultural place.

The Thursday morning, we refined the projects and the afternoon we had to think how to present it on a public event the next day. In the evening, the intercultural evening took place; the participants could bring with them foods and/or drinks to share it with everybody. For the french team, we made them try small typical stuff from our region (cheese, “saucisson”…)

The Friday, the morning was free for everybody. It was more or less hard for everyone to be fit. Some of them ended up the night really early (I mean at 4 A.M) and some presentations weren’t totally prepared.

At about 2h30 PM, the public presentation could begin; the jury was here and the presentations ready. After few words of Christiane Bouchart, the Lille City Councillor on SSE and an introduction by Kenneth Guiguer, the groups started to present their project. It should last  about 10 minutes but in some case (I mean for everyone) it lasted 20 minutes. So we were kind of late. But we can’t really predict this kind of thing as people were really enthousiasts about interesting projects.

The evening, we ate at a restaurant to celebrate it. And after the dinner some people prefered going “home” and some in bars (which is I think the best cure for insomnia…)

The next day, we were, I guess, quite tired of this week, really full of stuff (and emotion I guess – I’m not pointing someone – but I’m not Big Brother so I’m not aware of everything. Yet…). Then, we made a introduction about the Erasmus + programme and the non-formal education. We exchanged and evaluated this week and mentioned future meetings. Then we had a free time until 7h30 PM to eat at a restaurant. Some people went on a walk in Lille, some to rest at the Hostel (What about me? Well walking in a city crowded with sheep, humm… I mean people who bought stuff because of the Black Friday I went ASAP home).

At the restaurant, we gave the participants their Youth Pass diploma and a gift after a copious dinner. For the last evening participants and the presents trainers went to some bars (What about me again? I say farewell and went home you know like the stereotypical cowboy who ride to the setting sun).

In short, it was a really nice week but really tiring because of lot of discussions on specific topics (in English, obviously). For the whole crew, this week gone well and they went home enthousiastics to develop SSE projects, with a new network and amazed by Lille. Appointement is given for the next year in Leeds or Torino ?

Hugo Triffault, Civic Service

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Art for your Future 2016 – European Training

European Training Ι non-formal Education , artistic practices Ι Novembre 2016  Ι Marchiennes

The Art for the Future Training Course took place from the 15th to the 23th  of October and was about non formal education through visual arts. The program included discussion about professional experiences and artistic workshops: photography, graphical art and video.

Based on a theme, the mobility, the participants had to use visual arts to talk about it.

But what is the point of this training ? In fact, participants came from differents places in Europe. They were 28 Youth workers, volunteers, Youngsters … from Romania, Latvia, France, Italy, Greece, Spain & Slovenia. They all had a different ages, came from different backgrounds, etc. Then, it became interesting, how should we work together with so many different persons that speak different languages ?

To start, the two first days we played some games to introduce ourselves and to know each others a little more. And this worked very well.

About the language barrier, almost everybody spoke english, with exceptions but we always succeed in understanding each other using another language, patient translators, hands and smiles…

How workshops took place ?

As already mentionned, there were three workshops (half day) for three days. The participants could choose quickly in which workshops they wanted to be.

The workshops explanations were made a day before with the rest of the week program in order to give a chance to everyone, to discover every technics.

In video, photography and visual art, three professional trainers led their own workshops. As experts, they taught the participants the technics and process used during the workshops. And they collectively created photo, video, draws… Whether it was technics about green screen, stop-motion, light graph, pinhold or imaginary maps everythings was explained to allow participants to used what they learned, back in their homeland.

But the real strength of the group didn’t took place during the workshops also. Indeed, the mealtimes allowed people to get closer outside work hours. Some events also happened at the end of the evening. One was called the french night and the other one was called intercultural exchanges where the participants could taste traditionnal products from differents countries. And indeed some, others evenst happened but were less formal.

All of these events led some people to oversleep and led to some romances (proof that integration worked very well).

After three days of workshops, we organized an exhibition, the ultimate achievement of all this work.

We had to think about the way to design the youth hostel where we were living, in an exhibition place. Some rooms were totally changed, some less but in general all the living space was set in a special way.

The exhibition took place – and I won’t say anything about the number of visitors who saw it in order to avoid decreasing the prestige of all the project – and we received good critics.

Proud of a hard but interesting work and after a week spend together, we discussed about what we expected during this training, our fears and the best moments we had together. In general everything was fine, some people cried (real men don’t cry!) because we knew that the training was almost over.

The last evening was nice even if shorter than the previous one due to the early bus on Sunday morning to go back to Lille.

So on the morning in Lille, some took the train, others the bus to go back home. For sure, saying goodbye was memorable (again some people cried but I won’t make any comments about it otherwise people will call me horrible person).

Anyway, if someone asked me to participate to another kind of this experience, definitly I would say yes.

Hugo Triffault, civic service