STEP (Sustainable and Transformative Education for Participation in democratic life - STEP Forward)

Current Projects


Open Call for establishing a Working Group in Greece

We are looking for 2 young people located in Greece, interested in the project’s activities and concept of sustainability to create the STEP's local working group.
The members of the working group will meet regularly (face-to-face or virtually) to investigate, examine and participate in different concepts of sustainability and relevant initiatives.
In specific, they will:
- Develop skills of cooperation and sense of initiative;
- Participate in STEP’s projects communication and dissemination activities;
- Identify and promote interesting initiatives in Greece that follow the values of Sustainability;
- Select useful material of non-formal learning activities related to Sustainability;
- Organise and implement small scaling events to present relevant activities and STEP’s results.
The members of the working group will have priority in the selection of participants for the foreseen mobility activities.

To apply follow this link

Deadline for applications: 10 January 2018

For more questions and other details, please, write to Amerissa at: giannouli@interaliaproject.com

STEP (Sustainable and Transformative Education for Participation in democratic life - STEP Forward)

Co-financed by the European Commission: ERASMUS+, Key Action 2: Capacity Building in the field of youth
Project Number: 589950-EPP-1-2017-1-EL-EPPKA2-CBY-ACPALA
Duration: November 2017 - March 2019

Project Partners
• Inter Alia (Coordinator) - Athens, Greece
• Solidarites Jeunesses Vietnam (Partner) - Hanoi, Vietnam
• Sedavp Ghana (Partner) - Tamale, Ghana
• Asociacion Projuven (Partner) - Malaga, Spain
• Brigada de Voluntarios Bolivarianos del Peru (Partner) - Lima, Peru
• Resource Hub for Development (Partner) - Nairobi, Kenya
• Xeracion Valencia (Partner) Gandia, Spain

STEP links active citizenship to formal education by drawing attention to the values of sustainability (ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, SOCIAL JUSTICE) and integrating them to non-formal education activities.

STEP aims at promoting the application of active and participatory education through experiential activities and solution-oriented educational approach. By exploring alternative community models, social and ecological initiatives the project uses information and resources to design a new educational module with the scope to integrate these in the formal education system.

The specific objectives of the STEP project are:
- Introducing an inclusive definition of Sustainability;
- Raising awareness about social and environmental initiatives; alternative economic models; new forms of cooperation and civic participation to youth;
- Cultivating and promoting transformative, experiential and non-formal learning and its specific applications;
- Fostering critical thinking and democratic education.

In order to achieve the project’s objectives the activities include:

-    1 Training Course on Sustainability and Community Building;
Participants will learn about the basic concept of sustainability; understand the role of community building and be able to map and describe particular socio-ecological and economic initiatives around the world; develop skills and competencies on creating their own non-formal educational methods; and enhance cross-cultural understanding.
-    6 Job Shadowing activities, the design of an educational module which will incorporate issues of democracy, civic participation and sustainability in a non-formal education format combining experiences from Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America;
The international working groups of participants will collect information for presenting the experiences of sustainability cases from their Job Shadowings mentioning their benefits for the community; the challenges and opportunities in a non-formal format that will be included in an educational module.
-    1 Training Course in the form of a Winter School to present and apply the module to youth workers and other professionals of the education sector interested in Sustainability and alternatives to the formal educational system;
The module will introduce basic concepts of sustainable communities (how do they work, how could they be applied, their benefits and costs) and democracy, as well as, tools for civic participation and volunteerism, non-formal education methods. The Winter School aims to enhance the capacities and knowledge of the participants to educate young people, organize local events and also train other practitioners to apply the same and other similar methodologies.
-    7 local events for advocating towards sustainability and participatory education with the promotion of the module to the local communities

The purpose of the local events is to communicate and experiment on the produced amount of information to the different community actors (policy makers, teachers, professors, students, youth workers) in order to influence their work activities and materials that are already using for their work.

STEP target group refers to educators, youth workers, researchers, project managers, youth organisations, young people, local communities and the EU.

Follow STEP’s Facebook page HERE

To get involved in STEP’s activities please contact Amerissa at giannouli@interaliaproject.com

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