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Outdoor Vertigo

Children and youth Completed
2014-04-01 - 2016-04-29
378 924,03 PLN
314 684,04 PLN
hate speech
Project description
Research conducted by TWIKS in the West Pomerania Province shows socially vulnerable adults aged 18-25 are not willing to gain new experience or develop. This problem is especially visible in physically or socially degraded neighbourhoods of Szczecin, the region's largest city.
The Ministry of National Education published a report in 2010 which claims that 52 per cent of Polish students admit they had never or nearly never been expected to learn by doing. In contrast, the average percentage of such replies is only 37 in OECD countries. Therefore, more learning-by-doing provision is vitally needed, which is particularly important in educating socially vulnerable youth. Outdoor activities rely on voluntary initiatives in the natural settings create opportunities for participants to jointly address and solve issues and strive for a common objective. Young people were often pulled out of their comfort zone during these activities, which helps them work through established behaviour patterns.
The project aimed at increasing the level of community involvement among socially vulnerable youth from several neighbourhoods in Szczecin.
During the project, a group of 36 young people threatened by social exclusion took part in workshops and got involved in local community initiatives in Szczecin, including projects to fight hate speech.
A model was developed for education in socially vulnerable youth groups. Twenty-four youth workers were trained to use the model. Project participants put up street performances, developed a fan page and a video spot against hate speech.
Project beneficiaries included youth aged 18-25 in disadvantaged communities in Szczecin.
The foreign partner, Borge Skole Before and After School Activities Department from Norway, was responsible for training youth workers. It also contributed to the design of the education model. The domestic partner, Informal Education Centre - Human Development Association from Czarnocin, was involved in promotional activities and the recruitment of participants. It also contributed to designing and delivering the outdoor activities.
We use the grant for capacity building