2018

PROJECTS IN REALISATION

“MyEU. Youth in the move Portal to active citizenship of the European Union.

Short description:
The main problem the project addresses is
low level of engagement and democratic participation of the mobile European Union citizens in the political, civic and democratic life of their host EU countries. This problem is especially relevant for the young people, the youth.
The main target group of the project activities will be the youth (18 – 35 years old) already mobile or planning mobility (living/studying/working/volunteering/getting training) abroad.

The project activities will focus on 3 sub-groups of the youth:
1. Youth in vocational training and vocational counseling in their host countries;

2. Youth planning to work/working in another Member State than their country of origin - job mobility of the youth;
3. Youth who could use/use the opportunities to volunteer abroad in order to upgrade and develop their transversal and soft skills (such as group work, communication skills, motivation) that will then help them to find their place in the job market. Volunteering, taking often part in civil society organizations (NGOs) fosters social & political life activity.

As the research shows, that taking part in a mobility abroad helps young people to find their place on the job market. People who experienced living abroad are, in general, also more open, more tolerant, more self-confident and see more benefits of living in wider Europe. This often leads to increased activity in the social, cultural and political life both at local and European level.
The general objective of the MyEU project is to increase the level of engagement and democratic participation of theEuropean Union citizens, especially the youth, in the political, civic and democratic life of their host EU countriesthrough promoting opportunities, ways, tools and benefits for active democratic participation.

Period of realisation: January 2018 – June 2020.

Partners:
Fundacja Alternatywnych Inicjatyw Edukacyjnych (PL) www.fundacjaaie.eu (Lider)
Cooperativa Sociale COOSS MARCHE ONLUS scpa (IT) http://www.cooss.it/it/
Magyar Nepfoiskolai Tarsasag (HU) www.nepfoiskola.hu

Co-financing: Rights, Equality, Citizenship Programme of the European Union (2014 – 2020).

 

 

2017

PROJECTS IN REALISATION

Bridging social capital by participatory and co-creative culture” (Project acronym: BRIDGING)

Short description:
The decline of trust the last decade is one of the central challenges of our societies. Several surveys by UN, OECD, EU and others indicate that the declining trust refers not only to the usual suspects as governments, companies and mainstream media, but also to NGOs and even more concerning to an increased distrust of other people.

Trust is the fundamental element of social capital in a country, and the World Development Report (2013) shows that countries, where people are more likely to trust others, are also countries where there is less violence and more political stability, accountability and stronger economic growth.  Furthermore, trustful social relations are essential for happiness. The World Happiness Report (2012) indicates trust as one of the major reasons that some countries are happier than others. 

Trust among fellow citizens is also essential for the subjective well-being or Quality of Life.

Without trust, institutions don’t work, societies falter and people lose faith in each other. Here, we think, the European sector of participatory culture (amateur arts, voluntary culture and heritage) can make a difference. This sector is, next to amateur sport, the largest civil society sector in the EU member states, and it has in the last decade been the civil society area with the highest rate of expansion in members and new associations. A vast number of voluntary and paid staff and artists are employed in a myriad of associations to provide arts and culture based activities for about 38 pct of the peoples in the member states (Eurobarometer 399, November 2013).

However, the voluntary arts and culture associations could strengthen their societal engagement. Especially in these times, the learning providers in this sector should prioritise new initiatives that can help to counter the current decline of the cohesiveness and mutual trust in our communities.

The overall aim to bridge social capital and to promote inclusion, cohesion and trust by strengthening the participatory and co-creative culture activities in the European sector of amateur arts, voluntary culture and heritage.

Period of realization: September 2017 – August 2018

Project partners:
Kulturelle Samrad i Danmark (DK), www.kulturellesamraad.dk(Coordinator)
Interfolk, Institut for Civilsamfund (DK), www.interfolk.dk
Voluntary Arts Network (UK), www.voluntaryarts.org
Fundacja Alternatywnych Inicjatyw Edukacyjnych (PL), www.fundacjaaie.eu
EDUCULT - Denken und Handeln im Kulturbereich Verein (AT), www.educult.at
Lietuvos Pilių ir Dvarų Asociacija (LT), www.dvarai.lt
Javni sklad RS za kulturne dejavnosti (SI), www.jskd.si
St.Landelijk Kennisinstituut Cultuureducatie en Amateurkunst (NL), www.lkca.nl

Co-financing: Erasmus Plus, KA2 Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices, Strategic Partnerships for adult education.

 

“EDU-DESIGN. Education for designing the future”.

The project is devoted, this time, to the FAIE’s staff professional development.

The general aim of the project is learning various models and forms of life-long-learning organising and supporting being realised successfully by the Partner organisations, in the field of non-vocational, non-formal adult education. Our staff will go to the Partner organisations in Hungary, Italy and Cyprus to job-shadow, consult and get training – in order to work more effectively for the benefit of the Polish NGOs and all active leaders in their communities.

Partners:

Magyar Nepfoiskolai Tarsasag, Węgry: http://www.nepfoiskola.hu/

Cooperativa Sociale COOSS MARCHE ONLUS scpa, Włochy:http://www.cooss.it/it/

Future worlds Centre, Cypr: http://www.futureworldscenter.org/

Period of realisation: August 2016 - November 2017.

Co-financing: Erasmus Plus, KA1 – Learning Mobility – Adult education staff mobility of the Erasmus+ Programme for the years 2014 – 2020.

 

 

2014

PROJECTS IN REALIZATION

"It is worth preparing!"  Training sessions initiated in connection with beginning of the new EU 2014 - 2020 financial perspective and new grant-programmes as well as new editions of the national, international and provate grant-programmes.  

Training sessions entitled „European Union funds for the years 2014 – 2020. Sources of co-financing educational, cultural and social activities ant the methodology of developing project proposals” are being realized cyclically on the South of Poland, beginning form February 2014.  

The goal of the trainings is:

To prepare participants to successful planning and developing projects, in the frame of the new EU perspective as well as national and private grant programmes, through teaching comprehensive and coherent information on opportunities and rules to acquire co-financing for project realization.

The trainings are adressed for:

1. Board members, workers, co-workers and volunteers of the non-governmental organizations;

2. Owners and workers of the micro-, small and medium enterprises;

3. Workers of the local government sector;

4. Other persons interested in planning, writing and realizing projects and applying for project grants.  

Information about the current trainings together with the application form and the detailed description of the training programme are here: http://www.fundacjaaie.eu/index.php
 

Field research: artistic, professional and un-professional craftmanship

The field research to supplement a list of local professional and non-professional folk artists, craftsmen, developing applied arts of high artistic, aesthetic and quality value in use is being continued. 

 

PROJECTS REALIZED

“We know what we want. The academy of international projects implementers Poland – South”

The project realization was successfully closed the day of December 31st 2013.
On the subject of international projects planning, developing and realizing we have trained the members, co-operants, workers and volunteers of 34 non-governmental organizations from 3 provinces on the south of Poland: the Śląskie, Małopolskie and Podkarpackie Provinces.

During the advisory sessions there were 9 concepts of international projects developed. There were 16 persons, representing 11 organizations, participating in these sessions.

We have also recorded 14 „Knowledge Pills” containing tips on how to approach to the biggest challenges at international projects realization (you may see them here: http://www.pl-pd.wiemyczegochcemy.pl/pigulki-wiedzy).

What is more – we have implemented and tested a pilotage trainee programme preparing the trainee to  work as a medium-size project assistant. Our trainee was great, we hope to cooperate at our next projects. The trainee programme will be continued.

 

2013

PROJECTS IN REALIZATION

“We know what we want. The academy of international projects implementers Poland – South”

Project aimed at supporting non – governmental organizations (NGOs) at planning, writing and realizing international projects.

International projects realization is a challenge, still – from the other side – it gives many benefits: it is possible to keep the continuity of the activities realized, it is possible to keep the work places and creating new ones. Thanks to international contacts the level of innovation in the organization rises. You gain new inspiration, you get the access to the world’s best practices, you may exchange thoughts, methods of work, experiences. Your offer for your clients is wider and richer. Your workers, co – workers, volunteers gain great opportunity to upgrade qualifications, rise competences – to vocational development and self – development. This gives them better opportunities on the open job market. Your organization grows and become more professional.

The project is directed to workers, members, co – workers and volunteers of 30 NGOs from the Śląskie, Małopolskie and Podkarpackie Provinces.

In the frame of the project there will be workshops on planning, acquiring co-financing, writing and realising of the international projects. We will show the opportunities that NGOs have to finance their international activities and we will show advantages (and disadvantages) of such activities. We will outline how to find and how to build cooperation with an international partner (partners). We will teach how to plan projects that could be successfully implemented, how to write a project proposal to get co-financing. This is especially important in the context of the new EU financial perspective for the years 2014 – 2020.

Next – we will offer possibility to take part in advisory sessions. During the advisory process a full, complete international project proposal will be created – ready to use for preparing an application for the specific call for proposals.

There will be 2 levels of training groups offered – for the beginners and for persons who already have experience at projects realization. If an organization will be accepted for the advisory stage -  it will also obtain a list of grants available for it in line with the goals of the organization’s statue activities and its development plans. We will also develop some “knowledge pills” together – presenting tips on how to approach the biggest challenges of international projects creating and realizing.

Time of realization: May 2013 – December 2013
Area of the project realization: Śląskie Province, Małopolskie Province and Podkarpackie Province
Number of participants: 30 NGOs; 60 persons
Budget: 98 328,14 PLN (22 696 EUR)
Co - financing: The Government Programme Civic Initiatives Fund 2009 – 2013
WWW: http://www.pl-pd.wiemyczegochcemy.pl/

 

Artistic NGOs we cooperated with this year

Stowarzyszeniem Miłośników Sztuki: Association of craftsmen, artistic handicrafts makers, http://www.sms-jaworze.pl/

Fundacja „Grey House Szara Kamienica”: Foundation  running a contemporary art gallery and supporting young artists, http://www.szarakamienica.pl/en/grey-house/

 

Field research: artistic, professional and un-professional craftmanship

We have continued the field research to supplement a list of local professional and non-professional folk artists, craftsmen, developing applied arts of high artistic, aesthetic and quality value in use. This year we were especially interested in ceramics (vessels, lamps, decorations and even glaze!) as well as jewellery made from natural materials like stones, flax and felt.
We have also continue to prepare a guide for alternative culture places in the region.

 

PROJECTS REALIZED

"Passport of an active senior”

The project was closed the day June 28th 2013.

There were 160 training hours organized in the frame of the 4 thematic areas + the workshops on the basics of using computer and Internet.
There were 57 persons participating in the project actively; most of the participants took part in more than one course – so the final attendance level reached 95 persons.

We do hope that the participants have “hooked”, or refreshed, the need for life – long – learning and that they will be participating in other courses offered in the future.

 

2012

PROJECTS IN REALIZATION

"Passport of an active senior”

The project is aimed at widening an offer of educational courses directed to seniors and organized according to the educational needs of this group. The goal of the project also is to promote
life – long – learning.
In the frame of the project we offer free courses for persons in the age 60+. We offer 4 subjects of courses: English lessons lead using the studiecirkel method;  Consumer's rights and patient's rights workshops; Safe saving and investing workshops and Travelling and planning travels with use of Internet tools.

Time of realization: November 2012 – June 2013
Area of the project realization:Southern sub – region of the Śląskie Province
Number of participants: 60 persons in the age 60+
Budget: 62 870.12PLN (14 397 EUR)
Co – financing: The Governmental Program of Social Activity of the Seniors 2012 – 2013
WWW: http://www.paszport60.fundacjaaie.eu/

 

Artistic NGOs we cooperated with this year

Rudzkie Stowarzyszenie Inicjatyw Niebanalnych In-nI: Association leading local Cultural Centre in Ruda Śląska, specializing in film (http://in-ni.pl/).
 

Field research: artistic, professional and un-professional craftmanship

We have continued the field research to supplement a list of local professional and non-professional folk artists, craftsmen, developing applied arts of high artistic, aesthetic and quality value in use. We have already gathered about 30 artists of arts such as lace making, wickerwork, embroidery, wood-carving, smithery, wooden toys making and stained-glass making. We have established contacts with several craftsmen associations. We regularly participate in craftsmanship fairs in the South of Poland. This is our preparation for some planned projects aimed at handicraft promoting, promoting traditional techniques of manufacturing goods as an important element of the cultural heritage. We want to promote artistic creation – also done by non-professional artists – among others to encourage people to surround themselves by beautiful objects. So we could live in nicer, more aesthetic environment.
We have also continue to prepare a guide for alternative culture places in the region.

 

PROJECTS REALIZED

“We know what we want. Driving license for international projects for the Silesian NGOs”

The project was an answer for the need of upgrading knowledge and skills in the field of international projects planning and realizing. The overall objective of the project was to increase the number of international projects applications from the Silesian Province accepted for realization (and co-financed).

In the frame of the project we trained the staff of 12 Silesian NGOs (22 persons) at knowledge and skills on planning, preparing and realizing international projects. Seven of the NGOs took then part in advisory sessions. The goal of the advisory sessions is to prepare complete proposals of international, partnership projects as well as finding a proper international partner for the project realization

Time of realization: June 2012 – December 2012
Area of the project realization: Śląskie Province
Number of participants: 12 NGOs; 22 persons
Budget: 35 181.46 PLN (8 121 EUR)
Co - financing: The Government Programme Civic Initiatives Fund 2009 – 2013
WWW: http://www.wiemyczegochcemy.pl/

 

2011

PROJECTS IN REALIZATION

Field research: artistic, professional and un-professional craftmanship

We have begun the field research to create a list of local professional and non-professional folk artists, craftsmen, developing applied arts of high artistic, aesthetic and quality value in use.  We search for artists of arts such as lace making, wickerwork, embroidery, wood-carving, smithery and stained-glass making. We have established contacts with several craftsmen associations. We regularly participate in craftsmanship fairs in the South of Poland. This is our preparation for some planned projects aimed at handicraft promoting, promoting traditional techniques of manufacturing goods as an important element of the cultural heritage. We want to promote artistic creation – also done by non-professional artists – among others to encourage people to surround themselves by beautiful objects. So we could live in nicer, more aesthetic environment.
We have also started to prepare a guide for alternative culture places in the region.

 

PROJECTS REALIZED

„English Garden Party”

Language seminars for adults, lead with the use of the Swedish „studiecirkel” metgod.

We have invited persons in the age 18+, who already know the basis of English language (A1/A2 level) and who would need to practice using the language in everyday situations. We searched for persons ready to participate actively in the seminars and to co- create their content.

We proposed 10 pilot – meetings, 90 minutes long, for maximum 7 participants. It works very well!