Building Solidarity for Tomorrow: Dynamo International at the 58th Europa Forum of the Lions Club International
From 6 to 8 September 2012, Dynamo International took part in the 58th Europa Forum of the Lions Clubs International in Brussels. The event aimed at building European networks of solidarity, strengthening the links with the European Union as well as developing the participants’ professional skills.
Under the theme “Building Solidarity for Tomorrow”, around 2000 people attended the official opening ceremony. The event was honored by the presence of Her Royal Highness the Princess Astrid of Belgium, who we had the privilege to meet as she showed a special interest in Dynamo International’s work (photos available here).
Prominent speakers took the floor, including the European Commissioner Ms. Kristalina Georgieva, the Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium Ms. Laurette Onkelinx and Mrs. Margarita Barroso.
Ms. Onkelinx in particular made outstanding statements of support to Dynamo International. She stressed the invaluable role that street workers play in building social cohesion and sustainable development (video of Ms Onkelinx’s speech here).
The activities of the International Network of Street Workers were presented there by Edwin de Boevé, director of Dynamo International, together with Antoine Ketilkila Mbala who talked about the activities of the Supporting Committee for Street Work (CATSR) in Africa. A stand allowed participants to learn more about street work and its specificities.
For 25 years, the Lionism has been supporting the street work. To know more about this longstanding collaboration: letter of Bertrand Schiltz, Lions Club Bruxelles Centenaire.
Press release available here.
For more information, Europa Forum website
Roma People, Street Work and EU policies: what’s next?
We would like to thank all people who participated in our conference on “Roma People, Street Work and EU policies” at the European Parliament on 16 October.
Dynamo International and its partner organisations La Rupe (Italy), ARSIS(Greece) and European Alternatives (Romania) were much pleased to count on the presence of high-level speakers and enthusiastic participants.That made it a successful event and motivates us to keep on working towards the actual inclusion of Roma people in the European Union and beyond.
We hope that this is the beginning of a fruitful and long-term partnership between the different actors engaged at all levels. We believe that multilevel, cross-sector cooperation by engaging Roma people directly is the key for change.
Here you find some key material on the conference:
Final report of the “Street Work and Roma People” project
Press release on the event
Briefing note on Dynamo International’s positionon street work with Roma populations
Policy analysis on the video-reportage on Roma people in Serbia
A video will be also available online shortly.
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Street work Training Institute _ Workshop # 3 _ Social marketing
The Street work Training Instituteis organising its third and last workshop of 2012. This training session will be held in Lisbon from 17 to 21 December. The topic, little-known and intriguing, arouses curiosity and sometimes suspicion, owing to its apparent ambivalence: Social marketing. In any case, participation is already a successas registration is practically complete, with 8 European and 8 African participants enrolled at the moment. The working languages will be French and English and the trainer, Jan Schellekens, is from the Netherlands, where this methodology applied to street social work has already been up and running for several decades.
Street social workers speak out against homeless children being turned away from shelters
In New York City, street social workers highlight the dysfunctions in their systems and the disgraceful lack of appreciation for their knowledge and experience amongst government employees. In particular, they draw attention to the invisibility of unaccompanied young people under 18 years’ old within policy and service structures, the result of which is that they are systematically turned away from shelters and public assistance programmes.
This echoes the experience of street social workers in the United Kingdom who have helped support the young people affected by child sexual exploitation. On26 September, a report was published on this issue(http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-19739073). The reportreveals that social services had shown concern about the issue but disregards the well-being of older young people (supposedly consenting, adopting the "lifestyle" of prostitution).
There are other parallels between the United States of America and the United Kingdom; falsification of statistics in something endemic, exacerbated by performance.
This iswhya cooperationexistsbetween the USA/United Kingdom, as well as on an international level.The aim is to get involved in programmes and international networks in order to share results and expertise to make services to homelessyoung people effective.
By Graeme Tiffany, United Kingdom
To read the full article, click here
Poland: when street work helps to socially engage excluded children
Street worker from the Help for children association from Rybnik-Boguszowice "17"
Since 2007, the Help for Children Association from Rybnik-Boguszowice "17" in Silesia (Poland) has expanded its activities through street work. All efforts are to counter the negative factors that lead to children’s social exclusion.
Silesia is an industrial region with a specific character, where a rather significant number of children spend their free time in the street. Street workers aim to socially engage these children and teenagers through different activities and events in the streets, but also through educational projects in small groups.
These activities were carried out in the districts of Rybnik, ever since the programme began. As of 2011, two extra towns (Niewiadom and Niedobczyce) are also benefitting from the street programme. At present, the street workers from the Help for children association from Rybnik-Boguszowice attest to the benefits of pursuing their "socialising" goal and intend to keep working towards it. Document.
By Kinga Szulik
THIS WAY Project: Euro 2012 against a background of urban art
As you are all aware, the latest European football championships (Euro 2012) were held in Poland and Ukraine. The high price of tickets meant that it was not accessible to everybody. That is why the "THIS WAY" project focused on the young people from these two cities (Kiev and Warsaw) who did not have a chance to take part in this event other than watching the match on television.
"THIS WAY" focused on urban art; an artistic form that expresses the voice of the local community. Whilst emphasising the international and social dimension of the Euro, the project aimed to help young people discover the different forms and techniques of street art. Since February they have carried out their own project, in collaboration with street artists: painting large frescoes in open public spaces in the city – on the walls of buildings in their local district.
This experience meant that Polish children from Warsaw had the opportunity to paint a fresco in Kiev, and then to host a group of teenagers from Kiev. This was a really great experience: travelling abroad, seeing another way of life, visiting the city, meeting other teenagers at the same time as discovering urban art and through it reclaiming their city.
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By Andrzej Orlowski - street worker from GPAS Prague
Validation of Informal Learning in Mobility Actions
The Harvest Project(projet vendanges)by the Institut Communal Professionnelof Polders
Do we know enough about and do we effectively assess the impact of youth mobility experiences, which are becoming more and more numerous?
The European Quality Charter for Mobility emphasises recognition, evaluation and certification for informal (as well as formal) learning acquired through mobility.
This learning features: empowerment, flexibility, self-esteem, attitudes to other groups or improvement of "soft" skills.
The European VILMA project aims to assess and evidence the development of competences by participating in transnational mobility actions; such as Youth in Action. Three aspects are considered: cognitive, activity-related and affective.
The target groups of the project are: stakeholders in mobility actions, trainers and staff involved in European, bilateral and other kinds of mobility actions.
A pilot project for skills validation is being conducted with students from ICPP,in Uccle-Brussels, that take a class trip to France for the grape harvest every year.
By Esther Gelabert, BELIES Consulting
To seethe full article, clickhere
Website on informal learning in mobility actions
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