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EMPOWERING YOUTH THROUGH KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS : STRENGTHENING YOUTH RESOURCE CENTER AT CHANDIO GOTH HYDERABAD

THE PROJECT ENHANCED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS OF COMPUTER AND AWARENESS ON SOCIAL ISSUES

1. Sommario progetto
Sommario: 

I SURVEYED TEH YOUTH IN THE AREA , I FELT THAT THERE IS NEED TO START A PROGRAM FOR YOUTH IN THE AREA FOR MAKING THEM EFFECTIVE CITIZENS OF SOCIETY . THE IDEA WAS DEVELOPED BY ME AND I SHARED WITH THE ORGANIZATION AND I DREW THE INITIAL PROJECT ACTIVITIES AND GOALS AND THAN ORGANIZATION APPROACHED TO A DONOR FOR SEED GRANT TO IMPLEMENT THIS PROJECT IN ACTION AND I MANAGED PROJECT ACTIVITIES SUCCESSFULLY. THE PROJECT STRENGTHENING YOUTH RESOURCE CENTER WAS 7 MONTHS LONG THE PROJECT UNDERTAKEN FROM OCTOBER 2007 TO APRIL 2008 IN HYDERABAD DISTRICT OF SINDH PROVINCE OF PAKISTAN GOAL WAS TO MAKE YOUTH SKILLFUL, TRAINED AND AWARE ON COMPUTER, LIFE SKILLS AND OTHER SOCIAL PROBLEMS OF THE CHANDIO GOTH [VILLAGE] AND ADJACENT UNPRIVILEGED SLUM AREAS OF QASIMABAD HYDERABAD SINDH PROVINCE PAKISTAN
THIS WAS AN INNOVATIVE PROGRAM AND HAD BEEN PREPARED BY YOUTH AND WAS COMPLETED SUCCESSFULLY.
STRATEGIC APPROACHES APPLIED
o ORGANIZING YOUTH INTO YOUTH GROUPS
o ESTABLISHMENT OF A PLATFORM FOR YOUTH TO GATHER THEM AND BUILD THEIR SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND CAPACITIES
o TRAINING AND KNOWLEDGE CENTER FOR THEIR DEVELOPMENT
o RESOURCE POOL OF TRAINED AND WELL AWARE YOUTH
MAJOR PROJECT ACHIEVEMENTS
o GIVING REGULAR SERVICES OF TRAINING, AWARENESS, CARRIER COUNSELING AND PLANNING WITH LIBRARY FACILITIES FACILITATED 758 MALE FEMALE YOUTH OF CHANDIO GOTH AND ADJACENT UNDERPRIVILEGED SLUMS AREAS BY YOUTH RESOURCE CENTER
o 04 MORE YOUTH GROUPS ARE FORMED AND ENGAGED INTO THE LOCAL LEVEL SOCIAL ACTIVITIES AND ARE WELL EQUIPPED AND SENSITIZED ON THE SOCIAL ISSUES/ PROBLEMS AND THEIR ROLE IN SOCIAL CHANGE PROCESS
o 30 POOR YOUTH ARE EQUIPPED WITH BASIC COMPUTER SKILLS AND ARE ABLE TO OPERATE MS WORD, EXCEL AND POWERPOINT AND PAINT PROGRAMS
o 31 YOUTH ARE EDUCATED ON RH PROBLEMS AND HIV/AIDS AND ARE TRANSFERRING ACQUIRED KNOWLEDGE TO OTHER FRIENDS
o YOUTH ARE GATHERING AT A UNITED PLATFORM OF YOUTH RESOURCE CENTER AND YRC BEEN RECOGNIZED AS INNOVATIVE CENTER OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF YOUTH IN THE AREA.
BENEFICIARIES BENEFITED
SERVICES NO OF BENEFICIARIES NO OF MALE YOUTHS NO OF FEMALE YOUTHS
LIBRARY UTILIZED BY 111 111 0
COMPUTER TRAINING 30 26 04
CARRIER COUNSELING/PLANNING 21 15 06
YOUTH CAPACITY BUILDING 16 08 08
CONSULTATION BY DOCTOR OF RH PROVIDED 31 31 0
02 THEATER PERFORMANCES 49 39 10
PUBLICATION DISSEMINATED 500 315 185
TOTAL BENEFICIARIES 758 545 213

2. Paese (Città / Regione)
Stato: 
Pakistan
Città: 
Hyderabad
3. Nome dell'organizzazione che presenta il progetto
Organizzazione: 
Sindh Community Foundation
4. Tipo di organizzazione
Scegli tipo: 
Associazione
5. Coordinatore del progetto
Nome e Cognome: 
Niaz Muhammad, Chandio
E-Mail: 
sindhfoundation@yahoo.com
7. Selezionate la categoria di appartenenza del vostro progetto
Youth Education Project. Select Project Users by age: 
Fino a 29 anni
Inserimento dei giovani nel mondo del lavoro: 
NOT Helping youth step in the job market
Creatività e Innovazione sociale: 
NOT in Creativity and Social Innovation
8. Da quando è funzionante il vostro progetto?
Da: 
01/10/2007
9. Obiettivi ed elementi di innovazione
Please explain the targets and the background of your project: 

Please Explain The Targets And The Background Of Your Project:
Project was implemented in Chandio Goth is located in Taluka Qasimabad of Hyderabad District, is a slum area. Most of the population is living with low socio-economic status and belongs poor class Youth of the area are the vulnerable group and near to risk of social evils. Keeping this situation in mind Sindh Community Foundation through its Youth Development Program intervened in the area and mobilized and organized them into groups in these meetings following problems were identified by the youth:
o Youth are fewer computers skilled and have no access to computer technology due to high fees structure
o Youth are engaged in social evils and involved in drug addictions
o Youth are less aware of social problems and also HIV/AIDS and RH
o Unavailability of recreational and education environment for youth
o Youth are less self confident and skillful
o Youth are not prepared for combating the modern and future challenges of globalization and poverty
This was an innovative program and had been prepared by youth and was completed successfully.

Project Beneficiaries Benefited/ Set Targets Achieved
Services No Of Beneficiaries No Of Male Youths No Of Female Youths
Library Utilized By 111 111 0
Computer Training 30 26 04
Carrier Counseling/Planning 21 15 06
Youth Capacity Building 16 08 08
Consultation By Doctor Of RH Provided 31 31 0
02 Theater Performances 49 39 10
Publication Disseminated 500 315 185
Total Beneficiaries 758 545 213

Come, e con quali mezzi cerca di raggiungere gli obiettivi prefissati: 

To achieve the set targets following strategies were applied and adopt for smoothly implementing of project :
Strategic approaches applied

o Organizing youth into Youth Groups and community mobilization
o Establishment of a Platform for youth to gather them and build their skills, knowledge and capacities
o Training and knowledge center for their development
o Resource pool of trained and well aware youth

Quali opportunità/problemi affronta: 

The project addressed the following problems :
o Youth are fewer computers skilled and have no access to computer technology due to high fees structure
o Youth are engaged in social evils and involved in drug addictions
o Youth are less aware of social problems and also HIV/AIDS and RH
o Unavailability of recreational and education environment for youth
o Youth are less self confident and skillful
o Youth are not prepared for combating the modern and future challenges of globalization and poverty

Challenges/ Lessons learn
o Process of youth group formation in 04 new areas, was the hard task so; interest of youth was attracted through involving local contacts of the area.
o Cultural and games events are must to be arranged for attracting the interest of youth towards social activism.
o Financial support of the poor youth in archiving their educational goal is necessary to be given in the form of examination fee, monthly fee, purchasing of dress, and books specially to girls
o Sustainability of computer center is a challenge because it does not earn sufficient income to sustain, organization has contacted different local philanthropists and donors to equip computer center with modern equipments and advance course so the computer center will attract the other youth of the area.
o Due to unavailability of female instructor only few girls could get computer education, others did not get admission due to gender constraints and social values of the area.

Please explain what is unique or special in your project: 

Such project had never been implemented in the area , it was integrated was addressing the key problems of youth in the area , it developed capacity of young people on various social issues to promotion social activism through groups formation and training , to provided low cost computer education , it provided platform to youth to be gathered at a unit place to discuss their expressions and getting counseling , library facilities at Youth Resource Center . The idea of Youth Resource Center is also innovative.

10. Risultati
Describe the results of your project as per today: 

o Giving regular services of training, awareness, carrier counseling and planning with library facilities facilitated 758 male female youth of Chandio Goth and adjacent underprivileged slums areas by Youth Resource Center
o 04 more Youth groups are formed and engaged into the local level social activities and are well equipped and sensitized on the social issues/ problems and their role in social change process
o 30 Poor youth are equipped with basic computer skills and are able to operate MS word, Excel and PowerPoint and paint programs
o 31 youth are educated on RH problems and HIV/AIDS and are transferring acquired knowledge to other friends
o Youth are gathering at a united platform of Youth Resource Center and YRC been recognized as innovative center of the development of youth in the area.

In che misura risponde ai bisogni degli utenti: 

The project fulfills the user's need through provision of following services:
• Group formation and facilitation of youth groups
• Training and capacity building of Youth through Youth Capacity Building Program a set of trainings on : Confidence Building ,arrier Planning ,uman rights , nder Equality, life skills and HIV/AIDS and RH, Environmental awareness
• Awareness on RH problems and HIV/AIDS
• Carrier counselingssessions
• Provision of low cost computer education
• Library services

Quanti utenti interagiscono con il progetto mensilmente e in quale modo: 

Per month 70 to 100 users are interacted each other at Youth Resource Center through following forms of interaction:
1. Library services
2. Capacity Building Capacity Building Program
3. Monthly Youth forum
4. Counseling sessions
5. Computer Education

Descrivete in quale modo il progetto contribuisce a migliorare l'educazione e la formazione dei giovani: 

The social education is being provided through monthly youth forums with youth and counseling for higher education and carrier planning s a part of education is being provided to the young male female students. Mr. Javed Hussain is trained on Carrier counseling, so provided his expertise in this regards so young people form different areas coming to the YRC to get job and carrier counseling. Monthly 3 days are allocated for counseling sessions. For the youth trainings youth capacity building program ahs been improved in its areas of subjects /issues previously in 1st Capacity Building Program it was comprised on 6 trainings and now has been increased on : 11 areas: Confidence Building : Carrier Planning , Human rights , Gender Equality, Life skills, HIV/AIDS and RH, Environmental awareness, Democracy and Good Governance , Globalization , Peace and Human security, Leadership skills . for that purpose the quality of trainings ahs been increased the training material is being developed on each area and experts and training are being approached to conduct training in effective and standard manner . Previous there was poor food and logistic arrangement die to lacking of funds , but now e are generating local funds for arranging trainings equipped with and appropriate logistics and food arrangement , pleasure an flexible training environment.

Descrivete in quale modo il progetto ha ottimizzato la partecipazione di professionisti, ragazzi, giovani o altri soggetti: 

The professionals are invited to partcitat and conduct forums and trainings for youth and this is opened for all professionals and youth as well. Youth and professional are welcomed to utilize the YRC for trainings and research purpose on youth issues. Youth are invited to participate the counselling sessions , trainings and monthly forums

Descrivete in quale modo il progetto favorisce l'uso delle nuove tecnologie da parte di professionisti, ragazzi e giovani per lo sviluppo culturale e didattico: 

The Proposed project has promote the ICT for education as well ah pre requisite for jobs as economic development in society and 6 younger from the computer center got jobs in private companies as Computer operational and getting monthly RS.5,000 and contributing and supporting their families economy.
The 3 students have got various project of web designing for NGOs and private firms. The students also highlighted culture through designing of pictures of the cultural sites of Sindh province in coral draw, adobe Photoshop. The rest of students have continued ICT as education in future as a carries in ICT sector, So this project ahs left multiple impacts of cultural and education promotion through ICT.

Descrivete i criteri che usate per misurate i risultati raggiunti dal vostro progetto: 

Services No of beneficiaries No of male youths No of female youths
Library utilized by 111 111 0
Computer Training 30 26 04
Carrier Counseling/planning 21 15 06
Youth Capacity Building 16 08 08
Consultation by Doctor of RH provided 31 31 0
02 Theater performances 49 39 10
Publication disseminated 500 315 185
Total Beneficiaries 758 545 213

Note: Reports and record are available at YRC

11. Sostenibilità
Indicate la durata complessiva del progetto: 
Meno di 1 anno
Indicate il costo di massima del vostro progetto (in Euro): 
Meno di 10.000
Come è finanziato il vostro progetto: 
Finanziamenti pubblici o privati
12. Trasferibilità
Il progetto è stato replicato/adattato altrove: 
Si
Specifica: 

The Moomal Development Organization of Tando Muhammad Khan a small town and district head quarter visited the Youth Resource Center and inspired form its model and initiated Girls Youth Resource Center in the Ando Mohammed Khan.

Che cosa possono imparare altri soggetti dal vostro progetto: 

• Effective and continuous mobilization of local peoples/ parents interaction is must to be carried out
• Sustainability of the YRC should be managed through generating the local funds , through mobilizing and educating Corporate sectors and local philanthropists
• Moderate services should be offered to sustain computer center for the over all sustainability of YRC.

Siamo disponibili ad aiutare altri soggetti a sviluppare progetti o a migliorare progetti esistenti: 
Siamo disponibili ad aiutare altri soggetti a sviluppare progetti o a migliorare progetti esistenti.
13. Informazioni aggiuntive
Background: 

I surveyed the youthimy area , I felt that there is need to start a program for youth in the area For Making Them Effective Citizens Of Society . The idea was developed by me nd I shared with the organization and I drew the initial project activities and goals and than organization approached to a donor for seed grant to implement this project in action and I managed project activities successfully.Project Was implemented in Chandio Goth is located in Taluka Qasimabad of Hyderabad District, is a slum area. Most of the population is living with low socio-economic status and belongs poor class Youth of the area are the vulnerable group and near to risk of social evils. Keeping this situation in mind Sindh Community Foundation through its Youth Development Program intervened in the area and mobilized and organized them into groups in these meetings following problems were identified by the youth:
o Youth are fewer computers skilled and have no access to computer technology due to high fees structure
o Youth are engaged in social evils and involved in drug addictions
o Youth are less aware of social problems and also HIV/AIDS and RH
o Unavailability of recreational and education environment for youth
o Youth are less self confident and skillful
o Youth are not prepared for combating the modern and future challenges of globalization and poverty
This was an innovative program and had been prepared by youth and was completed successfully.

Ostacoli: 

o Process of youth group formation in 04 new areas, was the hard task so; interest of youth was attracted through involving local contacts of the area.
o Cultural and games events are must to be arranged for attracting the interest of youth towards social activism.
o Financial support of the poor youth in archiving their educational goal is necessary to be given in the form of examination fee, monthly fee, purchasing of dress, and books specially to girls
o Sustainability of computer center is a challenge because it does not earn sufficient income to sustain, organization has contacted different local philanthropists and donors to equip computer center with modern equipments and advance course so the computer center will attract the other youth of the area.
o Due to unavailability of female instructor only few girls could get computer education, others did not get admission due to gender constraints and social values of the area.

Future plans and wish list: 

o Sufficient funds are required for making computer center well quipped with a advance courses and computer accessories and trained male, female computer instructors
o Well-equipped library structure is required in order to improve the maximum utilization of library facilities at YRC by both boys and girls of the area.
o This model can be replicated in rural districts
o Volume of youth engagement needs to be increased through arranging seminar, youth assemblies, and youth conferences, dialogues on various social local, regional and global issues and games and culture events need to be organized.
o Opportunities of exchanging the ideas and expression of youth on social issues need to be improved through study tours, exposure visits to different model of youth development and youth engagement in social change process.
o Youth Newsletter is must to be published in which youth may share their ideas and expression on various social issues ranging from RH, HIV/AIDS to democracy, human rights and environment issues in regional and global contexts

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The Mysteries of the Forest

The aim of the project is to make the students more sensitive about natural environment which surrounds them, especially forests.

1. Sommario progetto
Sommario: 




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April 2008 - finding a twin school, introducing the topic, discussion about the topic and getting to know – shering personal information between the participants and presenting general information about the students (sending emails with short information about the student and their families and adding the photos to the emails), the school, place and the whole region and country (sending emails with description of the school, the town, the map and the flag of the country, adding photos)

May 2008 - creating the guidebook about the region (interesting places),

June 2008 - creating articles about the role of the forest which will be presented in school’s newspaper and on the school’s website,

September 2008 - preapring PowerPoint presentations about: layers of the forest; different kinds of forests, plants and animals living in the forest, different kinds of trees which we can find in the forest, celebrating:

October 2008 - preapring a leaflet – ‘How forests should be protected?’,

November 2008 - finding and presenting legends about the region and forests; creating articles about how forests were used in the past,

December 2008 - creating a mini-storybook entitled: ‘My adventures in the forest ‘ with the stories invented by students,

January 2009 - making a project - ‘My favourite animal which lives in the forest’,

February 2009 - an art competition – ‘The forest from my dreams’(drawing, painting, etc.),

March 2009 - making sculptures from cones, conkers, acorns, leaves, etc.,

April 2009 – summary of the cooperation.

 

2. Paese (Città / Regione)
Stato: 
Romania
Città: 
Branesti
3. Nome dell'organizzazione che presenta il progetto
Organizzazione: 
School nr.1 Branesti
4. Tipo di organizzazione
Scegli tipo: 
Scuola
5. Coordinatore del progetto
Nome e Cognome: 
Vlaiculescu Liliana
E-Mail: 
liliana19i@yahoo.com
7. Selezionate la categoria di appartenenza del vostro progetto
Youth Education Project. Select Project Users by age: 
Fino a 10 anni
Inserimento dei giovani nel mondo del lavoro: 
NOT Helping youth step in the job market
Creatività e Innovazione sociale: 
Creatività e Innovazione sociale
8. Da quando è funzionante il vostro progetto?
Da: 
01/04/2008
9. Obiettivi ed elementi di innovazione
Please explain the targets and the background of your project: 




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<!--[if !supportLists]-->-         <!--[endif]-->Biology – presenting layers of the forest; the role of the forest in our life;

<!--[if !supportLists]-->-         <!--[endif]-->Ecology – presenting the ways of how forests should be protected by people;

<!--[if !supportLists]-->-         <!--[endif]-->History – finding and presenting the legends about the region (especially the forests);

<!--[if !supportLists]-->-         <!--[endif]-->English – creating new legends about the region;

<!--[if !supportLists]-->-         <!--[endif]-->Art –  competition: ‘The forest from my dreams’;

<!--[if !supportLists]-->-         <!--[endif]-->I.T.– writing emails, finding information in the Internet, creating PowerPoint presentations

 

Come, e con quali mezzi cerca di raggiungere gli obiettivi prefissati: 

Presenting the different kinds of forests, plants and animals living in the forest, different kinds of trees which we can find in the forest; making students aware about the need of  such protection :presenting how forests were used in the past and now:creating the story: ‘My adventures in the forest’, ‘My favourite animal’ – a description of the animal living in the forest :creating the sculpture from cones, conkers, acorns, leaves:

Quali opportunità/problemi affronta: 

Branesti city is a natural zone with an old forest wich must be protected from deforestation and contamination.

Please explain what is unique or special in your project: 
Celebrating: World Earth Day (April 22nd), World Birds and Trees Day (May 10th) and European Birds Day (May 24th),



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10. Risultati
Describe the results of your project as per today: 




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  1. PowerPoint presentations, newspaper articles, a guidebook, a leaflet, legends, a mini-storybook, projects, pictures, photos, sculptures, films, presentations, articles on the school’s website

 

In che misura risponde ai bisogni degli utenti: 




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The students must  be an environmentally conscious citizens of Europe.




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Quanti utenti interagiscono con il progetto mensilmente e in quale modo: 

150 students, 16 teachears,parents

Descrivete in quale modo il progetto contribuisce a migliorare l'educazione e la formazione dei giovani: 




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  1. - Students will improve their language skills

<!--[if !supportLists]-->-         <!--[endif]-->Students will be made aware of similarities and differences between Polish environment and Romanian environment

<!--[if !supportLists]-->-         <!--[endif]-->Students will become more sensitive about protection of the environment

<!--[if !supportLists]-->-         <!--[endif]-->Students will improve ICT tools

<!--[if !supportLists]-->-         <!--[endif]-->Students will learn how to be a tolerant citizen of Europe

<!--[if !supportLists]-->-         <!--[endif]-->Students will know detailed information about the forest and its role in environment in Poland and in Romania




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Descrivete in quale modo il progetto ha ottimizzato la partecipazione di professionisti, ragazzi, giovani o altri soggetti: 




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Name of the school partner: Primary School No 1 in Józefów, Poland

Coordinators: Aleksandra Rusak and Emilia Nielepko

 

Descrivete in quale modo il progetto favorisce l'uso delle nuove tecnologie da parte di professionisti, ragazzi e giovani per lo sviluppo culturale e didattico: 




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Descrivete i criteri che usate per misurate i risultati raggiunti dal vostro progetto: 

 Work process – communication and cooperation through the Internet and emails every month.



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11. Sostenibilità
Indicate la durata complessiva del progetto: 
Da 1 a 3 anni
Is your project economically self sufficient now: 
No
12. Trasferibilità
Il progetto è stato replicato/adattato altrove: 
Si
Specifica: 

The plan of project can be used by teachers in environment lessons and projects.

Che cosa possono imparare altri soggetti dal vostro progetto: 

biology, geography, ecology, history, arts, english, ITC

Siamo disponibili ad aiutare altri soggetti a sviluppare progetti o a migliorare progetti esistenti: 
We are not available to help others starting or working on similar projects.
13. Informazioni aggiuntive
Background: 

 Exchanging the messages from e-mails, the Internet,, PowerPoint, Ms Office every month.

Ostacoli: 




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Insufficiency self - finance; Low budget from municipal council
The School nr1 Branesti can not organize a visit in Poland.
The team of our school can not assure the conditions from partners to visit Romania.

 

 

Soluzioni: 

The school activities and projects must be financed from municipal council budget.

Future plans and wish list: 




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To be an Eco- Euro -School in Europa.

To collaborate in a Comenius project.

 

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Nakuru Learning Center Educational Program for Vulnerable Children

Currently LDK supports 324 orphans and other vulnerable children with their basic needs to enable them reach their full potential.

1. Sommario progetto
Sommario: 

In 1998, Three Kenyans - Philip Ndeta (the brains behind the organization), Obed Tsuma and Benta Atieno founded Learning and Development Kenya (LDK) to work with the local communities to address the problems brought about by government’s introduction of cost sharing in the education and health sectors. While outwardly improving the economy of Kenya, these government measures ultimately led to an increase in child labor, high rates of school dropouts, and increased homelessness in children. As Director of the organization, Mr. Ndeta oversees the day to day running of the organization.

At LDK we believe that education is the great equalizer, and by working to ensure that all Kenyans (especially children), have access to quality educational programs, we believe we can dramatically reduce the inequalities caused by extreme poverty. Through teaching a child to read, helping a youth master a computer so she can get a better job, or educating the community about HIV, LDK is working tirelessly to equip the most vulnerable Kenyans with the tools they need to succeed.

Since 1998 and through its education program, LDK has been able to provide support for high education and specialized training in secretarial courses, computer, teaching (both primary and ECD), IT and even tailoring to over 150 young Kenyans who would otherwise not have had a chance to empower their talents and build their future. Though no follow up has been made to establish their current status, we believe that with the qualifications attained through our support they are now employed in the government or private sector or even self-employed and therefore contributing to nation building.

Currently LDK supports 324 needy children in nursery, primary and secondary schools. It further supports 74 orphans with shelter, food, medical care and other basic needs. The orphans live in the home at the Virginia center in Rhonda slums within Nakuru Municipality.

Programs: Education program; HIV/AIDS program; Environmental and Sanitation program; Peace initiative project; Relief activities; Civic education program.

2. Paese (Città / Regione)
Stato: 
Kenya
Città: 
Nakuru, Rift Valley Province
3. Nome dell'organizzazione che presenta il progetto
Organizzazione: 
Learning and Development Kenya
4. Tipo di organizzazione
Scegli tipo: 
Scuola
5. Coordinatore del progetto
Nome e Cognome: 
Philip Ndeta
E-Mail: 
philipndeta@yahoo.com
6. Website
Il sito web del progetto: 
http://www.learninganddevelopmentkenya.org
7. Selezionate la categoria di appartenenza del vostro progetto
Youth Education Project. Select Project Users by age: 
Fino a 29 anni
Inserimento dei giovani nel mondo del lavoro: 
NOT Helping youth step in the job market
Creatività e Innovazione sociale: 
NOT in Creativity and Social Innovation
8. Da quando è funzionante il vostro progetto?
Da: 
05/02/2001
9. Obiettivi ed elementi di innovazione
Please explain the targets and the background of your project: 

In 1998, Learning and Development Kenya (LDK) was founded to work with the local communities in addressing the problems brought about by government’s introduction of cost sharing in the education and health sectors. While outwardly improving the economy of Kenya, these government measures ultimately led to an increase in child labor, high rates of school dropouts, and increased homelessness in children.

Come, e con quali mezzi cerca di raggiungere gli obiettivi prefissati: 

We believe education is the great equalizer, and by working to ensure that all Kenyans (and especially children) have access to quality educational programs, we believe we can dramatically reduce the inequalities caused by extreme poverty.

Quali opportunità/problemi affronta: 

Since 2000 Learning and Development Kenya has been implementing a literacy project, designed to improve on the literacy and reading skills of the orphans and needy children and prepare them for positive and active participation in nation building. LDK provides an enabling learning environment with modern teaching facilities including solid classrooms, highly qualified and caring teaching staff and a modern library with the necessary books to motivate and boost the morale of both the children and teachers at the institution. This has improved the standard of learning, making the project one of the best within the Municipality in terms of provision of quality education.

Meal program: Every day, we provide a warm meal to 324 students in our school, children who would otherwise miss a meal.

Emergency Relief: During the post-election violence in Kenya in 2008, LDK hosted nearly 7,000 displaced peoples, coordinating with the Red Cross to ensure steady food supplies.

Athletic Leagues to Drive Community Empathy and Understanding:
Historically, athletic competition has peaceably brought together individuals, factions, and even nations with troubled relations, and we believe that friendly competition and the spirit of teamwork can have a positive impact on the youth of Kenya who have been driven apart by the recent political elections. We have organized soccer games from teams of idle youth who would otherwise be engaged in gang-related activities and violence.

HIV/AIDS Education: In conjunction with the Ark Foundation of Africa, we’ve provided training workshops for locals that aim to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and promotes sustainable behavior change among the youth and residents. The workshops also aim to support scale up activities of CBOs within East Africa, engaging and strengthening the capacity of indigenous organizations so that they can scale up their programs and effectively meet the complex needs of orphans and vulnerable children in their communities.

Environmental Sustainability: It is a priority to LDK to ensure that the people we are helping will have a clean, healthy, safe place to live for many, many years – and environmental sustainability through improved sanitation is a critical component of that effort. LDK mobilizes youth in the community to participate in the environmental activities.

Please explain what is unique or special in your project: 

LDK provides an enabling learning environment with modern teaching facilities including solid classrooms, highly qualified and caring teaching staff and a modern library with the necessary books to motivate and boost the morale of both the children and teachers at the institution. This has improved the standard of learning, making the project one of the best within the Municipality in terms of provision of quality education. We consider this special for our literacy project.

The students in our classrooms are already among the neediest in the region, and by providing a warm meal as part of their education, we are improving their ability to learn while ensuring they are meeting their minimum daily nutritional needs. Our feeding program is of its own kind among the local schools.

Other than the local churches, LDK was the only local NGO in the area that hosted displaced peoples during the post-election violence in Kenya in 2008. This was because most of the affected people were from this area, a majority being the poor parents that LDK supports with education of their children. The facilities at its learning center also ensured safety of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) as well as our networking skills with both the provincial administration department and the Red Cross.

Being an active participant in community activities, LDK has positioned itself as a collaborating agency with the community in solving their most pressing issues. Due to this position the community has high regard for LDK’s initiatives, providing the much needed support and networking that is required for effective project implementation.

Initially there was stigma related to HIV/AIDS but with continuous awareness activities carried out by LDK staff and their understanding of the local cultures, the community became more cooperative and supportive. Also given the fact that we care for orphans in the community whose parents have died due to HIV/AIDS related dieses gives the community members all the reason to participate and support the imitative. Our unique facilities at the learning center have also made it possible for LDK to host participants for HIV/AIDS training and education.

10. Risultati
Describe the results of your project as per today: 

Since 1998 and through its education program, LDK has been able to provide support for high education and specialized training in secretarial courses, computer, teaching (both primary and ECD), IT and even tailoring to over 150 young Kenyans who would otherwise not have had a chance to empower their talents and build their future. Though no follow up has been made to establish their current status, we believe that with the qualifications attained through our support they are now employed in the government or private sector or even self-employed and therefore contributing to nation building.

Currently LDK supports 324 needy children in nursery, primary and secondary schools. It further supports 74 orphans with shelter, food, medical care and other basic needs. The orphans live in the home at the Virginia center in Rhonda slums within Nakuru Municipality.

During the post-election violence in Kenya in 2008, LDK hosted nearly 7,000 displaced peoples, coordinating with the Red Cross to ensure steady food supplies.

Since the Micor credit program was initiated in 2001 it has helped more than 4,500 families to develop sustainable sources of income (through loans of small amounts of seed capital at zero interest to start their own business), directly benefiting more than 36,000 individuals where an average family in these rural and urban poor areas consists of 8 members. These are families who otherwise would never have dreamed that financial independence was a possibility. In addition, we have held monthly workshops for the loan recipients to empower them with business skills. And because of the relationships we have fostered with the families of the many children from the communities enrolled in the schools, LDK is uniquely positioned to identify the most motivated, entrepreneurial individuals as recipients.

In che misura risponde ai bisogni degli utenti: 

Users needs: Education – which we believe eventually contributes to reduction of inequalities caused by extreme poverty. LDK provides quality education and other services to its users, meeting their needs.

Quanti utenti interagiscono con il progetto mensilmente e in quale modo: 

3,000 users. To be precise, 324 children, 22 teaching and subordinate staff, 1,600 familly members (200 families), 10 government, NGO and church officials, at least 500 other community members, and 500 other stakeholders (donors, overseas friends and guests, etc.) interact with our project per month through personal vists to the school (for the children, staff, government visitors, guests, and some parents), postal mail, and email. Some family members are updated by the school going children and therefore considered to be interacting with our project. Our termly newsletter since 2008 is also used as a form of interaction with the community while our website is visited by many people from around the world.

Descrivete in quale modo il progetto contribuisce a migliorare l'educazione e la formazione dei giovani: 

The quality and standard of education of our children is high due to the determination of our teaching staff. The number of children per class is also reasonable at 35, enabling the teacher to reach all the children in the class, unlike in public schools where the population exceeds 120 children per class. This teacher-pupil ratio, in addition to available learning aids ensures that quality education is provided to the needy children. The interaction has fostered trust among the users who enjoy using the services, though it has not been able to attract more support in terms of funding, as we earlier anticipated.

Descrivete in quale modo il progetto ha ottimizzato la partecipazione di professionisti, ragazzi, giovani o altri soggetti: 

Participation is still less except for a few high schools and local churches that have mobilized their students and members to donate for our activities targeting the orphans and the poor. The youth participate in the activities while other members of the community have been very supportive, inspiring us even more. The government recognizes the role LDK play in the provision of basic needs to the needy and has supported our initiatives like donation of food for the feeding program and a grant for the learning aids.

Descrivete in quale modo il progetto favorisce l'uso delle nuove tecnologie da parte di professionisti, ragazzi e giovani per lo sviluppo culturale e didattico: 

The use and promotion of ICT is core to our project and a major component of our activities. The installed cybercafé at our learning center allows not only students but the rest of the community members to use the internet and communicate with people around the world, effectively promoting the use of ICT among the professionals, children and youth.

To market our services: Education, training, HIV/AIDS etc., to a wide audience LDK uses a number of techniques including advertisement in both print and mass media, posters, brochures, our end of the term/year newsletter, and even the internet. We therefore try to reach as many people (professionals, children and youth included) through frequent use of these techniques, again, effectively promoting the use of ICT.

Descrivete i criteri che usate per misurate i risultati raggiunti dal vostro progetto: 

We record the number of users applying for our services. The number has exceedingly increased over the years, indicating strong support of our programs by the users.

Exams done by the children in our school together with other children in other Municipal schools: Comparison done has shown that children in our school have done much better than children in other public schools, confirming the high quality of education that we provide to our children.

We interview the public to find out how they view our services and they positive comments confirm their satisfaction with our services.

The visitors to our website, viewing our programs and interacting with us thereafter now exceeds 4,200 people. This is also used to measure the results of our services.

11. Sostenibilità
Indicate la durata complessiva del progetto: 
Più di 6 anni
Indicate il costo di massima del vostro progetto (in Euro): 
Da 30.001 a 75.000
Come è finanziato il vostro progetto: 
Vendita di servizi o prodotti
Is your project economically self sufficient now: 
No
12. Trasferibilità
Il progetto è stato replicato/adattato altrove: 
Si
Specifica: 

The Government of Kenya through the district children’s office started a street children rehabilitation center “Ukoa Mtoto” within Nakuru Municipality and sent its engineers in 2007 to our learning center to get a view of the home we put up for the orphans to replicate the same at their planned rehabilitation center.

During our HIV/AIDS workshop held in 2007 for CBO leaders from Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda, participants from Tanzania were particularly impressed with not only the solid buildings but with the whole set up for a home for orphans who have been empowered and feel very much at home. They lived with the children in the same home during the workshop period and promised to replicate the same in their respective projects. No follow up has been made to confirm if at all replication has been made by any of the participants.

Che cosa possono imparare altri soggetti dal vostro progetto: 

Quality is everything that others can learn from our project. With quality the users feel assured of the results.

Empowerment approach: We empower the users to feel part of the project, hence project ownership.

Permanent (solid) structures: These ensures that quality is provided to the users, for example the case with IDPs who felt much secure at our center during the post election violence.

Networking: Good and sustainable results are obtained through consistency and networking. LDK has been consistence with its approach to poverty aleviation, establishing and positioning itself as a poverty reduction agency within the community and hence wining the much needed support from all stakeholders – community, government, donors and friends.

Innovation: Unique activities started after careful research for community needs have had profound effect on the lives of our users.

Invovement and participation of the users have garaunteed project sustainnability even during difficult times when funding is so low like now.

Siamo disponibili ad aiutare altri soggetti a sviluppare progetti o a migliorare progetti esistenti: 
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13. Informazioni aggiuntive
Background: 

In 1998, Three Kenyans - Philip Ndeta (the brains behind the organization), Obed Tsuma and Benta Atieno founded Learning and Development Kenya (LDK) to work with the local community to address the problems brought about by government’s introduction of cost sharing in the education and health sectors. While outwardly improving the economy of Kenya, these government measures ultimately led to an increase in child labor, high rates of school dropouts, and increased homelessness in children.

Since 1998 and through its education program, LDK has been able to provide support for high education and specialized training in secretarial courses, computer, teaching (both primary and ECD), IT and even tailoring to over 150 young Kenyans who would otherwise not have had a chance to empower their talents and build their future. Though no follow up has been made to establish their current status, we believe that with the qualifications attained through our support they are now employed in the government or private sector or even self-employed and therefore contributing to nation building.

Currently LDK supports 324 needy children in nursery, primary and secondary schools. It further supports 74 orphans with shelter, food, medical care and other basic needs. The orphans live in the home at the Virginia center in Rhonda slums within Nakuru Municipality.

Vision: To see a free Kenyan Society without inequalities of extreme poverty, destitution, deprivation, or austerity.

Mission: To respond to the needs of the communities and those of their children with a primary objective of improving the quality of life of those in need.

History: Local non-governmental, non-profit, non-sectarian development organization founded in 1998. It acquired special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations in 2008.

Programs: Education program
HIV/AIDS program
Environmental and Sanitation program
Peace initiative project
Relief activities
Civic education program

Overview of donors that have contributed to our programs:
Foundations; INGOs; Overseas corporations: The Hilden Charitable Fund – UK
Bertelsmann AG – Germany
The Ark Foundation of Africa – USA
CO-OPERAID – Switzerland
Random House New York – USA (Books)
Crossroads International – Hong Kong (China)
Misereor – Germany
Advantage Africa – UK
MIVA Switzerland (Vehicle)
Government: Kenya Government (Department of provincial administration – food for feeding program).
Kenya Government (Ministry of education – Grant for support of informal education system).

Programs details
Literacy Project
Since 2000 Learning and Development Kenya has been implementing a literacy project, designed to improve on the literacy and reading skills of the orphans and needy children and prepare them for positive and active participation in nation building. LDK provides an enabling learning environment with modern teaching facilities including solid classrooms, highly qualified and caring teaching staff and a modern library with the necessary books to motivate and boost the morale of both the children and teachers at the institution. This has improved the standard of learning, making the project one of the best within the Municipality in terms of provision of quality education.

Meal Program
Every day, we provide a warm meal to 324 students in our school, children who would otherwise miss a meal.

Skills Training Workshops
The skills training program is more connected to the micro credit project. It aims to provide capacity building and therefore strengthen individual business skills of the loan recipients. The program is based on the premise that trade is the most effective way of helping the poor to create sustainable, long-term solutions to the economic problems they face. It has helped beneficiaries to master their trading skills, lowering default rate on repaying the loans.

Microcredit Program
To help families develop sustainable sources of income, we loan small amounts of seed capital at zero interest to families to start their own business—families who otherwise would never have dreamed that financial independence was a possibility.

The micro credit project has been implemented on the believe that the best way to address poverty is to help families and individuals to become financially independent – through free revolving loans, education and training, that will lead them into income generation and employment. And because of the relationships we have fostered with the families of many children from the community enrolled in the school, LDK is uniquely positioned to identify the most motivated, entrepreneurial individuals as recipients. These individuals are often the parents of our students, which allows us to ensure that this support is being targeted at the families most in need and maintain continuous contact.

Emergency Relief
During the post-election violence in Kenya in 2008, LDK hosted nearly 7,000 displaced peoples, coordinating with the Red Cross to ensure steady food supplies. Other than the local churches, LDK was the only local NGO that was involved in this exercise because most of the affected people were from this area, a majority being the poor parents that LDK supports with education of their children. The facilities at its learning center also ensured safety of the Internally Displaced Persons as well as our networking skills with both the provincial administration department and the Red Cross.

HIV/AIDS Education
The program aims to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and promotes sustainable behavior change among the youth and residents.
LDK has also collaborated with the Ark Foundation of Africa to support scale up activities of CBOs within East Africa:

Too many orphans and other vulnerable children (OVC) in Africa are growing up in situations of scarcity without education, healthcare, strong parental support etc. Similarly, grandmothers who care for the majority of orphans are overwhelmed, doing their job under very difficult, unsupportive circumstances. Grandmothers are simply doing what they know and what they love doing, day after day.

In countries with very weak or practically non-existent social safety nets like Kenya, indigenous NGOs and CBOs are also struggling to survive. Many do not have the resources or enough staff with the right skills and training to enable them to effectively address OVC related challenges.

To address this dilemma, LDK and the Ark Foundation of Africa and its partners organized a 5-day capacity building workshop for leaders of indigenous organizations in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. The participatory workshop focused on building culturally sustainable and realistic programs to close the large gap between the need and available services. Learning and Development Kenya acted as the host organization for the workshop.
30 participants were nominated for the workshop from eligible organizations working directly with orphans and vulnerable children and their caregivers. Most of the nominated organizations that participated in the workshop are based in the districts of:

Kenya – Nakuru, Mombasa, Nandi and Trans Nzoia
Tanzania – Bagamoyo, Dodoma Rural, and Mbozi, and Zanzibar
Uganda – Gulu, Kitgum, Luwero, and Wakiso

The workshop aimed at engaging and strengthening the capacity of indigenous organizations so that they can scale up their programs and effectively meet the complex needs of orphans and vulnerable children in their communities.

Athletic Leagues to Drive Community Empathy and Understanding
Historically, athletic competition has peaceably brought together individuals, factions, and even nations with troubled relations, and we believe that friendly competition and the spirit of teamwork can have a positive impact on the youth of Kenya who have been driven apart by the recent political elections. We have organized soccer games from teams of idle youth who would otherwise be engaged in gang-related activities and violence.

Environmental Sustainability
It is a priority to LDK to ensure that the people we are helping will have a clean, healthy, safe place to live for many, many years – and environmental sustainability through improved sanitation is a critical component of that effort.

LDK mobilizes youth in the community to participate in the environmental activities. Usually once a year in tree planting exercises when the long rains start in March/April, and once monthly in the clean up exercises. Most of the youth participating in these activities are those being supported but they influence other members in the community in the overall cleaning exercises.

Ostacoli: 

Poverty is at its highet in this urban poor (slum) area. The users come in large numbers but have not been able to contribute substantially to the level that the project can remain sustainable. Our IT training has not quite picked up since a majority of the targeted youth cannot afford to meet our subsidzed tuition.

Funding from potential donors has been less or nil in some situations, leading to difficult implementation of the planned activities. For sustainability purposes we plan to diversify our funding sources and initiate more for-profit activities that will generate more income and cover for any dificit in donor funding.

Marketing of our products – college, Cybercafé, magazine etc. has not been effective due to less funding for marketing activities.

Cultural norms: Particularly stigma when it comes to HIV/AIDS awareness program.

Soluzioni: 

Consistency in provision of services, for example our creation of awareness activities for the HIV/AIDS program has worked positively towards stigma reduction among the target groups.

LDK has started for-profit activities to meet the needs of our charitable initiatives. We have planned to introduce a magazine “The Charity”. The first copy is ready but funds for its production, marketing and distribution is still unavailable.

Sale of T-Shirts planned.

Student’s canteen planned.

Sale of stationery and being agent for Safaricom for M-PESA services also planned.

Cybercafé has been installed.

College planned, awaiting marketing to get the minimum number of students. Facilities and human resources are available and on standby.

Future plans and wish list: 

LDK plans for the future:
LDK hopes to become a vibrant organization adhering to its core values of integrity, honesty, fairness, openness, respect and responsibility in all that we do. It will focus on improving the lives of the poor, especially children, youth and women, and those affected by the HIV pandemic.
In the next two years LDK hopes to enroll more than 1,000 children and youth in its literacy program – from nursery, primary and secondary schools. Its training facility will be training more youth in IT and other specialized courses to enable them gain the required skills for employment. The construction of the stalled primary school will also be LDK’s top priority once more funding is available.
For it to remain sustainable LDK will target to fully operate the student training facility and offer other services associated with it including a student canteen, a cybercafé, and a stationery shop. Other income generating activities like the production and sale of publications e.g. a newsletter/magazine will be LDK priority at this time and when funds become available.
To have more impact within the community it operates and to contribute positively to reduction of poverty, LDK will increase its loan support to the poor members and continue with the workshops to empower the beneficiaries with business skills required to ensure business success.
For the projects to be run professionally and ensure that the stated goals and objectives are met on timely basis, LDK will require to retain and sustain its qualified staff, by paying them salaries and allowances based on the current market rates.
Stalled initiatives: Soccer teams and athletics will be enhanced when LDK access more funding.

When all this is achieved, we believe we shall be taking a holistic approach towards fighting the inequalities caused by extreme poverty within the communities that we work with.

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Sustainable European Citizenship

We are a French high school working with Finnish, German and Spanish partners on the internet to collaborate on environmental issues and sustainability, educate our students as to green ethical liv

1. Sommario progetto
Sommario: 

Sustainable European Citizenship ( SEC) is a partnership of four secondary schools in Germany, Finland, France and Spain, focussing on climate change and the young people’s ideas on the means of alleviating its present and future consequences.
After a calculation of the ecological footprint, each school will focus on the most crucial local issues: Spain on water availability, Germany on air pollution, France on the protection of  sea sites and Finland on sustainable forestry. All findings are to be published and exchanged on a common website. Eventually, a guide to « Sustainable European Citizenship » and a glossary will be published in the four languages involved and printed on recycled paper.

Gymnasium Himmelsthür, the coordinating school, will host the first exchange in autumn 2008.
The work at school will be done according to the respective curricula. Some 30 students per school are actively involved in the exchanges and all schools will share the procedures and results. The local communities are both bases for the practical work and actors for disseminating the ideas resulting from the programme.
Sustainable European Citizenship comprises a two year-round work , regular on line contacts and four exchange visits to each school and area with pupils.
"Together we can do more!" is our motto and our emblem is the greylag goose as it flies over our 4 countries along its migratory route.
I am at the origin of the project as I found our Finnish partner on e twinning, he had already worked with the German partner and later found the Spanish colleagues, we had the same idea of working on environmental education using digital tools. Here is a summary of our exchange visit as we hosted our partners last May,
http://www.lyc-cordouan.ac-poitiers.fr/anglais/spip.php?rubrique94
our project is to end in September 2010 with the publication of our multilingual brochure prepared on the wiki during these 2 years.

2. Paese (Città / Regione)
Stato: 
France
Città: 
Royan
3. Nome dell'organizzazione che presenta il progetto
Organizzazione: 
High School
4. Tipo di organizzazione
Scegli tipo: 
Istituzione pubblica
5. Coordinatore del progetto
Nome e Cognome: 
J Roche
E-Mail: 
jgmmel@laposte.net
6. Website
Il sito web del progetto: 
http://www.lyc-cordouan.ac-poitiers.fr/anglais/spip.php?rubrique72
7. Selezionate la categoria di appartenenza del vostro progetto
Youth Education Project. Select Project Users by age: 
Fino a 18 anni
Inserimento dei giovani nel mondo del lavoro: 
Inserimento dei giovani nel mondo del lavoro
Creatività e Innovazione sociale: 
Creatività e Innovazione sociale
8. Da quando è funzionante il vostro progetto?
Da: 
01/09/2008
9. Obiettivi ed elementi di innovazione
Please explain the targets and the background of your project: 

exchange in English, improve ICT skills, share about different European environments, raise awareness on environmental issues and imagine common solutions to similar issues, show the importance of acting locally in harmony to work for the environment on a global scale, and so experience a true feeling of European Citizenship

Come, e con quali mezzi cerca di raggiungere gli obiettivi prefissati: 

describe our respective areas on our platform to get to learn from one another, work in English on economic, scientific topics while studying innovative technologies linked to green living and to learn about the interdependance of animal and vegetal species, linguistic work to add data in the 5 languages on our wiki. using these diverse tools enables us to educate our students in the information field : rights, privacy, the differents means of collaboration on the net...

Please explain what is unique or special in your project: 

our pupils and the staff particularly enjoy creating strong links of friendship with people we just didn't know a few months before

10. Risultati
Describe the results of your project as per today: 

two of the four exchange visits have been done and strong bonds have formed between the 4 partners
our brochure is well on its way as plenty of data is already stored on our wiki. more skilled pupils tutor the others as to the use of this platform and this really is an living example of harmony and positive work between peoples of various cultures but who share the same values.

In che misura risponde ai bisogni degli utenti: 

the students of the 4 schools improve their knowledge in English, natural sciences and information, all subjects of their syllabus and key to their future work life

Quanti utenti interagiscono con il progetto mensilmente e in quale modo: 

20 pupils and 4 teachers of each school

Descrivete in quale modo il progetto contribuisce a migliorare l'educazione e la formazione dei giovani: 

great impact on the relations between teachers and students, working in English in collaboration with teachers of different disciplines within each school, so more collaboration between teachers, sharing teaching methods. the fact that the work done by the students is published online is rewarding for them, writing is not just an exercise, it is a production

Descrivete in quale modo il progetto favorisce l'uso delle nuove tecnologie da parte di professionisti, ragazzi e giovani per lo sviluppo culturale e didattico: 

explore the various tools to collaborate and exchange, the rules of digital communication, file management, using a network..

11. Sostenibilità
Indicate la durata complessiva del progetto: 
Da 1 a 3 anni
Indicate il costo di massima del vostro progetto (in Euro): 
Da 10.001 a 30.000
Come è finanziato il vostro progetto: 
Finanziamenti pubblici o privati
Is your project economically self sufficient now: 
Si
Insert date: 
01/09/2008
12. Trasferibilità
Il progetto è stato replicato/adattato altrove: 
Si
Specifica: 

the documents we study for our research are also used by other classes as they are published online
http://www.lyc-cordouan.ac-poitiers.fr/anglais/spip.php?rubrique75

Che cosa possono imparare altri soggetti dal vostro progetto: 

other teachers from the 4 schools get an example of the students' pleasure to collaborate with foreign students, we notice the wiki was very motivating and most students added data from home and so did a nice amount of homework on the vocabulary which they wouldn't have done normally

Siamo disponibili ad aiutare altri soggetti a sviluppare progetti o a migliorare progetti esistenti: 
Siamo disponibili ad aiutare altri soggetti a sviluppare progetti o a migliorare progetti esistenti.
13. Informazioni aggiuntive
Background: 

this is a two year long Comenius project

Ostacoli: 

some difficulties arose as our school systems are different (holiday periods and exams dates)

Soluzioni: 

we managed to harmonize our visits and the work even when it meant working during bankholidays

Future plans and wish list: 

we plan to distribute our brochure as largely as possible with the help of the local authorities and also to enforce changes in our schools to limit our ecological impact

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Travelling with our e-story

9 kindergartens create one οn - line story which will be the synthesis as much as many pupils ideas.

1. Sommario progetto
Sommario: 

Each school had one month to develop and keep going on the story from the previous partner. Global values like: Equality, Friendship, Freedom, Love, Loyalty, Brotherhood, Kindness, Tolerance etc, was chosen as points of reference and a source of ideas from each partner to develop their own part of the story.
Each school could chose what value they liked to be their main idea on which they developed their part keeping 2 common characters for all partners: a Dog! and a kid..
But being flexible we were also open to new story characters as we did it finally.

This project has 2 main parts:
A./ The development of the on-line story on the platform of WIKISPACE: http://travellingstory.wikispaces.com/

B. The presentation and dissemination of the educational procedure each school followed to achieve its targets and the interaction was developed among the 9 schools through the year in a BLOG: http://bloggydoggy.edublogs.org/

Part A:
Each partner had to upload its part ( we suggested: a short text with 4-5 illustrations ..this could be a various kinds of ART : using on the Paint, a hand drawing, handicrafts or whatever pupils liked ) in the 3rd week of its month like this: 1/October: GR 2./November: AT 3./ December: BG 4./ January: DE 5./February: FR 6./March: ES 7./April: UK 8./May: LV 9./June: PT
The whole story was created gradually by the pupils and uploaded on the WIKI by the teachers.
We also built a Blog where all partners exchanged info, various activities concerning highlights from the Dog arrived* in each country, comments about their work, favourite music & songs, pupil’s voices recorded, short videos etc.. offering one more interactive way of action to all partners..
*Through the year we also made gradually - all together- a travelling Dog-doll .. each partner added some extra materials on the received Dog. They kept it for 3 weeks and then, they sent it to the next partner school.

Part B:
Here we tried to show how a Blog can be an interactive tool among 9 schools..
We suggested some activities but finally as you may see all partners made much more inspired from each other’s work..

1./ post a funny photo of your class for knowing each other..
2./ comment a photo showing a class activity..
3./send your Christmas wishes with craft..
4./ sing a traditional song you like..
5./ show how you celebrate the carnival at your area..
6./use Bubbleshare and present your neighbourhood ..
7./ Look at the others’ presentation about ‘neighbourhood’ ask and learn from the others..
8./ Share what else you like , try to make a post by ‘yourself’

2. Paese (Città / Regione)
Stato: 
Greece
Città: 
Kaparelli -THIVA - VIOTIA
3. Nome dell'organizzazione che presenta il progetto
Organizzazione: 
Kindergarten of Kaparelli
4. Tipo di organizzazione
Scegli tipo: 
Istituzione pubblica
5. Coordinatore del progetto
Nome e Cognome: 
Anna Karidi Pirounaki
E-Mail: 
annakp@sch.gr
6. Website
Il sito web del progetto: 
http://travellingstory.wikispaces.com/
7. Selezionate la categoria di appartenenza del vostro progetto
Youth Education Project. Select Project Users by age: 
Fino a 10 anni
Inserimento dei giovani nel mondo del lavoro: 
NOT Helping youth step in the job market
Creatività e Innovazione sociale: 
Creatività e Innovazione sociale
8. Da quando è funzionante il vostro progetto?
Da: 
01/09/2008
9. Obiettivi ed elementi di innovazione
Please explain what is unique or special in your project: 

We consider as a real quality of our project the following:

• 9 public kindergartens using the ICT and web 2.0 to create one on-line story together..

• Some pupils 5-6 years old managed to be real Bloggers and post alone by themselves : http://vod.sch.gr/video/view/652.html?lng

• Pupils and teachers paid a serious attention on people with special abilities/needs...It was agreed to be narrated this on-line story into their native language by the pupils and in English by the teachers so that people with less vision ability may have an access to this. We added a special sign for it on each page on our book at wikispace.

10. Risultati
Describe the results of your project as per today: 

The benefits from this project were enough and in many levels.. e.g at the parents, at the local community, among other teachers, inspiration for a farther follow up..etc.. but luck of space we will focus at pupils and teachers level...
To pupils
• They learnt about the Blogs and improved themselves using it often
• They found out how wikispace can be a common area of work with many partners discovering the fun of a multi partnership having one common target which connects them
• The often use of the Blog, lead pupils to an interactive learning procedure on an indoor level as well as from a distance one.
• They became aware about the traps as surfers of the Internet, with learning by doing, and they developed the appropriate attitudes being good users.
• They knew 9 different countries, languages, habits and some local customs
• They realized what is the same what is different in a school level and in social one.
• Through this project pupils realized the need of the acceptance and the respect to the diversity and to the tolerance, recognizing them like new values in their lives.
• The use of new web 2 tools brought them joy and fun in learning

To teachers
• They tried new challenges with a success with the use of new tools of ICT
• They learnt by doing new ways of teaching and dissemination of their school experience and work
• They realized that the co-operating learning is worth it also at teachers level because you may achieve easier your targets and you discover that knowledge is better to share it instead to keep it as a ‘secret’ in your school.

Descrivete in quale modo il progetto favorisce l'uso delle nuove tecnologie da parte di professionisti, ragazzi e giovani per lo sviluppo culturale e didattico: 

Through all the project activities, the pupils learnt what Blog and Bloggers mean, while some pupils tried and succeeded to post by the themselves photos and simple familiar words.
They used the wikispace to see their work and to explore the other’s work, they learnt how to use a digital camera and take good shots and short videos, they recorded their voice, used Word but most the Paint for the project needs.
The teachers –without being special ICT teachers- handled efficient the use of the new web 2 tools and they did a real fact the moto: “learning from each other” so that, they managed to integrate this project through : Audacity, Movie maker, Bubbleshare, Rockyou, slideshare, Myplick, Animoto, Onetruemadia, Google video etc.

11. Sostenibilità
Indicate la durata complessiva del progetto: 
Da 1 a 3 anni
12. Trasferibilità
Il progetto è stato replicato/adattato altrove: 
Si
Specifica: 

It was the cause for a new collaboration ...a new proejct about eco- clay - animation among the same partners

Che cosa possono imparare altri soggetti dal vostro progetto: 

How to learn together..
how to learn from each other...
how to choose new tools of ICT...
how to organise multi-partnerships..
how to bring creativity in the classroom..
how pedagogy can be fun.

Siamo disponibili ad aiutare altri soggetti a sviluppare progetti o a migliorare progetti esistenti: 
Siamo disponibili ad aiutare altri soggetti a sviluppare progetti o a migliorare progetti esistenti.
13. Informazioni aggiuntive
Background: 

We started our collaboration between 2 partners : Portugal and Greece Sept. 2006 ...
Next year we expanded this with 2 more schools…and this project was the outcome of 9 partner schools

Future plans and wish list: 

Every year we manage to improve ourselves and our pupils various skills , so we will keep going this partnership as long as we can with new innovative ideas and good practices. We really enjoy to work in the framework of the e-twinning, because it's so flexible, so far from any bureaucracy and for this reason so much effective!

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