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TC "Social Entrepreneurship as a Tool for a Change", 15-21.04.2016, Kolin, Czech Republic

opublikowane: 10 maj 2017, 01:38 przez Opus Humanum

The TC "Social entrepreneurship as a tool for change” brought together youth leaders, trainers and project organizers from different EU countries with the purpose of equipping them with skills needed to grow as a youth leader, whilst acquiring knowledge and raising awareness about social entrepreneurship. The international 7-day-lasting training course aimed at acquiring new skills and knowledge, professional and generic competences, which will help participants raise self-esteem, work better in groups, raise competitiveness, and improve coaching skills in order to transfer their knowledge and skills to other young people. The focus was put on participation, active involvement, sharing of thoughts and feelings, learning by doing, exchange of good practice, group work and intercultural dimension. Leaders arrived with different economic perspectives and backgrounds to understand how social entrepreneurship can tackle economic and social issues in their territories.   

Main objectives of the training course were: 
1. To increase the level of knowledge in social entrepreneurship and develop skills such as time management, decision making, creativity and innovation, communication, team work and presentation skills. Understand how these skills can be used in order to tackle youth unemployment, transfer those skills to other young people and enhance coaching skills. 
2. Discover all possibilities and opportunities of European mobility schemes and programmes and seeking to increase competitiveness of young people in labor market through non-formal and informal learning. 
3. To foster youth networking and the interchange of experiences in order to develop language skills and intercultural exchange and understanding. 

Sixteen participants came from six countries from all over European Union. This meant we had a project with cultural diversity that fostered intercultural understanding. Participants were young leaders who actively work with young people in their respective territories. The training course gave an opportunity to young leaders with fewer opportunities. 50% of the participants had economical, geographical, educational or social obstacles. With this training course, they learned how to overcome their obstacles through social entrepreneurship and European mobility programmes. Active participation (in all stages of project - planning, implementation and follow-up), focus on group work and teamwork, learning by doing approach, exercises made through simulation, role-play, country experience sharing and other activities will form the basis of the project, thus promoting active participation of young people and developing social and personal development of participants involved in the project. The course promoted the Erasmus+ and other EU mobility programmes as a possibility for young people for their learning and self-development as well as increasing their chances on the labor market. Young leaders got new knowledge and skills which they will transfer to their peers and organizations. These organizations, acting on local/regional/national levels, will be able to make significant impact. In the project we talked about European's and world's best social enterprises and exchanged good practice. 

Thanks to this project, ideas for four different international social enterprises were created. Two of those already have websites and now all of them are trying to legaly start their own social enterprise using the knowledge they got on our TC.