Imece Network participated in the meeting that took place on the 26th of January. The agenda was about the Erasmus+ Resolve: Peace Camps project which has since been launched and will last for 12 months.
The Resolve: Peace camps 2020, the focus is on the dialogue that will bring ideas and ways that will bring about youth empowerment therefore as result, youth will be able to voice their opinions together with their respectable decision-makers.
The meeting was held via the Zoom meetings platform and was fruitful as participants were left satisfied with the outcome. Partners came from seven countries which include UK, Turkey, Georgia, Spain, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Cyprus. All partners were given the opportunity to decide on how the youth camps should be handled. No stone was left unturned as all the topics were included in the dialogue, from the profile of the potential participants to how best, travelling can be made possible during the deadly pandemic of COVID-19.
Imece Network will work together with all the partners to find and implement ways that will see, young people, dialogue with decision-makers, be it on a national, regionally, and international basis. The goal is to advocate for the youth to be heard and participate in democratic practices.
We’ve participated the first search conference of “Local Youth Organizations’ Network”.
Precious youth workers from different cities of Turkey contributed to meeting with their local experience. Conference was organized by Pi Youth Association in Izmir 04-05-06 September 2020. This was the first step of the network. We tried to figure out the structure of the network, had sessions on future of youth work and youth rights.
Ömer Önem has participated regional development summit that has been organized and funded by National Agency, GENCSAD association and FIRAT Development Agency.
“It has lasted almost 3 days and I participated on the behalf of Imece Network. In this summit, we were 80 youngsters from the different cities of Turkey. We all were aware of the Corona threat and we took the maximum measures. In this summit, we shared our ideas about regional development, and the importance of the development under specific topics [i.e. family, health, education, culture, youth, sport] During the workshops we were team of 10 people made a concrete text how the families will be effected by the regional developments and what can be catalysts of this development. I have used some communication techniques from the previous youth exchange I participated in Georgia again on the behalf of Imece Network.
As a result, it was a good summit, I was happy that I have participated in and it gave me good motivation to take some steps for the youngsters in my region.”
During the month of July 2020 with ACSESO and 4 other partners we developed this pioneering project in which we brought all the elements of a summer camp to the virtual environment. In this way, around 25 participants from 5 European countries met in the network to learn, socialize, play and work together to develop a common project.
We combine asynchronous activities using the Moodle platform, Zoom social meetings and Erasmus + Virtual Exchange sessions to generate our Virtual Summer Camp and offer participants from Spain, Portugal, Hungary, Turkey and Greece the opportunity to meet in a safe space and show that, Covid19 may have isolated us, but it does not prevent us from connecting.
Through the BBC3 series “Things Not to Say”, our participants learned and debated on such important issues as: mental health, sexuality and gender, disability in today’s society, race and ethnicity . On these topics, they held 4 Erasmus + Virtual Exchange sessions accompanied by professional facilitators.
For 4 hours a week, we would all meet together to chat, get to know each other, play games and break down barriers between our countries through the classic intercultural nights so often used in Erasmus + youth exchanges.
In addition to all this, our participants, divided into international groups, carried out their own project, selecting a topic of interest to them and a format to test their skills. You can see the result of their efforts below:
As Imece Network, we are happy to announce that we attended the Launching Webinar for the “Environmental Literacy Networking Project” (Çevre Okuryazarlığı İletişim Ağı) led by Yuva Association.
Environmental Literacy Network (KOZA) project aims to ensure the existence of more aware, constantly searching, active individuals regarding the achievement of a life in perfect harmony with nature. The project is funded by European Union and carried out in partnership with Kyoto Club in Italy. There are 8 target cities in Turkey: Ankara, Balikesir, Canakkale, Gaziantep, Hatay, Istanbul, Izmir, and Mersin.
Non-Governmental Organizations, associations, community networks and platforms, municipalities, and every organization alike that aims to achieve a more sustainable future and is willing to put effort in to educating individuals on environment are welcomed to join the project.
As Imece Network, we are more than willing and happy to be a part of this momentous and well-planned project.
Due to the pandemic, lots of Erasmus Plus Projects postponed or canceled. Especially the situation in Italy and Spain has affected many volunteers who had been these countries for mobility projects. Some of them have decided to stay there and some of them have decided to come back to their home countries.
On the other side, EU organizes virtual exchanges to keep youth high motivated and alive. Therefore many young people do not miss Erasmus Plus opportunities. One of these projects is our virtual project called ”Critical Thinking.” Our partner organization Asociación Cultural, Social y Educativa Segundas Oportunidades has offered us that they want to create a virtual exchange about critical thinking so, we couldn’t miss this chance and we accepted the collaboration and started working on the project. After calling volunteers many young people responded to our call and apply this virtual exchange. Our volunteers and other young people from different countries have participated the project and have been discussing about critical thinking.
As being Imece Network we have implemented the first E+ Virtual Exchange project in Turkey during pandemic.
In November 2019, Imece Network attended the “Future of Freedom Consultation” held by Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNF), in Kiev and visited some of the successful social enterprises like “Urban Space 500” and the Burning Man Community’s “Kurenivka Palace”.
Future of Freedom Consultation was held to gather and exchange creative, innovative ideas for the promotion of freedom and democracy with partners from the region of East and Southeast Europe. Representing our association, Ozkan Uzelli contributed to innovate the promotion of freedom through civic education, training, and dialogue approaches. We are proud and happy to have been a part of this peculiar and educational experience.
International Platform on Education, Culture, Sports