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.
Imece Network participated to the Erasmus+ “RESOLVE: Play” programme, organised by Asfar, a dynamic international NGO and social enterprise.
RESOLVE is a reconciliation youth exchange & network programme, which aims to use the power of Conflict Resolution tools such as Theatre, Simulation Games, Sport for peace and wider reconciliation tools and learning to resolve local and community level conflicts which especially affects young people today.
The youth exchange reunited 7 groups of young people from 7 countries and took place in October 2019 at London. Thanks to Imece Network; Mert Biçer, Aysun Molla and Ege Şentürk had the opportunity to represent the Turkey Youth Community in United Kingdom.
Irem and Ebru participated to Training Course “RISE” in Valencia / Spain.
RISE “Resources for improving Social Inclusion and Equality – based on applied entrepreneurial competences” was a 5-day long youth workers mobility Training Course by Emprende Empleo.
The TC was carried out in Puerto de Sagunto, small municipality in east coast Spain, with one of the most beautiful beaches from Valencia region and 20 kilometers far from Valencia city center.
A group of 25 participants from 10 countries worked on the topics of social inclusion, equality and diversity, by developing and applying into action a set of entrepreneurial competences (Entrecomp and Digcomp) in the context of non-formal education.
As İmece Network, we participated in the “women” themed project preparation and cooperation workshop held on 22-26 July in Istanbul within the scope of ”Technical Assistance for Strengthening the Capacity of the Ministry of Family, Labor and Social Services for Public-CSO Cooperation Project”. The workshop was organized to increase cooperation among different NGOs working in the same field, to prepare non-governmental organizations in the preparation of grant proposals and to conduct non-governmental organizations. Working groups were formed in the fields of education, psychosocial support, employment and refugees. The groups were asked to form a project, and practical training was given. Target analysis, strategy analysis, activity planning, time planning, grant management, contracts, budget preparation, monitoring of grant programs were discussed.
In the frame of Technical Assistance for Strengthening the Capacity of the Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Services for Public-CSO Cooperation; 3rd tour of trainings in Istanbul is over. In the training we worked on strategic plan, good governance – cooperation with local authorities, and legal context of NGOs.
Imece network attended Istanbul Innovation Days (IID) hosted by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the three-day event kicked off 27th of November and under the theme of Next Generation Governments.
The experts were discussing several topics such as policy making, technology and governance, technology’s effects on the economy, future challenges and innovation experiments.
The organization hosted over 250 people including strategic funders, governments, start-ups, thinkers, civil society, and international organizations.
Mirjana Spoljaric Egger, UNDP’s assistant administrator, said: “Today, science and technology increasingly affecting more with governance and politics.” Our volunteer Oguzhan Demir asked a question related to this topic to Alexandre Polvora who works on European Commission and a researcher. The question was “Can the policy change catch the speed of technology change.” He answered as “The policy change will always try to catch the technology change till we automated them”.
Imece Network have gained new contacts from Europe to local organizations. We are glad to be hosted by UNDP and our cooperation will continue thorough internationally.
Follow us and Imece network will keep growing together with all this organizations.