Crafts 4 Social Change

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Date(s) - 10/08/2023 - 19/08/2023

Sofia, Bulgaria

Project type

Selected participants

We are looking for 2 participants who will participate on Advance Planning Visit (short visit with mostly leaders to prepare the project and know each other and visit the city) of a project “Crafts 4 social change” in Sofia and will also participate on youth exchange in August on Malta.

This KA1 Erasmus+ project aims to engage and empower Youth to use crafts for daily living and as a tool of empowerment and social inclusion among marginalized and vulnerable Youth. We want to address the issue of capacity building in Youth with skills that will enable them to build practical hands-on skills that gives them a good start in life. Crafts such as coloring, drawing, cutting, painting, processing wool, wires or natural materials, all requires participants to use their hands, mind and creativity and help them build up their personality. Assertiveness, communication skills, self-regulation strategies, boosting self-esteem, developing management skills, embracing multiculturality – the benefits go on and on…

According to the data shared by the Office for National Statistics (NSO), the number of especially young migrants in Malta is increasing year by year. It means today’s Malta is a country of diversity that hosts many migrants from different cultures, ethnicities, races, and religions. Although the variety of colors seem pleasing to the eye at first glance, the coexistence of different identities in Malta is seen as a barrier that prevents relationships between individuals on closer inspection. Because of the stereotypes and prejudices created by society, migrants here do not see themselves as a part of Maltese community and have a hard time finding their own belonging. As a result of not been integrated into the society and the prejudices against them, the Maltese community cannot provide social justice or harmony for the migrants. In order to achieve these, a social cohesion process is required in Malta and this process can be realized through socio-cultural activities where both sides can get to know each other better. Thanks to these socio-cultural activities, migrants will be given a voice and their sense of belonging in the society will be built through their interaction with local people. By realizing this project, we want to contribute to the establishment of fair and just societies for all of us in which migrants are both integrated and feel integrated.

In summary, the objectives of our project are as follows:
– We promote positive interactions between migrants and the local people through this project.
– Through these positive interactions, we want to provide mutual understanding which is basis of all human relationships.
– This project will help local people to break down barriers and dispel xenophobic sentiments.
– This project will empower migrants by building their confidence and developing their relationships with others.
– This project will contribute to the process of building a cohesive society that benefits everybody

All participants to the APV have to attend the YE in Malta.

Youth exchange is for everyone who is interested in the topic and would like to travel and meet new people and cultures. Between the age of 18 – 30, leader can be over 30.

Participants will be from Lithuania Lithuania, Bulgaria Bulgaria, North Macedonia North Macedonia, Romania Romania and Slovakia Slovakia. There will be 2 participants from each country on a APV.

Accommodation HERE and food will be provided and financed from the Erasmus + program during the whole training. Travel costs will be reimbursed up to 275 euro and there is 50 euro participation fee.