In January 2016 Wezesha engaged in a second EU partnership projects -Bridging the Gap- which is a project co-funded by the European Union under Erasmus+ programme and is being led by Cross Culture International Foundation (CCIF) from Malta.
The main aim of this project is to support youth workers working in the youth field in learning how to improve their skills, to empower organisations working with youths, and to establish cross-sectoral cooperation between Programme Countries and Partner Countries. The European and African youth organisations will use their knowledge and experience to build a non-formal training module on youth work, based on the number of issues raised by all involved youth organisations, including the needs of African youth workers. This project will include 4 organisations from Programme Countries: Malta, Greece, Romania and Ireland, and 2 organisations from Partner Countries, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
The project started in March 2016 and will last for fourteen months, with the following activities: Capacity Building and mobility, transnational meetings, Research and compilation of an informal training module; Mobility of youth workers in Zimbabwe – a nine day activity including training, workshops, job simulation and sharing of best practices; Mobility of youth workers in European countries where different youth workers will have an observation period and job shadowing experience in different organisations according to their needs; Publication of a training handbook on youth work; and Awareness raising on the importance of youth work.
Wezesha has contributed a chapter on this handbook based on the organisation work with the Diaspora Youth using- Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) approach. ABCD is a bottom-up way of working with communities that focuses on community strengths and assets. This approach acknowledges communities can drive the development process themselves by identifying and mobilizing existing, but often unrecognized assets. In Wezesha WE believe everyone is an asset too regardless of age, ethnic background, educational background, marital status, etc., We are using ABCD for sustainable development and to complement Wezesha working Model- The enabling- Empowerment. The Mobility in Ireland will take place from 16th- 21 January. This project creates opportunities, interest and help build connections in Europe and Africa in line with Wezesha mission and vision
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