Partnership and TG2 Mid-Term Mobility Meeting in Jordan

Mobility Meeting JordanCaBuReRa Partnership Meeting and Mid-Term Mobility Meeting for the second group of participants took place in Amman, Jordan, from June 26th to the 2nd of July 2015. It involved the 51 young participants from Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, Portugal, Italy and Greece who from May till August 2015 are doing an internship in the field of project management in different organisations located on the other side of the Mediterranean Sea basin. These participants are young graduates and unemployed who are trying to become part of the labour market: they belong to the second group of young people to whom CaBuReRa offers a valuable opportunity of capacity building.

CaBuReRa is an ENPI CBC Med project aimed to reduce the rate of youth unemployment in the Euro-Mediterranean area by giving participant the opportunity to gain across-the-board skills in the field of project management and international cooperation.

During the Partnership Meeting the CaBuReRa partners analysed the state of play of the project implementation and focused their attention on the 51 young participants who are now living their mobility experience.

The Mid-Term Mobility Meeting was a unique opportunity for the participants to meet each other, to be trained on project writing and call for proposals and to share their mobility experience. Moreover, the trainers and participants worked in synergy to capitalise the skills acquired during their mobility experience, learning a successful way of using these competences in the labour market. The Mobility- Meeting has been also an opportunity to introduce the CaBuReRa participants to the internship at national level they will do once back in their own countries.

CaBuReRa Mobility Meeting in Jordan has come to an end

Caburera_Mobility_Meeting_JordanThe Mid-Term Mobility Meeting held in Amman, Jordan within the CaBuReRa project, has just ended. 58 young participants from the Target Group 2 (TG2), coming from Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan, Greece, Portugal and Italy, met up together for evaluating the first part of their mobility and plan the forthcoming part. These participants are all Young Unemployed who are currently spending a period abroad for attending a training in the field of project management in different organisations located on the other side of the Mediterranean Sea basin.

During the Mid-Term Meeting in Jordan, CaBuReRa participants took part in some intensive training sessions related to project management and had also the opportunity to circulate ideas, opinions, knowledge and professional aspirations among the colleagues coming from all the other countries involved in the CaBuReRa project.

So, between moments of fun along the Dead Sea coasts and hours of in-depth analysis about Euro-Mediterranean cooperation, it should be said that future project managers are growing up…!

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Mobility Meeting in Jordan: new skills for the future

IMG_4125The first day of the TG2 Mid-Term Mobility Meeting in Jordan has just ended in a very good mood and sound.

The different groups have closed the intensive activity-day with a song expressing their willing to share their mobility experience and to have fun all together.

Countries’ presentations, laughing, peer to peer activities and reflection on skills were the main elements of the sessions.

The TG2s were so excited and the good feelings of the day allowed all of them to analyse their experiences and the first cultural difficulties faced during their mobility. The trainers as well facilitated the analysis of the learning mobility skills and the reflection on how to exploit them for employment.

The following days will give opportunity to further evaluate the first part of the mobility period and to have a look into the future: refining the expectations and learning goals for the second part of the mobility and for the local internship.

Stay tuned!

CaBuReRa presented in the frame of international seminar in Athens

International seminar in Athens (1)The Family and Childcare Centre KMOP, the Greek partner of CaBuReRa project, organised in Athens, on the 18th of June 2015, the 3rd international seminar, which was a core activity of the project titled ValidVol: Validation of Key Competences in Voluntary Service Organisations.

The ValidVol Project has been funded by the EU Lifelong Learning Programme under the Grundtvig sub-programme. It involves partners from the United Kingdom, Austria, Greece, Spain and Italy and is aimed to equip volunteers who are aged over 50 with the skills and competences to improve their employability prospects; this is achieved by recognising and accrediting the learning and skills that individual volunteers gain through their work in the voluntary sector.

Even though the project focuses on mature volunteers, the international seminar was a successful event which was attended by many young volunteers. KMOP took the chance to present them the CaBuReRa project, giving special emphasis on the voluntary character of the mobility activities and on the important working experience gained by the young participants from all involved countries.

Synergies Capitalization Event in Italy

Synergies Capitalization Event PalermoTook place in Palermo, Italy, on 17th June 2015 the Synergies Capitalization Event organised by CaBuReRa, NETKITE and STS MED projects (coordinated respectively by CESIE and Consorzio Arca). The event was part of a wider capitalization event aimed to highlight and enforce the links between business ideas and EU funding opportunities.

The aim of the event was to help young entrepreneurs develop their business idea and find funding opportunities for making it real. In this regard the CaBuReRa young participants had the chance to know more about entrepreneurship and to support the young entrepreneurs of NETKITE to improve their knowledge about funding programmes.

So new synergies have been created between the entrepreneurial ideas of NETKITE participants and the EU funding opportunities proposed by the 58 young participants currently involved in CaBuReRa.

These two projects shared almost the same goals: both are ENPI CBC MED projects aimed to help young people living in the Mediterranean Sea basin find job opportunities by enhancing their career and business opportunities. Moreover both projects have a Platform, a tool which is very useful in order to share information, to disseminate business content and mobility and jobs opportunities, as well as funding programmes in the Euro-Mediterranean area.

Mediterraneo Antirazzista involves CaBuReRa participants

CESIE_Mediterraneo_Antirazzista (2)Took place in Palermo from 11th to 14th June 2015 the Mediterraneo Antirazzista, an event that brings together sport, art and culture, organised for the first time in 2008. Aim of this event is to promote intercultural dialogue and interaction between different cultures, by organising leisure activities addressed to people from different ages, and giving them an occasion to meet each other and share their experiences. This year also TG2 participants got involved in the CaBuReRa project took part in the Mediterraneo Antirazzista, and their enthusiasm in sport competitions has been really great.

It is usually claimed that diversity among people is a value, but sometimes in our cities we have to face critical situations that seem to deny this statement. Different cultures and lifestyles are often considered a threat to society and “the stranger” is seen as an enemy almost everywhere. Social exclusion and discrimination do not concern just migrants escaping from ethnic, economic or religious conflicts, but also those Italians who live in suburbs, where geographic marginality usually means social and economic exclusion.

CaBuReRa supports the Mediterraneo Antirazzista project and took actively part in it. Both projects are indeed aimed to promote an intercultural approach in our society as well as break some mental barriers like racism and social disadvantage through sport and cultural activities, seen as means of cohesion and socialisation. Only a strong network of relationships and human experiences can give people the opportunity to go beyond their prejudices and living peacefully with the others.

CaBuReRa TG2 visiting Portuguese Businesses

necton 1_resIn the framework of the three months mobility within CaBuReRa project, Jordan participants in Portugal Sarah Qabbani and Nardeen Alsunna have been collaborating with CRIA, the Division of Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer in University of Algarve.

During the last two months they have been cooperating with CRIA partners, with non-profit and non-governmental organizations, especially those who mainly work in tourism, cultural promotion, Mediterranean diet, technology transfer, intellectual property, entrepreneurship and renewable energy.

The two participants were also introduced to two successful entrepreneurs who, after many years of hard work, have succeeded in transforming their ideas into businesses, with the help of CRIA.

Sarah and Nardeen got the chance to visit the location of two big and successful businesses: Necton and Sparos, that is a spin-off company of the Centre of Marine Sciences of Algarve (CCMAR) / University of Algarve, devoted to innovate in the development of new products and processes for fish feeding and nutrition.

These companies have introduced CaBuReRa participants to their work as well as to their history, showing them the value of their job.

Living CaBuReRa in Palermo, Hussein’s and Batoul’s experience

Living CaBuReRa in Palermo, Hussein's and Batoul's experienceHussein and Batoul belong to the group of 9 boys and girls coming from Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine who have just started their experience in CaBuReRa. They arrived in Palermo few weeks ago and they have immediately felt home. Hussein and Batoul are both members of TG2, the CaBuReRa Target Group made up of young unemployed people for whom CaBuReRa represents a valuable opportunity of human and professional development. The aim of this project is to help these people acquire complex skills in project management and international cooperation, a way to face youth unemployment in the Euro-Mediterranean area. Young people who have just arrived in Palermo are all graduates or near-graduates: they have decided to join the CaBuReRa project basically in order to make an international experience. But for them, CaBuReRa is more than this, as shown by Houssein and Batoul’s words.

Hussein and the importance of communication

Hussein is 26 years old and he comes from Lebanon. He is a student of IT and Computer Sciences at the University of Beirut, and he says that he decided to join the CaBuReRa project because he wished to improve his IT skills. But when he arrived at CESIE’s office, in Palermo, he found much more than this, and his enthusiasm is visible: he is learning a new language – Italian – and day by day he can appreciate a culture that he acknowledges as different but, at the same time, very close to his own. «Living abroad is a big challenge», he says, «but this experience is teaching me a lot: for example I start to know and appreciate new countries and their cultures, and I have also learned how to communicate with them. I like it so much!». In Lebanon, Hussein had already worked as a volunteer for Action Aid and Unicef: this previous experience, he says, allows him to further appreciate the work he is doing in Palermo. Indeed, Hussein and the other people involved in CaBuReRa are currently working as volunteers in some children centres which are located in town centre of Palermo; these centres are named Ubuntu, Santa Chiara and La Casa di tutte le genti. According to Hussein, what makes CaBuReRa a really valuable experience is the Relay Race, a core event of the project. During the Relay Race, the two target groups involved in the project – the Young Unemployed of TG2 ready to depart and the Youth Workers of TG1 coming back from one of the Partner Countries – meet with each other to discuss about their mobility experience, in a moment of peer-to-peer training aiming to promote active citizenship as well as intercultural dialogue. Everything is based on communication, and this is the feature of the project that Hussein likes the most.

«A place where I feel like home». The story of Batoul

Batoul, as Hussein, is Lebanese. She is 23 years old, and has a degree in Marketing and a strong will to make new experiences. In her words, CaBuReRa is a sort of springboard, the watchword opening labour market’s doors. «If you want to find a job, in Lebanon as in other parts of the world, a work experience abroad is an added value», she claims. For a person like her – who loves travelling, meeting new friends and learning foreign languages – CaBuReRa represents the opportunity for putting herself to the test and try to reach her own independence, both in personal and economic terms. What Batoul likes the most about her work in Palermo is the possibility to help children. The child centre she volunteers in reminds her about the one she attended as a child in Lebanon. According to her, the work that she does every day is a way to give back what she has received during her life. Putting in practice the highest and deep sense of the word communication: giving other people something important and everlasting. Batoul and Hussein are both highly satisfied with their experience in CaBuReRa. They say: «In Palermo we feel like home», a sentence that express much more than its instant meaning. And not just because Mediterranean cities are quite similar to each other, but rather because, in CESIE, Batoul and Hussein found a friendly environment, that allows them to acquire new skills and to give them back to those coming after them, in an long-lasting circle of communication.

Women Empowerment: educational workshops for Jordanian women in rural areas

As part of the Al-Hayat’s work with the Jordanian civil society, the “Women Democratic Empowerment” is a project that aims at providing the tools and competences for women to become active participants in their communities. The project entails many education activities, one of them being a series of workshops addressed at women from rural areas.

The first of these 3-day workshops already took place, last week in Amman. This weekend’s workshop is currently taking place in Jerash. The next and final workshop will be held in Aqaba.

During the first day of the workshops, Al-Hayat staff briefly explains view, mission, goals and activities of the center and of the project itself.

Attended by 30 rural women, the workshops start with the session on Human Rights, Women’s Rights and Women’s Right for Political Participation. The attendees are trained on Human and Women’s Rights’ terms and concepts, international conventions and declarations, and they actively participate in working groups and interactive exercises proposed by the trainer.

During the second day, the rural women are introduced to the topic of Peer Education, by being informed and trained on communication and facilitation skills in order to be able to perform them in the upcoming Kitchen Meeting (the second step of the project) sessions they are going to held in their own community.

The third and last day of the workshop, the training focuses on the Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB), including sessions about definition and terminology of Public Budget, gender and GRB, in addition to analysis tools and best practices for gender budgeting. After that, the attendees are divided in working groups to implement the new knowledge and skills learnt during the theoretical session.

Two of CaBuReRa’s TG2 participants permanently involved in the Women Empowerment program are currently working in this project, providing assistance and logistical help to Al-Hayat’s staff.

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CaBuReRa participants join the Daedalus International Seminar in Palestine

Daedalus seminar PalestineThe Daedalus International Seminar Tackling Youth Unemployment in Palestine took place in Ramallah, Palestine on 26th and 27th May 2015. Two days devoted to discuss and analyse issues elated to the Palestinian work market, with a special focus on the situation of the youngest employees.

A great number of people joined the seminar. Also CaBuReRa young participants in Palestine were actively involved in it, as they presented the CaBuReRa platform on 27th May. Partner of both projects is the Palestinian organization Juhoud for Community&Rural Development.

These two projects shared almost the same goals. Daedalus, like CaBuReRa, is an ENPI CBC MED project aimed to help young people living in the Mediterranean Sea basin find a job, by enhancing their career and business opportunities.

The Daedalus portal allows young people, entrepreneurs, ICT companies, online business, regional and local employment associations to enter a cross-border platform where matching labour market demand and supply and meeting a valuable pool of young people and professionals across the Mediterranean area. The platform is a useful tool as it integrates information sharing, the dissemination of business content and career advising methodologies through a comprehensive and multi-media plan.

Since CaBuReRa platform collects information about career and mobility opportunities as well as news on call and European funding related to the Euro-Mediterranean area, a synergy with Daedalus is warmly encouraged in order to empower the features of both platforms.

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