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APPLICATION FORM

1. NAME OF THE PROJECT

South Caucasus – A Part of Europe

2. BRIEF SUMMARY DESCRIPTION

“South Caucasus – A Part of Europe” offers new perspectives from the South Caucasus providing a forum for young people to share their concerns. Armenian, Azerbaijani and Georgian youngsters are trained to work with different media (foto, video, radio, print) and by these means share their views,life perspectives and opinions on development issues in their countries with peers from Austrian and Lithuanian schools who are trained to work with media as well . The youngsters’ creations will be the base of a comprehensive awareness campaign (including exhibitions, publications, workshops, discussions and other public activities) from autumn 2008 till end of 2009.
The project aims at increasing mutual knowledge; encouraging co-operation between NGOs and schools from the North (EU) and South (Caucasus), as well as broadening the understanding of the interdependence between the EU and the countries in its neighbourhood. In order to achieve these aims the core of the project is “authentic communication”: young people from Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Lithuania are empowered to use media in expressing their perspectives and provided with a forum to share them with a broad audience.

3. WHAT IS THE NORTH-SOUTH/ GLOBAL DIMENSION OF YOUR PROJECT? Please describe

The project focuses on the exchange of information, comparing and linking the life perspectives of youngsters, and critically approaching development issues at stake between the South Caucasus (South) and EU countries (North).

4. PARTNER ORGANISATIONS

    a) LEAD PARTNER

    Name: Interkulturelles Zentrum
    Contact details: Bacherplatz 10, A-1050 Wien

      Tel: +43 1 586 75 44-0
      Fax: +43 1 586 75 44-9

    Type of Organisation: NGO

    b) PARTNER 2

    Name: Association for Youth non-formal Education in Lithuania
    Contact details: Lietuviu str. 49, Kaunas
    e-mail: nercas@email.lt
    Tel: 00370-686-18778
    Fax: 00370-5-2752897
    Type of Organisation: NGO

    c) OTHER PARTNERS

    NGOs in the South Caucasus:
    EURASIA Partnership Foundation Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan
    AEGEE Baku
    International Centre for Intercultural Research, Learning and Dialogue, Yerevan (ICIRLD)
    Academy for Peace and Development (APD), Tbilisi

    Schools and NGOs in Austria:
    BORG III, Vienna
    GRG XII, Vienna
    BORG Birkfeld
    HLW Ried
    BRG Traun
    Trafo.k

    Schools and NGOs in Lithuania:

Nida secondary school,
Silute Vydunas gymnasium
Kedainiai Sviesioji gymnasium
Kaunas “Santara” gymnasium
Anyksciai Jonas Biliunas gymnasium
Youth organization “Mes tik”, Kretinga
Youth centre “Babilonas”
Youth organization “Youth for tolerance and understanding”,

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5. PLEASE OUTLINE BRIEFLY THE FOLLOWING ELEMENTS
OF THE PROJECT1:

    a) overall aims

-increasing mutual knowledge
-encouraging co-operation between NGOs and schools from the North (EU) and South (Caucasus)
-broadening the understanding of the interdependence between the EU and the countries in its neighbourhood

    b) specific objectives

      - empower youngsters to express themselves through different media
      - connecting formal (school) and non-formal (youth NGOs) education institutions
      - providing a broad public forum (exhibitions, publications, workshops, discussions) to discuss issues of development and young people’s life situations in the South Caucasus and Europe

    c) outcomes

    Preliminary outcomes after the first (preparatory) phase of the project:

      - 120 youngsters from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia; 100 pupils from Austria; 100 pupils from Lithuania trained to use media (video, radio, photo, print) to express themselves using methods of non-formal education in a series of 3-6 workshops per country (or 4 workshops per school in Austria)
      - 180 media projects (films, photo series, articles, radio reports,…) realized by young project participants
      - First results, media projects, and information shared between 5 countries through e-mail, internal internet workspace, facebook group, media blog (http://azeriyoungsters.blogspot.com)
      - Several participants motivated to participate in further media work, youth exchanges, voluntary work, to get deeper involved media education, or even to start working as professional journalists
      - Awareness raising on the South Caucasus region, provision of information about real life situations from Armenian, Georgian, Azerbaijani youngsters to youngsters in Austria and Lithuania, and vice versa

    Expected outcomes:

Concrete outputs:
- Broad public reached by mass-media coverage of the campaign (up to 10% of the population in Austria and Lithuania)
- Further access to information about the action on web-sites or links all over Europe and the Caucasus
- min. 15.000 persons will read the brochures exclusively produced for the action
- Min. 8.000 persons will visit exhibitions in 8 different places in Europe
- Min. 1000 persons (target group young people) will participate in public discussions
- Mind. 1000 persons will be informed about the action during seminars, workshops, teacher-trainings, conferences, etc.
- 3.000 catalogues of the exhibition will be distributed
- Schools and NGO’s in Europe and Caucasus included into educational activities and receive first hand information
- 1200 DVDs containing educational material on South Caucasus will be distributed to schools, NGOs, educational experts

Capacity building:
- New establishment of partnerships of NGOs and schools from EU and South Caucasus
- 2 long-term trained representatives of youth NGOs from South Caucasus (volunteers)

    - Involved NGOs and youngsters from South Caucasus have been linked to the network of the Youth in Action National Agencies and profit from the regular information on how to participate in exchanges, voluntary service, training and support activities (SALTO Resource Centres)
    - Involved NGOs and youngsters have been provided with information about the Council of Europe’s Youth Directorate and its activities in the area of citizenship education, non-formal education, human rights education, etc.
    - Non-formal education methods have been introduced to all participants.
    - Links established not only between different countries but also between different actors (formal, non-formal, schools, NGOs, media) relevant in the fields of development and education

    d) duration of the project

    April 2007-March 2010

    e) participation of the target group(s)

    in the design of the project

    The project has been designed in close cooperation and using the extensive experience of the involved youth NGOs.

    in the implementation of the project

    Active participation and the provision of opportunities to actively design the project activities for all participants (young people between 14 and 25) has been at the core of all training and educational activities during the first phase of the project. The “authentic communication” approach facilitates the empowerment of youth to express themselves through media and provides an opportunity to focus on issues which the youngsters themselves consider important to share with their peers from other countries.

    f) strategies for integrating learning from the project into the educational system (formal and non-formal).

    By linking schools and youth NGOs the project aims to connect these spheres and enhance the capacities for further cooperation. The outcomes will be distributed in form of learning materials to be further used by educational institutions and thus inform the formal and non-formal system. The project is designed to build up the capacities of all involved organisations and different elements of this diverse project (e.g. the media workshop design, the authentic communication approach, the sharing of information between different kind of actors,…) will be used by them in their further educational work.

    g) evaluation mechanisms (internal and/or external).

Internal evaluation is applied at several levels of the action:

    - evaluation by participants

      all activities include evaluation by participants. This feedback supports immediate adaptation of methods and content, if necessary.

    - Evaluation by experts

      Media experts / trainers are asked to provide evaluation after having delivered workshops. This helps to adjust the implementation plan, if necessary.

    - Evaluation by consortium and partner

      Every Steering Committee Meeting (held every 6 months) includes activities to secure the quality of the action.

External evaluation. Hugh McLean, expert at the Institute for Educational Policies, Budapest will be contracted to carry out the external evaluation.

    h) budget – details of financial sources and summary of income and expenditure.

The project is funded by the European Commission (EuropeAid), and co-funded by the Austrian Development Cooperation, East-East Foundation (OSI), the Lithuanian Ministry for Education and Science.

Total budget: € 719.888,81
EC contribution: € 539.916,61

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6. DESCRIBE HOW NETWORKING, PARTNERSHIP OR CO-ORDINATION WORKS IN THE PROJECT TO ENHANCE EFFECTIVENESS

General co-ordination of the project is carried out by IZ in close cooperation with the consortium partner AYNEL. Activities in the respective countries are organised cooperatively with the involved organisations and experts/trainers. The general approach is participative and based on team work and involves regular team meetings as well as common Steering Meetings every 6 months.

7. WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT LEARNING DIMENSION OF THE PROJECT THAT COULD BE USEFUL IN OTHER COUNTRIES?

The project provides a unique “integrative” learning opportunity linking different actors and fields who do not usually join common education efforts: 5 countries, schools and NGOs, media experts and youth trainers who link non-formal education, media literacy and development issues. Moreover, the outcome of this learning experience will be made known to a broad public during the “awareness campaign”.


1 Please feel free to use existing documentation in response to Part 5 of the application form.