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KEYS TO UNDERSTAND AND DEVELOP THE EUROPEAN DIMENSION

Type of tool: 
Activity
Duration: 
60-90 min
Topics addressed: 
EuroMed
European programmes
Project management

These exercises allow young people interested in participating in EU financed programmes for youth to become aware about the key factors for designing successful projects in this framework.

Aim: 

The main aim is to define the feasibility of a project idea in two steps, a first one by defining the European Dimension of the project and in a second one to realize the key elements for a EU project.

Methodology: 

Individual work.
Working groups.
Team work.
Debriefing.

Step by step process: 

STEP 1:
Defining the EU dimension in a project. The whole group could work individually or in working groups, according to the stage of the training (if you are in the final stage of producing project ideas, could be better working groups BEFORE defining the project ideas in detail).
STEP 2:
Which are the key elements for European Dimension in a project? The project idea is defined, the project draft quite advanced, even the application form could be partially fulfilled. This second step uses the questions in the document “EU Dimension Keys.doc” to check the project idea. It could be done in working groups, as an evaluation exercise to optimize the proposed project ideas.
Give 20 minutes to the working groups to answer the questions and then have a debriefing to share the answers.

Materials and resources: 

* Audiovisual equipment: laptop/PC + projector + speakers + screen/big wall for projecting.
* Hard copy of the YiA Programme
* Hard copy of the EMY Programme
* Handout for participants: DEFINING THE EU DIMENSION IN YiA AND EMY Projects
* Application form's copies

Outcomes: 

-Project proposals with a clear European Dimension defined on them.
-Raising awareness between participants about the different elements (European Citizenship, Partnership, Transferability, etc...) included in the European Dimension.

Notes for further use: 

This exercise may be developed in an open–mind, positive constructive critic to Project ideas, remarking the positive points and suggesting how to optimize the weaknesses.
A previous exercise (as "WE EUROPEANS") could be done as an introductory step in the training.

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