From 16 to the 21 of December in Jordan, participants from MEDA countries and Europe attended a 5 days partnership building activity. Mosaic event took place in Jordan, dead sea and gathered 24 participants from Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon as well as participants from European countries such as Spain, France, Germany, Cyprus, UK. It aimed at creating an opportunity of exchange between participants to get to know each other and the work of the organizations they are representing. The activities focused on non-formal education tools to make the atmosphere more enjoyable and put the participants at ease to be more productive.
This was a new format that has been developed: the idea was to support and provide first information for NGOs that have never beenn part of ESC process and then to involve in the proces NGOs with more experience for creating new projects.
Only participants from MEDA region attended the first day. The day started with welcoming remarks form the facilitators and Salto team. Following that, participants introduced themselves very briefly presenting their names and the countries they came from. In order to get to know each other better, participants enjoyed playing a bingo game. Everyone had a paper divided into a number of cases. Every participant was asked to find a partner whose description applies to one of the cases without repeating the same name twice. After the time of the activity ended, participants joined their seats and Federica presented the MOSAIC model, which is based on three main pillars: providing knowledge about the European solidarity corps, networking and building partnerships and sharing educational tools. It was stated that it is very important for volunteers and partners to understand why they are doing their job in order to assure its success and sustainability and achieving its goals and objectives. After that, Lama animated a game called ‘the line game’, the line represented numbers from 0 onward so participants had to stand according to the number that answers the question based on their experience. Some of the questions that were raised are: how many national volunteering programs did your organization organize? How many volunteers did you send? How many volunteers did you host? Have you participated in an ESC program? Do you have the quality label? These questions allowed the participants to see the common qualities among them and to know the people they can contact for further information
During the evening, participants from partner countries were welcomed with a cocktail dinner that allowed them together with participants from MEDA to exchange a little bit and get to know each other before the next day. Everyone joined the main room and the new participants introduced themselves briefly saying their name and the country they are representing. The first day ended with a short announcement of what is expected for the next day.
The second and third day were dedicated to create trust and based on this sharing ideas for future projects.
The outcomes of these two working days could be summarise in the following projects ideas:
1. Theatre of the oppressed which aims at
• Exploring the impact of climate change in each country
• Facilitating the acquisition of new tools such as theatre,
• Creating a space for young people to express themselves
• Creating a community
2. Non formal Meducation
3. Be the change Euro Med need to see which aims at Raising awareness about environmental issues and cultural heritage using volunteering activities and non-formal education
4. Ruraic that tackles youth unemployment, people with few opportunities in rural areas, and lack of awareness about diversity. The project aims at
• Promoting development of rural areas through volunteering
• Developing youth capacities especially those of fewer opportunities
• Saving traditions and promoting cultural heritage
• Developing local communities
5. Youth for entrepreneurship which aims at:
• Enhancing economic activities among young people when they are unemployed
• Facilitating the creation of economic opportunities
• Reducing unemployment
6. NGO TV, which aims at displaying the work on Egyptian NGOs to other countries
7. Una vision which aims at creating villages in rural areas where sustainable living, working and learning can be experienced in a real life environment
(Shorten version of longer and passionating article)
2019 closed with the important activity MOSAIC: youth workers and youth leaders who would like the upscale the opportunities for their youth with volunteering activities. It is important to provide the space for co-create understanding about youth projects widening the local and national vision toward a South- med one.