Bridging Europe and Africa

The project “Bridging Europe and Africa – a Social Initiative” or BE AS I is developed with financial support from the European Union’s Erasmus+ Program Key Action 2 – Capacity Building in the field of Youth.

It involves 4 partners from Europe and Africa. These partners are Asociatia de Tineri din Ardeal, from Cristuru Secuiesc, Romania as coordinator and Aventura Marao Clube from Amarante, Portugal, Associação Amigos do Calhau, from São Vicente Cape Verde and ONG Minangan, from Ketou, Benin, as partners.

The duration of the project is 20 months, from November 2015 till July 2017, and it includes 4 main type of activities:

  1.  1 Workshop for 24 youth workers held in Amarante, in February 2016 for 7 days.
  2. 2 Job Shadowing activities, held in Kétou from Cisturu Secuiesc and an other one from Amarante also in Ketou for 5 and 21 days.
  3. 2 Meetings for middle evaluation and planning EVS, held in São Vicente and Ketou for 4 and 5  participants, in July 2016 for 5 days
  4. 2 European Voluntary Services held in São Vicente and Ketou, for 4 – 4 participants, from September 2016 till March 2017.

This project was planned in 2014 in a Youth Capacity Building project in Cape Verde, “EU – Africa on the Move”. Four of these countries, Romania, Portugal, Cape Verde and Benin decided to implement a follow up project, with the motivation to develop their project management skills and non-formal learning capacities and using these skills to tackle mainly social and cultural difficulties in the new consortium.

The main aims of the BE AS I project are to

  • Foster the cooperation of EU-Africa in the youth field, empowering the youth workers and it´s associations from Africa and Europe to tackle social and cultural issues under non formal education methods.
  • Develop skills and competences in project management and non formal education methods, through which the youth workers from African and EU countries will improve the quality of social activities in their communities.
  • Empower youth associations, promote participation, active citizenship, inter-cultural dialogue and through the campaign, solidarity between EU and African countries, and
  • Develop new training methods and tools such as manuals and brochures which disseminate the project results and the new knowledge base gained among the networks of EU and African countries

In the different activities of the project we use non formal methods such as energizers, simulations and role-plays, brainstorming, team building, visits, inter-cultural activities, work in small groups, media tools, etc. All the 40 direct participants of the project go through various learning processes related to project management, non-formal education and personal development, ensured by the above described non formal working methods and reflection activities. These learning achievements will also be recognized and certified by the organizers.

Throughout our activities, dissemination measures and outcomes we expect to reach a minimum of 10400 youngsters from all countries involved in this project.