Call for partners – Training Course – Quests 4 Youth – Norway

ERASMUS+

Key Action 1 – Learning Mobility of Individuals

  • What: training course
  • When: 15th to 23rd September 2016
  • Where: Visnes, Norway

Deadline

2  February, 2016

Summary

“Quests 4 Youth” is an Erasmus+ Programme – KA1 training course to be held in Stavanger, Norway from 15th to 22 nd September 2016. It will gather 30 youth workers, youth leaders, educators and volunteers from 12 organizations from Europe and neighboring countries.

The aim of this project is to support the role of young people, youth workers and NGOs in heritage protection and promotion of their local culture and history through international cooperation.

The training course will include various non-formal education methods such as ice-breakers and energisers, team building exercises, small group discussions, questing, individual exercises and reflection, feedback and evaluation activities.

This project will be an excellent opportunity to develop key competences and to share good practices across Europe, to develop strong relationships between partners and so to multiply the effects of the course by increasing the cooperation between partners through the development of new projects and initiatives.

How to Apply

If you are interested in the topic of the proposed project, please do the following:

>> Fill in the PARTNER REGISTRATION FORM (CLICK HERE)

>> Fill in, sign and stamp (if possible!) the MANDATE (DOWNLOAD HERE).

Context

Why Take An Interest In Cultural Heritage?

Heritage is what we have received from our ancestors. Our duty is to preserve it for transmission to future generations. Our identity is the result of our past and our environment. In the same way as we inherit the genes of our parents, we are also made up of “genes” of our cultural and natural environment. If we do not know where we come from, it is difficult to know where we are going. The loss of this cultural or natural heritage would be like amnesia: the loss of the past and ignorance of this heritage means we lose our bearings. Certain sites, witnesses to the past, have had an impact on history; others have been fashioned by it. These sites are not eternal: some are in real danger, many are already lost. The threats are numerous: they are called ignorance, pollution, war, uncontrolled urbanism, poverty, irresponsibility and abusive tourism, to mention but a few.

Why Study And Protect Cultural Heritage?

The guarantee of the transmission, safeguarding and protection of heritage are firstly the respect for oneself and others, the acceptance of diversity. Respect amongst individuals and people is based on the knowledge of others and their cultures. Peace is forged through contacts and convivial exchanges between human beings and between cultures. The identity of individuals and entire peoples – cultural diversity – is the food for dialogue and mutual enrichment and an antidote to the risk of standardization, especially at a time when dominant patterns tend to homogenize the daily life of populations throughout the world. To acknowledge and cherish diversity is a good way to “build peace in the minds of men” (UNESCO Constitution).

A Common Heritage For All People, And A Responsibility For Each And Every One

Cultural Heritage is the collective property of humanity and not only that of the country where the sites are located. Even if the nation is its rightful owner, the responsibility for its protection is international. This responsibility lies with all citizens of the world, all fully indebted to the present and to the future. We are all responsible: the people who live at the sites, tourists who visit them, specialists who study them, the media which speaks of them and the States. The concept of universality is our common concern, as only collective action can protect our heritage. Wide recognition of a site contributes to its survival:

  • it will benefit from the care of those who are directly responsible for its management; it will be better protected if, unfortunately, a conflict should arise;
  • it will have greater protection from acts of destruction committed in the name of fanatical ideology.

Responsibility lies with each young person to be acquainted with and to make known the sites of his/her country, thus investing them with a sacred and inviolable character.

Themes/ topics

  • Creativity and culture
  • International cooperation, international relations, development cooperation
  • New innovative curricula/educational methods/development of training courses

Aim

The aim of this project is to support the role of young people, youth workers and NGOs in heritage protection and promotion of their local culture and history through international cooperation.

General Objectives

  • O1 – Give tools to Youth Workers to promote cultural heritage and engage young people in its protection and valorisation.
  • O2 – Develop innovative methods to encourage young people to become involved in heritage conservation on a local as well as on a global level.
  • O3 – Promote awareness among young people of the importance a better understanding of the interdependence of cultures amongst young people.
  • O4 – Foster synergies amongst partners in the promotion of Cultural Heritage Education on a national and international level.

Methodology

Questing is an award-winning place-based education methodology focused on discovering the natural and cultural heritage of the site (town, village, district etc.).

A quest is a community treasure hunt that guides people through — and teaches them how to see — a unique community treasure. It is a kind of an unmarked trail, which one follows reading instruction delivered by a rhymed text. It includes clues that have to be resolved thanks to thorough observation of the site – all kinds of details (architectural, historic, natural).

The overall goal of the quest is to tell the thematic story of the place (based on history, tradition, a legend, natural condition, local economy etc.). It is always worked out by a group of people through cooperation basing on interactive workshop methodology, where all participants contribute to create a quest.

Quests can be designed and adapted to explore a wide variety of places. It consist of:

  • Verse clues that guide and teach questers as they move through a site.
  • Quest maps that illustrate the quest and prevent visitors from getting lost.
  • Hidden treasure boxes at the end of the quest, which contain unique hand-carved rubber stamp

On the surface, a quest seems fairly straightforward: rhyming clues, a hand-drawn map and a hidden treasure box. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Beneath the surface is a program that teaches community landscape and heritage and that fosters a sense of place.

Conditions

  1. Partners must accept conditions stated on the registration form
  2. Partners should be highly motivated to participate in the dissemination and follow up activities.
  3. Partners have to have high interest toward youth work/education and motivation to work with non formal education.

Candidates that do not meet the requirements above will not be considered and hence taken off the list.

Eligible Countries (click here)

Programme and Partner Countries

Deadline for applications

Applications should be filled in until 30th January, 2016. 

Send the mandate to mrg@nitin.no till 30th January the latest.

The selected candidates will be announced until 31th January 2016.

Contact person

If you have any questions, you are welcome to contact us at:

mrg@nitin.no | +47 98 84 09 75