Kick-off meeting (Palermo, Italy)
Two representatives from each organization met in Palermo in November 2016 to analyse the project’s topics and discuss about the activities’ planning, tasks and roles each one has to cover and the next steps to be taken.
All partners presented the results drawn from the research on the state of art and local context about: literacy and reading rates; diffusion of web and social media; websites and apps for social reading; and, good practices on non-formal and creative approaches to promote reading among youngsters.
The results of these researches has been presented during a Public Lecture open to the local community.
The training course took place in Palermo (Italy) from March, 19th to March 25th 2017 and involved 30 youth workers and young people from all partner countries: Italy, Austria, Slovenia, India, and Kenya.
Participants have been trained on how to use non-formal education tools and innovative art-based methodologies to work with young people, especially disadvantaged youngsters, in order to increase their literacy level and improve children’s attitude towards reading and learning.
Participants have increased their awareness of the positive impact of a creative educational approach to reading, familiarised with new creative and non-formal methodologies to improve literacy skills of young people, developed competences in training and leading groups of young people.
At the end of the course, most of the participants created local teams to develop activities based on the ones tested in Palermo. The activities have been piloted and implemented with young people of the local communities in order to get feedback and understand their efficacy.
Local teams made up of youth workers and young people interested in READ topics have been set up in Italy, Austria, Slovenia, India, and Kenya.
Each group has designed, developed and implemented activities aimed at promoting reading among young people through non-formal education and art-based methodologies.Local activities can be divided in three main phases:
- Creative-reading lab: meetings among local team members aimed at developing the educational activities to be implemented with young people from the local communities.
- Local Educational Activities: local teams have implemented and piloted the activities developed by local teams with young people in their communities, paying special attention to socially disadvantaged youth.
- Local Contest: having implemented their activities, local teams had the opportunity to present their work to the whole community. A panel selected the most interesting activities and the winning team could participate in the final event of the project: READ Final Workshop & Festival.
Youth workers form each partner county have been involved in a 15-day mobility during which they had the chance to visit the local activities of the hosting organization, discover local realities and local educational centres dealing with youngsters with fewer opportunities, exchanging good practices and promoting networking. Moreover, youth workers have supported the hosting organisation in the organization of the Local Contest and took part to it as a member of the jury.
READ International Workshop and Festival (Wien, Austria)
A 7-day event consisting in:
- 5-day workshop attended by the winning local teams who will work in multicultural and transnational teams to develop intercultural creative products and activities;
- 2-day festival to present the READ creative products and activities developed during the project lifetime.