20 – 28 April 2015, Zigiunchor, Senegal, hosted by Federation Dimbaya Kagnalen
Youth workers and project managers from the Italian PRISM – Promozione Internazionale Sicilia-Mondo and our Inter Alia, were hosted for a job shadowing by Federation Dimbaya Kagnalen - a local NGO, in the framework of the project “The Young side of the Moon”, co-funded by the EU through the ERASMUS+ programme, Key Action 2: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices - Capacity Building in the field of youth”.
For a young organization like ours this mobility was a great opportunity for growing through reciprocal learning, intercultural dialogue, and exchange of experiences in the field of youth work and community development. And learning from our hosting organization “Federation Dimbaya Kagnalen” (FDK) was a unique experience of its own.
Federation Dimbaya Kagnalen (FDK) is located in Ziguinchor, in the south part of Senegal, where the peaceful coexistence of two big religions, and of neighbours who celebrate together are not just words but a reality. However, it hasn’t been like this forever. Reminders of the Casamance conflict is not difficult to find.
Monday morning – we were picked up by a driver who brought us to the FDK’s office. A sincere welcoming by the Office Manager Haby Diallo who we have already met in Caltanissetta, a short tour of the 2-storey office and… a meeting with FDK’s Board who sung for us “Bonjour, bonjour”… We couldn’t feel differently but welcome, smiles, open eyes and hearts when meeting a large group of parents, local advisors, religious and civil community leaders, managers, social workers and students, singing for us.
Getting back to FDK: local partner of Child Fund, Federation Dimbaya Kagnalen is a civil society organization with over 7-years of experience in community development and child protection. Looking for expanding their partnerships and promoting their work the Job shadowing was more than insightful. Activities in the framework of the partners’ visit included local community projects, pre-school and school education in Ziguinchor and neighbouring villages (ECD, Djiringho, Katy Kane, youth club of Boutoute, Childfriendly, Nyassia school, ASSOREP Yamatogne), cultural exchanges with children, youngsters and community members of the Dimbaya family, visit to some local authorities, cultural tours in the Casamance region, and specific sessions dedicated to the exploration of opportunities for synergies and development of follow-up international cooperation projects in the field of youth between the partner organizations involved.
From their style of work and most of all their sustainable approach we have a lot to learn. Hopefully, we also have to offer. Inter Alia team is looking forward to our next meeting and to a fruitful cooperation in the future.
Thank you, Dimbaya! Diereudieuf from the bottom of our hearts!
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Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices
Capacity Building for Youth in ACP countries, Latin America and Asia
Training Course: Project Cycle Management
20 – 28 February 2015, Caltanissetta, Italy
PCM training course in Caltanissetta was an awesome experience.
First of all, the course was based on a brilliant idea, taking Pink Floyd’s tracks from the album “Dark Side Of The Moon” and analyzing the steps of Project Management Cycle. It became clear and understandable in a unique way, always having in mind and sometimes listening to the famous songs. This course taught me how to deconstruct a problem and step by step analyze it until I reach the desired outcome.
Secondly, the diversity of the group was definitely a significant advantage. Getting in touch with people not only from Europe but from Vietnam, Kenya and Senegal was very educational and curious and amazing. We exchanged ideas and thoughts and problems and challenges we may face and I think it evolved me personally.
Overall, it was an amazing experience and very intense because on one hand we learnt things from the course and on the other hand we learnt things by just talking and interacting with each other.
I had amazing time too and would like to thank you very very much for this possibility and experience to take a part in this training course.
Project Cycle Management: It was nothing to me but a vague idea in some business school terminology. Now I know the context, I believe I can put my project thoughts into words in a better way and I will surely try to. But this is the least of it. I am back home full of energy. We got new friends, future partners, valuable experience and of course a taste of Sicily. Where can I start from? The all-around player Fausto Amico? The Antichi Ricordi people? The inspiring participants? The picturesque city of Caltanissetta? Surely this is just the beginning. Job shadowing in India, Kenya, Senegal and Vietnam will follow. This is “The Young Side of the Moon”.
Project Management has always sounded boring to me. Becoming a project manager myself – throws me straight to the bunch of dull people who go to work every day and speak of work even after working hours… Well, all is true, without the “boring” part And the Training on Project Cycle Management as part of the “Young Side of the Moon” Capacity Building Youth project was a step in that direction.
Apart from the quality of the learning sessions and the flawlessness of the organization, I’ll keep forever the opportunity to meet, talk and understand better the “local migrants”. Caltanissetta is the new home of many Asian and African refugees, and Fausto managed to integrate them into the programme in an unforgettable way. After this experience, I feel so much richer and stronger to go on!
The Young Side of the Moon
Capacity Building for Youth in ACP countries, Latin America and Asia
Short Description of the Project
“The Young Side of the Moon” is an 18-month capacity-building project that aims at promoting exchanges and cooperation in the field of youth between youth organizations engaged in community development from different World-contexts. 8 Organizations from 3 continents (Europe, Africa and Asia) and 8 countries (Italy, Senegal, Kenya, India, Vietnam, Latvia, Greece, and Cyprus) will focus on the effects of the global crisis on young people and its multi-dimensions.
Various needs of youth from around the world will be addressed through a creative approach experimented by PRISM, and based on the concept album of Pink Floyd "The Dark Side of the Moon". Therefore, following the sequence of thesongs in the album, the following topics will be addressed:
- Economic Crisis (Track: Money)
- Crisis of cultural references and values (Tracks: On the run / Breathe)
- Migrations and Inclusion (Track: Us and Them)
- Environment (Track: Eclipse).
The project includes different mobility activities for youth workers: a Training Course in Caltanissetta, Italy and four Job Shadowing activities hosted in the Partner Countries involved.
The TC will provide a non-formal and creative training on the Project Cycle Management linked to the concept of Non-violent Community Development, equipping youth workers with knowledge, key competences and learning tools necessary for the development and delivery of community-based projects.
The job shadowing activities will offer a reciprocal opportunity for practical learning experience, exchange of good practices, acquisition of key competences and building of long-term partnerships.
The overall goal is to engage youth workers to step up into leadership roles in their local and global communities as agents and multipliers for sustainable co-development and growth.
Specific objectives of the project:
- To enhance socio-professional development and competences in project management of youth workers to respond to identified community needs and global challenges affecting young people world-wide;
- To strengthen the international cooperation and the exchange of experiences on youth work and community development in different World countries;
- To deepen the knowledge of the current and expected future situation and needs of young people in different regions of the World.
- To strengthen the capacity of youth workers and organizations to contribute to civil society development.
- PRISM Promozione Internazionale Sicilia-Mondo, Italy (Caltanissetta)
- RESOURCE HUB FOR DEVELOPMENT (RHD), Kenya (Nairobi)
- Volunteers for community development and environment education, Vietnam (Hanoi)
- New Beginnings Charitable Trust, India (Vijayawada)
- DOREA Educational Institute WTF, Cyprus (Limassol)
- Jaunatnes iniciativu centrs, Latvia (Kekava)
- INTER ALIA, Greece (Athens)
- Federation Dimbaya Kagnalen, Senegal (Ziguinchor)
Project dates: 02/10/2014 - 02/04/2016
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