On an annual basis Crossing Borders runs 10-15 international projects, always under a Human Rights based approach. The implementation of these projects are done with local partners within Europe, West & East Africa and the Middle East. Below are some of the projects we are currently running and projects that have recently been concluded.
This project aims to facilitate processes that promote and maintain non-violent conflict resolution mechanisms in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus region by; - Empowering critical and democracy-conscious peace ambassadors to lead development. - Mobilizing local civil society organizations, schools and the political environment to strengthen the efforts to empower young people. - Gathering, Validating and Regionalizing of Best Practices and Success Stories The project is based on the fact that many of the region's countries have for many years had repeated violent conflicts that have dozens and long-lasting implications for the development and well-being of these countries and communities. Young people are particularly large victims in these conflicts and therefore also the right target group to lead change. The project will take the form of networking activities, various trainings, exchanges, non-formal learning, lobbying and advocacy activities. The project is specifically implemented in Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine, in partnership with Denmark.
The project is directed to help the integration of migrants and refugees by providing them the opportunity to create job opportunities as entrepreneurs while at the same time helping national economies of the country where they live. It encourages the development of qualifications which support career and personal development of the target group. Throughout the implemented activities it is expected that migrant and refugees will gain skills to develop their companies and improve their cultural and educational growth through special guides and an online training course. This project will be implemented in six countries: Italy, Sweden, Turkey, Romania, Italy, and Denmark. Partner organizations: Università Ca' Foscari Venezia, EURO_NET (Italy), PREDICT (Romania), PROiFALL (Sweden) and KIRŞEHİR_VALİLİĞİ (Turkey).
The main purpose of this project is to generate a source of education for the field workers within the NGO sector about the best/smart practices involved with creating active citizenship. The aim will be achieved by having a meeting in each of the involved partner countries, where each of the organisations involved will present at least 2 smart practices. After collecting around 100 smart practices, an E-book will be created and disseminated. This project will be implemented in seven countries: Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Bulgaria, Greece, Italy and the UK. Funded by Erasmus+ KA2
The “Peace Lens” is a hands-on political simulation that gives players the opportunity to explore the connectedness of the global community through the lens of the economic¨ social¨ and environmental crises and the imminent threat of war. The goal of the game is to extricate each country from dangerous circumstances and to achieve global prosperity with the least amount of military intervention. The project aims to introduce a European version of World Peace Game into the youth work field and reconstructing it to the specificities of European reality we will be able to address the need for new approaches and concrete tools for youth workers working in these areas specific objectives.
European countries are increasingly becoming more diverse, among other factors due to an increase in immigration from third countries as well as intra-European mobility. This creates challenges as well as opportunities. Students with a migrant background can lack a sense of belonging to school communities, which may have negative effects on their psychological well-being as well as academic performance. Educators are on the front lines of this phenomena and can in meaningful ways contribute to building a more inclusive and cohesive European society when they actively fostering mutual understanding in the classroom. Main objectives. The aim of PAESIC is to enhance social inclusion in the classroom, and reduce disparities in learning outcomes, particularly of students with migrant backgrounds by fostering teachers’ competencies, asking the teachers and school leaders directly what they need and what is and isn’t working in their own classrooms. Additionally, the project will engage actors within schools and external stakeholders in dialogue about the promotion of socially inclusive education, exchanging of best practices, and strengthening collaboration. Participating partners. 1. University College of Northern Denmark: holds research and practical experience in the field of socially inclusive education; 2. Crossing Borders Denmark: has experience with the target group of youth and educators, as well as in the field of migration and fostering intercultural capacities; 3. Youth Europe Service Italy: highly experienced in EU projects, including budgetary and quality control, dissemination strategies, etc.; 4. University of Thessaly Greece: extensive project experience in creating career and job opportunities and programs related to education and training; 5. Comparative Research Network Germany: knowledge within creating evaluation systems, linking project work to science and intercultural competencies. EuroFunded by Erasmus+ & Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science
The objective of this 28 month, Erasmus+ project, is to use narrative methodologies and digital design tools to tell stories about European cultural heritage and to contribute to making this history more well-known. Cultural tourism accounts for 40% of European tourism and can provide an opportunity for greater development of European regions and reduce many negative effects of financial crises. Generating jobs in the cultural tourism sector can counteract job loss in industrial sectors and also stimulate the preservation of cultural heritage and biodiversity. This is especially relevant in 2018, the “Year of European Cultural Heritage” with the theme “Our Heritage: where the past meets the future.” YDMS will therefore offer youth workers and NEETs (people “Not (engaged) in Education, Employment or Trainings”, 13% of the population EU countries) new knowledge and skills about cultural mediation and theatrical and digital storytelling to co-create new products of cultural tourism relevant to the market, and applied to the cultural heritage of participating countries: Denmark, Italy, Germany and Spain. Using “live interpretations,” a program of theatrical tours will be created with “young actors” whom, in historical dress, will perform in a didactical play as historical or mythical characters, and guide citizens and tourists through the discovery of details, histories and places belonging to the cultural heritage of the European cities involved. The live interpretations will be enacted at points of interest on an itinerary that is connected to a webplatform and app that uses a combination of augmented reality, interactive games, and further info available to help make the itineraries a memorable and unique experience where cultural heritage will “come to life.” Partners: Youth Europe Service in Italy; Ost-Passage Theater e.V. in Germany; and the Asociacion de Invesigacion de la Industria del Juguete, Conexas y Afines (AIJU), in Spain. Participants: 60 NEETs Funded by Erasmus+ & Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science
A continuation of the project Keeping the Promise. The overall goal is to facilitate the strengthening of engaged active youth citizenship in local government. This project will see the empowering and supporting of youth in advocating for district budget allocations and actions around three National Youth Manifesto priorities including: improved livelihoods, improved quality of universal primary education, and improved delivery of reproductive health services. The project focuses on consolidating, localizing (targeting the grassroots), and expanding “Keeping the Promise’s” success, by grounding it in three districts, namely – Kampala, Wakiso, and Mukono.
Sharing food and life stories are basic human ways of community building. In this project, young leaders are trained in storytelling and dialogue - and then host events in their local communities, where people with different backgrounds, mainly immigrants, come together to share food and life stories. In this way fostering a sense of a ‘new us’. COMING SOON..
Explore Uganda’s Climate Practices – become an advocate for the environment!
This objective of this 28 month, Erasmus+ project, is to support the creation, improvement, and wider dissemination of support schemes for migrant entrepreneurs. It focuses on facilitating mutual learning, the exchange of experiences and good practices, the exploitation of synergies and the emergence of strategic collaboration. To that end, potential entrepreneurs among immigrant and refugee populations will be identified, and then supported through training courses and mentoring schemes. These activities will take place with an aim of helping immigrants to become self-employed and build a successful enterprise, either profit-generating and/or with social objectives. Through the project, we will also create materials to improve immigrants’ skills and competencies, among others to offer new methodologies for fast language courses to improve proficiency in host country languages. Other materials include comprehensive packages of support services, ranging from counselling, networking, administrative and legal services. We will further produce research and an ebook of best practices, a target groups report, an online course, a guide for migrant enterpreneurs, and a toolkit for VET migrants providers. Through this project, we will connect networks of entrepreneurs and mainstream business associations and raise awareness about entrepreneurial opportunities for immigrants. The project started in September 2017 and has a duration of 2 years and 4 months. Ultimately, we expect to reach some 20,000 persons directly and indirectly. Directly, we will be working with 120 to 210 immigrants plus 75 online learners, while we will also be conducting interviews and focus groups with relevant stakeholders in the local communities. Beyond this group, through our dissemination activities and project products, we intend to reach many more people who will continue to benefit from the materials produced beyond the life of the project. Project partners include NGOs from across Europe, and particularly from countries seeing a large influx of immigrants and refugees. All project partners are also knowledgeable and very experienced within this focus area. Project partners: Youth Europe Service (YES) from Italy; NC Future Now from Bulgaria; Mine Vaganti based in Italy; Agifodent in Spain; and the University of Thessaly in Greece. Funded by Erasmus+, Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science
This seminar brings together various relevant actors within the maritime sector - mainly port workers. The central idea is to explore current trends in the sector as well as forge ways on working together to improve conditions for the workers' of the sector. A highlight here will be the visit of Ghanaian port workers to Denmark to exchange perceptions with the Danish counterparts who are globally known for their great advances in securing rights for the sector.
Our project is about mobilizing young people (youths) in high schools, and the entire high schools’ system to pay more focus on the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agenda. We want to do this by: - Raising awareness about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) among marginalised young people in rarely reached high schools in central Uganda. - Mobilizing young people, teachers, and schools at large to play a more active role in working with and monitoring SDGs implementation, and - Building the capacity – skills of individuals, students, teachers, schools clubs to engage with SDGs. To aid a more entrenched approach, we will do this through a debate approach – building on skills in rhetorics and critical thinking and analysis, to build a foundation and capacity for the participants to more pro-actively engage with the policy dimension that the SDGs fall under.
To make a contribution to a bottom-up, people-to-people approach to peace-building by strengthening the role of young people as peace ambassadors capable of acting as a bridge to peaceful conflict resolution among the post-soviet societies, particularly in Ukraine and Georgia civil societies ...
The two-year project, titled “Empowering Eco-entrepreneurship Start-ups”, or Eco-Hub, is an international project funded by the EU Erasmus+ Programme. It is realized by Crossing Borders in cooperation with partners from Sweden and Finland. Its main objective is to empower the environmental and social performance among young people who aspire to be entrepreneurs ...
To facilitate an empowered and peaceful youth population in Zambia that constructively participates in the country’s governance and development processes at large. We want to contribute to a peaceful 2016 tripartite election through a broad invitation of young people to peacefully participate in the elections and for politicians to recognize and bring youth issues on the political agenda...
This project therefore aims at objectively engaging and activating youth in Denmark to reflect on the EU, the roles and the challenges the region faces, focusing on the current refugee crisis. In addition, how EU working impacts member countries and vice versa – the case of Denmark ...
To facilitate an empowered and peaceful youth population in Uganda that constructively participates in the country’s governance and development processes at large. We want this project can contribute to a peaceful election through a broad invitation of young people to peacefully participate in the elections and for politicians to recognize and bring youth issues on the political agenda...
United Civil Society through Inclusion and Empowerment of Young Immigrants (FETE) is an international project funded by the EU’s Erasmus+ Programme. The project targets 60 young first-generation immigrants mainly from non EU-countries but currently living in either Italy, Malta, France, or Denmark as the four countries participating in the project. The main goal is to improve labor market inclusion of young immigrants by providing them with the opportunity to deepen their skills through participation in workshops and to gain work experience through the implementation of an internship. All interns are accompanied by a mentor.
BOEMI has almost reached its final stage. The final concert in Palermo, last Tuesday, the 12th of July 2017, marked the culmination of more than a year’s worth of constant cultural exchange and dialogue between all the international partners. In only 2 days, musicians from around the world got together to prepare a concert that filled the Mercato San Lorenzo and got everyone feeling good.