01.09.2018 – 31.08.2021
NGEnvironment arises as a relevant contribute for the EU horizontal priorities of improving relevant and high-level basic and transversal competences of EU citizens, in the scope of adult education and under the perspective of lifelong learning, as it aims at capacitate new leaders for change engagement, improving entrepreneurial, foreign language and digital skills and fostering employability, socio-educational and professional development, through NGO action.
By capacitating NGO leaders, NGEnvironment will contribute to improve/extend the supply of high quality learning opportunities tailored to the needs of low-qualified adults so they acquire literacy and entrepreneurship skills, with the recognition of such skills.
NGEnvironment will specifically be tailored for adult audiences, fostering social cohesion, boosting talent and taking their specific needs/concerns into account, and delivering novel learning approaches through a holistic, participative, motivational pedagogical process that will ultimately result in the development of many key competences with a long term effect on European active citizenship for sustainability.
Social inclusion will be achieved as NGEnvironment seeks to train new NGO leaders providing equal learning opportunities for all, despite their gender, religion, cultural background, age, etc. The project will foster social integration by creating jobs for socially segregated or low-skilled people.
The primary target groups addressed by the NGEnvironment project fall into three distinct categories: 1) adults citizens willing to become NGO leaders/entrepreneurs, 2) existing NGO staff who are to receive updated training in a perspective of lifelong learning, 3) existing NGO staff willing to share their expertise and to support the new leaders by participating in the immersion process.
The material results will include several intellectual outputs:
– Initial research report that will be conducted in each country to set the state-of-the-art, establish the general guidelines and inform all development actions in the project.
– Two training packages, a pedagogical one, directed at NGO mentors that will host new potential NGO leaders in the immersion programme, and one to specifically train adult new NGO leaders fostering a set of basic competences.
– Online platform containing all relevant information of the project, hosting a repository for outputs, as well as the associated NGO observatory for showcasing best practice and role models.
– An engagement toolkit including paper based, online and audiovisual communication channels assuring a valorisation framework and broad outreach of the project and motivating participation.
– Instructive videos with NGOs best practice and social impacts to provide a cadre of role models or exemplars to support project valorisation. A video documentary tracing the development history of the project will also be produced.
– A ‘survival guide for NGO Founding and Funding’ will be made available to continue to train and instruct potential new NGO leaders, as well as a layman report explaining the whole projects’ rationale, objectives, main conclusions and resulting case studies.
– A paper policy stating why a change of policy approach towards NGO support might be relevant; the policy options available and the pros and cons of each option.
– Finally the policy paper will recommend a course of action based on the experiences and lessons learned in the course of the NGEnvironment project, based on a more institutional/policy-making perspective.
A participatory society can only work when citizens are well informed, actively engaged in civic activity, and equipped with the skills of advocacy, debate, compromise, and leadership.
The NGEnvironment project presents clear and tangible benefits for all stakeholders involved. Improve basic skills and competences on leadership, citizenship and NGO action; support for green and social action, with demonstrated benefits for the environment, the region and local communities; and the promotion of social cohesion, integration and inclusion, with benefits and more opportunities for all is a win:win:win for all parties involved.