HOW IT ALL STARTED
We just wanted to find a way to tell "to the world" something we almost always say is very difficult, not to say impossible, to explain: what really happens during a Training Course, a Youth Exchange, an EVS project.
Why many people at the end of these projects say: "It was a life changing experience", "That project changed my life".
In 2017, we are celebrating the 60th anniversary of the "Roman Treaties", one of the remarkable milestones in the "European making process", one of the many steps towards Europe, as we know it now. Exactly half of these 60 years were filled with the European Programs, same also for Youth. Years with "Youth for Europe", "Youth", "Youth in Action", and now "Erasmus Plus Youth". How many stories in all these years, all these Programs...
The team of trainers of Route60+, Corina Pintea from Romania, Panayiotis Theodorou from Cyprus and Salvi Greco from Italy, who started the project idea.
They are working for many years with the European Programs.
They met in 2007 during the "ToT - training of trainers" promoted by Salto T&C FRC and since then are cooperating closely.
A NEW WAY TO LOOK AT
TO INFLUENCE OUR FUTURE
A KEY ACTION
The Italian National Agency, managing the Erasmus+ Youth in Italy, adopted and promoted the "Route60+" project idea. It happened in a year of celebrations, the 60 years from the Roman Treaties, the 30 years of Erasmus, the 10 years of the Italian National Agency. 60-30-10, numbers that tell stories... In the picture, from the left, Andrea Gernone "media facilitator" in the project team, and Anna Villani, TCA officer of the Italian NA (and the trainers Salvi Greco, Corina Pintea, Panayiotis Theodorou).
To focus on and enhance the virtuous path of Europe through the European Commission educational programs for Youth.
To look-back bringing forward the lasting impact of EU Programs, how they positively affected youth, people, organizations and in the long term...Europe and the European constructions and values
To collect and share stories/experiences from actors (youth-workers, trainers, mentors, project managers, participants in European projects, organizations) who have benefited from these Programs
To reveal a new and positive narrative of Europe through the real stories of people who used and benefited from the "mobility" learning opportunities
To look forward (after lookin back) and use the positive impact of 30 years of EU programs to better deal with the new challenges Europe is facing
To reinforce the importance and recognition of education and more specifically non-formal education
To emphasise how a better quality of learning and a deeper awareness of learning processes, can make a change
"Youth for Europe", "Youth", "Youth in Action", all the Lifelong Learning Programs, thanks to these Programs, new generations of young-adults have grown and have in fact contributed to building and shaping a better Europe. All these Programs mean thousands of projects, thousands of organizations from all over Europe and neighbouring countries were cooperating and networking, thousands of people have been meeting, interacting, sharing and simply building a wide "European Community".
However, not all aspects about this "virtuous path of Europe" built and promoted through these programs are really well known by a wider audience, especially people who are not involved in European Programs. Are we just a beautiful bubble? Despite a lot of communication about results, impact, long-term benefits, outside graphics and statistics, numbers and percentages shown, maybe we didn't have the power to really "tell and share the story" of these Programs to a wider audience of Europeans. What was missing perhaps is the same amount of work based on people's real STORIES that are behind statistics and numbers. Names, faces, people, A-HA moments, discoveries...in one word: stories...
THE GROUP OF STORY EXPLORERS
Palermo - IT 17-23 November 2017
The first activity of the project was a training course on "The Power of Stories". How do we tell a story? When and why we do it? How do we share them? Can they make a difference in OUR lives? In the lives of others? "R60+" is about stories as a learning tool... To learn and unlearn, to relearn and share.