According to Nelson Mandela “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”. Our belief and effort is based on this statement, since we develop a project based on education with the aim to bring a change into local communities. The project focuses on EU fundamental values of equality, tolerance and non-discrimination while the focal point is the field of education and lies on Article 26 of Human Rights. According to the article “Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit”. Moreover, the project is supporting the sustainable development goals set by the United Nations. More specifically, the project is focusing on the goal no 4: Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning (More information can be found here).
WHAT WE DO
WE AfriHug is a voluntary project of 5 passionate young activists from Greece, Italy and Cyprus. It aims to empower the Youth within African local communities through non formal education and to strengthen the links between European and African Universities by promoting the Erasmus+ programme.
The main objectives of the project are:
- Empowerment of the Youth through non-formal education in order to enhance the “Skills needed for the 21st century”. *
- Raise awareness on studying opportunities in Europe through the Erasmus+ Programme.
- Accomplish Sports milestones.
- Conduct of academic research and Master thesis: “Educational Tourism: Academic mobility as a motivation for travelling abroad. Case study: WE AfriHug Project in Africa promoting Erasmus+ opportunities”.
The project is divided in 7 parts combining 3 sports milestones, several educational activities in schools and universities and one academic research regarding the impact of volunteer tourism in local communities. It will take place in the Eastern and Western part of Africa from 1st of January until 31st of July 2018, acting in six countries: Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Togo, Ghana and Western Sahara.
The 3 sports milestones that will be achieved are: Hiking to the top of Africa, mount Kilimanjaro, Cycling in Togo from Lomé to Atakpamé and running the Western Sahara Marathon.
Through seminars and non-formal education activities and workshop we will engage students from universities and high school.
Cooperating with local universities and experienced NGOs we will accomplish training sessions to motivate and involve students in the Erasmus + world. Explaining how to be part and actively participate, our mission is to inform young people about how to step in. Useful material will be provided through interactive presentations.
*According to UNESCO Educationn Strategy (2014-2021) “There is an increasing recognition that lifelong learning is the philosophy, conceptual framework and organizing principle for in the 21st century”. UNESCO is giving priority to three strategic thematic areas: literacy, skills development for work and higher education.
3-days workshops for high-schools students will be implemented focused on “the skills needed for the 21st century” and more specifically aiming at the category “Learning adn Innovation skills” & “Lifelong Career Skills” (Partnership for 21st century skills). Critical Thinking & Problem Solving, Creativity, Communication & Collaboration and Social & Cross-cultural Skills will be developed during the workshops.