Month: March 2015
Make Fruit Fair! (2015-2017)
“Make Fruit Fair!” (Make Fruit Fair! A boost for Fair Tropical Fruits in the 2015 European Year of Development and beyond: Mobilizing European citizen to take action for fair tropical fruit supply chains (MFF)), is a funded project with Oxfam Deutschland e.V. (DE) as the Applicant/Lead Organisation. The co-applicants are 14 European organisations and 5 Southern
Make Fruit Fair! (MFF) is a pan-European awareness raising and advocacy campaign on the unequal distribution of power and wealth within global supply chains of tropical fruits, which results in farmers and workers in the tropical fruit sector not getting their fair share of profits. Besides, they are facing severe violations of labour and human rights as for example the prohibition of trade unions, unpaid overtime and the exposure to toxic chemicals. The campaign targets 23 million EU consumers and citizens in at least 20 EU countries.
It aims to raise a critical understanding of the global interdependencies between the EU grocery market and the poor living and working conditions of farmers and workers in countries producing tropical fruits. Thus, the project activities mobilize European citizens to take action by encouraging them to change their consumption patterns and to get engaged in campaigning and advocacy work urging corporate and political decision makers to commit to better living standards, decent work and fair trade relations for farmers and workers in fruit producing countries.
- to contribute to more coherent and sustainable development policies of the EU, its Member States and the private sector integrating human rights, decent work and trade.
- to ensure better living and working conditions for small farmers and workers in the tropical fruit sector.
The action contributes to establishing the post-MDG agenda aiming at providing a Decent Life for All by 2030.
- to raise the awareness of consumers and citizens in European Member States on the interdependencies between the EU and developing countries exporting tropical fruits
- to mobilise them to take action and urge corporate and political decision makers to ensure fair conditions in the tropical fruit sector.
- Make Fruit Fair! Website
- Make Fruit Fair! Facebook page
- Make Fruit Fair! Youtube channel
- Make Fruit Fair! Youtube channel playlist
- Global Education Unit facebook page
Map Your Meal (2015-2017)
Map Your Meal (MYM), is a Europe-Aid funded project designed to explore the origins of our food, their individual components, and their socio-economic and environmental impact and to highlight the vast extent of global interdependencies, on a personal, national and international level (i.e. consumer – producer).
The leading organization Future Worlds Center from Cyprus, with its partners C.E.G.A from Bulgaria, Sudwind from Austria, CDEC from the U.K and Fair Trade Hellas from Greece are working on creating a comprehensive smartphone application that will empower the everyday shopper by providing them with quick access to information on food products they want to buy.
The overall objectives of the project can be summed up into three points: Contribute to the EYD2015 by enhancing public awareness and understanding of global interdependencies through exploring the global food system; Mobilise young people to become engaged in promoting global social justice and sustainable ways of living; Connect European initiatives for sustainable living with similar initiatives in the Global South, fostering greater understanding of the concepts of food security, food sovereignty and sustainable food production and supply chains. The project’s activities are purposely crafted to raise awareness about sustainability, equity, global justice and global interdependencies, in young people, youth workers/trainers, community educators, and the general public. Through the project the partners aspire to generate a strong and active coalition of citizens promoting human rights, equity, and sustainable ways of living. Additionally, the quality of lives of farmers, producers and their families will be benefited on a significant level.
Supply Cha!nge (2015-2017)
The Supply Cha!nge project is running under the lead role of Christliche Initiative Romero (CIR) in Germany, along with 18 EU member state partners, sub-grantees in rest EU member states and 5 partners from Non-EU countries. Through a variety of activities and awareness campaigns, the project aims to inform 25 million European citizens about sustainability, production and consumption patterns in all 28 EU member states during the EYD 2015. Specifically, the optimum goal is to influence the general public, decision makers and major supermarket managers to transform their brand name supply lines into sustainable. Through its activities, the project will encourage European citizens to take responsibility for demanding from policy makers to introduce sustainability to major supermarket supply chains and to be active in decisions that foresee constant sustainable growth in an interdependent world by demanding Fair Trade regulations, sustainable and responsible corporate business practices and credible certification schemes.
The expected results of Supply Cha!nge is to 1) encourage 2,5 million European citizens to demand policy changes and to shift towards a more sustainable lifestyle, 2) Promote specific implementation plans for fairer supply chains of 3 European supermarket chains, 3) Advocate the initiative or improvement of two European laws and regulations on fair trade relations, and 4) Establish a transparency platform to access relevant information about supply chains of store brands of European supermarkets.
Youth of the World (2013-2016)
A 36-month, international project supported through the Non-state Actors and Local Authorities Development Programme of the European Union (EuropeAid) which aims to expedite and ensure opportunities for youth organizations, youth facilitators and trainers, increase youth involvement in global education and learning, and mainstream global awareness within youth organizations. To accomplish these aims, “Youth of the World!” will foster public awareness among young citizens on the global interdependencies between EU and developing countries, increase the engagement of young people to promote equitable relations in the world and a sustainable way of living, and better integrate global development issues into the non- formal educational sphere regarding young people.
This project is being implemented in Cyprus by the Future Worlds Center, Bulgaria by the C.E.G.A. Foundation, Austria by Südwind Agentur, Estonia by Mondo, Lithuania by Youth Career and Advising Centre, and Scotland by Scotdec, as well as by our associate partner Young People We Care in Ghana and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Six Steps to Global Citizenship (2015 -)
Τhe project has the primary objective to promote active global citizenship and to increase opportunities for youth participation in Lithuania, Bulgaria, Cyprus and Spain. “Six Steps to Global Citizenship” offers an innovative approach towards active global citizenship applied in the field of youth work, by facilitating activities that aim to enhance the skills and knowledge of the youth and by attempting to aid positive change in their behaviour in a manner that will enhance their abilities to meet global challenges and become active in addressing them.
By involving young people and other respective stakeholders in the process of designing an image of the future global citizen, the project partners will take into consideration their views and expectations towards becoming more active and sensitive to global challenges. The transnational cooperation that is involved in the project allows the interaction of different perspectives to active global citizenship activities and secures the improvement of the young participants’ competencies of intercultural communication, strengthens the sense of solidarity, respect for diversity and the sense of belonging to a global community. It is the project’s aspiration to enable participants to understand that they are personally able to make a difference in the world.
World From Our Doorstep (2013-2016)
World from Our Doorstep is a project that aims to inspire and excite young children to explore and appreciate the world, to engage with the outdoor environment, and to broaden their horizons – both local and global. The project works with pre-school practitioners, infant teachers, teaching assistants and other adult helpers, to build their confidence and expertise so that they can incorporate challenging and stimulating global learning into their day to day work with young children. The project’s overall objective is to raise the awareness and change the attitudes of young children towards development issues and ensure they can take action to support sustainable ways of living. The project is designed to explore three main learning themes: the concept of interconnectedness (local-global links), sustainability, and fairness (through Fairtrade).
The programme has been exceptionally successful in Cyprus, where 43 teachers, representing 32 schools (Greek and English language) have been trained in using project materials and 34 teachers in 24 schools are participating in the project. The educators’ enthusiasm has been inspiring as they are active, engrossed and eager and are already integrating the sources and materials as part of their curriculum. The programme is being led by CDEC (UK), with partners from Cyprus (FWC), Poland (IGO) and Bulgaria (Alliance).
(lead applicant CDEC (UK), partners: FWC (CY), IGO (PL), Alliance (BG))
European Film Clubs
The European Commission’s Creative Europe MEDIA Programme is funding the development of three bespoke pilot programmes of film clubs, developed and coordinated by Future Worlds Center in Cyprus, ActiveWatch in Romania and Associació Educativa i Cultural Sahrazad in Spain (especially Catalonia) with support and coordination provided by Film Literacy Europe from the UK.
The three organisations will be developing three new models of film clubs that can test the idea in each nation for future roll out. They will also be testing, in part, digital streaming of films to schools as that is the future.
Each of the three pilots aims to work with primary and secondary schools, reaching children largely aged 7-16 in rural, suburban and urban settings. The film clubs will be run by one or two teachers or parents who in turn will recruit the pupils to attend the school film club. The pilots will involve weekly screenings of films in participating schools from a specially curated catalogue often followed by discussion. Each participating school will be able to search for, order and review films through national pilot website.
In the long term, it is anticipated that there will be film club programmes in half the EU member states involving in excess of 70,000 schools engaging over 2 million young people in a diverse diet of films, with the resultant impact of boosting film literacy and cinema audiences for European films long into the future.
Let’s Get Active
The general conclusion from the project background analysis developed by all the project Partners seems to be that citizens of the European Union (EU) member countries– in general: do appreciate the membership of their countries in EU, are aware of the benefits of being a member, have expectations concerning member countries cooperation at solving common problems (for ex. the financial crisis, youth unemployment, ageing of the society related challenges etc.). Still – for some reasons – most of the EU citizens do not engage themselves in the process of shaping the EU politics. The question is ” why”? Because they do not feel the need to be involved? Would like to be involved, but don’t know how they could do that? Are not aware of the existing direct democracy tools? Are aware of the tools but don’t know how to use them? Or think there’s no use to use them since the tools don’t work? The main aim of the project is to increase the level of engagement and democratic participation of the European Union citizens in the democratic life of the European Union being aware of the role they can have in shaping the EUs’ policies and thus the future of Europe shaping.
Reinventing Democracy in the Digital Era
Reinventing Democracy in the Digital Era (UNDEF) is a two-year project coordinated by Future Worlds Center(FWC) and funded by United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF). The project represents the global expansion of a series of previous project under the general title Reinventing Democracy.
The key objective of this project is to increase youth participation in democratic governance by empowering young people from across the world to invent and propose new, innovative and concrete actions. More than 1000 young people will contribute with ideas face-to-face and virtually during five Co-Laboratories engaging ICT and structured democratic dialogue methodology. The process is designed to mobilize young people and to increase interaction among youth globally with the aim to advocate for and enable meaningful youth participation in democratic processes.