The GEN Africa Conference in Ghana (December, 2016) was indeed an exciting one as it greeted stakeholders present with good news that the European Union has approved the 1 ½ year Youth SIRCLE project (YSP) between four Global Ecovillage Network partner organisations (GEN International in UK, LOES in Denmark, Betterworld Cameroon in Cameroon and GEN Ghana in Ghana). The Youth SIRC-LE project (Social Innovation for Resilient Communities – Living Earth project) builds on two ERASMUS+ project namely Social Innovation for Resilient Communities and Youth-led Societal Innovation for Resilience.
The project aimed to build on the active participation and involvement of partners and youth from all four partner countries. The main activities for the Youth SIRCLE project were regular online meetings throughout the project, inventory of existing learning patterns and evoneer’s journey pattern language curriculum, identification and selection of 14 youth workers for transnational meeting, development of new learning materials, translation of learning materials into Danish and French, first transnational meeting in UK – June 2017, second transnational meeting in Ghana – September 2017, launch and dissemination of activities in all partner countries, identification and selection of youth workers for mobility, first innovation lab meeting in Cameroon – March 2018, second innovation lab meeting in Denmark – April 2018, then lastly monitoring, evaluation and reporting May/June 2018.
Even though, there were challenges, all planned activities of the project were implemented successfully due to the unity, innovativeness, participatory approach and rich experience that project leaders/coordinators exhibited.
The project was co-financed by the Erasmus Plus Programme of the European Union.
Below are pictures of the project from UK, Ghana, Cameroon and Denmark