About our project

The main priority of the  ERASMUS KA2 Grant Agreement numero 2019-3-IT03-KA205-017395 project RESourCE: Raising Expertise to Sustain our Common Environment" is to "engage, connect and empower"; the young generations on the fundamental objective of creating a sustainable green Europe, as encouraged in the European Union Strategy for Youth 2019-2027. To tackle environmental threats is an urgent need for our society, confirmed also by the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which need to be achieved by 2030. This process of change requires knowledge, skills and the will to convert current socio-economic models into more sustainable ones; all of these components, however, are not yet developed in young people.

THE PARTNERSHIP is composed of 4 European partners, based in Germany, Hungary, Spain and Italy, and 1 Israeli partner, a world leader in saving natural spaces and educating young people in active initiatives for nature.

Objectives

Sustainable development is a process of necessary change, to grant that the use of primary resources, the direction of investments and institutional guidelines are consistent with the need for future as well as current prosperity. Despite the increase in technologies for the conversion of production processes, there is, however, a considerable shortage of "green" skills, both at local and national level. The shortage concerns not only the activation of new professional figures (green construction engineer, sustainability consultant, waste manager etc), but also the possession of sensitivity and ecological skills by citizens in general, such as the attitude towards energy saving and reduction of the environmental impact of human activities. Considering the needs expressed above, RESourCE project intends to establish a transnational strategic partnership, with the aim of acquiring and sharing educational experiences that help approach young people to environmental compatibility.

Activities

RESourCE project intends to establish a transnational strategic partnership, with the aim of acquiring and sharing educational experiences that help approach young people to environmental compatibility. CSA will, therefore, constitute a network for the exchange of good practices between youth organizations, environmental bodies, business associations and educational subjects, from European and non-European countries. CSA has decided to bring together an organization from Germany, that ranks 6th in the world ranking for sustainability, organizations from Hungary and Italy, countries that are accelerating their speed to go up respectively from 25th and 30th position, an organization from Spain, 21st in the ranking and particularly attentive to sustainable urban development. Finally, CSA has involved in the partnership an organization from Israel, a country with incredible success experiences in eco-compatibility and which boasts the highest density of startups in the world (1 startup every 1400 inhabitants), one of the highest concentrations of engineers and computer scientists, and the highest percentage of GDP spent on Research and Development (4.5% of GDP in 2017, with Italy at 1.35%).

A platform “RESourCE” will be created. It will be a virtual space where relevant materials, stories from the Partners, events and activities of the project will be collected and shared. It will be open not only to partner organizations and young people, but also to all those subjects interested in developing eco-sustainability issues (public bodies, schools and universities, youth associations, companies). Finally, the transnational character of the Partnership is considered an indispensable element to ensure a diversified contribution of experiences and to allow a wide circulation of best practices. 

Through moments of brainstorming, the participants will begin to reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of their countries, on the shortcomings and on the actions underway to manage specific sustainability issues. They will then focus on the key points of the 2019-2027 EU Youth Strategy, with particular attention to the operational measures aimed at mobilizing, connecting and empowering young people towards the goal of a sustainable green Europe. Afterward, participants will be split into groups, and will start to plan activities, practices and methods that can be used with young people to help them become aware of environmental issues and stimulate their active commitment. Each group will then present their work, in a favourable environment that encourages comparison and exchange of suggestions, experiences and ideas, All of this will contribute to strengthening the professional skills of the trainers to act on the empowerment of youth. 

Space will be given to guided tours and testimonials in the implementation of environmental policies, in urban planning and housing, and in the dissemination of a culture of sustainability. 

Approach

CSA has privileged a cross-sectorial approach, and chosen to involve partners specialized in different fields, from youth training (CSA) to sustainable urban development (GARAPEN), from industrial production and circular economy (ITALCAM) to green social entrepreneurship (SZATYOR), from technological innovation to youth activism (SPNI). 

Non-formal methods will be preferred to share good practices, based on experiential and "learning by doing".

Mobility periods will represent a "creative" moment, in which participatory techniques will be adopted, such as Future Workshops, World Cafes, Brainstorming, Storytelling, Debriefing, Laboratories, which will be replicated by each participant in their own countries, in activities involving young people.

Outcomes

In line with the priorities of the Erasmus + program, the EU STRATEGY for youth 2019-2027 and cohesion policy 2021-2027, the main expected results are: 

  • The collection and dissemination within the European context, and beyond, of effective practices, robust skills and strengths in the field of environmental sustainability, through the creation of a qualified strategic partnership, which establishes a link between countries. Organizations from Europe and Israel will discuss experiences and methods, and together they will compose a map of best practices, knowledge and project ideas, which youth workers will be able to use for environmental education and in youth empowerment processes
  • The formation of a permanent network of experts and professionals operating in different fields, from youth education, to research, to productive world, all united by the dialogue on a global issue. A network will also be activated for the virtual interaction between the participants, with the aim that it represents, even after the end of the partnership, a cutting-edge reference for initiatives in support of youth empowering. 
  • The creation of an online platform for the collection and management of open educational resources (OER, Open Educational Resources), which will be developed and integrated by the collaboration of each partner. 
  • The support to young people's creativity and initiative. Meetings will be planned with companies and public bodies, seminars with researchers, workshops with students, which will help Partners understand the importance of encouraging critical thinking and search for alternative solutions in youth. 
  • The improvement of youth employability: through the meetings planned by the project, the partners will become aware of the new skills required by the emerging green professions. They will therefore be able to collect useful materials and suggestions to guide young people in school choices, to support them in a changing professional world. The Partners will also be able to create links between young people and circular economy businesses, thus facilitating the transition from school and work and supporting youth employability. 
  • The collaborative and innovative use of ITC and digital tools, in order to make the process of sharing best practices more dynamic, and to maximize the dissemination of the results of strategic collaboration. This process will make each partner organization more modern and agile. 
  • The enhancement of language skills and ability to move, to increase the capacity to operate internationally and the flexibility in transnational activities. In particular, multilingualism represents one of the pillars of the European project and a significant symbol of the EU's desire to show unity in diversity.