Cross Cultures consider youth as a valuable resource for all communities and a potential powerful source of change whose energy and skills need to be harnessed.
Being the next generation, which is expected to take over in rebuilding and developing post-conflict societies, they should be given the best opportunities to learn, build network and express their views and ideas for the future.
In order to become such an active resource for their communities and countries, young women and men need to learn how to be creative and visionary, and they need to gain their own experiences of civic engagement and democratic participation. Furthermore, young people’s resilience is strengthened, when they gain hands-on experience of how to communicate and operationalize their ideas and visions for society, and when they are given the opportunity to be positive role models as volunteers, coaches and assistant coaches for other young people and for children.
Type of activities and related outputs and results
Cross Cultures approach to youth in conflict sensitive communities build on the fundamental principles of peace education, voluntarism and bottom-up self-organisation.
Activity cluster 1
We mobilise and recruit young people aged 18-25 for the Cross Cultures Youth Leadership Education.
The EDUCATION is organised as an action - learning process The students are trained as volunteer educators by attending an education consisting of a series of seminarson a) sports didactic, fun football and Football3; b) club formation and strategic development; vocational training and c) social entrepreneurship; project management, network building and fundraising.
The education - Cross Cultures Future Leadership Education - is completed with participants preparing a logbook and a strategy/sustainability plan.
Activity cluster 2
The young volunteer educators mobilise and train volunteers aged 18-24 and volunteers aged 14-18 from their own country at inter-community Football and Social Responsibility (FSR) seminars in Cross Cultures unique approach to child-centred and community-based children’s football.
Activity cluster 3
The young volunteer educators will in cooperation with the young volunteers each organise an Open Fun Football School (OFFS) of five days’ duration.
Each OFFS comprises:
- 2 volunteer leaders/-educators
- 12 trained coaches, aged 18-25 years
- 12 trained coach assistants, aged 14-18 years
- Minimum 200 children from 6-12 years of age
- Minimum 25% females/girls
- Minimum 50 participants from so-called vulnerable groups
- Minimum 40 parents at parent meetings
Activity cluster 4
The volunteer educators and the young volunteers continue as young social agents. They will be provided with basic equipment and tools and encouraged to work together in smaller self-organised activity groups in order to organise grassroots recreational, educational and vocational activities with the purpose of improving social integration and livelihood opportunities for vulnerable children, youth and women. Examples of such activities are grassroots sport and play, theatre, language classes, CV-writing, after-school activities, and vocational training as e.g. hairdressers, tailors and grocers.
These bottom-up self-organised activity groups will later be transformed into formalised clubs and associations with strategic goals for community engagement and change under the umbrella of a regional youth network.
Cross Cultures Future Sport Leadership Education
Cross Cultures has developed a Youth Leadership Education, which is an action - learning process with three theoretical modules and three action phases.
The aim is to provide our young participants with hands-on experience of how to communicate and operationalise their ides and visions for society by stimulating active citizenship and self-organised bottom-up civil society initiatives
- Educate the youth in Tunisia to become volunteer coaches and association leaders
- Establish clubs and associations according to the Danish traditions of association – run by young volunteers.
- Gather clubs and associations in networks, and create contact between civil society and authorities.
- Organise sports activities for Tunisian boys and girls
- Improve the rights and participation of the youth in society
- Involve young girls and women in local and national civil society activities
- Promote reconciliation and tolerance and peaceful coexistence
- Improve active citizenship and grassroots democracy