Sport – Small Colaborative Parternships // Why Is The Sky Blue?

Sport- Small Colaborative Parternships // Why Is The Sky Blue?

18 months | from January 2020 to June 2021

613307-EPP-1-2019-1-PT-SPO-SSCP

 

DCTR – ASSOCIAÇÃO CULTURAL, was recently supported by the Executive Committee of the European Union to develop a project within the scope of Erasmus + Sport, within the scope of the project “Why is Sky Blue?”, co-produced by Teatro Ribeiro Conceição, Fábrica Centro de Ciência Viva at the University of Aveiro and Teatro Aveirense. This action offers the opportunity to develop, transfer and implement innovative practices in different areas related to sport and physical activity, between different agents and organizations working in the field of sport and other areas.

In this sense, this project aims to minimize the lack of attractive and innovative methods for developing skills in children, promoting social inclusion and equal opportunities, especially in those with fewer opportunities. International partners are PROACTING, L’ORMA, FOOTURA and A.T.I.C, organizations based in Bulgaria, Romania and Italy.

DCTR – Associação Cultural, thus, intends to continue its statutory purposes, promoting education by combining the practice of physical activity with non-formal education methods.

Creative processes open the door to new thoughts and behaviors, bringing up a particular way of thinking and acting, both personally and socially.

 

CREATIVE PROCESS

“Why is the sky blue?” Came from the intention of making science more appealing to children and young people and, consequently, to their families, in order to create a bridge between science and art in the educational field. Through the movement of human bodies, it is possible to translate scientific concepts such as the observation of the relationship that electromagnetic waves have with particles in the atmosphere, the relationship between color and radiation wavelength and the greater dispersion of the blue color during the day. For this purpose, an artistic discourse is created for the transmission of scientific knowledge.

 

RAISING AWARENESS

This project aims to combat the a lack of alternative, innovative and participative methods for the development of social, personal and educational competences in children, especially for those who are at the first 6 years of the compulsory schooling (children between the ages of 6 and 12 years old). All the partners for this project identified that a significative part of their local schoolchildren feels very discouraged on learning by the methods advocated by the formal education systems, focusing only on the traditional approach of knowledge transmission and following a pre-defined curriculum, a fact that can bring enormous negative consequences in terms of early school leaving and in the future educational levels of our societies. Besides that, the type of learning advocated by the formal systems has complete lack of value-building processes, which constitute an enormous failure in terms of the complete development of the children, and can have tremendous repercussions in the way that the individuals in the society are (non-)inclusive and (in)tolerant.

The ultimate consequence of these problems is the increase of the number of children and youngsters that are at risk of social exclusion, especially in those who have fewer opportunities, linked to the aggravation of the diverse obstacles they already have in their living, that can range from social and educational to economic or geographic problems.

 

NEEDS

Therefore, the organisations of the consortium identified a set of common needs in their local communities, very urgent to attend. Namely:

  1. Creation and/or reinforcement of attractive, alternative and innovative methods and tools for the development of social, personal and educational competences in children, between the ages of 6 and 12 years old, increasing their motivation to learn and complementing their formation in areas where the formal educational systems reveal gaps.
  2. Creation and/or development of cooperation networks between organisations and institutions active in the field of children and youth non-formal and/or informal education, sports, and public politics.
  3. Development and sharing of good practices in the competence-building field, combining non-formal and/or informal education methodologies with the practice of sports and other health-enhancing physical activity.

 

OBJECTIVES

The objectives that we look to achieve through the prosecution of the current project address issues, relevant both to the participating organisations and target groups, as presented below:

  1. Promote social inclusion and equal opportunities through sports practice, mainly via the development of social, cultural, personal and educational competences in children, combining informal and/or non-formal education methodologies with the practice of health-enhancing physical activities.
  2. Promote education through sports, by implementing initiatives that combine the value and competence-building in children with the practice of physical activities, aiming at their full development and, consequently, contributing to the increase of equal opportunities in society and to the reduction of falling into the production and reproduction processes of the social exclusion.
  3. Develop and/or reinforce collaborative networks between organisations active in the field of children and youth non-formal education, sports, and public policy, with the intention of co-creating and sharing innovative, participative methods and tools to build competences in children, combining

The purpose of this project came from the perception of issues that are transversal to the communities in which the participating organisations are inserted. In particular:

– Lack of alternative capacity-building methods to those advocated by the formal education systems, which translates into children’s lack of interest in learning and can have tremendous consequences in terms of early school leaving and social exclusion rates.

– High rates of physical inactivity and childhood obesity, which is a major threat to population’s health and can have costly consequences for European societies in economic and social terms.

– Lack of ways of promoting the common values advocated at EU level in the formal school system, which are considered important not only for the children’s full personal and social development but also for the construction of a cohesive and inclusive Europe.

– Lack of articulation between educational institutions, organisations working on the development of competences through non-formal and/or informal education methodologies, and active organisations in the field of sport and physical activity, which hampers the sharing of good practices, methods and tools, and the creation alternative ways for empowering and developing children.

 

INNOVATIVE CHARACTER

This project presents an innovative character in resolving the issues aforementioned and in meeting of the needs, since:

  1. It has a multidisciplinary character, involving a cooperation between organisations that work in different fields of non-formal and/or informal education, sport, and public policy, which possess complementary capabilities and/or knowledge, relevant for the co-construction and co-implementation of initiatives that promote the development of values, skills and knowledge in an inter-relational and appealing way for the children.
  2. It enables the participating organisations to increase their experience in the construction, management, implementation and evaluation of capacity and value-building projects in the field of sport, obtaining knowledge about new social realities and contexts that fine-tune their mindset for an improved intervention in their own local communities.
  3. It allows the sharing of methods and good practices that contribute to the recognition and adoption of ways of acting adjusted to the different contexts and profiles of children, increasing the targeting and the effectiveness of the organisations’ initiatives and, consequently, the attractiveness of the (values, skills and/or knowledge) learning inherent to those.
  4. It encourages dialogue and cooperation between organisations striving for the same goals, in order to provide an adequate response to improve children’s learning and to promote health-enhancing physical activity, allowing the exchange of good practices in a participative way through the co-development of local and transnational activities.
  5. It contributes for the promotion of children’s and youngsters’ social inclusion, especially those who have fewer opportunities, as it stimulates their full social and personal development, by increasing their competences, values and knowledge through an appealing way, involving the cross-fertilization between sport, informal and/or non-formal education methodologies.

The results and impacts that we expect to achieve through the implementation of this project will create a European added value, that otherwise (if it was only implemented at a local, regional and national level), wouldn’t be possible. The European cooperation advocated by this project will amplify the wide range of benefits that will be produced by its concretization. The reasons why it is necessary to implement this project at European level rather than at national level are the following:

  1. The issues and needs identified are transversal to the diverse realities of the European countries, existing an urgency for this kind of intervention in all of them;
  2. Working at European level will allow the co-construction of capacity-building activities through sports, that will result from the contribution of specialised staff that has wide, diverse expertise in working children’s competences through physical activities and non-formal and/or informal education, and that hold vast knowledge about local contexts and social realities that have specific characteristics.
  3. The project is expected to achieve sustainability, continuing to produce results and impacts even after the end of the funding period by the EU. This is more likely to happen if it is implemented simultaneously by several organisations in different European countries that share the same problems, needs and objectives.
  4. This project also aims to be scalable and institutionalized at European level, expanding to other countries by the dissemination of project results, made continuously and jointly by the organizations in this consortium. The current project aspires to set an example for other organizations working on children’s and young people’s issues, social inclusion, sport and/or non-formal and/or informal education, to carry out similar projects or initiatives.
  5. The implementation of a project in partnership between organizations from different European countries will also contribute to increase the visibility and attractiveness of the initiatives undertaken, encouraging other organizations and stakeholders to cooperate in the concretization of this type of projects that attends the needs of children between the ages of 6 and 12, in terms of social inclusion and competences development.
  1. Acting and collaborating at European level will allow the cultural sharing and interaction between staff of organizations from different countries, contributing to increase their capacity to identify and adopt new methodologies and ways of acting, adjusted to different realities and contexts with which they handle in their regular work.
  2. The implementation of a collaborative partnership project at European level will also help to stimulate future transnational cooperation between organizations working to promote education and social inclusion through sport, which can adopt the methodologies used throughout the implementation of the current project.
  3. Cooperation between organizations in different countries for this project will also promote increased synergies between European countries, which may adopt joint strategies to promote effective change in target groups globally. In fact, the objective of contributing to the design and transformation of new public policies in this field, according to the methodologies used in the current project, is one of the objectives that we seek to achieve by the European added value that this is expected to produce. This can be done, for example, by integrating the combination of sport with non-formal and informal education methodologies into formal education systems.

 

PARTNERS

Footura

Association for development of sports and sports culture Footura is a non-profit organisation aiming to contribute to stimulate active participation of young people in society and to build a sustainable and effective civil society in Bulgaria and in Europe – through informal methods focusing on sport, healthy and active lifestyle.

A.T.I.C.

A.T.I.C. was established in 2016 in Galați Romania, by a group of young people in order to contribute to the social and personal development of local children and youth.

L’Orma SSD a.r.l.

L’Orma is a non-profit sports club and educational agency from Italy that since 2000 develops and delivers the best possible formative sportive/expressive experiences based on non-formal and informal education and aimed at personal and professional growth of children, parents and teachers.

Proacting

PROACTING is a non-profit association founded in 2019, after a fusion of knowledge and experience, by its constituent elements, accumulated within the scope of its work in MINDSET – Social Consulting (2016) and APOGESD – Portuguese Association of Sports Management (1996).