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  • Can Do Cards

    Dear readers, 

    We are glad to present you the Can Do Cards, a KA2 Erasmus Plus funded project. 

    By the CanDo CARDs project we wish to empower educators in the social field to become ‘CHANGE AGENTS‘.

    To do so, we believe that educators in the social field need to be empowered with effective tools to become the drivers for positive change. Change Agents will be equipped with tools that empower disadvantaged people with creative and innovative skills and competences which reinforce their resilience and increase their European awareness and civic engagement. These tools refer to creative methods and approaches for learning democracy, intercultural competences, improvisation theatre and debate education. The impact of creativity and non-formal education is of great importance in shaping inclusive societies and empowering change agents. Creative and emotional skills allow people to find new inventive resilience strategies, better cope with crisis situations and societal challenges as well as raise their critical thinking and active citizenship. It also allows people to act more effectively both individually and in a group, it encourages cohesion and the attainment of common goals without losing respect for one-another.

    Thanks to each partner’s expertise, our learning setting will combine both cognitive and affective learning experiences by linking forms of non-formal, informal and formal education.

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  • Second day in Hotel Finca Las Barcenas

    So we started the day with an exercise were we had to describe what our feelings were in that moment and how we basically felt. After that we continued with talking about a person we had as role model, a person we looked up to and 2-4 things you value about them. Then we teamed up in groups and had to choose one of all those values and explain how we came to that agreement and if there were any discussions agreeing on that value.  

    After the lunch at 15:30 we started to discus about our fight for Justices in groups who contained 3-4 person’s in each group where we got to discuss an got to a final solution then we had a coffee break for 15 mins and came back.then we got a main subject and that is what do privileges and discrimination mean for democracy and we discussed it as well and had to share ours expire an end and thoughts. After that we had a break for 15mins and after that we discussed about what is our role and attitude where we got a very challenging discussion about if people would provide financially.

  • LTTA 1: Cantabria, Spain

    It´s really amazing to get together in a little town in Cantabria, Spain, with people from so many different places! (it took some of them two days to get here ;)) We started with a delicious meal in the beautiful house that will host us for the next four days.

    In the welcome session, we got the chance to know a little bit about each other and all the stuff that we will be doing together. It is very inspiring being in a group with so much diversity.

    We started working with the appreciative inquiry method, and it was really powefull to look at ourselves and listen to the others from a positive point of view.

    I can already tell that I´m going lo learn a lot from these days and from the people with whom I’ll be sharing. I´m really looking foward to live this special experience.

  • Meet Silvia from Germany

    Hi, I am Silvia, italo-german women living in Munich, who is passionate about people, groups, connection and fruitful collaboration. I love to interactively work with people on communication, diversity, looking deeper into systemic contexts and finding the power that everyone of us has as soon as we take full ownership of our lifes and actions. This approach makes me sometimes be hard on myself and others, so lately I try to chip in more softness and acceptance and curiosity to what is true now, without trying to change everything at once 🙂 

    In this picture I am in one of my favourite spots in the surroundings of Munich: Kochelsee. I go there to re-load myself in tough times. 

  • Meet Mine!

    Hi!

    My name is Mine, I am 24 years old and a student at Kista folkhögskola. I have been active in associations such as ”Turkiska kvinnoförbundet” (Turkish Women’s Federation), ”Turkiska handikappförbundet” (Turkish Disability Federation) and ”Svenska turkiska ungdomsföreningen” (Swedish Turkish Youth Association). We have been organizing activities for Swedish women with conservative lifestyles, for example housewives. We give them the chance to meet people such as politicians and also the opportunity to interact with other women in their situation. 

    In the “Turkiska handikappföreningen” we saved up money so we could visit boarding schools for people with disabilities in Sweden and also other countries. When we were there we showed them Swedish traditions as cultural dances and we danced together. 

    Additionally, I was in the management board of the “Svenska turkiska ungdomsföreningen”. I organized different activities such as “children’s day” where  in the old town in Stockholm we sold food and small goods so we could save up money to visit Turkey and also organize a skiing trip for young adults. 

    Moreover, I was working as a volunteer in the “Turkiska kvinnoförbundet” where my mum was the moderator. My job was to make sure everyone felt comfortable and I also helped organize some activities together with the rest of the board. 

    Furthermore, I love to help youths during my spare time, which is why I used to work in a school as a student assistant and also as a social worker.

    I hope to see you soon!

  • Meet Hassan!

    Hi, I’m Hassan, I’m a student at Kista folk high school, studying full time. In my free time I like to try new things.

    I have attended many training courses such as leadership training, crisis and emergency response and much more. I have worked a lot with young people in affected areas where we try to engage them on such a thing that they like. I have been a camera in my spare time and am filming one of Sweden’s biggest podcasts on youtube. I had a speech about psychiatric illness where it reached 3 million people in Sweden. So I am a person who wants to make a change in every possible way.

  • Meet Belén from Spain!

    I am Belén from Asociación Progestión in Madrid, Spain, an organization working on the social inclusion of people since 1990. 

    As a social worker and an actress, I’d like to contribute with my knowledge and experience to the construction of spaces that respect and promote dignity and freedom from a gender and human rights perspective. 

    I believe that art is a powerful tool for social change and the empowerment of people, and I have been working along this line over the recent years, both in my job as a social worker in Asociación Progestión and in my theatre company “La Extraña”, with whom we are currently developing the social artistic project Sembrando Antirracismo (sowing anti-racism) in the rural area of Huelva (Spain), together with Mundo en Movimiento -an NGO fostering global citizenship especially focused on people on the move-, Jornaleras de Huelva en Lucha -a feminist self-organised group of women workers in the fields and manufacture of fruit in Huelva fighting for decent living and working conditions for the labourer class- and Mujeres Abril -local amateur theatre company-. This experience is making us feel really inspired and I will love to share it with you. 

    I am looking forward to meeting you all! 

  • This is Åke!

    Hi, I am Åke and I am the Swedish coordinator of the CanDo project. 

    My experience with the Erasmus + program is not that long. However, I have long experience of teaching – music, social science, history, religion. I have been a teacher and / or principal at various community colleges for 35 years.

    When I am not performing my duties at school or in various projects, I play guitar and I run a conversation forum where exploratory, open, curious conversations penetrate issues that are important to us citizens.

    Looking forward to meeting you all! 🙂

  • Meet Nelly from Spain

    Hi there! My name is Nelly and I am a Spanish project manager and intercultural trainer. I was born and raised in Paris while travelling every year to Spain and to a rural area in France to visit my family. Growing up in a bilingual and multicultural environment was great and made me develop a passion for learning languages and discovering different cultures.

    I am very grateful to be able to work on projects which make us reflect on and foster diversity, intercultural dialogue, empowerment, citizen participation and other important topics, as I think they are essential in our society to be able to live in peace respecting and valuing each other.

  • This is Iman

    Hi there! It’s me again! My name is Iman Moutaouakil and I am the Spanish coordinator of the Can Do program. Together with Katrin Kuhla, the German coordinator, we’ve created the CanDo approach and since some years we’ve been learning and enjoying it with all its outcomes.

    I was born and raised in Tangier, North of Morocco and then moved at the age of 18 to Granada where I had my Translation studies. Once finished I moved to the Social field where I started as a volunteer in different organizations.

    Currently I’m intercultural trainer and project manager at Asociación Progestion. I am eager to meet all participants of this new project of the CanDo and ready to learn and share with you all!

  • Meet Florian!

    I am Florian from the South of Germany where I live with a big familiy in a renovated farm house – somewhat distant from cultural centers such as Munich or Salzbourg, and yet there is daily ‘drama’, poems of live and many intense exchanges with the daily live of family and neighbours. I have been living there since 10 years and find it interesting to see a number of contradictions in even what empowerment might be: in the city there are many options for initiatives to foster empowerment and yet sometimes there is a huge gap between those who get no chances and those who hold structural power. Here on the countryside there are fewer opportunities and quite a conservative and narrow way of thinking. And yet, by having animals, land, forest and space, people can empower themselves in a way of finding meaning in life.

    Florian Wenzel
    I consider democracy to be a form of life that is of daily relevance to us.

    Professionally I am a trainer and consultant for democracy learning in Germany and internationally. I consider democracy to be a form of life that is of daily relevance to us. As a freelancer, I am linked to several networks like the ‘Netzwerk politische Bildung Bayern’ (www.politische-bildung-bayern.net) and the Center for Applied Policy Research at the university of Munich (www.cap-akademie.de). I am working with training programs which focus on a resouce-oriented and participatory approach. I am also trying to install the attitude behind these concepts in areas that are still dominated by a ‘classical’ scientific perspective like evaluation. Instead of having a linear input-output-driven process, I like to see Evaluation as a process of sharing resources and further developing potential.

    All of this of course leads to the question of empowerment. I see a fundamental dilemma: focusing on the empowerment of people on the one hand makes visible hidden and discriminatory power structures and questions them. On the other hand empowerment sometimes seens to imply that we can have a nice, shared, ‘soft’ power which will lead to more harmony. From a democratic perspective, I think empowerment must push the question of power as a dangerous yet productive and necessary means of changing structures for a world with more justice. I hope we can focus on such contradictions and dilemmas that remind us of our limited capacities, make us realize the scope of what we can do and help us tackle the tasks we can.