Promote Rural Heritage by Youth Workers #PRORuralHeritage


Context


Today, an increasing number of young people living in rural areas of Europe find themselves socially and civically marginalized. There are several reasons for this, including:
  • geographic isolation,
  • growing rural poverty,
  • difficult access to employment and
  • low levels of participation in international projects.
They are largely unaware of the international mobility opportunities offered by programs such as the European Solidarity Corps and Erasmus+ where resources are offered for their professional and personal development.

However, there are many rural youth organizations that strive to boost youth participation in their communities, but face increasing difficulties in securing this long-term commitment. Lack of tools and means adapted to their expectations and difficulties is a common reason, but there is also insufficient knowledge of the resources embodied by local heritage to attract young people involved in local life. At the same time, rural heritage conservation groups struggle to mobilize young people.

Cultural heritage, whether tangible or intangible, is key to the identity of rural areas and yet is at risk of disappearing without efforts to transmit it and "recover" this heritage from the point of view of younger people. However, this heritage represents a legitimate conduit for promoting active European citizenship as well as a source of employment for young people with little or no academic qualifications.

The project addresses two of the six rural development priorities supported by ENRD (European Network for Rural Development, programming period 2014-2020):
Priority 1 Priority 6
Knowledge transfer and innovation Promoting social inclusion, poverty reduction and economic development in rural areas

Expected impact at the local, regional, national and EU levels

  1. Possibility to contribute to the improvement of services for youth and people with disabilities by local, regional and national public and private organizations through innovative methodologies that foster youth participation and social inclusion;
  2. The expected long-term impact of the project, at the level of civil society and European policy makers, is to ensure that organizations working with young people and people from disadvantaged groups (in particular people with disabilities) are recognized as innovative educational centers, able to promote social inclusion.

Beneficiaries

Europeans 13-30y Disadvantaged background

Indirect beneficiaries

young people students representatives of training
and education centers
youth workers social workers associations
experts Nongovernmental organisations
(NGOs)
policymakers other key stakeholders

Objectives



The main objective of the project is to valorize local agricultural traditions and rural heritage through the creation of a new professional profile for young workers:

"Advisor for the promotion of cultural heritage in rural areas",
able to use digital tools to raise awareness about rural heritage, especially among young people and parties actively involved in the project's thematic.


  • Raise awareness among young workers and local communities on the importance of rural heritage to boost economic growth, social inclusion, cultural diversity in rural areas.
  • Promote rural heritage and activities to guide creativity and innovation.
  • Increase entrepreneurship and the use of digital skills among young workers in rural areas to promote rural heritage.
  • Increase skills in young workers to support the transition to a sustainable and innovative economy in rural areas.
  • Prioritize non-formal and informal training, especially targeting young workers and disadvantaged youth seeking their first job in rural areas.

Manual of Competences: "Advisor for the promotion of cultural heritage in rural areas"


In order to understand the challenges and needs that the rural youth face and to know how is most suitable to use cultural heritage as a tool of economic development and social inclusion, the following profile for young workers is intended to be created: "Advisor for the promotion of cultural heritage in rural areas". This person needs to be able to use digital tools to raise awareness about rural heritage, especially among young people and parties actively involved in the project's thematic. The combination of tradition and modernity is essential in the process of rural development without leaving no one behind.

The manual will be available on our website soon.

E-learning course: Promote rural heritage by youth workers


Methodology
The course is divided into 9 modules and each of them gives you access to specific information relevant for the module’s theme. You can ask all the questions that arise to the facilitators through the Aula Virtual platform or by email: europa@ser-joven.org
You should work autonomously, dedicating time that will depend on your needs and you will be able to follow the rhythm of the course that you consider appropriate, however, we advise you to work the modules in order.

Each module has a multiple choice test to revise what you have learned or a small self-evaluation/reflection task to help you to better understand its topic and learning objectives.

1 Social and communication skills
2 ICT Basic Knowledge
3 Case-studies
4 Rural development policies at EU and global levels
5 CULTURAL POLICIES AT EU AND GLOBAL LEVEL
6 UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE AND EUROPEAN YEAR OF CULTURAL HERITAGE
7 RURAL HERITAGE AS A TOOL TO VALORISE RURAL AREAS
8 ELABORATION OF A PROMOTION PLAN FOR RURAL HERITAGE
9 FINDING INVESTMENT AND FUNDING
THE Course WILL BE AVAILABLE ON OUR WEBSITE SOON.

News


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”Promote rural heritage by youth workers”

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