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Portal with modules is working!

Portal with modules is working!

During the project, in total 20 educational modules have been developed, ready to be used by youth leaders. In total 4 categories of issues (different areas), were approached with each category composed of at least 5 educational modules. These are as following:

  1. Environmental Health
  2. Healthy Diet
  3. Health Promotion and Prevention Diseases
  4. Physical Activity

All modules are suitable for both youth and adults. Modules have been adapted to the specific age of beneficiaries (topics, methods, knowledge). 

Each module holds a number of stars, dividing the level of difficulty: one-star module (*) is dedicated to the youngest, two-star modules (**) to teenagers and three-star modules (***) to students and even adults.

To visit our portal just click here: http://startnow-learning.eu/

Training course just came to an end!

Training course just came to an end!

One of the most important project’s activity – training course just came to an end.

Training course took place between 9thand 16thof March 2018 in Głuchołazy (Poland). In this activity took part 21 youth leaders from different NGO’s and institutions from partner countries: Bulgaria, Cyprus and Poland.

The purpose of the training was to familiarize its participants with non-formal education methods about health. First days were dedicated to principles and features of non-formal education. After these days, it was time for training in health modules. Those lessons are the innovative method learning about health, developed on cooperation of 3 partner organizations at the international level.

Upon completion of the training, the organizations participating in the training have received the NEC (Non formal Education Center)certificate, which means that they have learnt about non-formal education methods and they know how to use modules. As they gained NEC status, participants are obligated to implement at least 1 module among the young people with whom it works and to complete the survey before and after the workshops.

The questionnaire will be used in the study of the knowledge of the concept of non-formal education and the validity and usability of modules.

 

 

Our third international meeting came to an end

Our third international meeting came to an end

Our third international meeting came to an end. We have spent 5 amazing days together in Larnaca on Cyprus. This time, the organizer of the meeting was Social Policy and Action Organization. Thanks to that we have moved on with modules in our project: “Start now!: Strategic partnership for health promotion among youth”. 

The main meeting was held between 20.10 and 24.10 of 2017. During those days we have focused on improving our work on the innovative non formal education method in the frame of health education. Moreover we have finished introduction for publication and we have presented 2nd chapter – about non-formal education in general. We also talked about project promotion and preparing training course in Poland, which will be held in March 2018.

We have spent lovely informal time in Larnaca. We had a great possibility to feel and fall in love in Cypriot culture and cuisine. We have gathered together in Greek tavern, where we have tasted “meze”- a selection of many different regional dishes such as: greek salad, sheftalia, souvlaki, pita and many others. Everything with accompany of traditional live music. We also have a possibility to visit Nicosia – headquarter city of SPAO and little sightseeing this big city with cozy streets and lovely Greek homes.

This project is organized in the frame of Erasmus+ KA2, between 3 partner NGOs: Social Policy an Action Organization from Nicosia, Cyprus, Bulgarian Sports Development Association from Sofia, Bulgaria and Health related Organization for Promotion and Prevention from Opole, Poland as a project coordinator.

Family Picnic in the Opole

Family Picnic in the Opole

We had a great pleasure to participate in Family Picnic on the Odra river yesterday. It was 7th edition of such event, organized by CDO (Centrum Dialogu Obywatelskiego).

We had a great chance to present our activities among the local people and other NGO’s. The citizens had an opportunity to see photo albums from recent projects and brochures “The HOPP” as well. Moreover, we have distributed health infographics designed especially for this event. The most important thing was to promote our project “Start now!” which is in stage of local activities. We have promoted the project’s aim and local aspect.

That event was a big deal to meet with people from the city, tourists and other NGO’s as well. We are grateful for that and have a hope to participate in similar events in the future.

Festival of health and sport in Sofia

Festival of health and sport in Sofia

In the period 30/06 – 02/07/2017 in South park of Sofia has been held “Festival of health and sport”. This has been the second edition of the event and it has gathered more than 10 000 visitors in the three days. During the event was held different activities and concerts.

Bulgarian sports development association is a partner of the event since 2016 and during the 2017’s edition has presented all activities and projects the organization is delivering to the citizens that have participated. Together with the informational campaigns and the brochures we have given to the visitors, we have also supplied a sport program with open trainings that has been available to kids and adults.

Special attention has been given to JUST SPORT project that has been presented to the citizens, but also to many sport specialists and trainers that has passed through the BSDA station.

M2 just finished with great feedback!

M2 just finished with great feedback!

We have just finished our second international meeting, which been held in Sofia, Bulgaria. Thanks to our bulgarian partner: Bulgarian Sports Development Association we had spend 4 hard working days during which we reached another step in our project: “Start now!: Strategic partnership for health promotion among youth”.

This project is organized in the frame of Erasmus+ KA2, between 3 partner NGOs: above named bulgarian association, Social Policy an Action Organization from Nicosia, Cyprus and Health related Organization for Promotion and Prevention from Opole, Poland as a project coordinator.

The meeting was held between 30.06 and 3.07 of 2017. Those days had created possibiliteis for work on the innovative non formal education method in the frame of health education. Moreover we have prepared questionaires form for the survey related to projects aims. Finally, we had finished the introduction to the final publication, which contain project countries youth health status and health education level analysis.

We had a great possibility to share our experience on project promotion. We also talked about local level activities. Furthermore, we have created new milestones. During informal time we spend lovely time together and we will not forget Sofia which is the city full of culture and sport which the example was the Festival of health we had a possibility to participate in.

First international meeting behind us

First international meeting behind us

Just a week ago, we have finished our first international meeting, which was held in Opole, in Poland, between 21st and 24th of April. During that get-together, we have officially start our project, frame of which is ERASMUS+ Programme with Key Action 2: Strategic Partnership between European NGOs.

During those intensive, but very resultful days we had managed to set formally our partnership by signing internal agreement between our organizations. We draft future steps and plan timetable of the rest of our project, which is originally planned for almost 2 years (till the end of 2018). Now just after this superb meeting we are truly believe that fallowing two years will be outstanding for our partnership and the final outcomes will exceed our assumptions.

In few words our project’s main idea is to teach young people about health. But we would like to do it rather by giving them tool for non-formal learning, than just presenting facts and clues, like it is commonly in health education. For this purpose, we invent an innovative method of non-formal education based on modules system. And now, after project started, we will work on that method to make it easy, useful and, what is most important, interesting to youth.

Background of our partnership is strong cooperation between our organizations that now have lasted from 3 years. During this gathering, we have got to know each other even better. Bulgarian team was represented by Joanna Dochevska and Kalinka Gudarovska, Cyprus – by Ifigenia Katchie and Konstantina Katsie, HOPP – by Martyna Jaros and Piotr Jaros.