The Sparkle project:

Working with young people ... reports from seven initiatives

Introduction

The starting point for this specific project was an evaluation of existing experience in the network and the development of two training workshops in Tbilisi and Novi Sad. These formed the basis of the interdiac Handbook which was elaborated after the workshops with the participation of all those involved. Having produced the Handbook and organised an international workshop in Yerevan, to develop the ideas for its use, it was decided to organise a further training programme related to work out the use of the Handbook in practice and also to facilitate its dissemination.

In addition interdiac wanted to develop a statement on the ethics of both working with young people and using the Handbook.

The result was the ‘Sparkle Project’ formally known as ´Exchange & support networks for the use of the Handbook ´Make change yourselves´ with young people in their communities’ which ran from July 2012 to June 2013. Two workshops were held, the first hosted by interdiac partner, Moldovan Christian Aid from 26th – 30th November 2012 and the second by interdiac partner, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Estonia from 8th – 12th April 2013.

This project once again proved the value of the interdiac network and the importance of the participatory approach because the participants were very enthusiastic in using the Handbook and developing their local projects. For our part, interdiac will continue to focus one of our priority areas on work with marginalised and disadvantaged young people and the participants in this project will continue as part of the network.

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