The European Solidarity Corps is a funding programme of the European Union that creates opportunities for young people to volunteer, work, train, and run their solidarity projects that benefit communities. A Solidarity Project is an in-country solidarity activity -based on non-formal learning – initiated by young people themselves for a period from 2 to 12 months, addressing key challenges directly linked to the local community they live in, but with a clear EU added value.
“21st Century Skills Academy” is a project implemented in the framework of the European Solidarity Corps. In an ongoing and rapidly changing digital society, soft skills have primary importance as prerequisites for the progress and development of the people and their communities. COVID-19 has made it clear that we entered into a Digital World, and young people need to adapt to this new living and working environment. This ESC project aims to connect the youth with skills regarding critical thinking, teamwork, and digital innovation and to equip them with crucial tools to understand digital transformation. The project is co-funded by European Solidarity Corps and the Youth and Lifelong Learning Foundation in Greece.
The training seminars under this programme are:
In this webinar, the participants are introduced to the most fundamental 21st-Century Skills, and emphasis will be given to why they are of utmost importance in the modern, ever-evolving society. The training consists of skills such as analytic reasoning, complex problem-solving adaptability, decision-making, leadership, media literacy, critical thinking, and teamwork, among others. Case studies and practical examples of successful people who embody such skills are also showcased to cultivate inspiration among the beneficiaries.
During this seminar, interactive activities are taking place including play, simulation, networking, and team-bonding activities, pitching, practical use of social media, and transmedia navigation. The activities will be based on a non-formal education methodology including interactive activities among the participants.
- 48 hours Hackathon: Skill it up!
Skill it up! Is trying to transfer the dialogue and transfer of knowledge on a local level. The teams have to find solutions to challenges connected with SDGs. Participants will be divided into teams according to their topic preferences and will be challenged to find solutions to specific challenges. During the 2-days, participants are working in teams and have to deliver their idea by the end of the Hackathon. They will present their ideas to an evaluation committee and win the prize of Skill it up!
This training seminar provides participants with guidance concerning their preparation of applications for submission. It will be an online activity through an accessible platform. They will be divided into teams according to their skills and interesting topics for submitting projects for the Call Round 3 of ESC in October 2021.