European and Global Partnerships
The EU Erasmus+ Programme has supported the development of Time for Tea through two strategic partnership and capacity-building projects.
These projects have extended Time for Tea to schools and youth organisations not only in more European countries, but also in India, the Philippines and Thailand. We have produced and tested a range of promotional and supporting materials which will help teachers and youth workers to join the programme and then embed Time for Tea as a regular activity in their work.
The following outputs have been produced:
1. Resource pack for teachers and youth workers: this provides a general introduction and guide to the project, advice on how to get involved, and suggested materials and methodologies for use when working with young people. This has been created in all 4 languages – Click to read:- English, Italian, Spanish and Polish.
2. 360 degree VR films: by creating a short Virtual Reality experience, we are able to show how Time for Tea works in practice and give viewers the feeling of participating in activities, making it easier for them to do it themselves.
3. Time for Tea story book: a colourful and engaging narrative for primary school children, intended to teach them about global issues and inspire them to make their voices heard. This has been created in English and Polish. Translations in Italian, Spanish, Romanian, Hindi and Arabic will available soon.
4. Inclusion guide: a selection of best practice case studies of inclusion projects from each partner, which demonstrates a range of different approaches and illustrates the principles and values which Time for Tea is meant to promote.
5. Virtual Teahouse: an innovative and unique online virtual space for information, networking and dissemination. This inclusive and zero-carbon medium will allow intercultural learning and interaction between young people around Europe and the world. To take a look at how the teahouse works click here. If you would like to arrange an activity for young people or youth workers in the teahouse please contact us.
6. Education policy guidelines: These guidelines will help teachers and school leaders to understand how non-formal learning adds value to formal education and supports the school curriculum. This will ensure that non-formal learning (including Time for Tea) is approved and supported at all levels by showing a clear and direct link to relevant local, regional and national education policies.
We have also produced a new animation film to promote the project.
Apart from ongoing work on these outputs, the Erasmus+ projects included training courses for youth workers and teachers, study visits between European and Asian countries, further local Time for Tea projects, and a series of public dissemination events in each country. In addition, several transnational team meetings have been held during the course of the projects.
The project partners were:-
- Rural Centre for Human Interests (RUCHI), Himachal Pradesh, India
- Associazione JOINT, Milan, Italy
- Global Initiative for Exchange and Development, Cebu City, Philippines
- Regional Volunteer Centre, Kielce, Poland
- Biderbost, Boscan & Rochin, Salamanca, Spain
- Volunteer Spirit Association, Songkhla, Thailand
- Momentum World, London, UK
Erasmus+ is the EU’s funding programme for education, training, youth and sport in Europe. Its budget of €14.7 billion has provided opportunities for over 4 million Europeans of all ages to study, train, and gain experience abroad. The programme also supports a wide range of organisations, including universities, education and training providers, think-tanks, research organisations, and private businesses.
The 2021-2027 programme places a strong focus on social inclusion, the green and digital transitions, and promoting young people’s participation in democratic life. It supports priorities and activities set out in the European Education Area, Digital Education Action Plan and the European Skills Agenda. The programme also:
- supports the European Pillar of Social Rights
- implements the EU Youth Strategy 2019-2027
- develops the European dimension in sport
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