Our European Partnership
With support from the EU Erasmus+ Programme, we are developing the next level of Time for Tea through a Key Action 2 strategic partnership between 4 European countries. This partnership project is led by Regional Volunteer Centre, Kielce, Poland. The other partners are:
- Associazione JOINT, Milan, Italy
- BB&R, Salamanca, Spain
- Momentum World, London, UK
As well as helping to extend Time for Tea to schools and youth organisations in more countries, the project has the specific aim of producing and testing 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 project will result in 6 “intellectual outputs”, each led by a different partner, as follows:
1. Resource pack for teachers and youth workers (Spain): this will provide 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.
2. 360 degree VR film (Poland): by creating a short Virtual Reality experience, we will be 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 (All): a colourful and engaging narrative for primary school children, intended to teach them about global issues and inspire them to make their voices heard.
4. Inclusion guide (Italy): a selection of best practice case studies of inclusion projects from each partner, which will demonstrate a range of different approaches and illustrate the principles and values which Time for Tea is meant to promote.
5. Virtual Teahouse (UK): an innovative and unique online virtual space for nformation, networking and dissemination. This inclusive and zero-carbon medium will allow intercultural learning and interaction between young people around Europe and the world.
6. Education policy guidelines (Poland and UK). 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.
Apart from ongoing work on these outputs, the project will include a training course for youth workers and teachers, a new round of local Time for Tea projects, and a public dissemination event scheduled to take place in Poland on International Tea Day (21 May) 2021.
In addition, several transnational team meetings are being held during the course of the project. The first took place in Warsaw in July 2019, and the second in Milan in January 2020. As a result of the Covid-19 crisis, the third meeting is currently being rescheduled for later in 2020.
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 aim of Erasmus+ is to contribute to the Europe 2020 strategy for growth, jobs, social equity and inclusion, as well as the aims of ET2020, the EU’s strategic framework for education and training. Erasmus+ also aims to promote the sustainable development of its partners in the field of higher education, and contribute to achieving the objectives of the EU Youth Strategy.
Specific issues tackled by the programme include:
- Reducing unemployment, especially among young people
- Promoting adult learning, especially for new skills and skills required by the labour market
- Encouraging young people to take part in European democracy
- Supporting innovation, cooperation and reform
- Reducing early school leaving
- Promoting cooperation and mobility with the EU’s partner countries
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