#SPORTolerance Final Meeting in Sofia, Bulgaria
In the period 01-04 of May 2022, in Sofia, Bulgaria the final meeting of the #SPORTolerance initiative was held, and it gathered the partners from Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, and Cyprus that worked together in the last two years to achieve tolerance and solidarity through sports.
Throughout the project’s lifetime, different international and national actions were implemented in the partner countries, aiming to empower sports experts and organizations to use sport as a powerful tool for positive change in our societies. The overall experience and shared know-how have been collected in a practical education through sports activities #SPORTolernace Handbook “Sport for promotion of Tolerance” – download the Handbook here: https://sportolerance.com/sportolerance-outputs/ .
ABOUT THE PROJECT
The #SPORTolerance project “comes at a time when Europe is faced with economic hardship, migratory flows, terrorism, the dangerous rise of populism, xenophobic rhetoric, extremism, and other phenomena, which test our democracies and shake public trust in state and international institutions”. Although radicalization can happen at any age, young people in search of a sense of belonging, a purpose in life, or identity, may be particularly exposed. Young people are also one of the most mobile and dynamic population groups, offering them various opportunities for interaction with persons from diverse cultural backgrounds.
The #SPORTolerance project aims to contribute to further human capacity development in sports through the development of a set of mobilities for sports coaches that included both educational modules and modules for exchange of good practices in the field of using sports for prevention of radicalization and building tolerance and solidarity. The project used and further developed in the field of tolerance and solidarity the non-formal educational methodology Education Through Sports ETS which is an illustration of using sport as a learning tool and thereby taking steps to stretch sport beyond the activity itself. ETS approach in the context of education, based on non-formal education, experiential learning, and, active participation, is a conceptual model and a practical learning tool. The activities of this methodology assist and enrich the non-formal learning processes in the youth sector and will equip participating sports coaches with new skills and instruments to be used on a daily basis. ETS methodology (official Salto resource) is a structured pedagogical non-formal educational approach that works with sport and physical activity and refers to the development of key competencies of individuals and groups, to contribute to personal development and sustainable social transformation with a main goal – active citizenship.
THE FOLLOWING OUTPUTS HAVE BEEN DEVELOPED TO ACHIEVE THE PROJECT AIMS MENTIONED ABOVE:
- Edition Education Through Sport edition “Sports for promotion of Tolerance” with new non-formal educational activities, focused on the fight against radicalization through sports and the promotion of tolerance and solidarity;
- Empowered sports coaches in 3 EU and 1 Western Balkans country to work focused against radicalization and for the promotion of tolerance and solidarity;
- Young people from disadvantaged backgrounds at risk of radicalization involved in different and innovative sports activities with educational impact;
THE #SPORTOLERANCE PROJECT IS CO-FUNDED BY THE ERASMUS+ PROGRAM OF THE EUROPEAN UNION AND IS IMPLEMENTED BY A CONSORTIUM OF:
- Coordinator: Bulgaria, Bulgarian sports development association – (www.bulsport.bg)
- Partner 1: Bulgaria, Darko Athletics team – (https://darkoteam.com/)
- Partner 2: Belgium, The Charity Game (TCG asbl) (www.thecharitygame.be)
- Partner 3: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bosnian Representative Association for Valuable Opportunities (BRAVO) (https://bravo-bih.com/)
- Partner 4: Cyprus, Social Policy and Action Organization (www.socialpolicyaction.org)