A new EVS generation is on radio…join us and share your ideas!
On Monday I hosted my first radio show with the theme Youth Opportunities and Youth Center and had Renatta, my EVS colleague from Portugal, as a guest. We dedicated this edition to the 30th anniversary of the Erasmus programme, a moment considered a milestone for Europe, whether we talk about social activities, volunteering, participation in trainings or study exchanges.
The motto to celebrate this anniversary is “Enriching lives, opening minds for 30 years”.
As a former Erasmus student, during my first year of Master and current participant in an European Voluntary Service under the Erasmus+ umbrella I can say that these educational programs, formal or non-formal, are not only meant to help young people define their careers, but they’re completely life-changing and give youngsters a whole new view about the world.
Erasmus+ is the EU programme in the field of education, training, youth and sport for the period 2014-2020. We believe in the fact that Europe needs more cohesive and inclusive societies which allows citizens to play an active role in democratic life. Education and youth work are the key to promote common European values, foster social integration, enhance intercultural understanding and a sense of belonging to a community and to prevent violent radicalisation.
The aim of our discussion was the impact of the Erasmus+ programmes on the development of individuals and the contribution to social change. Me and Renatta both agreed that it’s important to travel abroad at an early age, to learn a new language, to live in a country with a different culture, to experience learning in a multicultural environment.
One of the topics we discussed was related to the future of the educational system. We were debating on the importance of academic excellence and discoveries in sciences and technology and the growing trend of non-formal education that enhances creativity, communication and social skills, interdisciplinarity and language learning.
The new Erasmus+ framework also includes the Sports dimension and the main objective is creating and developing European networks that can provide opportunities for cooperation among members and the exchange and transfer of knowledge and know-how in different areas referring to sport and physical activity. At Nautilos SAR we try to promote a healthy lifestyle that includes sports and a balanced diet. The main events are organized by the Cycling Club -weekly free bike tours across Nicosia- and the Hiking Club -trips in mountainous regions of Cyprus- and by promoting and participating in these activities we try to raise awareness about the importance of sports in everyday life and as well engage the local community with our events.
We observed that for youngsters that are studying or working, there is a tendency to become sedentary by spending too much time in front of the computer or other gadgets, eat junk foods and stay inactive physically, habits which can affect their health condition. As a team we are motivated to apply our ideas regarding youth opportunities, sports, healthy lifestyle and also during this summer we will organize some special events such as beach volley, a nice occasion to do sports and meet new friends.
We are committed to encourage social inclusion and equal opportunities in sport, promoting sports and games and also during our radio shows we develop innovative outputs and we engage into dissemination of ideas in different areas relating to sport, physical activity and healthy lifestyle.
As volunteers we believe that well-performing youth policies related to education, training systems and sports provide people with the skills required for a future career, while allowing them to play an active role in society and achieve personal fulfilment.