Institut equalita e.V.

Strengthen Creative Cooperation

Cultural exchange and networking between Local Authorities, NGOs and cultural youth groups of the South

Since January 2012 Institut equalita carries out the project "Strengthen Creative Cooperation" together with the Office for International Affairs of the City of Cologne and other European partners. It aims to establish a strong network of local actors in the partner countries Austria, Bulgaria, Denmark, Germany and Slovenia.

The intention is to carry out common annual campaigns on MGD topics such as environment protection, HIV/Aids prevention, migration/racism or social integration. It will combine development education, school initiatives and partnerships and NGO activities with cultural presentations of youth groups from South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Ghana, Madagascar, Thailand, India, the Philippines, Bolivia, Peru and Chile and peer learning methods.

Municipalities in the partner countries will cooperate closely with local NGOs, coordinate the local activities and strengthen the cooperation with the other European partners. Creative cooperation of local actors aims to increase the European public's critical understanding of causes and consequences of global poverty.

Cultural exchange and peer learning are creative pedagogic methods addressed particularly to young people. Children and teenagers are those most affected by poverty. Child labour and the growing number of street kids are also consequences of poverty, as are insufficient education, the risk of HIV/AIDS, exploitation of children as soldiers, migration and exile.

Partners from the South are socio-cultural organisations who support young people living in poverty and precarious social situations to find their way out of misery and social disintegration by means of cultural activities. These young people perform theatre, music, dance and circus embracing relevant topics of the campaigns concerning MDG topics. Workshops in common with young Europeans deepen insight and facilitate peer learning activities.

The Office for international Affairs of the City of Cologne is the leading project coordinator. Partners in Germany are Institut equalita in Cologne and Büro für Kultur- und Medienprojekte an Hamburg, both with long time experiences in cultural approaches.

Partner in the other European countries are the municipality Plovdiv and Foundation for Development of the Cultural and Business Potential of Civil Society in Bulgaria, the municipality of Kalundborg and SPOR Media in Denmark, the municipality of Langenlois and Fonds Vienna Institute for International Dialogue und Cooperation (VICD) in Austria and the municipality of Sezana and Institute Ekvilib in Slovenia.

The project is funded by the Europeaid program of the European Union.

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