NEVER LOSE YOUR SOUL – summary of main results

Summary of the Main Results May 2019

 

1st period

 

Each project partner (PP) was set up own partner level management team (at least 5 members) and started with the preparation for the first activity – 1st kick-off meeting. Due to the inability to edit all the required documents on the Participant portal, the partner from Uganda received the status of an association partner. The leading partner (LP) was set up the Project Coordination Team (PCT), where each PP was appointed at least one qualified person who was fluent in English. The PCT was responsible for the overall coordination of the project and it was acting as permanent contact for internal and external actors. Via e-mail and video conferences, the following documents were prepared for the first meeting: 1. A Guide for the project and financial management of the project, 2. A Communication Plan, 3. The methodology to ensure the sustainability of the project results, and 4. Programme for the 1st Kick-off meeting.

 

2nd period

 

During the 5-day-long Kick-off meeting which was held in Maribor (February 2018), PCT familiarised all participants with the project proposal, objectives, aims and commitments. In addition, the PCT presented all documents prepared in the 1st phase. The documents were discussed/fine-tuned and after that endorsed by all partners. The Communication Plan including web page (hosting by leading partner (LP)), two social media accounts (Facebook and YouTube), and leaflets were set up and continuously fed with relevant content and the active contribution of all partners.

 

(web site: http://uganda.druga.si, fb: https://www.facebook.com/Never-Lose-Your-Soul- 199695824108012/; Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Fvd_NL3V-U, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrT04HPwsD4, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZM6HcqxaLg

 

Following educational and training activities were organized and implemented during the 1st transnational meeting:

 

  1. Understanding of biodiversity concepts according to national/geographical/political identity (Lecture provided by Tilen Basle and round table moderated by DOPPS). The main aim: sensitization for the theme of the

 

  1. Understanding the position of youth in nature protected areas. Excursions to the three different places of good practices were organised (Info Centre Logarska dolina (workshop moderated by Institute for tourism and sustainable development of Solčavsko), Kozajansko Nature park, (Lecture provided by Mojca Kunst and Hrvoje Oršanič, director of Kozjansko Nature Park) and Ptuj Lake (workshop provided by Tilen Basle). The main aim: getting acquainted with examples of good

 

  1. Understanding the model of migratory birds for better understanding of the human migration processes (Lecture provided by PhD Damijan Denac). The main aim: encouraging critical thinking and insight into a larger picture of the

 

  1. Learn about the sustainable use of farmland in nature protected areas (Lecture provided by PhD Rok Mihelič, Faculty of agriculture University in Ljubljana). The main aim: encouraging critical thinking and insight into a larger picture of the

 

5 Workshop How to get an insight into the emigration of skilled Youth, re-integrating returning emigrants, and how to keep contact with them (moderated by Catharine Nakato, Slovenian African Form and Adriana Aralica, NGO Sloga, Ljubljana). The main aim: encouraging critical thinking and insight into a larger picture of the problem.

 

  1. Case study of Innovative interpretative approaches for the sustainable use of heritage in the direction of sustainable tourism for young people (lecture in the round table provided by Jurij Gulič, PhD, Institute for Nature Conservation Slovenia). The main aim: getting acquainted with examples of good practice.

 

Following training courses were organised:

 

  1. How to formulate the nature conservation areas indicators and use a model of migratory birds as an educational tool (workshop moderated by Damijan Denac, PhD and Tilen Basle). The main aim: getting acquainted with examples of good

 

  1. How to use analytical research equipment for the fieldwork (workshop moderated by Zdenka Keuc, Tilen Basle, Lucijan Vihar). The main aim: to improve the quality of filed work

 

  1. How to do a market research-analysis of the factors that promote job opportunities in the nature protected areas (workshop moderated by Zdenka Keuc, Tilen Basle, Lucijan Vihar).The main aim: to improve the quality of filed work, research work and the quality of project impact

 

  1. How to set up a methodology of migration indicators of youth (workshop moderated by Zdenka Keuc, Tilen Basle, Lucijan Vihar). The main aim: to improve the quality of project impact

 

(Self-)evaluation and promotion/dissemination part of the project included:

 

  1. An e-questionnaire for qualitative and quantitative assessment of all activities on the five-point scale (5 is ) was prepared and electronically fulfilled by all participants after this and the following events.

 

  1. Preparation of launching project

 

3.1st press release and press conference accompanied by a documentary film made by CEZAM and participants video trailer (video: Unplugged but connected) which was upgraded to 40 min documentary video.

 

The methodology of common work and the way of quality of project impact assessment was specified  by the help of ERASMUS+ tool known as Impact+ Tool1. Also, the survey for field work was created as a tool for testing and improving the indicators. PCT was preparing a draft for a leaflet about the project aims and outcomes and each PP was committed to disseminating it in national meetings/events.

 

3rd period

 

Until the first youth exchange in May 2018, each PP carried out its own research work (based on a common survey questionnaire). Obtained data were processed and presented in the first Youth exchange. Participants presented six study cases: The Iasi community study case, Lake Bunyonyi study case, River Drava study case, The Ormoške lagune study case, Slovenska Bistrica study case, and Haloze study case. In this way, the first evidence base about Youth emigrants and opportunities was started to create. During the first youth exchange that took place in Slovenia (May/June 2018) the participants developed various approaches for the greater integration of the natural and cultural features of nature protected areas into the tourist/economic development and identified the opportunities in the area where 1st Youth exchange hold on (Trenta, Triglav National Park).

 

Following educational and training activities have been implemented during the 1st Youth exchange:

 

  1. Learning about the plant endemic species in Triglav National park (focused on flora) (workshop guided by Mrs. Tamara Šiško). The main aim: integration of biodiversity in economic/tourist development of

 

  1. Learning about the Birds biodiversity in Triglav National Park (workshop guided by Tilen Basle). The main aim: integration of biodiversity in economic/tourist development of

 

  1. Incorporation of local tales into a performance created by visitors – kamishibai performances (workshop guided by Mrs. Gordana Banjanin). The main aim: integration of culture heritage in economic/tourist development of

 

  1. Demographic trends and job opportunities for skilled youth in Triglav National Park (workshop guided by Mrs. Zdenka Keuc). The main aim: encouraging thinking beyond current practice and to develop some “crazy new”

 

  1. Incorporation of local music and dancing into economic development of Triglav National Park (workshop guided by Mr. Klemen Bojanovič). The main aim: integration of culture heritage in economic/tourist development of

 

 

 

 

1 Develped by erasmusplus.org. uk (https://www.erasmusplus.org.uk/impact-and-evaluation)

 

  1. Video workshop; how to use camera to prepare a good documentary film? (Workshop guided by Mr. Lucijan Vihar and Mr. Dejan Paska). The main aim: the role of video presentation for future development of

 

Lectures about nature conservation were provided by employees of Škocijan bay, Salt pans from Sečovlje and director of Triglav National Park (Marko Pretnar). The main aim: acquainting with the advantages and disadvantages, the problems and successes of those who are permanent residents on nature protected areas which provide them with existing and personal development.

 

Results:

 

  1. First evidence base about demographic trends in nature protected areas in three countries (Slovenia, Romania and Uganda) is
  2. Local action planes with national conservation priorities were
  3. Discussion of the extent to which culture can contribute to
  4. Developing collaborative work and

 

On the knowledge and skills gained in TNP a common document titles as Interventions, strategies and policies to unlock human development potentials in nature protected areas with the set of international testing Indicators was started to prepare.

 

Two national public media were reported about the event: national Slovene TV (Tele M) and radio Slovenia 2nd progam. Magazin Svet ptic, Borec and online paper of II. gimnazija also reported about the event.

 

 

4th period

 

The 2nd Youth exchange was organised by Lake Bunyonyi Secondary school, Kabale (Uganda). Each PP prepared their findings (Interventions, strategies and policies to unlock human development potentials; the set of international testing Indicators) for the round tables and discussions. The members of PCT moderated them. The aim was to prepare improved tools to measure the causes and impacts of Youth emigration and testing new services to manage local consequences of youth skilled migration in nature protected areas. In Uganda, this was very difficult because there were no real interlocutors. The local authorities did not respond to our requests for cooperation, and the local people felt helpless and much subordinated. The story of Lake Bunyonyi is therefore very specific and extremely educational for all participants from Europe. However, following educational and training activities were organised for the 2st Youth exchange:

 

 

  1. Learning about the plant endemic species (guided by Mr. Denis Maniragaba). The main aim: integration of biodiversity in economic/tourist development of region and entrepreneurial skills of

 

  1. Learning about the birds’ biodiversity in Lake Bunyonyi area (guided by Mr. Tilen Basle and collaboration with Birds Watch of Uganda). The main aim: integration of biodiversity in economic/tourist development of region and entrepreneurial skills of Youth

 

  1. Incorporation of local tales to tourist offers/programmes (guided by Mr. Davis and the leaders of the pygmy community). The main aim: integration of culture diversity in economic/tourist development of region and entrepreneurial skills of Youth

 

  1. Demographic trends and job opportunities for skilled youth in in Lake Bunyonyi area (guided by Mrs. Zdenka Keuc and Mr. Ronald Asiimwe Namara). The main aim: using a cause-effect methodology aiming to maximizing the capacity building impact of the

 

  1. Incorporation of local music and dancing into economic/tourist development of Lake Bunyonyi (guided by Miss Comfort Aharimpisya). The main aim: integration of culture diversity in economic/tourist development of region and entrepreneurial skills of

 

  1. Video workshop – documentary film of the whole event (guided by Mr. Lucijan Vihar and Mr. Dejan Paska). The main aim: contribute to the greater visibility of the project, dissemination purposes and development of entrepreneurial skills of

 

Three national public Media were reported about the event: national radio station (RTV 1st program), National TV (Studio Maribor) and magazine “Svet ptic”. Each PP organized public presentations in its environment (4 in total) and reported on the achievements and findings at national training conferences (3 in total).

 

Four national public media were reported about the event: national radio station (RTV Slovenia1st program), National Slovene TV and National Romanian TV; magazine “Svet ptic” and magazine Borec. Each PP organized public presentations in its environment (4 in total) and reported on the achievements and findings at national training conferences (3 in total). At the end of 2018 a big photo exhibition connected with project was organised.

 

After this event, we started to create a new pedagogical approach, which has to provide the opportunities for research and entrepreneurial activities in the nature protection areas and the frame to deepen transnational future cooperation as well as much higher enrolment of local people in sustainable development of nature protected areas.

 

 

 

5th period

 

5-days Final meeting was organised by Romanian partner and hold on in Calimani National Park (April, 2019). The main goal of this meeting was knowledge exchange sessions about competencies developed through the project and the impacts of the project results on local/regional communities. These include the financial and management evaluation of the whole project, the extent of achieved general and specific objectives of the project, analysis of satisfaction of participants and the relevance analysis of the projects. Participants were working in groups and discuss findings and conclusions. A plan for further International cooperation on learning and teaching activities and possibilities of work was made.

 

At the same time, a lot of conversation was organised with the employees of Calimani national park about the conclusions made in the project. At the same time, a lot of conversation was organised with the employees of Calimani national park about the conclusions made in the project. Representatives of the Park organized a fieldwork and video lecture about the Calimani park history and natural phenomena

 

In overall, the final meeting in Romania was aimed to dissemination of project results, technical and financial closure and overall assessment of the whole project. Final analysis of e-questionnaire for qualitative and quantitative assessment of all activities was also made.

 

LP prepared a press release and the press conference (06.06.2019) of the project results.