“Super Youth Worker”
ENGSO Youth - European Non-Governmental Sports Organisation
Lietuvos sporto federaciju sajunga Zemaites 6, LT-03117 Vilnius, Lithuania Vilnius, Lithuania
ENGSO Youth Programme “Back to Basics – Human Rights Education through Sport” started to be designed in 2021 to be delivered during 2022, the European Year of Youth.The Programme received support from the Council of Europe via European Youth Foundation and was co-funded by the European Union via the Erasmus+ programme.
Young people in sports organisations are often deprived of the space to participate in decision-making and the opportunity to engage in human rights education and human rights activism. There are many young people within communities who are involved in sports activities and clubs, who also have the right and need for human rights education. The struggle for human rights is a complex issue – it requires dedication, knowledge, a positive attitude and convictions. In the process of fighting for human rights and for the development and promotion of human rights education, it is the people who play the most important role.
That is why, with this project, we wanted to target young people active in sports clubs and organisations and provide them with quality human rights education. We believe that we need to look beyond the “usual” places where human rights education is provided (like schools and youth centres). We need to build the capacity of other sectors where young people are engaged and active and use their practices to provide quality human rights education. Therefore, Young People engaged in Sport clubs and Sport organisations were the logic target group for this programme as both the Eurobarometer on Youth participation and the Eurobarometer on Sport and Physical Activity show us that not only Youth is the biggest segment of our population practising sports, as well as that Sport Clubs are the preferred space for Young People’s participation in the society. These facts have been proven continuously in several Eurobarometer published on the topics (Youth Participation / Sport and Physical Activity).
The main idea of the project was to support youth and sport organisations as well as sport and youth workers in developing competencies and skills to act as multipliers for human rights and human rights education through sports in their realities.
The aim of the project was to introduce Human Rights Education to youth sport leaders and sport workers and to equip them with tools and competencies to use Human Rights Education and its approach in their everyday work.
In this regard, the project was developed, designed and implemented through a series of 3 international activities:
More information: https://engsoyouth.eu/human-rights-education-through-sport/
More than 100 young leaders working within and/or with the youth & sport sector from more than 30 countries were introduced to a theoretical context around Sports’ contribution to promote, ensure and advocate for Human Rights. With the inspiration of discussions, exchange of ideas and their own expertise, participants of the Human Rights Education programme, led by ENGSO Youth, created the manual of the programme that includes meaningful non-formal education physical activities and exercises with the common goal: to highlight and educate on the power of sport as a tool to promote Human Rights. A list of possible follow-up activities was collected by ENGSO Youth team and it is being further implemented together with participants. They included (among others):
Organisation and practice