Eurodesk Pop-up

Info zona

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Organisation:

Info zona

Country:

Croatia

About organisation:

The association Info zona was founded in 2008. Today, by producing quality media content and informative events, it operates in the field of organized youth information. With the successful implementation of the youth club, it supports youth initiatives and contributes to the quality of youth free time. It co-creates policies for young people and plays an important role in the development of dialogue between young people and decision-makers. Info zona operates at the local, regional, and national levels.

Contact person:

Lina Vuletić

Title of the project

Eurodesk Pop-up

Start date:

October 18, 2023

End date:

October 18, 2023

Source of funding:

Eurodesk grant

Objectives:

The event was organized as a storytelling game with (Escape Room-like) challenges for young participants on the topics of the Erasmus+ program, other opportunities for young people, and the Eurodesk network.The interactive game aims to inform:- about the E+ and ESC programs and TTM campaign,- where the E+ program's name comes from,- where can participants get information about the opportunities (mobilities),- which countries they can choose for mobility,- how to organize a (green) trip to the mobility location and back with a specific budget,- what are the sights of other EU countries while traveling to their mobility location.The narrator (Info zona's employee) reads the story. It's a train of thought of a young person who wants to learn more about the E+ program. The story also contains challenging tasks for the young person, which the participants must solve to help the young person successfully achieve his dream mobility.The event was designed in cooperation with the Bookbus (Croatian: bibliobus) service of the Marko Marulić City Library from Split, which visits rural areas of Split-Dalmatia County.In total, 42 participants took part, coming from 2 elementary schools in Central Dalmatia's rural areas (Potravlje and Hrvace), where the entire school (8 grades) counts up to 74 students.

Why does it correspond to the thematic category:

Info zona decided to hold the event for students in Central Dalmatia's rural areas for whom any extracurricular activity is welcomed with open arms. In these rural locations in Central Dalmatia, young people do not have equal conditions for development as opposed to young people from urban areas in Dalmatia. Transport connectivity, accessibility of cultural and educational content, the number of young peers, the share of the young and able-bodied population, and the birth rate are low and constantly decreasing.As young people with fewer opportunities, participants could more easily get information about travel, volunteering, practice, or exchange opportunities in EU countries.Young students from higher primary school classes participated in the event (i.e., 13, 14, and 15-year-olds), with 14 participants coming from the branch elementary school in Potravlje and 28 participants from the elementary school in Hrvace.

The impact the initiative had on young people and the local community:

Info zona holds the event a success because around four young people got to know the term Erasmus+ for the first time, and all heard about mobility opportunities through the E+ and the ESC program.After the storytelling game, young participants were directed to the TTM campaign games - Escape Room Riga and Berlin- and, to their delight, they all received gift packages in the form of a Eurodesk canvas bag with accompanying promotional materials on E+, ESC, and Discover EU.On the other hand, the new cooperation of Info zona and the Bookbus service opened up more ideas and plans to easily reach youth from rural areas and to provide them with more educational and informational events through future Info zona projects.

How it ensured the visibility and promotion of Eurodesk:

Promotional materials from Eurodesk, Erasmus+, and ESS programs were used. Besides that, brochures and leaflets about Discover EU opportunities were also disseminated. The TTM T-shirts were worn by the organizer of the game and the legal representative (logistics assistant) from Info zona.QR codes were printed with links for E+ and ESC platforms and TTM campaign games were hung on the Bookbus for the participants to scan after the storytelling game.Also, Eurodesk's visibility in the articles associated with the event was honored with the Eurodesk logo and appropriate campaign hashtags.

How it respected the green principles:

The storytelling game involved a minimum amount of printed materials (3 sheets of paper, both sides printed, black-white), which the narrator (organizer of the game) used.All participants (students) involved in the game were already at the location of the Eurodesk pop-up event because it was a school day, so significantly fewer transportation resources were used for the 42 participants.The storytelling game involved a challenge for participants on the topic of green travel, which they needed to solve so that the young person from the story can travel more eco-friendly. Thus, an educational moment about green travel was involved.

The event was organized as a storytelling game with (Escape Room-like) challenges for young participants on the topics of the Erasmus+ program, other opportunities for young people, and the Eurodesk network.
The interactive game aims to inform:
– about the E+ and ESC programs and TTM campaign,
– where the E+ program’s name comes from,
– where can participants get information about the opportunities (mobilities),
– which countries they can choose for mobility,
– how to organize a (green) trip to the mobility location and back with a specific budget,
– what are the sights of other EU countries while traveling to their mobility location.

The narrator (Info zona’s employee) reads the story. It’s a train of thought of a young person who wants to learn more about the E+ program. The story also contains challenging tasks for the young person, which the participants must solve to help the young person successfully achieve his dream mobility.
The event was designed in cooperation with the Bookbus (Croatian: bibliobus) service of the Marko Marulić City Library from Split, which visits rural areas of Split-Dalmatia County.
In total, 42 participants took part, coming from 2 elementary schools in Central Dalmatia’s rural areas (Potravlje and Hrvace), where the entire school (8 grades) counts up to 74 students.