APTSA (A Path to TranSportAction) is a Erasmus+ project for Capacity building in the field of youth within the key action 2. The main aim of the project is to enhance the capacity of youth organizations and stakeholders in all partner countries and beyond to use Sport in combination with high-end Non Formal Education methodologies for fostering a gender-inclusive approach to Sport practices, contrasting sexism and gender stereotypes and promoting equality and mutual respect among genders in disadvantaged rural areas in Europe and in Latin America.
Project duration: 24 months (01.07.2017. – 30.06.2019.)
APTSA Consortium is composed of youth organizations committed to gender equality and experienced in the educational use of Sport, out of a shared consideration regarding the challenge posed by persisting gender gaps and stereotypes in all partner countries.
Gender discrimination and inequality is a well known structural phenomenal of endemic proportions in Europe and Latin America, where concrete gender equality is impeded by persisting barriers and discrimination against young women. Barriers are both material (i.e. disadvantages in the labour market, lower wages than male peers etc.) as well as related to the social sphere wherein the a still considerable machist mentality determines more or less socially sanctioned forms of stereotyping and prejudice confining young women to established roles and conduits, particularly in secluded and underdeveloped rural areas. The most extreme manifestations of such mentality lay at the root of widespread phenomena of verbal/psychological and, ultimately, physical violence against women.
The patriarchal character distinguishing family relations and social structures in rural areas, combined with a widely diffused conservative mindset, is a driver of social sanction to discrimination and abuse at risk of perpetuating themselves through being transmitted to younger generations. The emotional and psychological impact of consolidate and socially sanctioned discrimination feeds a pattern of insecurity and apathy leading young women to abstain from the socioeconomic engagement and participation which would make the difference in achieving their personal fulfilment and determining a positive evolution in their communities.
Low female participation in Sport is an important component of gender-based disadvantage. General prejudice considering Sport as an almost exclusive field of male engagement, coupled by machist self-representations which permeate most Sport sub-culture, is at the same time a telling effect and self-perpetuating mechanism of gender discrimination. Sport is a powerful educational vehicle for disadvantaged targets to acquire crucial soft skills, transversal skills and positive attitudes of self-confidence and active participation, key components of any grassroots process of empowerment. Through its inner dynamics of peer-interaction and fair competition among people with diverse backgrounds, Sport provides also an invaluable experiential path to promote mutual respect and deconstruct prejudices.
Main activities of the project are:
- Two project meetings (in Croatia and final evaluation meeting in Brazil)
- Training Course “Another gender of Sport” , which was held in Volosko near Rijeka, Croatia from 18th to 26th of March, 2018. Working days were from 19th to 25th of March, 2018. 20 youth workers and leaders used sport methodologies, in connection with NFE methods (Ice-breaking, Team Building sessions, Presentations, Outdoor Activities, NFE Workshops from the Salto and Compass Databases, Sport Workshops, Roundtables, Debates, Evaluation Groups, Case Studies, Study-visits, Team-work for the joint elaboration of NFE tools and list of best practices in the field of Sport education for promoting gender equality and fighting gender-based stereotypes). Aim of the TC is providing involved youth operators with knowledge, skills and NFE tools to involve local youth targets (males and females) in educational activities based on Sport and NFE with a view to conveying awareness and competences fostering female participation in Sport, rejection of gender stereotypes and respect of gender differences as well as sensibilities among young people in local rural communities and local rural communities as a whole.
- Youth Exchange “Playing Together, Living Equality”, which was held in Uri, little place near Sassari (Italy) from 19th to 27th of May, 2018. Working days were from 20th to 26th of May, 2018. 30 youngsters from disadvantaged rural areas used sport activities in combination with NFE methods (Ice-Breaking games, Team Building Activities, Presentations, Outdoor sessions, original NFE Workshops elaborated in project TC Sport Workshops, Roundtables, Debates, Evaluation Groups, Case Studies (simplified), Study Visits, Team-work for the joint elaboration of NFE tools). No specific level of English knowledge was required to YE participants, therefore the educational programme has been adapted to participants’ learning needs and capacities, giving preference to practical, experiential activities. Aim of the YE was testing the methodologies employed in project TC with a representation of final youth targets from each partner country.
- A Local Activities Phase in all partner countries involving local youngsters from disadvantaged rural areas in each partner country.
- A Web Platform storing the materials produced in the project.
- Dissemination and visibility.
- Action plan: Action plan APTSA
- Communication and dissemination plan: Communication and Dissemination plan_strategy APTSA
- Evaluation plan: Evaluation plan APTSA
- Intermediate evaluation report: Intermediate Evaluation Report APTSA
- Final evaluation report: Final Evaluation Report APTSA
- Sustainability plan: Sustainability plan APTSA
- Manual (English): MANUAL ON GENDER EQUALITY THROUGH SPORT
- Project web page: https://rss.hr/aptsa-o-projektu/
- Project FB page: https://www.facebook.com/APTSACapacityBuilding/
- Project posters:
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