T-kit 11

Mosaic, the T-kit for Euro-Mediterranean youth work, was originally planned as one of the key actions of the Partnership on Euro-Mediterranean Youth Co-operation in the field of Training, signed between the European Commission and the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe in 2003. That partnership aimed to provide further good-quality training and learning opportunities for youth workers and youth leaders active in Euro-Mediterranean co-operation, based on intercultural learning, the citizenship and participation of young people, and human rights education. The aims of this partnership were later integrated into the (single) Youth Partnership between the European Commission and the Directorate of Youth and Sport of the Council of Europe (with which the North-South Centre is associated).

In line with the T-Kit series developed within the Youth Partnership, Mosaic is intended to provide theoretical and practical tools for youth workers and trainers to work with and use when training people. More specifically, Mosaic aims to be an intellectually stimulating tool that supplies youth workers, trainers and project leaders interested in Euro-Mediterranean youth co-operation with starting points, essential information and methodological proposals enabling them to understand, address and question common issues present in the reality of Euro-Mediterranean youth projects.

What makes Mosaic special as a T-kit is the fact that it does not focus on one topic (such as intercultural learning or project management). It complements all the other T-kits by reflecting and exploring the specificities of the Euro-Mediterranean region and the specific objectives and issues of the Euro-Med Youth Programme. Mosaic is also complementary to other tools developed within the Euro-Med Youth Programme, such as the T-bag and other materials produced by the Salto Euro-Med Resource Centre.

Mosaic has thus been produced within a political and institutional framework that goes beyond the scope of the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership launched by the Barcelona Declaration. In particular, this means that it covers the 47 member states of the Council of Europe, as well as Belarus and the Holy See (signatories of the European Cultural Convention); this is practically all of Europe. Furthermore, while the primary target group of this T-kit are the users and practitioners of the Euro-Med Youth Programme, it has been developed to be of interest also to users of other “European” and “Mediterranean” co-operation programmes, bilateral or multilateral.

One of the overarching concerns of Euro-Mediterranean youth co-operation is not to create new, artificial borders, but instead to recognise the many liquid borders and interconnections between, for example, European, Asian, African, Arab, Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Western and Eastern realities. In the Youth Partnership we try to practise this as far as it makes sense and is institutionally and financially possible. Similarly, Mosaic should be of interest to anyone interested in intercultural learning/dialogue activities. More than any other T-kit, Mosaic is of direct interest and use to youth workers and project leaders, not just trainers.

Download T-Kit 11 Mosaic : The training kit for Euro-Mediterranean youth work