Project "Chance to Change"

 This project is funded by the Erasmus + Youth in Action Program through Key Action 2: Strategic Partnership in the field of education, training and youth. 

Promoter: CooLabora (Portugal)
Partnership: Arci Strauss (Italy), PEL (Macedonia) Roter Baum Berlin (Germany), UBI (Portugal)
Duration of the project: September 2017 to March 2019

General objective: To prevent and combat violence against children and young people in schools through an intervention based on volunteer activities of young university students that stimulate games between students between 10 and 18 years old and who, thanks to this volunteerism, acquire social skills and professional development and develop their active citizenship.
Specific objectives:
1. Create a strategic partnership of EU organizations to analyze the phenomenon of child and youth violence in their countries and set out an appropriate strategy to prevent and combat it.
2. Create and test an innovative methodology to combat and prevent child and juvenile violence in schools based on non-formal education and voluntary work of university students.
1. Design of a Toolbox that also includes pedagogical resources (games and group dynamics) to be used in schools and other contexts of intervention with young people and that support the intervention of the volunteers.
2. Designing an online quiz on youth violence for young people and educators
3. Conduct 4 workshops (one in each country) with specific themes that will contribute to the design of the pedagogical resources and an international seminar of presentation of the results.

The partnership of the project worked for almost two years in the creation of two resources that are now available to the public.
- A website for people and organizations interested in these issues and young volunteers. This page contains the methodology to create and animate a network of young volunteers and a set of pedagogical games that can be used in a classroom or playground context and that can be searched according to different criteria: the ages of the participants, thematic, size of the group, etc.
Address of the website:
- Self-assessment tool for young people who want to volunteer in these subjects and that can be used in mobile phones.
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Project "Quero Ser Mais E7G"

This project has the overall objective to contribute to the social inclusion of children and young of Tortosendo and their families. Will take place between March 2019 and December 2020. It is funded by the ESCOLHAS program, with CooLabora assuming the role of managing entity of the project and the Tortosendo Schools Grouping the promoter functions. Are still partners: ACES Cova da Beira - UCSP do Tortosendo, Junta de Freguesia do Tortosendo, Centro de Convívio e Apoio à Terceira Idade, CPCJ, GNR, Modatex, NERCAB and the University of Beira Interior.

Project "Reflexo - Imagens positivas" (Reflexion - Positive Images)

The project aims to contribute to a clearer picture of the way Gypsy children and young people see the school and how the educational community can integrate the specificities of Gypsy culture.

The project focuses on the design of a pedagogical resource to be used in schools and aims to support teachers and the school community in general to find ways to ensure continuity in school for Roma children and young people. The Heitor Pinto School Group has been making every effort to ensure that Roma children remain in school, but in fact, the inordinate proportion of efforts and results has led to discouragement even among the most persistent members of this faculty.

This resource will be designed in a participatory way by Roma children and young people and by the majority society, by the parents and mothers of the first, by the teachers of basic and secondary education with experience in working with this type of public and, of course, with a qualified technical team in areas such as psychology, education sciences, anthropology and communication.


The project aims to be an initiative based on a very strong and complementary partnership between CooLabora - an NGO with work experience of intervention in the Gypsy community of Tortosendo -, the Grouping of Schools Frei Heitor Pinto - which has a high number of ethnic students Gypsy and a faculty aware of their need to find strategies to captivate them - the Department of Psychology and Education of the University of Beira Interior - with a team sensitized to the theme of integration of the gypsy community -, the City Council of Covilhã and the Parish Council of Tortosendo - entities increasingly aware of the emerging need to meet innovative solutions adjusted to the integration of Roma children and young people in school and, consequently, in society.

The partnership also has three representatives from the Roma community, who have the important role of mediating the relationship that the project team will establish with this community. This team also has two volunteers: a UBI teacher, a communication specialist, and a teacher of basic and secondary education, who develops in her teaching activities numerous initiatives to promote citizenship.

Actions and objectives

The project activities, which run from February 2018 and July 2019, revolve around the creation of this resource, which will be made up of two parts. One of them will be a battery of playful-pedagogical activities to be used in the classroom by Roma and non-Roma children, whose aim is to make known Gypsy culture and history making them something familiar and accepted as such. These activities also have the role of making the Roma children who participate in them see cultural traits of their valued people and, therefore, consider the school as a place where these matters take place and themselves as well.

The second part of the resource is devoted to reflection on initiatives involving teachers and non-teachers, in a strategy that starts from the educational establishment for the inclusion of Roma children and young people in school.

Its dissemination will be done online and also through a paper edition.

Funding: Support Fund for the National Strategy for the Integration of Roma Communities, which is managed by the Office of the High Commissioner for Migration.

"Zero Violence" Iniciative

The Zero Violence initiative promotes an integrated approach to combat domestic violence in the district of Castelo Branco, covering four complementary areas: reeducate offenders, supporting victims, increase the level of community awareness and promote specialization of skills of professionals from various public and private organizations to intervene in this matter.

With regard to offenders was implemented a program of rehabilitation of offenders to prevent recidivism of violent behavior.

For victims, it’s being promoted several Self-Help Groups and a Support Office for Victims of Domestic Violence is available in Covilhã to provide information, social and psychological support.

In the field of awareness we developed a pilot intervention in a group of schools from which resulted the COOLKIT - Games for Non-Violence and Gender Equality. Currently these and other games and group activities are held during recess schools by volunteers and volunteers of UBICOOL - University Volunteering with the aim of promoting a culture of equality and nonviolence.

Under this initiative is still promoted interinstitutional cooperation through the promotion of a partnership integrating several entities with intervention in preventing and combating domestic violence,which acts as a forum for concertationof intervention strategies and for sharing knowledge and resources.


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