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.
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- 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.


Project "Género Colectivo"

The promotion of gender equality as this dimension in all societal domains is the focal point of "Género Coolectivo", a project whose approach is based on community development and adopts as nodal points several associations of culture and recreation of Covilhã.

Género Coolectivo will energize four women circles with discussions, creative workshops and training spaces; create a training platform with a view to participation of women in the leadership of political processes; promote in four communities of community theater workshops on gender discrimination and violence against women and; yet will boost collaborative networks as intervention opportunities for women in improving the local quality of life.

The formal partnership of Género Coolectivo involves Teatro das Beiras, especially responsible for the workshops of participatory theater and Confederação Nacional das Colectividades whose intervention focuses on the dissemination of project results with the network communities it represents.

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Project "IDEARIA"

Purpose of IDEARIA

IDEARIA is an initiative taking place in Covilha and tha aims to facilitate access of young people to employment and the labor market.

It focus on the development of soft skills such as communication, teamwork, cooperation and interpersonal skills and on entrepreneurship training, with the aim of supporting the development of ideas, the creation of business and new initiatives in organizations or companies and the creation of testing environments of ideas and products or services.

IDEARIA focuses on employability and entrepreneurship of young and aims to facilitate the construction of alternatives to unemployment and job insecurity.



We have several activities like:


  • The Creative Lab with video workshops, photography, cinema, theater and artistic expression.
  • The Entrepreneur Lab where participants makes their way from conception of the idea to project planning, business plan and its testing.
  • The Experimentation Laboratory where there is a COWORK space, internships, mentoring and networking


The IDEARIA is an initiative of CooLabora - Social Intervention, in partnership with the Covilhã Municipality, Teatro das Beiras and University of Beira Interior.


It is financed by funds from Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein as part of the Active Citizenship Programme, managed by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

Project "Quero Saber + E5G"

    "Quero Saber + E5G" Project arises as a way to deepen the work done in Tortosendo through a previous social inclusion project .

It has the overall objective to contribute to the social inclusion of children and young of Tortosendo and their families, through their training in terms of personal and social skills for which is based on a labor-intensive method with a specific group of recipients and beneficiaries. Will take place between January 2013 and December 2015. 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 and NERCAB.

Project "Zero Violence"

This project promoted an integrated approach to combat domestic violence in the district of Castelo Branco, comprising four complementary strands of intervention: reeducate the perpetrators, support victims, increase the level of community awareness and promote the specialization of skills of various public and private organizations to intervene in this matter.

As for the perpetrators it was developed a program of rehabilitation to prevent recurrence of violent behavior.

For victims, the project developed Mutual Help Groups and created a Support Office for Victims of Domestic Violence to provide information and social, legal and psychological support.

In the field of awareness it has developed a pilot intervention in a school group from which resulted the COOLKIT - Games for Non-Violence and Gender Equality.

The project promoted the interinstitutional cooperation by facilitating a partnership composed of various local entities working in the prevention and/or combat of domestic violence, which provides a space for discussion of collective intervention strategies and for sharing knowledge and resources.

Project "Writing Beyond the Silence"

This European project, supported by the Daphne Programme of the European Comission, aims to experiment a autobiographical methodology as a strategy to help women victims of domestic violence to reflect and reinterpreter the liven violence episodes, facilitating a process of personal transformation and empowerment that can contribute to prevent the return to the violence cycle.

The partnership, that integrated CooLabora, Libera Università dell'Autobiografia (Italy), a Provincia di Roma - Istituzione Solidea" (Italy) e "European Anti-Violence Network EAVN" (Greece), will promote a specific training to 36 professionals working in the support to victims, who will put in practice this methodology during 5 months. From this experience will result a pratical manual that will allow to share this methodology and its results with other professionals and organizations.

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Project "Quero Saber"

The project’s overall objective is to promote the educational and social inclusion of children and young people from socio-economic backgrounds. This project is promoted by Tortosendo’s Group of Schools and managed by CooLabora. It is being developed by a partnership composed by several local organizations.


Project "Muda-te"

The project's was developed in Castelo Branco district and intends to contribute to social change on gender roles. It is based upon a methodology of participant’s empowerment and peer learning. It focuses on the organization of activities related to art and culture as dimensions that facilitates individual and collective transformation processes.


Learning Partnership "GET - Gender Issues in Europe Today"

This project aimed to discuss strategies to deconstruct gender stereotypes and to share successful experiences through transnational cooperation between organizations from ten European countries: Portugal, Italy, France, Germany, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Iceland and Turkey.

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Transnational Workshop "Gender Equality on Stage"

The workshop "Gender Equality on the Stage took place in Covilhã and it was attended by 19 people from 10 different countries: Turkey, Germany, Latvia, France, England, Bulgaria, Romania, Italy, Greece and Czech Republic. The aim of this workshop was to provide an intercultural perspective on gender issues through thematic sessions and theater-forum sessions.

In the thematic sessions, several guests approached the different dimensions of gender equality -  gender stereotypes, reconciliation between family and work, gender equaliy on employement, domestic violence – and the participants had the chance to exchange their own experience on this topics and share figures and facts about the gender equality issues in their own country.

In the theatre sessions, the participants could experiment some theatre exercices and dramatized several situations of discrimination based on gender, some of which have integrated video "Woman on the Stage”.


 Videos "WoMan On Stage"

  1. The Job Interview 
  2. Job Coffee 
  3. Domestic Violence  
  4. Political Interview  
  5. Children Playing 
  6. (A)Typical Families 




Project "Laboratório de Género"

This project aimed to enhance social awareness about the importance of Gender Equality for a more cohesive society by strengthening the organization’s skills and action capacity in this matter.
Among the various activities and initiatives that have been developed, we can highlight the creation of the Resource Centre on Gender Equality (CRIG) available on the CooLabora’s facilities, on CD-Rom and on the CooLabora’s website; the organization of the exhibition "Art and Gender";  the organization of the cartoons exhibition "Violence is not my type"; the "Remarkable women Award" that awarded women who have distinguished themselves in district in various areas of socio-economic life; realization of debates in schools about gender stereotypes and dating violence; promote raising awareness sessions on Gender Equality in education and training activities; and conducting awareness sessions on domestic violence in communities.

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