The Youth Leadership Project MoPYL Has Entered Its Final Phase

The Erasmus+ project “Mobile Program for Youth Learners” (MoPYL) has entered its final phase. The 39 lesson plans for the promotion of youth leadership, motivation, responsibility and sense of belonging provided by the project have been developed, translation work is currently underway. The lesson plans will soon be available in Latvian, English, Romanian and Spanish, and they can be used by specialists working with young people in cultural, educational, religious and other fields.

The development of lesson plans took place in several stages, in which each of the project partners contributed a lot of work. At the beginning of this year, St. Gabriel’s School (Spain) conducted research in all project member countries – Latvia, Romania and Spain. As part of the research, more than 300 young people aged between 14 and 15 were surveyed to find out their opinion about their abilities, values, relationships with family and peers, as well as their place and role in society and involvement in social processes. Focus groups were also organized, in which field specialists discussed and analyzed the results of the survey. Thanks to the assistant professor and sociological research expert Celia Marcen of the Universidad San Jorge involved in the project, the data and results obtained in the study, as well as the included conclusions and proposals, provided an evidence-based and meaningful basis for the development of lesson plans.

Krimuldas ev.luth. the congregation has based the lesson plans on basic Christian values, which are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, willingness, reliability, meekness, self-restraint. “The importance and role of these values ​​is essential not only in the Christian world, but in the formation of the personality of every young person,” emphasizes Sandija Zalupe, the project leader. On the other hand, the Romanian Scout Association has purposefully created the training plans, including various outdoor physical activities, game elements and other activities for developing teenagers’ leadership, responsibility, motivation and sense of belonging.

“The informal education program developed as a result of the project with specific lesson plans will be a benefit to everyone who, when working with young people, sees in them significant potential and opportunities to improve it,” says S. Zaļupe.

On December 15-16, the partners of the project will meet in the city of Targu Jiu in Romania, while in January of next year, a closing event of the project will take place in each member state, in order to introduce the target groups, including representatives of various fields, whose work is connected with young people, and share the results of the project.

The project is co-funded by the European Union. The project is implemented in the “Erasmus+” program in cooperation with the Agency for International Programs for Youth.

“The project “Mobile Program for Youth Learners” is financed with the support of European Commission’s programm “Erasmus+”. This publication reflects only the author’s views, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained there in.”