The Foundations for Futures Europe project consists of six partners from several countries within the EU. Below is all six of these partners, a description of each and their role within the project itself.
Maynooth University (MU) is one of the four constituent universities of the National University of Ireland. In 2019, the Times Higher Education World University Rankings placed MU in the global top 50 universities under 50 years old. With more than 12,000 students, MU is Ireland’s fastest-growing university, and has research and teaching strengths in humanities and social sciences, science, electronic engineering, business, law, and teacher education. Maynooth University is committed to the principle of civic engagement which seeks to develop and promote the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in the context of partnership, reciprocity, and co-creation. Maynooth University students are encouraged to be socially, culturally, and environmentally aware and to recognize their social, environmental, and civic responsibilities, have integrity, honesty, a sense of justice, respect for human rights and appreciate cultural diversity.
Maynooth University will act as the lead partner in this project taking responsibility for the overall coordination of the collaborative events and ensuring that all milestones, aims, and objectives are met in the context of the overall project. The university will also manage the financial administration of the project. The project will be spearheaded by the Department of Adult and Community Education and The Experiential Learning Office, both of whom recognize the importance of civil society participation in higher education and value their contribution as partners in the process of formative education and graduate professional development . Therefore, Maynooth University seeks to maintain this FFE interdisciplinary partnership ensuring that all participants are empowered to contribute to policy formation and also to academic learning in the field.
EAPN Ireland was founded in 1990. It is the Irish member of the European Anti-Poverty Network. Our mission is ‘to put the eradication of poverty at the top of the Irish and European policy agenda and empower groups working to end poverty to understand and influence policy-making’.
Empower members to take action to address poverty.
Engage in direct policy and advocacy at national and EU level.
Strengthen EAPN Ireland as an effective organisation.
EAPN Ireland has a membership of 170 local and national organisations, and individuals that we support through training, information, collective action and networking. We have worked on policy and projects linked to Ireland’s social inclusion strategies, the Europe 2020 strategy, the European Semester, the European Minimum Income Network and the European Pillar of Social Rights. We coordinate the Better Europe Alliance and are members of the Irish Coalition 2030 working for the implementation of the UN Global Goals.
In this project EAPN Ireland will build on its experience of linking people from marginalised communities to EU policy formation as well as facilitating debate and discussion on the role of the EU, particularly in relation to the creation of a more Social Europe. It will organise participative events to facilitate people from marginalised communities to take part in the ongoing debate on the future of Europe. This will be done in a way that draws on their experience and builds on their knowledge and understanding of the EU. EAPN will draw on this and previous experience to work with all project partners in the creation of a Future Citizen Europe digital resource pack and in building on-line collaborative work that can ensure greater citizen engagement. As part of this process EAPN Ireland will particularly contribute in relation to EU social policy, and in ensuring that any digital or on-line activity is relevant to all citizens, including those who are marginalised.
Urkraft is a Swedish NGO that was founded in 1988. With a current workforce of 15 staff, including social workers, teachers and counsellors, this social enterprise provides personally tailored Vocational Education and Training (VET) to disadvantaged target groups. Typically, learner groups are composed of people who are school dropouts, long-term unemployed, on long-term sick leave, and who have neuropsychiatric disabilities and mental health problems. Support is provided to approximately 230 people annually through:
career guidance and initial vocational training in a holistic approach.
mentoring of those who leave education with no or low qualifications.
assistance in work placement and integration into the labour market.
We will make sure we engage participants from our target group and work together to collate information relevant to the subject to build the educational/facilitation resources.
We will engage in the work together with other partners to develop website, interactive platform, logo etc. which we as an organisation is well experienced in. We will also be responsible for one event as described in the application. We will work to support our participants to become part of smaller cross European working groups that will each develop a different type of response –for example - video reflection, podcast, story mapping, participatory research or written report. Urkraft is very experienced at creating interactive online platforms, as we previously developed an peer to peer network platform in a previous Erasmus + project.
Pecs University Hungary
The University of Pecs (UP - hereafter) is a 22,000-student university in Hungary with 10 faculties (disciplines). The University of Pécs is a research and education focused higher education institution with an interest in internationalisation and international programmes. Hence the University having been participating in several EU projects in adult education and lifelong learning through its Institute for Human Development and Cultural Studies, as official member of EAEA (European Association for the Education of Adults) and eucen (European University Continuing Education Network) and partner of UNESCO UIL. The University of Pécs is a responsible partner of the City of Pécs, a 2017 awardee of the UNESCO Global Learning City.
Building strongly on the Learning City initiative, the University of Pecs is devoted to engage in active citizenship and democratic participation through the Learning Festivals as well as to develop and Practice Workshops Community Development working closely with the House of Civic Communities, Pecs. It is now four years since many organizations and institutions came together in Pécs to organize the Learning Festival as part of the Pécs Days to which the project can contribute with empirical research and events such as Europe for the Third Age (intergenerational workshops with students of the social worker and community manager and senior citizens of the region.
Novi-Sad University Serbia
The Faculty of Philosophy was founded in 1954, and since then has been successfully spreading knowledge and promoting excellence in the field of social sciences and humanities. It has become a recognisable HE institution in Europe offering 50 accredited study programmes at all three levels of study. FPh is the largest institution in Serbia that gathers both social sciences and humanities, has programmes on world and minority languages and as such serve as cultural and academic catalyst between Serbia, neighbouring countries and Europe. This scientific and cultural base has resulted in numerous research and educational national and international projects (HORIZON 2020, Interreg-IPA, COST, ERASMUS+, TEMPUS). Furthermore, through study programmes, research centers, projects, international cooperation and other academic activities, Faculty has been promoting and nurturing European values especially in educating future journalists, sociologists, teachers, social workers, culturologist, etc.
Based on its previous experience, developed forms of cooperation, and wide partner network, FPh will be an academic center for the integration and collaboration among university, NGOs, and public institutions. Specifically, FPh represents a diverse community in terms of students (and associated study programs) belonging to different backgrounds. This will serve as a platform and resource for the promotion of rights and responsibilities of European citizens. In terms of the project, FPh will offer a teaching and research expertise for educational and community events in order to promote and nurture democratisation, interculturalism, European citizenship, and European values, while countering Euroscepticism. Furthermore, FPh is widely connected to the community, through numerous projects, activities, and collaboration.
Thorough the lifespan of the project, FPh will be a designated space for free discussion, exchange of ideas, critical thinking, and challenging entrenched structures.
Hellenic Anti-Poverty Network
Established 30 years ago, the Hellenic Antipoverty Network (HAN) consists of 35 member organisations from across Greece. With the combined expertise of its member organisations, HAN provides services to vulnerable groups, and intervenes and advocates where necessary. HAN monitors European, regional and Greek policies regarding the eradication of poverty, the support of vulnerable groups, and it lobbies and advocates for social protection and empowerment. Since its establishment, the Hellenic Antipoverty Network has been working on social policy at national and EU level, engaging with the Europe 2020 strategies, the European Semester process and most recently, the European Pillar of Social Rights and the UN Global Goals. As Greece continues to recovery from the economic crisis experienced since 2010, the Hellenic Antipoverty Network monitors the progress made in the wellbeing of vulnerable groups in respect of the EC's Sustainable Development Goals.
The Hellenic Antipoverty Network (HAN) will identify the 75 participants through its member Organisations from across Greece and through its experience in promoting the rights of People experiencing poverty at national and European level. It will also seek collaboration with Higher Education Institutes. Once identified, workshops will take place in order to engage participants in discussions of their experiences as European citizens through the context of social and digital inclusion, and from these discussions, themes will be identified. Given the massive influx of asylum seekers in Greece since 2015, HAN will focus on this group of participants. It will seek the assistance of volunteers to organise events.