UA&SE Training Course Diary Day 11: 21 February 2017

Today the training sessions took place in the headquarter of Iniciativa Internacional Joven. We started with an energizer proposed by one of the participant, it’s called “pelea de gallos” and the main aim is to motivate others.

The trainer introduces the space where we are and the Cultural Centre “El Cónsul” that was born as a social project for the inclusion of Gypsy children and young people. She spoke about the history of the centre and how it progressed from small summer camps to a professionalised NGO with several local, national and internacional projects.

Subsequently, each participant has to choose the closest value to him/her, she/he has to write it on a paper and leave it on the ground. After having chosen their value, they have to create groups of 4 people to put together similar values. After that, they make a social project having as a basis the values they chose with guidelines on name, slogan, place, activities, and they need to expose it. Last but not least, the expert entrepreneurial technician Daniel Núñez explains how to build a company and underlying that creativity is the main element to take into account.

During the afternoon we had a workshop about creative thinking and the way and things we can do to improve it. Today we learnet that creative is not just the base of urban art but also of social entrepreneurship in general.

UA&SE Training Course Diary Day 10: 20 February 2017

Today we are at Málaga Inturjoven Youth Hostal where we will held some of the sessions of the Training Course. We started with a mid-term evaluation using the following criteria:

  • Training sessions
  • Participation (individual or group)
  • Activities made out
  • Logistic aspects (food, accommodation)

Once they finish, they have to go to the centre of the room and expose their conclusions. Participants liked the venue of La Noria and training sessions of the first week. We did not have so much free time and they would like to enjoy more with local population, however they underline that they are learning a lot. 

To continue, the social worker Antonio Poleo talks about gender equality, culture of peace and standards of ethics. He speaks about the difference between sex and gender and between social and biological differences. He argues that everybody is influenced along their life, both positive and negative. Then he proposes a game: on the left side they need to put the names and images of negative aspects, whereas on the right side the positive ones. Then, they have to say an adjective for each letter of their name.  The message he wants to share is that we need to give value to ourselves, as well as we do with the others. Ultimately, the Spanish participants did a summary about the details of the event Contenedor, which will take place in Málaga University on Wednesday.

During the afternoon an experienced nurse came for speaking about the risks linked to their jobs, and how to prevent certain situations. For instance, the djs may have problems because of the high level of music and graffiti writers problems in their hands and fingers because of spray can. She suggests good alimentation, yoga and meditation to relax the body and the mind.

UA&SE Training Course Diary Day 9: 19 February 2017

DAY 9: 19/02/2017 

Today was time to change the accommodation and venue of our Training Course. We say goodbye to “La Noria”, which is a beautilful environment for making this kind of activities and we went to Málaga Inturjoven Youth Hostal. After discovering the place and the neighborhood, our participants could visit Málaga city centre and its main monuments. According to the programme we had an activity at Málaga Stake Park but bad weather conditions canceled it. During the night big rainings arrived to Málaga (one of the worst in the last 30 years), so instead of it we gave time to prepare the event on 22nd of February and then free time for participants.

UA&SE Training Course Diary Day 8: 18 February 2017

DAY 8: 18/02/2017 

It’s time for a small “official” feedback evaluation of our first week in the training course. The most discussed negative issues where the language barrier since some participants don’t really speak English, and that sometimes the activities start too late or finish late so there is not enough time to relax, but also positive remarks were made, like good organisation and good content. We realized that on most of the issues we can work ourselves, and that we have to put our effort so the training course will be successful for everyone.

Then we began the pedagogical module of the course, with a small brainstorming about what even is pedagogy. After we learned about the definition, how pedagogy is a combination of the sciences of philosophy, history, sociology, psychology and politics, about different models of learning types like for example Kolb’s model or Hermanns brain quadrants, the differences between formal, informal and non-formal education and in general a lot of theoretical background. Also we saw that teaching can be a good way to professionalize us in relation to our hip hop talent!  Eventually we got to the formal part of how to organize and propose a non-formal workshop, and we were divided into groups relating to our profession/talent and thought of an example workshop and had to write it in the correct form.

During the afternoon  we implemented our workshops and in the evening we shared our results and feedbacks about our experiences.

UA&SE Training Course Diary Day 7: 17 February 2017

DAY 7: 17/02/2017 

Today the professionalization module began. Roberto Cantero (Sax Musician and pioner of hip hop), WAS (graffiti artist) , Eskarnia (Rap Singer) and Julia Martin (Singer) from Málaga who professionalized themselves in music production, graffiti, rapping and singing shared a presentation of how they first started in their profession and how they accomplished to make their living from that.

All of them started when they were very young, in their teenage years, and at the beginning only pursued their passion as a hobby. In their different fields, they faced different difficulties: Roberto Cantero, our music producer was first very interested in Hip Hop culture and music, but had to learn more also about other styles in order to find enough clients. Now he is touring with famous groups around the world.

Our graffiti professional, WAS, one of the first graffiti writers of Málaga that started during the 80s, had to face financial issues in the beginning since the sprays are so expensive, the learning process needs a lot of money, so he had to offer free graffiti in exchange for the materials at first. Now he is doing paid graffiti all over Spain.

Julia Martin, a singer/songwriter, told us about her path from singing with a band on the streets over gaining independence from others and now earning money with booked performances. Her main message was you have to believe yourself and should not depend on others while following your dream! Also Eskarnia (Elena Casanueva), a female Spanish rapper from Málaga, spoke about how to earn money with your music, for example by protecting yourself with a copyright organisation. In general we learned that you have to start small, put in a lot of effort, and it will take time and a lot of energy until you can earn a salary in Hip Hop related fields, but it can be possible if you don’t give up. They also underline the importance of being a good professional, formal and committed.

After lunch the day continued with a music workshop with a local music teacher, in which we learned the basics of reading notes, using our voice, bodies and simple instruments in order to create music individually or together and how to use music as a tool in our activities.

With the cultural night of Guatemala and Spain, we finished the day by learning about the cuisine, culture and different information from both countries.

UA&SE Training Course Diary Day 6: 16 February 2017

DAY 6: 16/02/2017 

This morning we went to the high school I.E.S. Jorge Jullien of Torrox, that’s our second event venue. Half of us met with students and presented them our project, we told them how we use urban art disciplines to transform the lives of young people and we invited them to our afternoon workshops, as well as we motivated them to follow their dreams and their passions. At the same time, other half of us went to stick our posters around the town. Then we realized a short exhibition durign the morning break and around 150 youngsters took part. 

Afternoon we continued with workshops of graffiti and break dance. After the workshops, we had the visit of decision-makers and professionals from Torrox Municipality and from the Provincial Government of Málaga. We ended the day with another jam exhibition and went back to La Noria tired but happy. 🙂

UA&SE Training Course Diary Day 5: 15 February 2017

DAY 5: 15/02/2017

After a fun energizer to get our minds working we started the psychology module. We had the pleasure of hosting two professionals from the University of Málaga who were speaking and showing with activities the importance of emotional intelligence, how to manage and influence emotions and how to make use of these skills in our social work. We learned about different tools like for example the “mood meter” and in different exercises every participant practiced their expression of emotions through body language, facial expression and language. Also we’ve learnt how to give and receive feedback in a better way of communication. As a result of this morning we concluded that especially in the social field, where your goal is to help others, the knowledge and control of emotions is a very important factor of how efficient and sustainable the impact of your work will be.

After lunch, we went to Soho and Lagunillas to see how street art changed marginal neighborhoods of Málaga. In Lagunillas we went also to the facilities of association Incide Málaga where  our first visibility event took place. We met with a group of flamenco musicians and realized our event with their collaboration. On our first event of the project “Convivencia Flamenco & Hip Hop” we experienced the fusion of flamenco and hip hop by a jam. People from Málaga attended to our first event and we’ve invited them to our next events.

UA&SE Training Course Diary Day 4: 14 February 2017

DAY 4: 14/02/2017

We started the day with creating our “letters of love”, which we put in our main class room and in which everyone could put some nice words on this day of love, to spread positive energy and for the group connection! After that we continued the social module by reviewing the results of yesterday’s presentations, which showed that the most common social problems in our environment are drug consumption, bullying/violence, unemployment and NEET (people who are Not in Employment, Education or Training). Next we divided ourselves into four groups, in order to design an example project, each in relation to one of these issues. We saw a presentation on the formalities of designing and applying for a social project, which documents to fill in and what to put the focus on (Skills, Resources, Sustainability etc). Then we worked in the groups on our projects and after lunch we started the so-called contest “love changes lives”, in which each group presented their project and the jury formed by the trainers and one member of each group decided whether the project would be approved or not. By judging the title, the objectives, beneficiaries, finance, evaluation, visibility and many more realistic factors, they came to the conclusion that every team made a great effort and even though the group dealing with drug addiction won the contest, every group reached the amount of points for the project to be “approved”! In this activity we learned a lot about how to organize social projects and even though there is still a lot to learn and improve, we were very happy with the results of this social module.

UA&SE Training Course Diary Day 3: 13 February 2017

DAY 3: 13/02/2017 

After starting the day with the energizer “popcorn”, our first activity aimed at elaborating the individual path that led the participants and the trainers to this training course. Therefore, each of them marked the most important events of their life in relation to Hip Hop Culture and social work on a huge poster. Even though each story was very different and some started already in the early 90s and some only a few years ago, elements that were mentioned very often were for example the first attempt on hip hop dance, famous dancers who inspired them on their path, graffiti and the wish to positively influence their environment. After everyone shared their journey we had a small debriefing and evaluation, with the conclusion also non-formal education/experience in a non-professional environment are very important and worthy.

We continued our program with an outdoor activity called “One step forward”, in which we transformed ourselves into people of different social privilege and opportunities in order to reflect on how our goals depend on what we already achieved and how offering the same opportunities to everyone does not necessarily mean equality. Then, we learnt more about the historical evolution of different social systems in Europe and Central/South America, to educate ourselves about former mistakes in order not to repeat history!

After lunch and another energizer called “Do you like your neighbours” we started the social module with presentations on Social Transformation and thought models. In this part we also included another activity, in which we first built groups while being blindfolded and then by seeing which role was put on each other’s back, to underline again the effect of privilege and prejudices. Next up we were talking about social projects, with focus on the phases of organizing such a project. Following that, each group of participants held a presentation about the social obstacles, especially in the youth, their home country (France, Guatemala, Italy, Cyprus, Spain, Portugal) is facing. 

In the end of the day, after dinner the cultural night of France and Portugal started. The participants from France and Portugal shared their cuisine, made presentations about their countries and we played a game to learn more about France.

UA&SE Training Course Diary Day 2: 12 February 2017

DAY 2: 12/02/2017: LET’S PRESENT OURSELVES! 

Today is time for presentations and to get to know each other’s. Through different dynamics and games it was very easy for all participants to remember all other names. We could discover that the group is composed by people with different ages and experiences, which is a positive thing as they can learn from each other. After coffee-break we presented “Urban Art & Social Entrepreneurship” project, its phases, the main objectives and activities of this Mobility of Youth Workers and the communication plan. The group created also its own rules and how it works the multilingual panel has been explained.

To close the first part of the day, participants wrote down their expectations, fears and contributions and they shared it with the rest of the group. We hope to cover all of them during their stay in Málaga.

During the afternoon participants presented their sending organisations (history, aims, activities and target group) and we discovered very interesting activities and new ideas we can implement or adapt for our country/organisation.