What is it E+ V.E.?

Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange is part of the Erasmus+ programme, providing an accessible, ground-breaking way for young people to engage in intercultural learning. Working with Youth Organisations and Universities, the programme is open to any young person aged 18-30 residing in Europe and the Southern Mediterranean. Through a range of activities, Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange aims to expand the reach and scope of the Erasmus+ programme through Virtual Exchanges, which are technology-enabled people-to-people dialogues sustained over a period of time. Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange offers a safe online community to participate in facilitated discussions, increasing intercultural awareness and building 21st Century skills through Virtual Exchange. The programme encourages and promotes intercultural dialogue, employability, and citizenship, strengthening the youth dimension of the EU neighbourhood policy. This flagship programme is established under a contract with the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency, financed by the European Union’s budget, and it is implemented by a consortium composed of Search for Common Ground, Anna Lindh Foundation, UNIMED, Sharing Perspectives Foundation, Soliya, UNICollaboration, Kiron Open Higher Education, and Migration Matters.
For more information visit the European Youth Portal: https://europa.eu/youth/erasmusvirtual
Others useful links:
http://www.annalindhfoundation.org/
https://europa.eu/youth/erasmusvirtual_en


What is Virtual Exchange?

Developed over the past 30 years from experience in the field of educational exchange and study abroad – and evolving rapidly with the explosive growth in new media technologies and platforms – Virtual Exchange has been integrated at all levels of education from kindergarten through university and is distinctive in its use of new media platforms to enable deep, interactive social learning. By employing a wide variety of technologies and educational pedagogy, Virtual Exchange makes it possible for every young person to have meaningful, transnational and intercultural experiences. Virtual Exchanges function in a synergistic and complementary way with physical exchange programs. They can prepare, deepen, and extend physical exchanges, and, by reaching new populations and larger numbers, fuel new demand for physical exchange.



About the Debate Exchange Activity

Debate Exchange is bringing young people from different backgrounds together to develop debate skills with the support of a network of trained debate facilitators, fostering listening and understanding through debate and dialogue activities. Debate Exchange brings together young people from diverse backgrounds and students from higher education to meet online and debate topics, with the support of a network of trained facilitators. The training will focus on a parliamentary model of public debate and an approach whereby participants are first taught to listen, understand, and absorb what others in the group are saying before responding to the messages being relayed. The central component of the program is a model of debate whereby participants are first taught to listen, understand and absorb what others in the group are saying before responding to the messages being relayed, rather than reacting to the person, the situation or the assumed context of the arguments put forward.

The Technology
 

Technology will be developed through the life of the activity but for now the key platform we will be using is Zoom. For each activity - Zoom rooms will be created and breakout rooms available.
We strongly advise participants in any online sessions to use a laptop or desktop computer on a strong internet connection. In order to ensure smooth flow and efficiency of events, participants should ensure the following:
● Have your laptop/PC ready (each one will follow session through his/her own computer)
● Stay in a quiet area with stable internet connection
● Prepare a pen and notebook to take notes
● Ensure you have headphones and microphone
 

Why is System and Generation involved?

System and Generation Association is involved in this program, specifically in the Advocacy Training pillar, as it believe on this program as a great chance of personal and professional development for its debaters and facilitators involved.

This program fulfills the mission of the association to support youth education through non formal educational methods by offering them qualified trainings and experienced supervisors and coordinators.


What S&G did so far?

 

- Sending call for expression of interest for relative young people networks to recruit the facilitators:

System and Generation Association shared the call for expression of interest between its volunteers, members, and participants of conversation clubs. Jacopo, Gabriela, Başak, Seline expressed their interest in being part of the program and they have been selected.

- Provide space, computers, internet connection to young people involved in debates and don’t have access to internet:
System and Generation Association can provide all the needed facilities such as comfortable space, at least 5 laptops and high speed internet connection to those that are not equipped by themselves.

- Ensure commitment of both facilitators and debate club members:
System and Generation Association is responsible for its facilitators and debate club members to be punctual, to follow the rules, to be prepared and competent on the motion of debate, to write monthly reports to ensure the visibility of the program and to accomplish any other duty related to the program.

- Ensure the visibility of the Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange Project among their networks:
System and Generation Association ensure the visibility of the Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange through its webpage and all its social media explaining in details the program, how to be part of it and how the association is involved.

Up to now the association has settled the firsts debate clubs and has supported the facilitators in the training process.

Thanks to this prior preparation the Association took part in the Pilot Debate Event where future facilitators and debaters had the chance to practically experience a Debate Session, having a first understanding on how to build an argument, how to efficiently face an unexpected rebuttal, how to be persuasive in their speech, always respecting timing and the settled common rules.

How to become a facilitator in a debate?

Attend facilitators training to support the teams.

Becoming a Debate Facilitator requires a commitment to take part in a Debate Exchange

Facilitator Training event, and then to carry out and lead two sessions in partnerships with

another debate club.  All sessions are carried out online. System and Generation Association will provide support thorough the entire process.

The complete process for Debate Facilitators is as follows:

1. Expression of interest on the Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange Hub

2. Register as a debate facilitator (inc. commitment, consent and pre-monitoring)

3. Participate in Debate Facilitator Training

4. Register your participants with coordinators

5. Carry out a local Debate Training Session

6. Carry out an Online Debate Event with intercultural groups

7. Fill out Debate Facilitator Evaluation

 Coordinate channel of communication between ALF and debate clubs

 

System and Generation Association provides all the necessary information and guiding for all youngsters that show interest in participating to the program. They can choose to be facilitators, debaters or they can only create their own debate club.  The communication between ALF and debate clubs is coordinated and monitored every step.