NEWS

PARTNER MEETING UNDER THE ORIENT PROJECT WAS HELD IN PALERMO
10.05.2022
On the 9th and the 10th of May, 2022, in the city of Palermo, Sicily, a partnership meeting under the ORIENT project was held. The achieved results so far and the organization of future project activities were discussed. The consortium consists of 5 European countries and one of the Western Balkans: Italy, Bulgaria, Greece, Cyprus, Austria and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Kalinka Gudarovska, a Board member of the Bulgarian sports development association took part in the meeting.

The Young explorers re-discover local communities through orienteering ORIENT project, promotes the involvement of young people in outdoor activities based on orienteering. ORIENT addresses the priority encourage social inclusion and equal opportunities in sport by developing a set of innovative outputs.

THE PROJECT PURSUES THE FOLLOWING SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES:
1) Promoting social inclusion and participation of vulnerable young people and other local community members by using orienteering as a multi-goal activity;
2) Enhancing sport trainers, and Civil Society Organisations workers abilities to foster social inclusion at local level by using orienteering as a grassroot sport able to encourage participation and ownership of shared values;
3) Raising awareness among local communities, stakeholders and policy-makers of the value of sport as a tool for inclusion in order to foster solidarity and participation as well as cohesion and inclusion policies.

INNOVATIVE ASPECTS OF ORIENT PROJECT ARE:
The project promotes a number of innovation features, namely:
1) ORIENT will propose an approach based on the use of orienteering as a means to enhance social inclusion by creating concrete opportunities for vulnerable young people to work as a team;
2) The choice of orienteering as a grass-root initiative able to enhance the connection between the members of a same community, both in rural and urban environments, is itself a significant innovation feature;
3) The whole ORIENT project fosters participative and co-creative approaches involving the target groups directly in face-to-face education and sport activities;
4) The involvement of both sport trainers and CSOs workers together with the set-up of local ORIENT networks (T5.1) in the project also represents an innovative feature: indeed, the two groups will be able to exchange their respective knowledge (i.e. technical knowledge on sport and know-how on tackling social exclusion at local level), becoming complementary to one another.

ORIENT project is co-funded by the Erasmus+ program of the European Union.