Why are these the Causes of ESN?
The Board of 2017-2018 has carried out a network-wide consultation on the causes of ESN. This consultation took place in several CNR meetings, Committee meetings, Project Team meetings, Position-specific meetings, Regional Platforms, and National Platforms.
Once the concept was understood, we worked together on the definition of the terms to understand that:
A Cause is a principle, aim, or movement to which one is committed and which one is prepared to defend or advocate for.
A Programme is a planned series of future events. A set of related measures or activities with a particular long-term aim.
A Project is an enterprise that is carefully planned to achieve a particular aim.
A Service is the action of helping or doing work for someone. Supplying a need.
An Activity or an Event are planned public or social occasions.
This understanding of the terms helped ESN structure its activity. It was now clear that most projects are actually long-term programmes and that ESN actually provides a lot of services that are transversal to all the causes.
The participants were then asked to brainstorm about which should be the Causes of ESN. In this brainstorming they had to have in mind that the causes should be broad and meaningful for both ESN and society at large. They also had to provide an example of a specific activity that a section could organise within each cause.
The year 2018-2019 is a transitional year where we test some models to implement the causes and continue raising awareness in the network.
The Causes of ESN
The organisation of culture-related activities is not new for ESN. Since the very beginning, ESN sections organise visits to museums, walks in the nature, or trips to historical sites. In 2018, on the occasion of the European Year of Cultural Heritage and in the launching of the Causes of ESN, we have put together a general list with suggestions of activities for your section. Below you can also find suggestions specific to your country. Above everything, be creative! Imagine how you can organise each activity alone, in cooperation with another section or even as a national event. Culture can also be a source of income: negotiate cultural discounts with your ESNcard or sign partnerships with companies from the sector.
Education and Youth
ESN acts in the field of Education&Youth by supporting informal education, promoting mobility and encouraging active citizenship. In our actions we take care of bringing the voice of youth to parties responsible for establishing youth policies on the national and european level. We are the advocates of youth in Europe.
Education&youth Ambassador is responsible for promoting student mobilities together with Local Education Officers, who are in contact with their Universities and International Relations Offices. Ambassador works also with the National Erasmus+ Agency by coordinating various events and trainings concerning the Erasmus Programme.
Sustainable development of the Earth is a development that satisfies the basic needs of all people and preserves, protects and restores the health and integrity of the Earth's ecosystem, without threatening to meet the needs of future generations and without exceeding the long-term limits of Earth's ecosystem capacity.
ESN has been dealing with the subject of the environment for more than 10 years, because after all, one of the issues it deals with the SocialErasmus project is the environment. Events such as the Erasmus Forest directly contribute to the improvement of air quality and the increase of green spaces in Poland.
Projects and programs implemented under Environmental Sustainability:
Health and Well-Being
The organisation of health & wellbeing-related activities is not new for ESN: since the very beginning, countless of local activities are organised every year by ESN sections in the field of health and well-being such as sport events, walks in the nature or cooking classes; while with the International Erasmus Games and Responsible Party, ESN international has prominent programs in the fields of sport and addiction.
Some of our local or national events are already based on the health and well-being cause (i.e. sport events), but we want to demonstrate how each event can have a component of health and well-being, for example by taking care of nutrition or ensuring the right amount of sleep. Indeed, the nature of the topic of Health & well-being allows for it to be implemented during other types activities, without necessarily organising a Health & well-being activity. By implementing small changes to existing events and activities, it is possible to contribute to Health & well-being of international students. We can also use a peer-to-peer approach during those events in order to make international students and ESN volunteers aware of the topic of health and well-being.
This peer education programme is initiated by health or community professionals or passionates, who recruit members of the target community to serve as peer educators. The recruited peer educators are usually trained in relevant health information and communication skills: armed with these skills, the peer educators then engage their peers in conversations about the issue of concern, seeking to promote health-enhancing knowledge and skills. The intention is that familiar people, giving locally-relevant and meaningful suggestions, in appropriate local language and taking account the local context, will be more likely to succeed in promoting health-enhancing behavioural change. In 2018, when launching of the Causes of ESN, we have put together a general list with suggestions on how to make your section more H&WB-friendly: you can reach this objective by organizing events in which H&WB is the main topic or is just a part of it, by stipulating partnerships with subjects involved in the topic, by promoting social campaigns and much more!
Projects and programs implemented as part of Health & Well-being:
· International Erasmus Games - https://www.facebook.com/InternationalErasmusGames/
Skills and Employability
Under this concept are all the features and skills that are crucial in finding a job and maintaining it. It is also awareness and the ability to set clear, realistic goals in a career, all to be satisfied with your profession.
How is it that volunteers from our organization work, study and, in addition, spend all their free time in ESN? Each of us develops in the organization both individually and in groups. We shape the skills of resource management, above all the ability to effectively manage yourself in time. We work in a dynamic, young team with a diverse cultural and social background. Sounds like a job offer? That's how I would describe nothing but ESN!
The ESN program implemented as part of Skills & Employability:
There are two main directions ESN is working towards in the field of social inclusion: widening participationand social integration.
First, we aim to widen the participation of students with fewer opportunities, that are underrepresented in the Erasmus+ programme through the promotion of mobility opportunities and advocating for more accessible and inclusive mobility programs and Higher Education and we aim to provide the conditions and opportunities for students to actively participate in student life.
Secondly, we aim to increase the interaction between exchange students and local communities in order to instigate social engagement and intercultural dialogue to foster global and active citizenship and intercultural awareness.
The scope of our activity is student focus. Based on the General Policies, the Erasmus Student Network works towards international student mobility with a higher reach, better quality and easier access. More mobility, better mobility and more accessible mobility are three intertwined concepts that are at the heart of every action of the Erasmus Student Network.
Projects and programs implemented as part of Social Inclusion
· ExchangeAbility - https://www.esn.pl/pl/exchangeability
· MappED! - https://mapped.eu/
We also celebrate Social Inclusion Days, during which we integrate international students with local communities and work on a better and more sustainable world. We also strive to ensure that all conventions and activities at the national level are adapted to the goals of sustainable development and available to everyone.