WHAT WE DO

Objectives

EKO actively supports and promotes the European Union’s 2020 growth strategy for employment, innovation, education, social inclusion and environmental protection. EKO is therefore taking on actions in order to:

  • empower youngsters, minorities and vulnerable social groups and promote their presence and rights in all fields of socioeconomic and professional life
  • design, organise and realise non-formal education, life-long learning and training opportunities, to help those social groups develop skills, find employment and integrate into society as active citizens
  • facilitate intercultural and interreligious awareness and solidarity, especially within Greece and Europe, as well as between Europe and MENA, by providing dialogue platforms, organizing cultural exchanges and tolerance trainings
  • develop, plan and realise interventions and suggest measures to fight unemployment and social exclusion and to support entrepreneurship, social economy and sustainable development
  • strengthen cross-border civil society, through knowledge transfer and sharing of good practices, as well as through collaborative initiatives with its broad network of international partners through Strategic Partnership programs
  • promote research and innovation, support cooperation, exchange of experience and good practices in the fields of social inclusion, enivironmetal protection and sustainability
  • actively support the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and environmental causes

Activities

  • Planning, coordination and implemention of multiple Erasmus+ Programs, involving partner organizations from Europe, MENA and neighboring countries on various fields of interest related to EKO’s objectives
  • Organization of local workshops, courses, info-days and seminars open to young people and guided by non-formal education prinicples, on opportunities offered by the Erasmus+ umbrella, on project management & proposal writing and on personal development
  • Participation in Volunteer Exchange and Vocational Training programs (EVS, Leonardo, KEK placements, Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs)
  • Development of on-line Courses and education material on non-formal education, life-long learning, intercultural dialogue, social and environmental sustainability and other subjects, aiming to empower youth and enhance participatory approach through civil society actions
  • Implementing educational/cultural projects with European Foundations for the support and inclusion of their school children and youngsters with special socio-economic needs, poor family conditions and orphans in collaboration with the Greek Foundation Hatzinkosta
  • Mobilizing efforts through networking and support of various UN bodies, by attending and actively contributing to side-events organized in the sidelines of Human Rights Council Sessions of the United Nations in Geneva
  • Mentoring of entrepreneurs in crisis (Early Warning European Project)

EKO’s Diary: 2019

EKO’s Diary: 2020