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At this site, we like to give you a short overview, about our ideas on the technics and methods of sociocultural animation, streetanimation, empowerment, participation, interculturality, streetwork and networks! We also like to have an exchange of concepts, games and literature for animation!

So if you have some good ideas or experiences, you can contact us!

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ENOA : 4, rue de la Chesnaie, 35250 Saint Sulpice la Foret, France

The dream: European House

Declaration of principles
Aims of the European House
European House Plan
Sarajevo proposal 

In front of you, you
have the site in which we present our project concerning the foundation of a European House. For you at the moment it is only a site, for us it is a dream on which we already worked very hard and we sincerely hope that in a short term you will share our dream and that you can help us and work together with us to make this dream become reality.

ENOA is seen by the Council of Europe as a pilot project and so far ENOA was financially supported in all of its projects. Some examples, the first meeting in March 2000 to create ENOA, a project in Bosnia to work with animation in refugee camps.
We also received money for two future training projects, one in the U.K. and one in Portugal, aiming to develop street animation as a tool for social work.
And for the administration costs of the bureau we also received funding from the Council of Europe in 2000 and 2001.
For our next dream, the European House, we already received subvention to do a 10 day meeting in Altamura - Bari with people, partners from 10 European countries to start to work on the why of the house, the aims and objectives and to develop a common vision on the house.

The European House

We would like to create a European House of Animation, to bring the methodical work, the practical training and the administration of the network under one European roof and offer a place for exchanging ideas and finding new friends, according to the European idea.
The main aims are working around and with animation as a social tool and the local impact of the house, to give the local community the opportunity to use the house for their own projects and to benefit from the European / international dimension of the house.

In the this site you will find a more detailed explanation on everything concerning the European House, the partners and everything surrounding the project.
So you will read on the following pages is the result of working together on a collective idea/dream in which we all find ourselves. To have this house is for each of us a big priority and we hope that you will be able to follow our vision and that in the future we can work together, each on our own level, but all together on the same dream with the same goal, the European House.
Declaration of principles

1.) The European House will respect differences and promote equal opportunities regardless of age, gender, religion, and cultural, physical, social, psychological, geographical and economical conditions.
2.) The European House has no affiliation to any political party, religion, cult or sect.
3.) The European House will promote and act according to the Universal declaration of human rights by the United Nations, to the convention for the protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedom by the council of Europe, to the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women and the Convention on the right of the Child Both by the United Nations, as well as all principles of non-violence.
4.) The European House will support the fair-trading approach.
5.) The European House will be honest and transparent in any decision-making relation to individuals and institutions.
6.) The European House will promote and act accordingly to a sustainable protection policy of the environment/ nature.
7.) The European House will organise and support projects and activities for people with less opportunity as a priority, but not exclusively.
8.) The priority of the European House is to develop specific projects regarding the Animation Approach and methods, but is open to support and/or will welcome projects and activities that share the same values and aims of the House.
9.) The European House will distribute or make available all the information and "know how" that it possesses and creates, with respect to personal rights, privacy and any copyrights.
10.) The European House believes that everybody has capacities and we recognise and will actively promote these potential capacities. The House also believes that everyone can learn from and teach these capacities to others.
Aims of the European House

The aims are not written in a certain order of importance
1.) The European House aims to follow its own " Declaration of principles ".
2.) The European House aims to involve and co-operate with both local and international
3.) The European House promotes the self-organisation and active citizenship with the
local community where it is based.
4.) The European House aims to promote the inter-relations between the cultures, the
generations and respect the differences.
5.) The European House aims to research, experiment, create and develop methods of
animation as a social tool.
6.) The European House aims to enhance active participation of individuals / organisations
which are linked to the European House or ENOA
7.) The European House aims for a long term benefit as a result of our activities and
European House Plan

The European House of Animation, must be a resource place for youth workers (on national and international level), a place for exchanges of techniques practices, knowledge, a centre of documentation (pedagogy, funds), a platform of projects, organisations of international meetings of animators and of young people, a resource place at local level for the local community in order to develop its social life.
Following these aims the European House aims to host a minimum 30 persons. In order to host people and also to have activities inside and outside the house, the building should have the following spaces:

-1 kitchen / 1 kitchenette
-14 bedrooms (doubles or triples)
-4 bathrooms (1 for handicapped people)
-1 living room (tables, chairs, sofas)
-3 rooms (10-15 persons each) for seminars, meetings, trainings
-1 plenary room
-1 equipped office
-1 bar
-1 internet café to provide facilities for the guests / local inhabitants
-1 library
-1/2 laboratories
-1 open space (big living room) in which people can organise their own activities
-1 garden or outside facilities in order to organise camping or outdoor activities

In terms of materials, the European House should have:

-equipment for the kitchen (tables, chairs, domestic appliances)
-equipment for the bedrooms (beds, furnitures)
-equipment for the bathrooms
-equipment for the bar (chairs, tables, table games, TV, radio and CD player)
-equipment for the internet café (tables, chairs, 5 computers, internet connection, 1 printer)
-equipment for the laboratories (chairs and tables, working materials for seminars, indoor and outdoor activities and street animation)
-equipment for the library (books, games, internet and computers, CD collection of music, papers, database of the organisations and database of workers and trainers)
-equipment for the garden (tables, chairs, working materials for outdoor activities)
-equipment for the office (table, chairs, tel/fax, computer, internet connection, 1 printer, working materials)
-equipment for the seminar rooms/plenary (tables, chairs, working materials, cd player, radio, Tv set)
-equipment for the laboratories (working materials, table, chairs)

The mentioned spaces will be used as follows:

The sleeping accommodation for at least 30 persons:
The European House of animation should be a resource for youth workers/trainers as well as a place available to the young people with whom we work. The aim to have this "sleeping accommodation" is also to host youth exchanges, youth programmes and encourage NGOs to use this facility for their projects and seminars, as well as other international organisations like the Council of Europe.

The kitchen:
To host different groups (in terms of age and sizes) the house needs also to have a fully equipped kitchen to take care of the meals. This also means that cooks will be employed when necessary. For those who will live in the European House there will be a separate kitchen (kitchenette) where they take can care of themselves.

The bathrooms:
They should also be equipped for handicapped people.

The bar:
As the European House aims to be open to the local community, as such as in Altamura-Jesce or in Sarajevo, a bar could be a place that facilitate the association of youth and the self-management. There are a number of issues concerning children protection and security for the building as a whole but if the building of the European house is found in Jesce or in Sarajevo, Enoa will ensure the safety of people and the property of the use of the spaces.

The internet café:
This space could be organised in the bar or in the library in order to give the guests the possibility to use internet facilities for research, work, documentation, information and also to communicate.

The working rooms/the plenary:
As we aim within the European House to organise youth activities, youth exchanges as well as seminars and trainings, there is a need for a large space for groups to meet for conferences or plenary sessions. For the plenary room itself, it will be useful to have translation facilities and also not fixed tables in the way to have the possibility to arrange the room as needed.
As in every educational activity/project the group is asked to split up and form small groups to perform some tasks, in the European House we would like to have at least 3 smaller rooms who correspond to this use.

The laboratories:
The main idea to have laboratories is in order to give the youth and also the local community the possibility to experiment in different crafts, arts. The activities could include, working with metal, wood, plastics, glass, stone, painting, tissues, ceramics, and also photography, theatre, poetry and so on. This part of the house, could be equipped and structured even after the official opening.

The library:
This space should collect materials about animation and youth work. It should be a centre of research and study for people who come to stay at the house, for visiting people, and also for the local community.
This space is a central space in the concept of the European House because one the main aim is to create and develop techniques and methodologies related to the Animation and Street Animation. This space for such researches, studies, experimentations and learning will be, at the beginning, self-directed by the individuals or the groups who wish to use this space and resource.

The Open Space/living space:
This should be a big living room in which the guests or the local groups/individuals can meet and organise their activities. It could also be a space in which performances and concerts can be held.

The office:
At least one office will be organised from the beginning in order to run the house in an appropriate way. Later on other offices should be organised.

The European House will need a staff to run it. These persons should potentially be paid for their work. They should number no more than four. Part of the concept of this house is to support people working in International Youth Work. This house can provide the space for a number of people to be able to live there for a while. They will be required to do some work in and around the house and towards its aims as a way to pay rent at the beginning. They could also use the time they are staying in the house in order to do research, to study and to develop themselves as youth workers or trainers.
Sarajevo proposa

Present situation in Balkan countries:
Youth from the Balkan region havent enough finances to travel, exchange experiences and developing themselfs. They need also visas for entering in a lot of countries, this excludes them from movements in Europe.
For the youth there are not enough long-term activities in the city and in the countryside. There are a lot of "passing 10 days seminars" with no impact on local or international level.
The youth dont have permanent access to non-formal education, they do not know the "street animations", they do not have youth clubs or youth hostels that offer such kind of activities, they do not have access to European literature from the Council of Europe, libraries or such tools for youth and other workers.
The young people have a lot of potentials, they have the will to work, but they do not have places to express their creativity and to be independent.

Location of the European House:
Sarajevo corresponds to the concept "east meets west", because of its geographical position.
The European House could organise winter and summer activities. The mountains are 30 minutes away from the centre of Sarajevo. The seaside is 4 hours away and the lakes are 1 hour away.
In particular the European house should have a central position in the region and it should be open for everybody. Most people from European countries do not need a visa to go there.
To have the European house in Sarajevo would be really less expensive than in a western country because of the daily costs, furniture, working materials are much lower.

Possible funding:
Two weeks ago, Bosnia- Herzegovina got the green light to join the Council of Europe: this could be the right moment to apply for this kind of a project to the European Institutions as well as to the local municipalities.

For the moment the only possible place that can be used by the youth or for youth activities is the Olympic City (Winter Olympic 1984) with such poor conditions. Enoa could apply for funds to the Olympic City support or to ask for endorsement letters in order to facilitate the creation of a European House.

16.03.2007. 15:23

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