The Megaphone

Participant: Rami Al-khamisi

Organisation: Megafonen, Sweden


Rami's neighbourhood

Name of the project: Nuförtiden (These days)
Project description: The aim of the project was to create a platform, a newsmagazine were young people from the age 16 to 25 in the suburbs of Stockholm can become aware of and discuss issues such as racism, violence and discrimination. Young people involved in the project were able to create their own agenda and tackle the issues that concern them. The overall purpose of this project was to raise awareness among young people of their social rights, so that they are more able to access them. Rinkeby- Kista, the district of Stockholm, where the project was implemented has the population of 60 000. The project was mainly addressing the young people in the Kista community where around 25 000 people live. Rinkeby – Kista has highest unemployment rate among young people in Sweden and many young people living there do not do well at school. There is a high number of criminality. Young people lack a social network and motivation which you need to take you somewhere in the society and be able to access social rights to overcome discrimination and exclusion.
Target group: 19 young people of migrant origin and/or minority background from the city district of Rinkeby- Kista; some 3000 young people aged 15-25 in the suburbs of Akalla, Husby and Kista.
Social rights addressed: Non- discrimination, non violence, employment, education, participation and housing
Local authorities involved: The local council Rinkeby- Kista
Results: During the project 6 young people were hired and paid for their work by the local council. Some 12 young developed their competences in journalism through the training course they participated in. After the project we had more motivated young people who wanted to continue volunteering and being engaged in the neighbourhood. By having the magazine distributed to more then 3000 young people in the area, and to show them that young people produced it, made more young people interested in the project and the organisation.
Follow-up and sustainability: The project with the magazine will still continue. We are planning to start the work with the project again at the beginning of June 2011. This time we want to improve the skills of young people when its comes to writing and interviewing. This year we have applied to the local council to have 10 young people working on developing the magazine. The funding will be applied from the cultural department in the city of Stockholm. We are also planning to reach out to more young people. We must work closer with the local municipality in order to lobby for some of the social rights that we are targeting with our project with our young people. I will also take contact with the different funders who can provide us with recourses to involve more young people. The visibility of the project is something which we have to improve in order to inform more young people in the neighbourhood that they can get engaged in the project but also because we want to reach out to policy makers and politicians.
We have also discussed to have partnership with other organization in other neighbourhoods to reach out to their young people and make them more active.
Status of the project: Implemented


I got involved because I was seeking tools and support for me and my organisation's efforts to secure the social rights of young people through our creation of informal platforms for and by young people that are linked to the formal democratic decision-making processes.
(Janni NIELSEN, Denmark)
By participating at this training my expectation is to learn more about the tools of reinforcing youth, European programmes, instruments and policies for facilitating the access of young people to social rights and most importantly the ways of promoting democratic citizenship by cooperation with local communities. (Turkay GASIMOVA, Azerbaijan)
This training will help me to bring into my organisation new ideas and practice in working with young people, will help more effectively implement the initiatives that are already started. (Anna GORSKAYA, Belarus)
I want to find out more about other realities of youth workers and young people. I also wanted to gain a better understanding of social rights and how they can support the vulnerable young people I work with. (Jean CASE, UK)
Elizabeth Smith
The opportunity to participate in “Enter” LTTC would have a powerful effect on my ability to put the young people’s access to social rights firmly at the core of our service, informing our policies and the projects development. (Elizabeth Smith, UK)
Fionn Greig
I wanted to take part in this training as I am passionate about young people's access to their social, human rights. I love working with young people and thought I could broaden my horizons with regards the European perspectives and understandings of youth work and young people's rights. I am also very interested in politics and in increasing equality in society. (Fionn GREIG, UK)
I have the possibility to learn new ways of social integration of care-leavers through social inclusion and raising awareness about human and social rights, enrich my professional experience with approaches used in other countries of Europe. I want my new knowledge and skills be useful in helping vulnerable young people to become successful and active citizens. (Igor NOSACH, Ukraine)
I want to improve my performance in my organisation as a youth worker. I want to get new knowledge, share experience and meet people from different countries and cultures. And get new friends. (Petra MILOSAVLJEVIC, Serbia)
Ana Silva
I expect to improve my professional skills in order to do a better and effective work about human and social rights, promoting young people participation and involvement on community issues, becoming more active and developing citizenship skills. (Ana SILVA, Portugal)
Miguel LAMAS
It is a challenge and an opportunity to change different points of approach on how to work with young people about the importance of a stronger awareness of social and human rights with people from different realities, and to be able to develop a project with non-formal approaches in my organisation, which is something that I really believe in. (Miguel LAMAS, Portugal)
I wanted to freshen up my professional skills and learn more about social rights and human rights based youth work. This LTTC is giving me much more inspiration than I could have imagined and I will be happy to share it at our organisation. (Niina LJUNGKVIST, Finland)
I am in this project to learn how to link social rights to concrete street work and other project with youngsters, to inform and educate youngsters in their social rights. (Mia SCHMIDT JENSEN, Denmark)
Anne Mette GLARBO
In the LTTC I found a frame to establish an old idea for creating a participatory youth project. Furthermore it educates and strengthening me in social rights and gives a forum to share experiences with other engaged youth workers. (Anne Mette GLARBO, Denmark)
I am expecting that this training will provide me with educational tools in order to develop a project. It will also be an opportunity to develop my competences and do something concrete. (Estelle GARDETTE, France)
This training will improve my competences in working on access to social rights for young people and will bring an added value to my work, to my organisation and to the activities we will carry out at local level. (Lavinia RUSCIGNI, France)
Achilleas STAVROU
I believe that through this course and the cooperation with the fellow European trainers and youth workers I will be empowered to pursue in a more efficient way my work for the defence of youth rights. (Achilleas STRAVROU, Greece)
I expect to know how the Council of Europe could help me and my organisation in working better, I hope to learn new ways to approach young adults and the complexity of working with other institutions and organisations. (Monia DE PAOLI, Italy)
My very first motivation is that I was always interested in social sciences and such an uprising problem as discrimination, violence and bullying. I expect to learn statistics, methods of how to deal with the cases of violence and discrimination, case studies and build collaboration options, as well. (Ljuba TIHOMIROVA, Latvia)
I am very much interested to understand better the approaches for social inclusion and fighting against discrimination of youth as this is key competence to have when working with youth in the local context where I am from. (Milos RISTOVSKI, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia)
I need to further develop my competences so I can better contribute in future projects in the youth field and to be able to elaborate and implement realistic and relevant projects by myself. Also, to better understand the strategies to engage with local authorities and the opportunity to have an intercultural experience. (Ana Sofia Martins, Portugal)
Participation in this programme will help me to attract the various European organisations to problems of these children in Russia, besides I will be able to become stronger in my everyday work on child protection. (Olga INZHUVATKINA, Russia)
My motivation lies in the interest in a social status of young disadvantaged people in today´s society, social-cultural environment of young people in today´s Europe or an opportunity to create responsible and competent citizens in a multicultural environment with a possibility to participate in a public life. (Roman Bartos, Slovakia)
Merve Seda CEVIK
I want to learn about youth and social rights and developing current training programmes' contents and improve young trainers of the human rights and social rights training programmes. I want to create a new youth project about social rights. I want to improve myself on social rights as an active citizen. (Merve Seda Cevik, Turkey)
Aleksey  Murashkevych
I want to improve my knowledge on project management and implementation. I want to know more about techniques and measures for fighting discrimination, violence and exclusion affecting young people. (Aleksey Murashkevych, Ukraine)