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Knowledge

Knowledge is a rich resource to have; it is also something that can and should be shared with others, thus opening and broadening people’s minds to new or alternative ways of thinking and acting. Regardless of working background, age or ethnicity, it must be recognised that everyone has a piece of knowledge or skill that could contribute in some way to society.

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Unfortunately, many aspects of modern Europe would appear to reject this notion, leaving many groups and individuals (homeless, migrants, young & elderly) feeling stigmatised or useless. The feeling of “belonging” is crucial to the well-being of a person; appreciating and putting to use that person’s knowledge or skill is one way in which he/she can feel a part of something.

This is exactly what the actions described below seek to achieve. Creating a means for “mutual learning and exchange”, whereby people in a community (on or offline) or neighbourhood can share knowledge, skills and practices, gives rise to increased opportunities for social inclusion, empathy building and improved well-being. The power of knowledge cannot be underestimated.

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Below are listed examples of actions (in orange) and policies (in green) collected with regard to Knowledge.

Education

The role of Education is central to a person's development and well-being, particularly in childhood. Education provides the means to expand knowledge, learn valuable life skills, interact with others (peers, teachers, etc.) and much more besides. Despite governments continuing to stress the importance of quality education, many Europeans either do not have access to it or cannot afford it.

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UNESCO stipulates that "Education should be a means to empower children and adults alike to become active participants in the transformation of their societies." It also underlines the fact that learning should focus on the values, attitudes and behaviours which enable individuals to learn to live together in a world characterised by diversity and pluralism. The examples below are evidence of alternative ways in which civil society and other associations, with or without the help of public authorities, are doing just this.
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Urban Gardens in Rome 2 - The Eut-Orto Project

Auteur : alessandra sciurba - Publié le : 2013-04-03 07:42 -

In September 2010, some workers of the corporation Eutelia Information Technology in Rome, after having been made ​​redundant as a result of the crisis that hit the company, decided to create an urban garden community cultivating 3000 square meters of land owned by the Province of Rome, for consuming and selling agricultural products, thus continuing to work together and maintaining the visibility of their dispute for the workplace.

Repair Café Brussels

Auteur : Louise Hain - Publié le : 2013-03-14 18:02 -
[http://www.repaircafebrussels.be]

Repairing all together and learning from others in a cocoon atmosphere. Once a month in Brussels, people can give a new life to broken items and learn how to repair them with enthusiastic skilled volunteers. Tools and Equipment are available for reparation as well as cakes and coffee.

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