Želeč, Czech Republic
VIVID is a non profit association primarily founded in the aim of enrichment the cultural life and education in rural areas of Moravia. Another important aim is to raise the employability, well-being, life quality and coexistence of local youth by providing mobility, training and educational activities that foster their development.
The association is organising informal meetings where people from the local communities share together artistic passion and creativity as well as the annual festival of non profit organisations, where more than a 1000 people from Zelec and the nearby areas get a chance to get information about the NGO sector and witness the numerous performances of musicians, painters, graffitti writers and many other artists.
VIVID’s target group are mostly young people and through our activities, we want to provide them with opportunities that otherwise would be hard to find in a rural context in order for them to spend their free time in a positive way and to provide alternative ways for them to develop new competences, using non-formal education. We are also involved in the Erasmus+ programme, being partners in ongoing projects as well as organizing our first project in the Czech Republic.
As mentioned above, by organising the annual festival, we are trying to make the young people understand in practice (they see what is possible to be organised just because of the will and dedication), that the responsibility for their surrounding is an important aspect that needs to be achieved by solidarity and understanding. Bodies such as EU are here to give them support, but the initiative has to be matched.
On our meetings we are as well discussing the importance of the common dialogue and promoting the understanding of modern European values. Since the unemployment rates are rising, we constantly promote the dialogue and workshops towards the reflection of a role of an individual and tools to increase one’s “desirability” on the job market. The members of VIVID perceive non-formal education as an important way that a young European can benefit from in order to increase their employability and acquire new competences.
Including people with fewer opportunities in our activities is one of our priorities. We are partners in projects on the topic of social inclusion and we have recently successfully implemented a training course called “Road to Inclusion”. We have experience with being the sending as well as hosting organization for an Erasmus+ project.