In the project “OnGea! ONline GEAr enhancing Youth Work” we develop digital tools for youth work. The OnGea system is made available as an open source tool free of charge for other youth work organisations and networks.
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“Ongea!” means “talk!” or “speak up!” in Kiswahili. The OnGea! project plans to create ONline GEAr to empower and enhance youth work activities; especially international youth exchanges and international networks of youth organisations.
At the heart of the system will be the OnGea Activity Module, a tool that makes it easier for organisations to prepare for joint youth events, to organize mobilities, to securely share participant data, to automatically generate participant lists, and – in case of EU funded youth exchanges – to prepare participant data for the required reporting in the ERASMUS+ Mobility Tool. Also, export to the Youthpass certification tool will be supported.
This Activity Module also feeds the OnGea App with information. This app will allow participants of youth events and international meetings to plan their arrival, keep track of the program, receive reminders about group meetings and more. The app will be available in ten languages and will run on the operating systems Android and iOS.
The third element of the OnGea ensemble is a website system based on the Drupal content management system. The OnGea Website System is being tailored especially to the needs of organisations and networks in (international) youth work. It will have a sophisticated concept for multilingualism and involvement of different countries, an easily customizable design and other features developed jointly by the international project consortium bringing together partners from 10 countries.
The complete OnGea system will be provided as an open source tool free of charge for all youth work organisations and networks.
OnGea is funded by the EU programme ERASMUS+ and coordinated by ROOTS & ROUTES Cologne e. V.; the development of the OnGea App was additionally funded by the youth ministry of the federal state of North Rhine-Westfalia. Project partners include: ROOTS & ROUTES International Association, Stichting ROOTS & Routes Netherlands, SMouTh Greece, Subjective Values Foundation Hungary, Brouhaha International Liverpool, Centro di Creazione e Cultura Italy, Les Têtes de l’Art France, Rutes i Origens Spain, Kaunas Cultural Centre of Various Nations Lithuania and EuroEst Romania.