Active Youth, Active Citizens

Programme / Key Action / Action Type: KA152-YOU- Learning Mobility of Individuals- Mobility of young people Youth Exchange

Project Number: 2020-3-BG01-KA105-094728

Project Period: Start date 01-03-2021 | End date 30-08-2021

Applicant Organization: SUSHAL HUB SDRUZHENIE




Associazione Culturale Malik 🇮🇹 Italy

Ludbreška udruga mladih entuzijasta 🇭🇷 Croatia

Youth Empowerment Association 🇲🇰 North Macedonia

Project Topics: Civic Engagement / Responsible Citizenship, Youth (Participation, Youth Work, Youth Policy), EU Citizenship, EU Awareness And Democracy

Project Summary

Being a citizen is something most of us don’t give much attention to, we just are. But being a citizen is a set of rights and responsibilities that give us all the benefits we are used to and, on top of that, it represents our identity, who we are and where we belong. Therefore, being a citizen of the European Union is a right of all bearing a member state passport, it is a door open to the countries of the Union and to the world. However, few are those that know this, mainly young people.

The project brings together 30 young participants, 6 group leaders and 2 facilitators, from 6 European countries for a 10 days mobility in Saint Constantine and Helena.

The mobility took place between 18-29 May 2023 and aimed to empower these youngsters, their friends and the communities they live in to make a difference when it comes to the decision making process.

This way, we’ve set 2 objectives around which we will be focusing our activities:

  1. Increasing the knowledge of the 30 participants during the 10 days of the mobility on their rights and duties as citizens and how they can influence through an active attitude the decision making process.
  2. Developing a positive attitude for the 30 participants during the duration of the project regarding the importance of sharing and being promoters of the citizen’s rights and the way that they can influence the decision making process. Through the activities included within the project and its final results, we want to help the promotion of active citizenship through the understanding of what it means to be an EU citizen and the values of tolerance, respect for diversity and intercultural dialogue that come along with it, the development of critical thought and the importance to be well informed and, finally, the promotion of political participation as the only way to strengthen the European democracy. Also, participants will get to better their English, become more confident and responsible, by working with deadlines and getting to evaluate their work and the work of others within the project, through the non-formal activities, presentations and debates. The involvement of the participants on the organisation of the project will be a constant. At the beginning, during the preparatory meetings, they will be asked to come up with ideas for debates, topics they want to talk about, to gather ideas on what would make a better Europe, what is the general feeling of their friends, family and community regarding the European Union and ideas on what active citizenship means to them and how it can be applied into societies.

Target Groups: The age of the 30 participants will be between 18 and 25 years old, with the exception of group leaders for whom there is no age limit.

Project Activities

The activities of the mobility were designed in order to reach the learning outcomes, competences and also the objectives weset for the present project. Therefore, during the 10 days mobility, we seek to create an environment that helped participants learn and also turn into practice ideas emerged from their personal background and teamwork activity. This  achieved by mixing training and workshop sessions with non-formal methods, such as ”world-cafe” type of debates, trust or information games, multimedia presentations and online data provided to participants. The objectives of the project  met during all phases, starting with the preparatory stage, in which the participants will complete the application form and the selected ones will be asked to pursue a documentation process supervised by representatives of the partner organisations. This way, they arrived at the mobility phase with several information and ideas to be shared to the rest of the national groups involved in the project. They  also prepared the NGO Fair presentation, the multilingual sessions and the intercultural evenings, contributing to the achievement of promoting the cultural dimension of the Erasmus+ Programme. Preparatory English sessions helped participants gain trust in their knowledge and capacity to interact and work with foreign people during the project and better understand and assimilate new terms and ideas regarding civil rights, European policies, active citizenship etc. Also, the training and workshop sessions during the mobility achieved the objective of raising political participation as the path for a better society for all, and the one of promoting active citizenship in the defence of EU values of tolerance, intercultural and interreligious dialogue. These objectives were also achievable through the ”One Idea for Europe” initiative, in which participants will work to create a eBook of good practices in active citizenship during the 10 days mobility.

The project is funded by the Erasmus+ program of the European Union.

Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). Neither the European Union nor EACEA can be held responsible for them.

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