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Empowering Youth for Active Citizenship: Insights from the ENYA Conference

During the ENYA conference, an inspiring session led by Agenzija Żgħażagħ in collaboration with the Office of the Commissioner for Children brought together 36 young individuals to delve into the realm of active citizenship. The discussion centered around defining the essence of an active citizen, highlighting the importance of assuming responsibility, participating in decision-making processes, and working towards the betterment of society.

Understanding that active citizenship entails both rights and responsibilities, the participants recognized the significance of being aware of their rights not only for personal benefit but also to actively contribute to improving the circumstances of others. While opinions varied on the extent of individual responsibility for the welfare of others, there was unanimous agreement on the importance of compassion and care for all fellow human beings. This mindset was further exemplified as they engaged in a scenario-based activity using Malala’s Advocacy Cycle, crafting practical and focused action plans that showcased their global awareness and fostered the concept of global citizenship.

This enriching experience at the ENYA conference not only nurtured a sense of active citizenship among the young participants but also instilled the belief that their actions hold the potential to make a difference. Together, they are poised to create a better tomorrow by embracing their roles as agents of change.

The workshop underscored the indispensable role of young voices and perspectives in shaping a brighter future. Participants were encouraged to amplify their voices, share their ideas, and collaborate with others to effect positive change. Two key takeaways emerged from their advocacy discussions: the power of unity, where one individual can ignite a spark but collective effort drives impactful change, and the principle of “Nothing about us, without us,” emphasizing the inclusion of minority groups in discussions for meaningful transformation.

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