Social Participation and Active Citizenship
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ERASMUS+, MT 01 European Union Programmes Agency
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IN PROGRESS (Start Date: 01/01/2020)
In a survey published in 2015 by Eurostat, we see that only 11.9% of the European population feel they are active citizens. Moreover, through contact with young people, it can be noticed that many of them feel indifferent or disconnected with the rest of the community. They are not fully aware of their rights and obligations with regards to voting. The project has threefold objectives based on 3 part typology developed by Westheimer and Kahne (2004).
- ‘Personally responsible citizens’ – for whom citizenship education increases their awareness of individual rights and responsibilities
- ‘Participatory citizens’- for whom citizenship education also enhances their knowledge of participatory structures and rights, including participation in the community
- ‘Justice oriented citizens’ – for whom citizenship education also adds a high level of awareness of collective rights, political and social responsibility
In order to reach these goals this project consists of:
- An APV which was held in February 2020 in Tortona, Italy;
- A Youth exchange held in April 2020 (moved to April 2021) in Malta
- youth workers training held in June 2020 (moved to June 2021) in Malta
- A Youth Exchange held in November 2020 (moved to November 2021) in Ballyfermot, Ireland
- A Youth Exchange held in April 2021 (moved to April 2022) in Tortona, Italy
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The Youth Wiki is Europe’s online encyclopedia in the area of national youth policies. The platform is a comprehensive database of national structures, policies and actions supporting young people. It covers eight main fields of action: education and training, employment and entrepreneurship, health and well-being, participation, voluntary activities, social inclusion, youth and the world, and creativity and culture.
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Empowering youths in stem through the arts
Empowering Youths in STEM through the arts
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Our priority is that through this project all project partners will be collaborating with the youth workers and with the youth to engage them in informal education in relation to STEAM and science communication. Moreover, sharing the knowledge and experiences would enhance the projects’ outputs; namely the interactive resource including a high quality video of a
science show, and public speaking/ debate skills sets.
Youth participation strengthens personal and social development, provides expertise for youth programmes and services, and promotes a more democratic society. In the context of complex inter-generational challenges such as climate change and sustainable development, it is increasingly important for scientists and policy-makers to actively engage with and support the meaningful participation of youth in policy and decision-making.
Art, theatre and storytelling will be used as media for youth upskilling and engagement. The first phase of the project will involve a triangulation research with youth and the surrounding communities and a training programme by a well established cultural organisation in which together with the youth entity will provide a comprehensive upskilling programme for science communicators on collaborating with youth. Using the research and the training through several matchmaking sessions youth workers, science communicators, artists and the youth will work together to produce the interactive
resource. Transnational meetings will be used for the science centres, youth agency and the artistic organisation to monitor progress and plan ahead.
Upon its completion the interactive resource will be presented during the three non formal multiplier events named Youth Science Cafes. During these multiplier events youth will be actively involved in their organization and will also actively participate in the science show and science cafe. These multiplier events will be targeting more youths through the participation from the surrounding communities. Through these cafes, youths are presented with the opportunity to speak about their involvement in informal education; in connection to science communication and STEAM subjects.
Furthermore, the interactive resource would be freely available to the public on the Websites of science centres. The innovative aspect of this project is that the science show would be developed on the basis of research conducted as part of this project in collaboration with the Youth Agency, involving the youths. Further more, a concluding conference would be held in Malta bringing together representatives from stakeholders in non formal education, science communication, youth work, youths and the art sectors. The conference will enable sharing of best practices and experiences, dissemination of the project outputs through the active involvement of the youths and specific workshops.