Start date: Jun 1, 2015,
End date: Mar 31, 2016
Project "Agora" deserves its meaning. Agora was a gathering place in Ancient Greek for all the citizen meeting and gatherings. As our project name it resembles the meeting point between the youth and politics, where on one side there are youngs and on the other side, there is everything happening on political grounds. This project is a strategic partnership in youth field, where both Maltese and Estonian young participants wish to initiate activities in their own countries for bringing politics closer to the young people by giving tips to politicians, how to bring it closer. Both Estonia and Malta are countries, where lowering the voting age is an actual topic. A survey done in Estonia emphasizes the need for adjustment for both main targets - the 16 to 17 year old young and also as well for the parties and candidates, in case of the situation where the voting age will lowered. The need for adjustment is extremely severe during the campaign period, because currently no party addresses the interests of the young clearly and invitingly enough and therefore the young voters don't have any interest for election programs.This project creates an environment, where the young from all the regions can analyze the activities held during the election campaign periods, find different oversights but also interesting activities and approaches. Doing this will increase the young participants' knowledge and critical sense in politics, they can analyse better over the happenings in their society and see the reasons and consequenses. The input made by young people about how an election campaign should be like so that it would be attractive for also the young people is an important material, which will be created during the project and shared with the politicians.The nucleous group of the project will be formed of 20 youngs, who wish to reach to at least 350 youngs and 50 politicians through their activities. There will be surveys for the young people, collecting for examples of election campaigns, the analysis and introduction of those and the forming of recommendations for the politicis held in the process of the project. All the material of the project is available on the website of the project.As a result of the project we wish to increase the youngs' wish to be an active member of the society, an active voter and with that we are increasing the youth participation in regional, parliamental and as well in European Parliament elections.
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