Common Heritage, Common Future
Start date: Aug 1, 2014,
End date: Jun 1, 2015
Envisaged in the beginning as a space for cooperation and peace, the European Union is facing today a paradox. With raising rates of euroscepticism and the emergence of extremist political parties, the EU is losing more and more of its popularity. Even though the benefits for the citizens of the Member States are continuing to increase, they are not fully acknowledged. This phenomenon affects especially the young generation, which takes peace and stability for granted. As the young people never faced a war, the commitment to unity is not that strong.
This is why a project like "Common Heritage, Common Future" is needed. The young generation is now in the position of searching arguments about what to believe when it comes to EU. As the financial crisis had terrible effects over the employment rate and social stability, young people can be very easily mislead by populist politicians who have an anti-EU agenda.
In this current situation, we need to promote the idea of a common heritage. As citizens of Europe, we have embodied the common values of friendship, solidarity and democracy. By being properly informed about what brought us together, the young participants will be able to form a critical opinion about European Union and that means responsibility in decisions when talking about our common future.
Through this project we aim to encourage reflection and critical thinking on the past, present and future of Europe and of the European Union among young people from EU Member States. In order to reach this goal, we have established a set of objectives: increase the awareness of minimum 30 young people from 6 countries about the European Union and its institutions, European Citizenship, European values; provide at least 30 young people from 5 countries the space and tools needed in order to reflect and use critical thinking in regard to their European identity, thus allowing them to have their own opinion on the subject; create an interactive exhibition about our European identity, values, citizenship, past and future for increasing the awareness of other young people and of the local community; use social media tools to increase the awareness of thousands of young people throughout Europe about the project topic in an innovative way, by the young people for the young people in the “same language”.
As for the participants, we decided to bring to Bucharest 30 young people from 6 countries that come from disadvantaged groups but also from NGOs holding experience in the field of youth work, active participation or EU affairs.
In order to facilitate the non-formal learning (which will be the core methodology used in carrying out the project, we have planned activities such as: role-plays, debates, theatre, flash mob, small groups work, interacting non-formally with experts, creation of a cultural exhibition, using social media, outdoor activities and teambuilding exercises.
These activities will generate the following impact: educating the participants in the spirit of European Identity, shifting attitudes regarding the attachment to European Citizenship, using abilities of critical thinking and analyse in building an opinion towards the subject and creating something new, such as the exhibition, the informative leaflet and the short movie about how they relate to the European Identity, that will be later on uploaded on YouTube.
The impact will be acknowledged by the stakeholders through dissemination methods such as: a creative exhibition about the European Identity; a press-conference at the end of the youth exchange, a short movie with answers for the question “How do you define the European Identity?”, organizing a debate on the subject “What makes us Europeans?” with the participation of local decision-makers, blog articles and uploading the research studies made by the participants on the Erasmus+ Dissemination Platform.
If the project will be approved, the participants and the stakeholders will have long term benefits such as: a better understanding of the European Union and an increased sense of active participation that will lead in the end at responsible decisions making an increased sense of attachment towards European values and project.
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