Democracy In Crisis
Start date: Nov 1, 2015,
End date: May 31, 2016
Many young people have lost hope in the democratic system. We believe that the main reason for this is that they believe that they are insignificant in the EU and that their voice is not heard. Our project will simulate the democratic process and will allow the youth to interact with other youth to discuss common problems and to find solutions for these problems and then to take these problems to policy makers. The project will simulate the democratic process and we hope that our results will be seen by policy makers in our own countries after the project. We will question the EU and how it represents each and every citizen. Are we all truly equal in the EU? Are small countries that contribute less to the economic side of the EU simply pawns or is our voice heard? We will allow our youth to present these questions and many more so that we can discuss our role in the EU and the obligations we have as EU citizens, but we will also see how the EUs obligations towards us are met.
The profile of the participants is vital for this project and we will select the participants best for the project but at the same time giving priority to those who are disadvantages.
In order to achieve these goals the activities foreseen for the project are vital. As the topic is vital to all the participants we anticipate that all the participants will be extremely active in the project offering as much as they can but also taking back as much as possible. Discussions and debates will give the youth a different perspective of the problems and perhaps even new methods of addressing these problems.
Workshops will be designed to maintain a European dimension as all groups will be made up of at least one person from each country allowing for cultural learning during the workshops. Workshops are designed around the various subjects allowing the different youth to discuss the issues and work together to solve problems and share experiences.
Role playing will also be used to allow the participants to get another perspective of different problems. This has proven to be very successful as it allows for the youth to see common problems from the viewer’s point of view rather than the actor. This also allows for innovative ways showing problems.
Simulations are also done during the project, allowing people to take on roles which are opposite to their real roles. During the simulations the participants will take on roles to re-enact a real situation based on events and problems in the real world. The participants will work together in their different roles to solve problems and to find solutions to these problems. Important here is that the participants take on random roles which add additional learning tools as they need to think and act as the person they are simulating.
Using all the above tools and methodologies the youth learn through fun activities which are real, but are within a safe environment allowing them to learn from each other, make mistakes which can be corrected through discussions and not put themselves at risk. In real life when making these choices the results could be destructive but these activities simulate reality and allow for learning in a safe and secure environment.
As a result we hope to give our youth the tools to understand the advantages and disadvantages of going to another country and also to help increase their employability and to increase their chances of finding employment in these difficult times. We will help them to take advantage of various EU tools to be able to maximise their learning outcomes and ultimately bring them closer to the employers.
They will also be able to discuss and evaluate problems with their peers and help them by giving them guidance and support when it is needed. We hope that the information gained during this project is shared within all the communities and especially with the youth of these communities so that more youth can increase their employability in each of the partner communities.
In addition to learning about the problems the youth will also exchange cultures and traditions and learn about the different cultures from the different countries allowing for better understanding of each other and therefore creating a more unified EU, fighting xenophobia and also discrimination.
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