DIALOGUE FOR EUROPE
Start date: Mar 1, 2015,
End date: Oct 31, 2015
The Dialogue for Europe project, leaded by the Sport without borders Italy involves 2 other italian organizations, nome delle organizzazioni?????? The project comes from the idea that nowadays the young generation doesn't feel represented by the political institutions at local, national or political level. In fact, they don't feel to play an active role in the democratic life of the country they live and these kind of feelings increase more and more the existing gap between youngsters and institutions. Local and regional authorities, as they are the closest authorities to the youngsters, have a very important role to play in promoting youth participation, because they can pose the basis for allowing youngsters to practice actively democracy and citizenship.
Starting from this problem, the project aims at fostering actively the youth participation in the local and European contexts, for promoting, in particular, the conscious participation of young people in local political life, as well as in the European one. So, the young people involved will have the opportunity to express themselves and their opinions, to have a confrontation at local and European level. They will be invited to discuss and comment on topics of their interest, such as environmental protection of their territory, social inclusion and volunteering and sport promotion in order to have a dialogue with field experts and decision-makers and give voice to their ideas and proposals.
The project will set up two national seminars to be held in Italy with the participation of 90 youngsters coming from three different Italian regions (north, centre and south of Italy). During the preparation phase will be selected the schools/clubs to be involved and the beneficiaries, will start the confrontation at local level on the proposed themes, will be selected the mentors, realized local meeting, defined dissemination strategy, set up training activity. Proper communication and dissemination tools and activities will support the whole project implementation.
Thanks to the two national meetings, it will be fostered the dialogue among the youngsters and encouraged their initiative and active participation through the realization of an intercultural learning experience. The youngsters involved, thanks to the participation to the Dialogue for Europe project will also acquire different informal skills such as the consciousness of cultural differences and how they affect communication; how to work in a team strengthening the individual development process; how to be active and sensitive towards the needs of local communities; getting more conscious about structures, values and rules of civic society, in particular how to influence the decision making process regarding youth policies and democratic processes within local, national, European communities.
The youngsters will their digital competences by managing information in the WebPages and social networks. Moreover, they will have the chance to know more about the topics discussed during the preparatory phase that is: youth empowerment through environmental protection of their territory, social inclusion and volunteering and sport promotion. Youth decision-makers will have the chance to increase their attention and awareness as regards the policies aimed to the new generations and to the issues managed, such as young people active citizenship and participation in democratic life. Cooperation could be increased among youth policy-makers to exchange idea and suggestions for a better involvement of the youngsters in the decision-making process and definition of youth policies benefitting of the Dialogue for Europe’ methods and results. As a long-term impact a bigger network could be set up of italian organizations strictly linked and sensible to youth policies issues, willing to work together to improve the future of youngsters concerning in particular their skills towards democratic processes and active citizenship within communities to which they belong at local/national and European level.
The national events will allow different forms of discussions and will be managed through strategies of informal education, that will enable the youngsters also to acquire more skills and knowledge. They will be events involving young people and policy makers/experts of youth policies to discuss, exchange ideas and best practices and/or follow recommendations on issues, priorities and objectives of the structured dialogue, the open method of coordination in the field of youth and the European Pact for Youth.
The events will reflect the organized dialogue, which is the base of youth policies at European level, and it will focus on topics like young people active participation/citizenship at Eu level.
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