i love europe
Start date: Jan 15, 2015,
End date: Aug 14, 2015
Through the last few years in the whole of Europe, especially due to the economic crisis, we have seen the spread of a very popular opinion about the European Union and its politics: many journalists, opinion leader and politicians have identified a "Democratic Deficit" about Europe, its many institutions, its many agencies and all the laws those institutions launch. Every day the European Union seems more far from the people and that process of credibility loss is happening just as the decisions taken in the Europeans' institutions become more and more important and trenchant in people's life. The effect of this loss of credibility in the European institutions is provoking a low access in the active citizenship's combination of rights and duties. We welcomed some youngsters interested in the European integration's dynamics coming from all over Europe and organized for them seven days of work and non-formal education about all the problems and possible solutions to the European integration's matters that are invalidating the work of integration realized in the last six decades. During the cultural exchange our participants had the opportunity to express all their hopes and concerns about the European integration's process: they did so with the help of some innovative education methods like the "collaborative and creative writing" or the use of theatre to express political or economic matters. The project " I LOVE EUROPE European democracy and active citizenship " took place in Salento. The main objectives of the project was to provide our participants with a thorough understanding of the entire system of administration of ' the EU and then to train citizens better prepared and equipped to become " active citizens ", which do not undergo the process of ' integration European Union, but they become the protagonists enriching themselves and their territory.
The project increased participant's awareness about rights and duties in the European Union, we analysed whit them the "pro and con" of being in a supranational institution, made them understand the meaning of "active citizenship" and made them known the operation and the targets of Europeans' institutions, we shared with participants from other countries advices and best practices about social inclusion in the European Union. We composed a program structured according to the methods of ' non-formal education : Team Building exercises designed by the participants themselves , group work , use of theatre as a method of training non- formal brainstorming collage of images and moments dedicated to creative writing and collaborative accompany youth participants along a path of knowledge of the European institutions and opportunities related to it.
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