Promoting European citizenship through socially re..
Promoting European citizenship through socially responsible youth entrepreneurship initiatives.
Start date: Mar 20, 2015,
End date: Oct 19, 2015
The idea to make this youth exchange came during the previous European Citizenship TCs where the representatives of some of the partner organisations met to discuss the topic. During the workshops on what European citizenship (EC) means for representatives of different corners of Europe it was highlighted that EC is perceived as a feeling of historical, social and cultural bonds to the continent sharing its common past, present and future rather than any political union.
The theme of this exchange is promoting EU Citizenship and the rights that go with it through youth entrepreneurship initiatives using social responsibility approach, thus enabling young people to act as active, informed citizens. This implies that the exchange will develop certain attitudes and skills both in young people and peer leaders to improve European citizenship education through youth entrepreneurship initiatives in peer-to- peer youth work as well as to explore and to understand active youth participation approach to youth citizenship education.
The 10 days Activity will bring together 14 young people and 2 group leaders from the UK, Estonia, Romania and Italy to Catania.
The objectives of the project are:
1. To explore and understand the meaning of EC for young people in old and new EU member states.
2 To develop attitudes and skills of young people and peer leaders for improving citizenship education through socially responsible entrepreneurship initiatives .
3. To increase understanding how non-formal learning can enable and develop those skills and attitudes of young people (reflect on principles of non-formal learning through practical exercises and reflection sessions).
4. To raise awareness of the need for youth citizenship education through socially responsible entrepreneurship
The exchange will initiate new youth participation projects with young people having economic and employment problems in order for them to become motivated and trained in youth citizenship issues through socially responsible entrepreneurship using empowerment and inclusion methodologies.
The project methodology will be based on active youth participation approach. The activities foreseen during the project will be workshop based, which will include practical activity (presentations of participants and organisations; intro to European citizenship / active citizenship through socially resposnsible entrepreneurship initiatives; intro to active youth participation approach; presentation of the Erasmus + Programme), facilitated discussions, sharing of ideas.
The exchange will develop certain attitudes and skills both in young people and peer leaders to improve European citizenship education in peer-to- peer youth work as well as to understand active youth participation approach to youth citizenship education.
This youth exchange will allow participants to explore more from each other and with inputs from experienced youth workers on how we can make our youth organisations and networks play a more effective and challenging role in making these important issues really work for the youth sector of European region and making the European citizenship meaningful in all parts of Europe.
The impact of the exchange and its results will also be transferred and used in the participating partner organisations. We hope that as a result of the activity participating partner organisations will be able to develop future projects with the aim to promote European Citizenship through socially responsible entrepreneurship initiatives in different European communities.
The innovation of this project will be to approach and to explore European citizenship through socially reposnsible entrepreneurship projects and active citizenship education within the context of EU youth policy using active participation approach.
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