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Rencontres Internationales de la Jeunesse - 5ème édition
Start date: May 1, 2015, End date: Nov 30, 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

"With young people to move the world !" The fifth edition of the International Youth Meeting will take place in Creil from July 20th to 27th 2015. It is a multilateral exchange gathering 40 young people and 10 group leaders coming from European cities and partner countries neighboring the EU : Creil (France), Pendle (United Kingdom), Marl (Germany), Krosno (Poland), Zalaegerszeg (Hungary), Nowomoskovsk (Russia), Dakhla (Morocco), Nefta (Tunisia) and Bethlehem (Palestine). This project gathers many cities from EU countries, but also cities from other continents, what enables to ask oneself about European concerns (citzenship, sustainable development, citizens rights) in a larger context. Thus we can broaden the reflection, bring testimonies and contributions from other sources ans compare situations within Europe and abroad. The aim of this fifth edition is to enable the emergence of an international citizenship among young people by favoring intercultural dialogue, social integration and solidarity and by making them become aware of worldwide different social and cultural realities. The activities program will be composed of : • 3 thematic workshops entitled "interculturalism", "towards a responsible consumption" and "Right to the essential". During the week, the 3 groups of young people will each tackle only one subject in order to be able to deal with it in detail and to formulate concrete conclusions and restitution supports it will present to other participants at the end of the week. This will provide an accomplished work on each subject. • 4 artistic workshops (dance, theatre, writing and singing, graffiti) around the subject of international citizenship will enable young people to express their creativity and ideas and to create together one performance, led by a local professional artists company and some local artists. It will be a different and original way to deal with international citizenship and convey some messages to the public about this subject. • One visit to the "European House" in Paris, accompanied by the association"Europe Direct Picardie" (certified Direct Europe Information Center ), will develop the knowledge of European institutions and European citizenship. Through a conference debate, this visit will favor the awareness among young people of different realities and encourage intercultural dialogue through concrete examples. • A sport challenge will take place at the end of the week; Beyond its recreational dimension, sport conveys important values such as respect, fair play, team spirit. It creates emulation and a strong cohesion feeling among participants. Learning methods will favor the active participation of young people and multilingualism : icebreaker games, role play, debates, involvement of young people in the preparation, restitution and evaluation times. The participants will also have the opportunity to enjoy informal and daily life times to learn to know each other, discover other cultures, develop skills like solidarity and mutual understanding. the spectacle and restitution of workshops will enable young people to show the skills they could develop during the week. Expected results of the International Youth Meeting concern before all young participants of all cities. They should go back from this experience with knowledge and skills about European and international citizenship and solidarity, having understood worldwide interdependence mechanisms and the possible leverage effects they can individually or collectively apply to encourage changes towards a fairer and more united world. The aim is to make them want to be actors and involved citizens at local and international levels thanks to information they got during the week about partners and tools existing to act concretely. Finally, the purpose is this action adopts a long life perspective for all participating cities. Some tools and supports will emerge from the workshops and will be adapted by the cities (for instance sensitization campaigns against discriminations, for responsible consumption...) and local actors will be mobilized to favor this emergence of a European and international citizenship beyong the week of international youth meeting : within youth town council, youth department, associations, interventions in schools or in municipal participating structures...).

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