Together 4 Change
Start date: Jan 7, 2015,
End date: Jan 7, 2017
South Baltic Four Corners is an international cooperation including Southeast Skåne in Sweden, the Polish town Swinoujscie, the Danish island Bornholm and the German island Rügen. Since 1995 this cooperation is working together with the aim to improve the life quality of the people in each of the Four Corners. Since the Four Corners face the same challenges, we have during a long period used each other’s experiences to solve problems together and to see different strategies of problem-solving in the sense of the European Union. The basis of the cooperation is the common natural, cultural and historical heritage of the regions.
The overall objectives of the project are to 1) develop an understanding among the project partners of the underlying forces between intolerance in our globalised society, 2) increase awareness of political movements happening across the EU, how it influences elections and voter participation, 3) investigate how more young unemployed can develop their skills and entrepreneurs, 4) develop solutions to prevent unemployed youth to fall into poverty and social exclusion, 4) increase participation of young adults in democratic bodies.
In addition, the project focuses on the following sub-objective: develop a strategic outcome of project results and long-lasting relationship between young adults in the participating schools and politicians in the participating regions.
Each region has one coordinator and collaborates with secondary/high schools within the regions. The coordinators and teachers from all four regions guide, lead as well as prepare the young adults with the issues and activities they decide to focus on. The project partners have all been involved with Four Corners for many years or have worked with similar youth cooperations and EU funding and therefore have many years experience working with youth related activities and other international activities.
Furthermore, political decision makers from all four regions cooperate within the project activities. The politicians are members of the regional city councils or parliaments, as well as members of the political bodies of the existing international cooperation of the Four Corners.
We plan to organise four workshops, one in each of the four regions that are participating in the project. Each meeting will have a separate theme and focus on a separate dilemma that young adults and politicians alike face in the current debate. External experts will be invited to join each meeting and provide facts and external insight on the dilemmas. Ahead of each meeting, we will gather views and opinions from the participating schools, as well as from politicians, related to the dilemma that will be discussed at the meeting. We will gather the views through on-line opinion polls with students and politicians (two target groups) and the results of the polls will be displayed and discussed. Each region is responsible for its own poll ahead of each meeting. At the end of each meeting results and conclusions are gathered in a written report, which is translated to the national language of each region (Swedish, German, Danish and Polish) as well as be provided in English.
The following themes and dilemmas will be discussed:
1) Globalisation and tolerance - The European vote
This meeting will focus on the dilemma of decreased tolerance versus a globalised society. We will dive into the issue of third country migration (into the EU) resulting in an increase in nationalistic tendencies and its effect on national and EU elections (development of new political parties and decreased voter participation.
2) Young adults and the job market - Youth unemployment and entrepreneurship
This meeting will focus on the dilemma of how is the next generation of European entrepreneurs developed when the concept of starting your own business is not recognised as an opportunity among young adults.
3) Young adults and inclusion - Social inclusion and poverty
This meeting will focus on the dilemma of young adults being the future of the EU, while many, because of unemployment, end in poverty-like circumstances and fall outside society.
4) Young adults and politics - Participation and democracy
This meeting will focus on the dilemma of attracting young adults into politics and increase the participation in democratic process, while statistics show a loss of confidence in society and increased separation from the political debate among young adults.
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