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Together Towards Better Europe
Start date: Feb 1, 2015, End date: Aug 31, 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The new generation learns to see themselves as citizens of the free country but even for them it is still not easy to believe that they can be not only a part of and defended by the country they live in, but also of the broader community of the European Union. Project will reach remote areas where people do not have enough possibilities to participate in life of the European Union. Countries with the longer experience of being a part of Europe will be able to share it. During the whole project participants will share information, will have a possibility to contact specialists of partner NGO`s for consultations and information. Project idea is to organize inter-cultural outdoor project about importance of intercultural communication and understanding other culture. Also this Project is about importance of different cultures unity. The project will organized in Cyprus from the 8-16 of May 2015 and will involve 60 participants from 6 EU member countries. The project seeks to foster and improving the sense of European citizenship in already member countries of the EU, in new EU member countries, in candidate countries, and in a potential candidate country . Our project aims to develop young people’s sense of European citizenship and help them to understand their role as part of the present and future of Europe. Thus we will try to culture to the participants the sense of a common European society where all the Europeans will live together and share the same values. The objectives of the project are: 1. To explore the concept of active European citizenship and its relevance in contemporary youth work practice 2. To improve participants’ competences in using creative methods 3. To share experience and good practice in using interactive methods for active citizenship 4. To increase the capacities of partner organisations in fostering young people’s active citizenship 5. To raise the profile of international youth work and the Erasmus+ Programme 6.To allow young people to consider the impact of Europe in their daily lives. 7. To reflect on their own position within Europe: ‘Where do I stand? What is my role, my future in Europe?’ 8.To ask ourselves: ‘Where am I? Where do I live? What does Europe do for me? What can I do for Europe?’ 9. To imagine ‘how I can take part in the construction of the future of Europe that corresponds to my expectations?’ All these aspects will be looked at through workshops and activities with informal educational methods organised in international groups, teams or pairs so that everyone gets the opportunity to experience intercultural relationships in a real, intense and permanent way. The working methods will emphasise cooperation and solidarity rather than competition. The activities of the program will be directed towards increasing awareness about the EU, the rights and opportunities for citizens as defined by different EU policies, citizens’ participation in political processes as well as increasing the capacity of the civil society sector as one of the leading agents in the above democratic processes. During the project we will implement a variety of activities including: workshops, lectures, group working, discussions, outdoor activities e.t.c .Furthermore we will try to build bridges between the European Youth and we will promote European awareness and citizenship This youth exchange will bring together groups of young people from different backgrounds and from several countries, providing them with an opportunity to meet, and tackle issues under various themes. This leads to a better understanding of the diversity of culture, and to an appreciation of the value of that diversity. Also the projects aims to combat prejudices and stereotypes, to promote active citizenship and to raise positive awareness of other cultures among the young participants and in local host communities. Only by bringing young people from different European countries together and trying to facilitate the dialogue among them, we can bring value and weight to the term of European identity. Otherwise, different ethnic and cultural conflicts within Europe will make this term lose its sense.

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