Your voice, your choice!
Our organization in partnership with Patronus (Slovakia), SIR (Poland) and Brno for you (Czech Republic) has just finished a Youth Exchange project titled “We know the importance of voting in EU!” financed by the Erasmus+ Program. The youth exchange has been organized in Oradea, between 6-12 May 2019, and 28 young people have taken part in it.
The objectives of the project were the following:
– Increasing the knowledge of 28 young people from 4 countries, about the European Union.
– Increasing the knowledge of 28 young people from 4 countries on the importance of voting.
– Increasing the knowledge of 28 young people from 4 countries, about the EP and its functions.
– Developing critical thinking skills of 28 young people from 4 countries as an important element of democracy
– Increasing the knowledge of 28 young people from 4 countries on the Erasmus + program and the opportunities it offers.
In order to achieve our goals, we have used non-formal methods such as interactive presentations, creative workshops, situation games, simulation games, creating promotional/informational materials about voting, meeting with citizens, evaluation sessions, intercultural evenings.
In the course of one week, participants have had the opportunity to get to know each other, to learn more about the European Union and the European Parliament, to get in the shoes of EP members, working together to choose some new directives, to learn about the situation of voting among young people in each of the countries, to reflect on the needs of young people in their communities, and brainstorm ways in which these issues could be tackled. They have been part in all kinds of creative workshops, in which they have created various promotional materials – online and offline – in order to encourage other youngsters to vote in the EP elections, which then they have tested on the local citizens, during a visit in the city center.
All of our youth exchange projects are unique and inspiring for various different reasons — in this case, our team was highly impressed by the creativity, enthusiasm and the number of fresh ideas, that these youngsters have come up with during the week! They gave us enormous hope, that the new generation is on a good path to change all the little (and not so little!) things that they find are not working well for the common well-being of Europe and its citizens.
Great job, and thank you for being part of this memorable experience!