Project “Be the Change – Empowered Citizens, Empowered Communities”
The project “Be the Change – Empowered Citizens, Empowered Communities” aimed to increase the building capacity of 10 partner organizations, and to involve 30 youth employees in citizenship education, in order to contribute to a working civil society across the national borders in Europe.
The general topic of the project was focused on Citizenship in general, European citizenship in particular and other concepts which associated it. Four dimension of citizenship were in focus of the working agenda, concepts such as intercultural dialogue, migration, rights and responsibilities, cultural identity and how each of the above concepts was translated in concrete activities with young people.
- To explore the meaning, relevance and implications of the European citizenship in youth work in all its dimensions and in three main components (status, rights and responsibilities);
- To provide information to participants with the current talks on European Citizenship (its concepts, formal meanings and expressions)
- To bring concrete examples and the connection between European Citizenship, Human Rights, Democracy and Inter-cultural Learning.
- To improve participants skills in citizenship education for young people with fewer opportunities and guide them to be agent of positive change in communities they live and to promote and use different programmes and structures in support of youth work on citizenship education, including Erasmus + Youth in Action programme.
- A youth meeting with 30 youth employees from 10 European countries was held;
- Increased knowledge and capacity of youth employees on issues related to civil rights, European citizenship, migration, cultural identity, tolerance;
- Increased awareness of participants about national and European concepts and strategies, related to the topic;
- Specific examples of links between human rights – migration – national identity / culture were presented.