Project “Be the Change”
The aims of the project “Be the Change” was to provide information to participants with the current talks on European Citizenship (its concepts, formal meanings and expressions). 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 +.
The general theme 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 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.
In the training we aimed to explore the three interrelated aspects of citizenship: status, rights and responsibilities, combined with four dimensions of citizenship: political, social, economic and cultural. We all share the same values as Europeans and all should be responsible as citizens for constructing a democratic society and for the present and the future development of Europe where everyone’s dignity and rights should be respected.
The training course provided a platform for youth workers from EU and non-EU countries to learn how young people can take an active role on local, regional, and international level and to have their voice heard regarding current European challenges. In the training we aimed to explore the three interrelated aspects of citizenship: status, rights and responsibilities, combined with four dimensions of citizenship: political, social, economic and cultural. Increasingly, young people demonstrated “activity” through volunteering, engagement with public services and democratic participation.
Non-formal education that we have used during the TC raised better understanding about being active citizen, diversity, tolerance, human rights and increased the capacity of young people to work as multiplier in their country; to consolidate the experience that already exist and develop new ideas and practices.
TC used different exercise combinations of individual and team work, learner-centered ways, theoretical inputs and exercises. At the same time, we have left space for them to act, to practice what they have learned.