LTTC Participation and Citizenship
Action clé :
Action clé 1
AMITIES LUXEMBOURG – ARMENIE ASBL – LUXEMBOURG
WORLD INDEPENDENT YOUTH UNION NGO – ARMENIA
ASOCIATIA GEYC – ROMANIA
YOUTH GARAGE E.V. – GERMANY
ASOCIACIJA AKTYVISTAI – LITHUANIA
YOUTH FOR MOBILITY – NETHERLANDS
YOUTH ASSOCIATION DRONI – GEORGIA
HELLENIC YOUTH PARTICIPATION – GREECE
INTERNATIONAL CENTER FORSOUTHERN EUROPE – ITALY
BLUE CHERRY ACADEMY FOR YOUTH AND ADULTS – CYPRUS
The LTTC ”Participation and citizenship” aimed to support young people from minorities in diversity promotion activities, to strengthen their presence in European programmes and to train them to promote their cultural values, as well as the European citizenship values in their groups. Taking a broad understanding of citizenship implies acknowledging the personal development of the individual and the internal development of a society. Individuals and society engage differently with the four dimensions of citizenship (social, economic, cultural, political) depending on the way of thinking that is most influential for them at a certain time. Working on the topic of citizenship with young people also implies paying attention to the personal development of the individuals and the underlying group development in society. An understanding of these states and dynamics enables youth workers to work with the four dimensions and to meet the needs of young people in their specific context.
It is important to raise the quality of education for citizenship and improve active participation of young people in European youth work and to bring the concept of European citizenship closer to the spaces that youth work offers for young people to learn to be part of society and to update them with relevant information and know-how.
The first training course was implemented in Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg, from 6th to 15th December 2021. It aimed at working out a framework of concepts for education for democratic citizenship together with the appropriate terminology and to identify the basic skills required for democratic practices in European youth work. The “homework” part of the project was implemented in the countries of the partners involved in the project. The second training course was implemented in Yerevan, Armenia, from 4th to 13th April 2022. The aim of this meeting was to identify different methods and ways of learning, teaching and training, to build up a network of multipliers, adult educators and teachers.
The qualitative assessment with an evaluation form showed that the main objectives of the project can be considered as achieved. Particularly, planned and implemented local follow-up projects were an indicator of involvement and choice of learning methodologies. Participants felt more confident at the end of the project to organise initiatives supporting the active participation of young people in decision-making processes on the local, national and regional levels.
In a short-term perspective (based on the evaluation process), participants developed competences in the promotion of education for citizenship and non-formal education, which is strongly linked to the project objectives. This training became a “push” for the long-term development process and the long-term inter-sectorial cooperation in 10 countries involved in the project. The multiple dimensions of the project outcomes contributed to advancing democracy, human rights, citizenship, European values, participation, equal opportunities and voice, to the promotion of peace-building, tolerance and intercultural learning, to combating radicalisation, preventing extremism, to strengthening positive identities and belonging, agency and autonomy, to cementing social inclusion and cohesion, upholding civil society, and engaging in collaborative practice, partnership and cross-sectoral cooperation.
As a continuation, new projects based on human rights promotion and inclusion were planned. One of the KA1 projects was developed by ALA in cooperation with some partners from this project and was applied for under the Erasmus + programme. It was approved by the Luxembourgish National Agency Anefore. Another KA1 project about inclusive youth work will be submitted to the National Agency in Cyprus.