European Citizenship Education
Following a proposal from the European Commission, 2013 was declared the European Year of Citizens to mark the 20th anniversary of the creation of European citizenship (Maastricht Treaty). The European Citizenship Education project enables young people as well as youth organizations and their partners to exchange information, feedback, and reflection aiming to improve the quality of non-formal education activities (trainings, meetings) on European Citizenship.
Apart from those direct beneficiaries the project seeks to involve social workers, other NGO activists, researchers, policy makers and citizens from a large variety of programme countries. European Citizenship is at the heart of the Youth in Action Programme –the promotion of young people’s European citizenship constitutes one of the five objectives of the programme, underpinned by four permanent priorities, one of which is European Citizenship. This project aims to strengthen and expand the partnership among youth organizations who have been acting as stakeholders in the promotion of European Citizenship aiming to share, inspire and provide insights on how to work with & on European Citizenship within the Youth in Action Programme.
The European Citizenship Education Project aims to improve the youth work done on the topic of Europe, especially linking the young Citizens and the EU. It explores the EU’s democratic life and building competences of active citizens to follow the decisions made in the European Institutions (in particular the European Commission and Parliament). An important pillar of the project focuses on how young people can shape those decisions by voting. By sharing examples and experiencing processes the project is empowering young people to play a full part in the democratic life of EU and it is building capacity of JEF’s member organizations and their partners to provide quality support in this area. Within the project there will also be space for reflection and debate on the relevance and implications of EU policies on youth’s daily lives. The fact that young people from different countries belonging to different political and social groups, will be at the same place, will offer space for exchanging views and understanding their impact on local situations as well as on local issues with an European dimension.
The project is fostering the development of a sense of ownership of the European Union among the young people. It is developing new methodologies (tools) which can be used in promoting active interaction and discussion between young people and their organizations on matters related to EU policies that affect their daily life. The tools will be developed to be used in diversity contexts which will enrich the discussions and will stimulate intercultural dialogue. The participants who are actively involved in the project will then use the tools and methods back home to engage more their local communities. These mechanisms will allow the participants to develop civic competences, to formulate their views and address them to the European level.
The European Citizenship Education project aims at building capacity youth organizations and youth leaders to work on the dimension of Europe with young people, through which they can encourage debate and confrontation of young people on the topics of Europe, citizenship, mobility, participation and enlargement.
The project focuses on:
raising awareness about the learner centred approach in developing NFE activities for young people on the topic of European Citizenship and motivate youth leaders and organizations to use it in their work
- developing, practicing and evaluation of tools which aim at enhancing young people’s feeling of ownership and belonging to Europe, and discuss what role young people can play in Europe (including active participation in European organizations such as JEF, the European Youth Forum, as well as active role in the upcoming European Parliament elections)
- motivate youth leaders to learn about different tools and methods, and adapt them to the needs of their target group in their local community which will build the overall capacity of JEF and all its international, national and local partners
- empowering participating organization to use the gained experience in adapting their way of work and ensuring long-term effects of the projects
Trans-national Youth Exchanges
- “Federalism in Europe and the World" in Ventotene (Italy), 31 August - 5 September 2014: In close cooperation with JEF Europe and JEF-Italy, the "Altiero Spinelli" Institute for Federalist Studies has been organizing an international seminar on the island of Ventotene since 31 years. This island off the Italian coast was the place where Altiero Spinelli, author of the Federalist Ventotene Manifesto, was imprisoned during the Second World War. Each year, young federalists gather here to discuss with leading experts from the European and World Federalist Movement federalist ideas on European and global issues. This years multilateral exchange is a unique and intensive experience on European and Federalist studies. Main topics include Human Rights and Peace; European Union and Regional Imbalances ; European Union and global economy ; Federalism and federalist organisations. More information.
- “A sustainable and active JEF" in Bologna (Italy), 28 October - 2 November 2014: Co-organized by JEF Europe and JEF-Italy, this multilateral exchange will be aimed at further empowering JEF sections by providing them with the tools to reinforce their sustainability and attractiveness to new members. In order to reach this broader aim, the specific objectives of the training seminar will be the following: provide attendees with targeted training on finances and how to apply to European funds; enhance the solidarity and the community spirit within the association by promoting networking and sharing of best practices; develop in a short period of time an action plan for sections to grow and be more sustainable. Find all details in the call for participants.
Ten youth initiatives were organised throughout the MovEurope bus tour three weeks prior to the European Elections. Members of JEF (including Executive Board and staff) and representatives of partner organisations took part in this bus tour which touched down in Brussels, Maastricht, Münster, Graz, Bratislava, Budapest, Zagreb, Milan, Barcelona and Strasbourg. Local activities were organised by local teams composed of member of local, regional and national JEF sections, supported by the participants of the bus tour.
- Brussels, 29 April 2014
- Maastricht, 30 April 2014
- Münster, 1 May 2014
- Graz, 3 May 2014
- Bratislava, 6 May 2014
- Budapest, 8 May 2014
- Zagreb, 10 May 2014
- Milan, 12 May 2014
- Barcelona, 15 May 2014
- Strasbourg, 18 May 2014
Throughout the activities a variety of topics linked to European Citizenship were discussed, among which social rights, migration, climate justice, rise of populism and extremism, education, civil rights, economic crisis, media freedom and youth unemployment.
Training and Networking
- Study Visit in Brussels (Belgium), February 2014
- Partnership Building Activity in Cambridge (UK), March 2014
- Training Course ‘Communication' in Rome (Italy), April 2014
- Training Course ‘European Citizenship Education’ in Færvik (Norway), July 2014
- Study Visit in Brussels (Belgium), October 2014
- Training for Trainers in Berlin (Germany), date tbc
Publication “The Europe Young People Want"
One of the main outcomes of the project will be a publication entitled “The Europe Young People Want” which will collect citizens´ opinions and proposals on the topics discussed throughout the project (youth unemployment; economic crisis; rise of populism and extremism; civil rights; climate justice; media freedom; social rights; education).