Brief summary

  • Objective: empowering young Europeans to foster their civic engagement
  • Target group: young European citizens aged 16-19
  • How: organising high school workshops on civic engagement
  • Where: Greece, Serbia, Romania.

Concerned by young Europeans’ disengagement from politics, Civic Act will be organising workshops on civic activism in high schools in Greece and Portugal. Using a learning-by-doing methodology, Civic Act aims to educate and empower young people to solve local problems through active participation, promoting the importance of youth engagement in political and social life. The members of this multinational team are experienced in civic engagement, data protection and campaigning, and will act as facilitators.

Background

Although a majority of young people ask for having more of a say in the way their political systems are governed,[1] European youths are more and more disengaged from formal politics. According to the Eurobarometer, voter turnout among young people has been decreasing all over Europe since 2011. They don’t believe they can influence the decision-making process and don’t feel represented by the establishment.[2] In this context, the Civic Act project aims to have a long-term positive impact on voter turnout and civic participation by empowering young students to solve local problems. Addressing students in their last years of high school, Civic Act emphasises the importance of the first vote, which is a key factor and predictor of future political participation.

The activities

The team held three workshops with high-school students in different European countries, in Rhodes (Greece), Novi Sad (Serbia) and Roman (Romania). The workshops promoted democratic values by developing students’ abilities to make informed choices and by increasing their confidence in the society.  With the help of interactive exercises, students had the opportunity to flag problems in the school or local community, deliberate on possible solutions and choose the most appropriate one. The team members supported the students throughout the process, present the tools and some successful case studies. The team has totally empowered almost 60 students and some of them engaged in carrying out the project they defined.

Team

Advisors

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From left to right: Chrysi, Benjamin, Giovanni, Lourenço


Concrete activities

Workshop in Rhodes
Workshop in Novi Sad
Workshop in Roman

Calendar of activities

Questionnaires for students – May
Workshop in Rhodes – 9-10 May
Workshop in Novi Sad – 14 June
Workshop in Roman


For information on the project please contact Giovanni Moro:

e-mail: giovanni.moro@sciencespo.fr

[1] Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA), Political Participation and EU Citizenship: Perceptions and Behaviours of Young People, 2013, http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/youth/tools/documents/perception-behaviours.pdf.

[2] Marocchi T., The need to re-engage Europe’s youth, 18 July 2016, http://www.epc.eu/documents/uploads/pub_6852_needtoreengage.pdf?doc_id=1764.