Brainstorming and preparations for creating Youth Citizenship Activators Toolbox

After the European Parliament session we started to talk about the creation of Citizenship Activators Toolbox of non-formal learning activities for citizenship education and youth participation as one of the main results from the project. The trainer explained to us what is  ‘Toolbox’, how will be the process of creating it and after we understood this concept we were separated into 9 teams. Each group … Continue reading Brainstorming and preparations for creating Youth Citizenship Activators Toolbox

European Parliament simulation: Assembly debate, negotiations and reaching consensus

Today we continued with the European Parliament Simulation. We experienced a day as a MP, engaging in the EU decision-making process, making through debates, negotiations with each other, taking sides and drafting and adopting resolutions. We discussed about the refugee crisis and we were focused  in two main direction: financial aid and refugee quota. We had the chance to interact and exchange information about actual … Continue reading European Parliament simulation: Assembly debate, negotiations and reaching consensus

Work in committees and drafting resolutions during European Parliament simulation

The second session of the 5th day had also to do with the European Parliament simulation. After working on our own in the first session, we were separated in four groups and had two different topics to elaborate on. One of the topics was ‘A new financial package’ and the other was ‘Quotas system for accepting refugees in EU countries’. After discussing in groups we … Continue reading Work in committees and drafting resolutions during European Parliament simulation

European Parliament simulation: introduction and research

The first session of 28th November was about the most important EU institutions: European Council, European Commission, Council of Ministers and European Parliament. So we watched a short video about the function of different EU institutions and how they are connected with each other. The focus of this session was the European Parliament since we had to understand how it works in order to make … Continue reading European Parliament simulation: introduction and research

The change does start with us – thinking about solutions

We often think about problems with disregard for their solutions. Has once said, we should take 90% of our time to think about a problem and only 10% to think about the solution. This time we had the chance to put in practice our citizenship abilities and tools to reveal how can we overcome the many challenges within organizations and governmental institutions that constrain us … Continue reading The change does start with us – thinking about solutions

The challenges of citizenship education in youth work

The challenges in ours organizations are many and most of them are common in each one. Some of them are lack of transparency, lack of active participation and knowledge to lead with them. During this session, each of us were able to recognize these challenges and constrains within our organizations. We discussed about them, shared our experiences in order to get to know them and … Continue reading The challenges of citizenship education in youth work

Second intercultural evening

It started at about 21:20 at the hotel’s lobby everyone was after a nice, but short nap and with willing to have fun. The preparations of the five countries were almost finished and the tasty plates were waiting. First Italy nailed us with the traditional pasta that deserves to be in the world’s most famous plates cover with Bolognese and Pesto sauce, breadstick with mortadella, nutella and … Continue reading Second intercultural evening

Talking about our personal and European identity and values

So which is our identity and which are the values that lead us in every step of our lives? To be honest I never had the chance to sit down and write them in a piece of paper, give them existence. Yesterday’s session gave me the chance to do that. Every individual wrote on a piece of paper five things that define their personality and … Continue reading Talking about our personal and European identity and values

Exploring the dimensions of citizenship

The 3rd session of 2nd day was tackling the matter of citizenship focusing on its dimensions. After a brief introduction covering the explanation of three essential dimensions – legal, political and identity, we rolled our sleeves for work. We got divided into few groups, and as a team we had to face a challenge of explaining and expending on a particular category of citizenship dimension. It … Continue reading Exploring the dimensions of citizenship

Learning about historical development of citizens’ rights through theatre

The second session of today was called “History of citizenship and citizens’ rights”. Participants were divided into 4 groups and were given particular events, starting from ancient times, finishing at presence, and they had to present them. It was done by a theater play, where every group was to find a way to present their events without saying a word during the whole play. Other participants … Continue reading Learning about historical development of citizens’ rights through theatre