The active citizenship should be the motto for the European building, involving the young people on this framing, taking them to develop the initiative hability, the entrepreneurship in the way they cooperate, exchange experiences having in account the political, cultural and social diversity, the peer education it will one the ways to achieve this end. In the last years, it has become a growing concern for young people aged 15-24 who neither work nor study or who are at risk of scholar abandonment.
This issue has been approached and discussed by the several countries of European Union (EU), since all countries bear these young people, ones in a more expressive than others, so that Europe’s Strategy established that by 2020, a reduction to 10% the school drop-outs rates.
From the partnership countries, Portugal and Spain are those with a greater number of young people who are in this situation.
The EU Citizen intends to arouse awareness, to change behaviors and develop competences in order to make relevant the education and training in the life of the individual, so the higher skill level of people more competitive this society will be.
In this way, the project aim is to encourage young people aged 15-24 who neither work nor study to go back to their formative, educative and/or professionals’ pathways with resource to non-formal education approach and trough a social innovation methodology.
The project activities are presented in three distinct phases. A first phase consists of the development of a training seminar for facilitators and tutors. This training is the responsibility of the partner entity Horama Thesprotias, and will be developed in a b-learning workshop format, in a total of 30 hours. At this stage, the preparatory work related to the intellectual outputs will begin, which will be developed throughout the project.
The second phase focuses on the development of thematic workshops aimed at young people. These workshops present two distinct moments. In the first one they are developed for groups of 15 participants from each partner country, and in a second moment, these 15 young people will dynamize themselves the following workshops for other young people, in a peer education and jobshadowing approach, being accompanied by the facilitators and promote their technical, communication, participation, self-esteem and confidence skills. The themes of the workshops are based on communication, on the goals of sustainable development; in video and animation films; in the media and on the radio; and in information and communication technologies and in communication itself. This second moment of workshops integrates an action of blended mobility of learners, whose organization is the responsibility of the Foundation Citizenship.
The last phase consists of the conclusion of the expected intellectual outputs, in the different supports, that are being developed and elaborated throughout the project based on the experience lived by the young people. This phase will be organized three national dissemination events, but with a link between them, through videoconference, where the results will be presented with the development of the project, and where the young present their ideas, projects, testimonies of their experiences and learning in an entrepreneurship perspective. In these events will be presented a Short Animation Show, produced by the young people themselves.
The methodologies used in the EU Citizen project and for the target group are based in non-formal education and social innovation approaches, so that the younger participants develop competences, through the learning by experience, peer education (young people being facilitator of others youngsters), discussions about issues, group dynamics, team work.
The project outcomes aim to raise the motivation young participants, to produce a greater social inclusion, a higher European active citizenship, to envolve the proactivity, the iniatitive spirit, the entrepreneurship. The target group impact will be to recover by its side the formative and educative pathways, to increase the numbers of young people in training and education establishments, to enlarge the qualification and employability of young people, and to make it more competitive, inclusive and comprehensive to European society.
The long-term benefits is an increased awareness of all the involved in the training and education process in order to avoid the social exclusion situations. By the young people, the perception of the importance that education and training have in their personal and professional future, and the positive consequences of having a more active role and participant, in a world that demands to more sustainable and responsible.