The European Union is largely viewed as a success story and as a cornerstone of European stability and prosperity. However, in a past few years, it faces a multitude of internal and external challenges, such as migration and refugee crisis, United Kingdom referendum on EU membership, heightened terrorism threat, etc. (The European Union: Current Challenges and Future Prospects; Congressional Research Service, 2016). All these challenges are affecting each of EU citizen, questioning social inclusion process, raising populism and doubts about EU as a structure for Europeans to be part of.
Today’s Europe is being challenged by a growing mistrust between communities and institutions, and an inability to act together effectively. The ideology of European integration has succeeded in raising a generation of “European youth”, yet Europe’s real diversity is not understood by its citizens.
This project focused to bring partners from different parts of Europe (EU and non-EU) who are taking role as ambassadors of Europe and informing and interviewing young people about their vision of the Europe of tomorrow through videos, who are raising awareness on positive impact of EU, opportunities for young and elder people.
The methodology that was used is based in non-formal and informal training methods utilizing what Mezirow called Transformational Learning. Participants were a part of a highly interactive, experiential and holistic training thus engaging their minds, bodies and emotions.
Through this project youngsters worked with Erasmus+ Programme and get to know better the opportunities that it gives. Additionally they developed team work skills, worked with people who experienced cultural shock or people with different backgrounds and nationalities, developed and strengthened relations between newcomer and senior professional and improved policies addressing youth problems such
as: social inclusion.
- Inform young Europeans about the evolution of the European community and facilitate
critical reflections on Europe’s present state;
- Bring a new understanding to the diversity of Europe and beyond – societal acceptance
towards other cultures outside Europe (the migration wave being a challenge for our
- Grasp the wishes and aspirations of young Europeans by conducting interviews in both
written and video formats and turning them into recommendations for decision-makers.
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