Project summary: the aim of the project is to promote civic and social competences among young people by strengthening school and local community centrality. The 24 months’ intervention is expected to promote an integrated model of education and civic participation blending formal civic education and proper civic engagement. The action will target 4 “school communities” in 4 European countries (Belgium, Greece, Italy, Portugal) working at individual, community and institutional level – through a coalition of actors involving students but also adults, CSOs and corporate sector, in order to set a dialogue with institutions and show how influence them in a democratic and informed way.
The project consists of four main phases sustained by cross-cutting activities:
School Labs activation and implementation: a participatory process focused on the school organization, in order to identify needs and challenges and then advance common solutions.
Community Labs development: it follows similar working principles of the School Labs, but at a larger scale, and using more advanced methods in order to engage the community.
Testing community solutions: the most voted solutions in each City will be tested and validated at the local level. Students will lead this activity and they will assess if the proposed solution really meets the needs and expectations of the community by organizing Local audits and interviews.
Dissemination and advocacy: this activity is aimed to advocate the project key messages of active participation of students in the social and political life of their community, at local, national and European level.
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