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EUROPEAN CITIZENSHIP: Impact of minorities
Date du début: 1 août 2015, Date de fin: 30 nov. 2015 PROJET  TERMINÉ 

The theme of the project was European Citizenship and the type of the project a multilateral youth exchange. The objective was to explore the impact and raising awareness of an expanding European Union relating to young people’s issues about Minorities and Mainstream Europeans. We will focus primarily on how citizenship affects young people on a daily basis and how it affects their participation in the long-term and explore local, national and European differences for all countries. Key objectives achieved were: • explore and debate the impact of being members of the European Union. • The young people can find similarities locally and national • The young people can recognise and celebrate European diversity and culture. • The young people can explore equality so as to promote the objectives and informal learning to others outside of the exchange programme. • The young people will act as young volunteers / peer educators. • The young people can develop their ability and demonstrate a new initiatives relating to being members of the European Union. • To challenge racism and xenophobia. • To take part in workshops, activities and visits to explore cultural traditions,histories, activities, lifestyles and languages of the cultures of the participants who are immigrants or from immigrant families and to discuss barriers and problems which occur when cultures mix. These objectives were achieved through the programme of workshops designed specifically to address Active European Citizenship. The open and frank discussion of European issues, rights and diversity will change attitudes and behaviour and help foster relationships, empathy and good practice. The countries involved were Finland, UK, Poland and Ireland. Venue: Helsinki, Finland and London, UK. Duration of the project: 10 days, including the travel days. There were 40 participants in the exchange including youth leaders. This exchange arose as a result of successfully conducted trilateral youth exchange by the tree partners in summer 2013 in Poland and contacts formed during attendance at International training early in 2013 by all partners in the exchange. During and after the trilateral exchange in Poland, communication has been maintained and resulted in this proposal. An advanced planning visit will be arranged in June 2015 when all parties will discuss and take the plans forward. It is intended that the format of the exchange will be finalised then. Open dialogue about the programme has been an ongoing process. The theme for the exchange was European Citizenship and Social Inclusion, and the changes that affect young people within each country. This was based on established European members and the change that having new member states brings, as well as what effects it has had on all countries involved in the exchange, specifically young people. During the exchange, participants were introduced to the concept of informal group workshops and to support the development of their communication and presentation skills. They were introduced gradually to games and exercises designed to stimulate discussion about national identity, European citizenship and integration and they will be given increased responsibility for peer leading within workshop sessions. Youth workers supported the group to draw out and analyse points that they raise naturally through their group discussions. During the discussion workshops in the Youth Exchange, participants discussed their knowledge and perception about their counterpart and also compared and contrasted their ideas about Europe as a multicultural continent. These sessions developed their understanding of National and European identity and challenged their ideas about society and culture. They learnt tolerance and respect for other cultures and identify ways of overcoming barriers to living together. During the workshop sessions they developed their creativity, communication and presentation skills, abstract thinking and their ability to present their ideas through live discussions. During the cultural visits and traditional activities they learnt about cultures within and outside Europe and improve their understanding of cultural diversity. Outdoor and indoor activities such as frisky-golf, swimming, football, basketball, skating, and fishing are traditional Finnish activities which will support the young people to work as a team and build confidence and trust within the group. Outcomes • The minority young people developed an awareness of different cultures and that they are European citizens. • The participants shared a common understanding of youth issues through collaborative working. • The participants learnt new skills including: employability skills, social media skills, different languages The project helped to raise the self-esteem of participants by illustrating that their contributions are valued not only at home but a



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