My European Passport
18-26 November 2021 | Samobor, Croatia
The biggest advantage of our work is the opportunity to meet exceptional individuals from different parts of Europe. We have the opportunity to live and learn with individuals we would never meet in our daily lives; we learn about different cultures and traditions and exchange knowledge and experiences. Most importantly, we continuously see the similarities and differences and build a sense of a common European identity.
About the Project
The project directly influences the lack of awareness of young people about the EU, the lack of their inclusion in EU programs and projects as well as the lack of their active participation in the EU decision-making process.
The main aim of the project is to empower young people to become active and responsible European citizens, by achieving specific goals such as raising participants’ basic knowledge of the EU, raising their awareness of the EU’s opportunities, developing basic competences for active citizenship and developing a sense of a common European identity.
Through various games, simulations, group and individual activities and debates, we grew together, learned from each other and became more and more competent for active citizenship.
Through interactive activities based on non-formal education methods, we learned about the basic features of the European Union (its founding, institutions, the Charter of Human Rights and geographical determinants), researched our civil rights and obligations, increased knowledge about structured dialogue between young people and decision makers.
Together we formed a group of real young Europeans and after this experience, we are more motivated and competent to use our rights effectively and respect our duties within European citizenship.
At a personal level, each participant had expectations regarding the process of learning about various topics, such as The EU and its characteristics, my citizenship, my voice within the EU, Structured Dialogue, EU opportunities for youth and many others. With this in mind, the information was delivered through different non-formal education methods and tools. Beyond that we learned the importance of being part of a United Europe, that we have rights and obligations, that European Union values are for all of us.
Even though we are all from different countries, we are very similar and we have an obligation to the community and to the future generations to leave a better world. Thus, we can achieve this by being participatory and vocal in the decision-making process. After this great experience, all the participants returned home enriched not only with knowledge about the topic (being a citizen of European Union), but also with new ideas about non-formal education methods and tools and the friendships and partnerships that we created during ‘My European Passport Project’.
Participating in the “My European passport” project represented for me a period of personal and professional development. For ten days, I had the opportunity to practice my English, develop my public speaking skills and gain knowledge about Europe, multiculturalism, and more. I met wonderful people, so during the project we were like a family and I am sure that all these friendships will remain. I thank them all because I had something to learn from each of them and their beautiful memories will always remain with me.
The project „My European Passport” was financed with the support of the European Commission through Erasmus+ Programme. This blog reflects only the author’s views, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
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