EWAC – TC report

Tuesday 18 December 2012

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Euromed at work for active citizenship – EWAC, a Training Course under Action 3.1 of the Youth in Action Programme, was held in Palermo (Italy) from 3rd till 11th November. Participants, youth trainers/workers, peer educators, volunteers, youth with fewer opportunities, from: Italy, Bulgaria, Czech Republic,  Greece, Lithuania, Norway, Estonia, Slovenia, Malta,  Turkey, Tunisia, Egypt, Palestine, Israel and Morocco shared their experiences and knowledge considering active citizenship in their local communities and examples of youth unemployment.

The TC was an open space for exchange of ideas, acquisition of new working methods to apply in different contexts to work with young people. It has stimulated active participation in youth and it generated many new project ideas to be developed at Euro-Med level.

Through the  use of  non formal education methodologies (team building, group discussions, art methods, etc.)  and new technological tools the true meaning of active citizenship was conveyed  raising awareness of the possible benefits of promoting it to local communities and society in general.

After the theoretical part of the TC, the participants worked in four groups:

  • movement,
  • painting & collage,
  • forum theater,
  • video making & social media.

They  took active role in all activities and were eager to share experiences and good practices  as a means towards developing common strategies for civic participation.  The training course was closed with a final exhibition & performance which demonstrated the link between active citizenship and youth unemployment perceived and revealed through the mastery of art and movement.

The exhibition was opened by the art group which conveyed their conception of active citizenship through panting and collage. The second  group presented active citizenship through the prism of movement with artistic choreography.  Another  group was dedicated on the use of video and social media as a means towards expressing their message and presenting active citizenship through the camera lens and web 2.0.

The forum theater group closed the exhibition with a magnificent story which was a true example of today’s reality and the scourges of our society- violence, power, authority, and the need of active citizenship for social change. Their message was successfully conveyed by the public, which had the opportunity to interrupt the action and to intervene substituting one of the actors in order to offer the solution to the social problem.

EWAC PUBLIC REPORT

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

CESIE ETS