Activ8 & Particip8


Project description

The “Activ8 & Particip8” project aims to address the rise of political apathy and cynicism, declining political and union membership, and challenges faced by young people in Europe. The project emphasizes the importance of understanding European Union institutions and mechanisms for civic literacy. It seeks to educate and inform young people and stakeholders about the Union and the work of the European Parliament, with a focus on civic engagement, participation, media literacy, and combating fake news.


The project targets young people aged 16 to 25 as its main audience, as well as professionals in education, NGOs, youth workers, activists, and policymakers. It will involve capacity building and mutual learning in three countries, public forums in three countries, short film production for Europe Day, a simulation of the European Parliament, and an international final conference.


The project also aims to benefit all citizens of the European Union through its campaign and video. It aims to support youth awareness and engagement in democratic participation by empowering NGOs and teaching staff in formal and informal education. The project will produce digital manuals and brochures to sustain its results and ensure accurate implementation of activities after the end of EU funding.


The activities of the project are intended to generate greater interest in the work of the European Parliament and encourage young people to participate in the EP elections in 2024. The project will use innovative democratic approaches, including a simulation of the European Parliament, to educate and engage youth. The simulation will be designed to appeal to the target group’s preferences and features. The project also aims to equip teaching staff with the knowledge to apply similar approaches to other students.


Overall, the “Activ8 & Particip8” project seeks to empower young people, educate stakeholders, and promote democratic participation among the youth, ultimately strengthening and nurturing democracy in the European Union.


About the project

The “Activ8 & Particip8” project goes beyond the EU to engage neighboring countries, such as Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro. Its goal is to provide training, tools, and guidance to stakeholders, professionals, NGOs, and youth workers in these countries, fostering active citizenship and education.


By sharing project results and conducting workshops, the project aims to inspire similar initiatives and promote political culture among young people, aligning them with European values. The project tackles disinformation and enhances media literacy through innovative digital tools, aiming to accelerate democratization in these societies.


With a partnership between Greece, Italy, and Croatia, the project leverages the expertise and best practices of these EU countries. It employs e-democracy tools to facilitate inclusivity and a bottom-up approach.


All consortium beneficiaries possess significant experience in EU-funded projects and working with youth. Their involvement enhances the skills and knowledge of professionals, ensuring a positive impact on society. The project’s highlight is a simulation of the European Parliament, involving representatives from all 27 EU member states. This simulation promotes the exchange of diverse perspectives and offers networking opportunities for future collaborations.


The project will make efforts to translate programs and materials into beneficiary languages, enabling training in three languages in addition to English. Partnership with ESN Dubrovnik and Europe Direct Dubrovnik-Neretva County provides a platform for disseminating project activities in line with current EU initiatives for active citizenship.


Gender equality and mainstreaming are integral to the project’s focus. Equal representation of end-users and teaching staff, along with gender balance among lecturers and the project team, will be ensured. The project aims to address the aspirations and needs of all genders, contributing to women’s rights and gender equality goals.


In summary, the “Activ8 & Particip8” project aims to educate and empower teaching staff and professionals in political participation, civic activism, and media literacy. By offering training programs and tools, it strives to increase youth engagement, raise awareness of civic values, and combat disinformation.


The “Activ8 & Particip8” project employs innovative learning methods and e-democracy solutions to promote civic participation and raise awareness of the value of youth voices. The project methodology includes several steps:

Project management: A structured approach is implemented throughout the entire project to ensure effective coordination and monitoring.

Capacity building and mutual learning: This step establishes a foundation for subsequent activities. It uses a top-down approach to achieve a bottom-up approach in events like public forums and the simulation of the European Parliament.

Development of programs: Programs are developed for first contact professionals and teaching/non-teaching staff. These programs empower practitioners to engage youth in political and civic participation and address challenges like media disinformation and media literacy.

Organization of public forums: Public forums attract attention from the public and stakeholders associated with the project’s beneficiaries. Active participation of youth and professionals is crucial for the success of subsequent work packages.

Europe Day – short film production: A short film campaign is created to raise awareness of civic participation, the importance of EU elections, and project activities, particularly e-democracy and youth empowerment.

Simulation of the European Parliament: An innovative approach involving representatives from all 27 EU member states. Each country will present a high school with participants as representatives within the simulation.

Final international conference and policy brief: The project results will be presented at a conference, and knowledge will be summarized. Beneficiaries will discuss outcomes, gather project knowledge, and create a policy brief.

The methodology emphasizes continuous meetings, coordination, and ethical considerations. Safety measures are taken, informed consent is obtained, and voluntary participation is ensured. Gender equality, representation of age and race, and European values are prioritized. The design thinking method is employed to generate innovative solutions throughout the project.

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