The project “I giovani parlano con l’Europa” (Young people talk to Europe), financed on the announcement “Giovani per il Sociale” (Youth for the Social) and promoted by the Youth Department and the National Civil Service – Presidency of the Council of Ministers was born out of the real need pointed out by the European Union, which has established as a priority “to eliminate obstacles in the exercise of Union citizens’ rights”. In fact, an outstanding percentage of young Sicilians does not perceive themselves as European citizens yet and ignore the opportunities and rights that the European Community offers.
Regarding Sicilian youth, there are two main problems: on one side, the high rate of early school leaving, which makes difficult the promotion of European citizenship through formal educational methods and therefore creates a need of non-formal and informal interventions. On the other side, the insufficiency of sites offered to debate and discuss. In fact, schools and universities, places dedicated to formation of individuals in society, prove to be tied to strictly academic contents that omit the development of diagonal capacities which are essential nowadays.
“I giovani parlano con l’Europa” proposes to develop a conscious European identity that will sustain the idea of a nationality without flattening it.
The main objectives are to enhance cultures and traditions, encourage dialogue between cultural and religious identities, spread new technologies in occupational, social and cultural spheres, and promote European citizenship and the opportunities and instruments that the Community offers.
The specific objectives: to put in contact young natives with migrants to share and exchange experiences, opinions and values regarding the figure of the citizen in relationship with European citizenship; to contribute to intercultural dialogue, highlighting common points and diversity through Europe; to develop a sharing platform where collaboration initiatives between local youth organisations and European organisations will be put online; to activate “Mobile Information Desks” that will provide information about this above mentioned platform, about the initiatives and the opportunities promoted by the European Union to young natives and migrants.
Direct beneficiaries will mostly be young students, migrants, workers and non-workers, living in the territories where the project will operate. The planned activities will involve participants’ families, friends and colleagues in an indirect way, the local population and all the users who will be able to interconnect through the platform on the website. Moreover, these actions will involve local authorities and all social private organisations, social cooperatives, volunteering associations, non-profit organisations of social utility, foundations, moral entities and ecclesiastical entities that work to support social inclusion and cohesion of disadvantaged communities involved in the project.