Step into EU — Romania

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Programme & action: Erasmus+ Youth, Key Action 1: youth exchange

Venue: Aninoasa, Dambovita, Romania

Dates: 5—14 July 2021

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Participating countries: Romania, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Turkey

Hosting organisation: Be You Association

Project description:

Project context:

The ability of citizens to use critical thinking in selecting information on political and social issues is very important. This ability has a major impact on the unity of the European Union and European integration. Especially as Europe faces a number of challenges, the most serious being the Covid-19 pandemic and its effects. These challenges have caused a lot of confusion among young people and they fear that political leaders are overwhelmed by these situations. These challenges also created a propitious ground for populist parties, the spread of disinformation and Euroscepticism. Young people are the most vulnerable in front of misinformation, fake news and Eurosceptic discourse.

According to the 2018 Eurobarometer report on fake news and online disinformation, social media channels are less credible sources of information. But young people aged between 15 and 24 have great confidence in social media networks and messaging apps when looking for information. That’s why the ability to think critically and media literacy skills are more important than ever.

Objectives:

  • To develop the critical thinking of young people related to the news that they read and hear;
  • To develop the ability of young people to critically evaluate different media content, social and political events;
  • To improve young people’s media literacy skills to tackle Euroscepticism and fake news;
  • To promote european values among young people;
  • To empower young people to become active citizens involved in issues that concern them and their communities, in particular Euroscepticism and fake news;

Participant’s profile:

The target group for the youth exchange activity consist of 28 young people aged between 18-25 years, and 7 group leaders aged over 18 without upper age limit.

We strongly encourage the participation of young people with fewer opportunities and we will provide them all necessary support.

Young people who will take part in this project should be interested in the topic of the project, in European Union, media literacy, civic engagement, young people who are active in their communities but also young people who are less active or not active at all. All young people should be motivated to acquire knowledge on the project topic, eager to improve their media literacy skills and to tackle Euroscepticism, fake news.

Participants’ duties:

  1. Presentation of the sending organization. Participants will prepare a presentation of the
    sending organization. They can bring materials (brochures, flyers, etc.).
  2. Presentation of local realities related to Euroscepticism. For the project, each national
    group will prepare a short (5-10 minutes) role play activity presenting the situation of
    Euroscepticism among youth/citizens from the local community. The role play will be
    performed during the project.
  3. Energizers. Each national group will have a day to lead the energizers. Together, they can prepare 3-4 energizers.
  4. Helping hand. Each day, an international team of 3/4 participants will have the role to help
    to serve meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and clean dishes. Each day will be a different
    team.

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