Democracy and participation, Education

EU Elections: Get Youth to Act

Creators

Who is behind this?

Ioana Banach

Green European Foundation

http://www.gef.eu

Luxembourg

Who is joining forces?

A.R.T. Fusion

http://www.artfusion.ro/

Romania


Idea Sketch

Idea

Idea pitch

Young people are the most positive about the EU, yet have the lowest turnout at European elections. A new partnership among the Green European Foundation network and A.R.T. Fusion aims to strengthen youth engagement and voting. We will use participatory experiential theatre plays, online games and e-learning for awareness raising, civic education and transnational networking for youth across the EU. We aim to mobilise thousands of youth, particularly where election participation is lowest.

Where will your idea take place?

First, villages in Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, followed by EU-wide reach through online tools.

Why does Europe need your idea?

We want to give young people in towns and villages tools and platforms to discuss the future of Europe and their role in shaping it – among themselves and across borders. This will help mobilise the much-needed youth engagement in defending the European project.

What is your impact?

We will have enabled at least 5000 young Europeans to formulate, express and act upon their views on the EU’s future. Youth participation in EU elections will be strengthened, with transnational youth networking and new channels of dialogue between political actors on European issues created.

How do you get there?

Forum theatre plays will be implemented to enable participants to build their own vision for a future EU. Building on this vision, we will develop and disseminate across the EU27 a video game that encourages players to decide how a story ends, defining their political opinions on topics of relevance at EU level. At the end of the game, the players are introduced to a participatory e-course on EU elections, which shows how engagement through, inter alia, voting, can make a difference.

What is your story?

We are deeply concerned about the rise of anti-European authoritarian and extreme-right forces. Only a positive vision for the future of Europe carried out by all citizens, but especially young people, can vitalise our democracy and support the construction of a sustainable and just social system.

Who are you doing it for?

We target young people, aged 18-24, living in rural areas with a low level of education. They have little interest in elections and do not see how voting makes a difference. For them, the EU is a far-away and abstract body with no direct effect on their lives.

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

1. How can we best reach our target group? (through schools, cultural centres, etc?) 2. We are experienced in e-learning and political education, but are looking for organisations with expertise in online gaming for political education. 3. Is there anything unclear in our application?

Team

IoanaB

Idea created on Jan. 15, 2018
Last edit on Jan. 19, 2018

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