Environmental Education Centre of Eleftherio Kordelio & Vertiskos
During the project development we will be connecting with other European cities, institutions and NGO's in order to partner up for the development and implementation of the project.
We aim to empower youth at school to become active citizens and placemakers of their community. Through non-formal education and creative week-long workshops in European cities we will empower and train students to engage in participatory decision-making, planning and management processes and re-imagine their school, neighbourhood and its public spaces as an open civic platform. The youth will come up with proposals for engaging their communities while implementing small-scale interventions.
Athens, Thessaloniki, Greece
Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
more cities to be added in due
Active participation in decision making, planning and governance is critical for preserving and reinforcing the European Democratic values and practices, while tackling democratic deficit, exclusion, xenophobia, urban decay and segregation, with youth as leading actors on the community level.
We envision a network of empowered young leaders and communities, who will have adopted the essence of the “active citizen” along with the skills to create community structures around schools and lead inclusive placemaking processes in their neighborhoods with local institutions and organisations.
Tópio uses non-formal education and creative tools within the formal educational system in order to empower and activate youth at schools. Our team and partners host workshops on placemaking to transfer the principles of active citizenship, community engagement and participatory decision-making and planning. They will be empowered to analyse the identity of place, and come up collectively with ideas, plans and implement interventions for their school and public spaces in the neighbourhood.
Youth exclusion from decision-making, planning and governance is a common problem, while School is a neglected space and platform, deprived of its important communal identity and urban function, in many European cities. We strongly believe in Youth as community leaders for actual European cohesion.
The program functions in concentric circles, holding Youth at its center, while spreading its power and impact first to the family and friends of the youth and then to the rest of the community. The program also seeks to engage local municipal structures and other social and cultural organisations.
We would be interested in connecting with similar initiatives from around Europe, in order to exchange experiences and develop a network of active communities with schools and youth at their core. Also, any feedback on our approach, tools and further development is more than welcome!