The Erasmus+ Youth program finances a youth exchange in which 7 young Spaniards welcome 9 young Belgians, 8 young Lithuanians and 8 Latvians. All are students, with fewer opportunities, between 13 and 25 years of age with a common interest: the construction of a solidary Europe.
In the current context of migratory crisis that reflects the crisis of human, social and democratic values in Europe, the project “Building a Solidary Europe” is aimed at young people for the construction of a solidary Europe that integrates the richness of its diversity with the equity and respect for the human rights.
For this purpose, the international meeting will take place in Madrid during this week, and will last 8 days.
The project aims to build strong values among young people, like the commitment to society and a feeling of belonging to the Union.
The main issues and needs that the project tries to address are:
- Improve the personal development of young people: socially, intellectually and emotionally.
- Promote interculturality: awareness and understanding of other cultures and countries.
- Transmit fundamental values such as solidarity, tolerance and respect.
Through a program of argumentative workshops on Europe, and through volunteering activities, organized by the young people themselves, the participants will work on the following specific objectives, linked to those of the Erasmus+ program:
- Encourage a feeling of belonging to the Union and of European identity.
- Encourage active citizenship and youth participation.
- Strengthen critical thinking and youth initiative.
- Promote respect for human rights, tolerance and solidarity.
- Promote diversity and intercultural dialogue.
- Address the needs of refugees, migrants and homeless people, through an important volunteer activity.
- Promote the development of linguistic, social and civic skills and competences.
- Promote awareness and commitment to social reality.
- Promote the recognition of non-formal learning.
The educational workshops will address, in a non-formal way, the following topics: European citizenship in a participatory and responsible way; and inclusion and equity.
Young leaders of the participating entities, Fundación del Valle (Spain), Viesoji Istaiga (Lithuania) CAMPUS ASBL (Belgium), and KULTURAS UN IZGLITIBAS BIEDRIBA (Latvia), will provide the necessary support to the young participants in order to achieve the expected results of the exchange:
- Young people able to live and interact with people from other countries and cultures.
- Young people with an attitude of tolerance and respect for social and cultural diversity.
- Young people with initiative and capacity for expression, communication and reflection.
- Young people sensitive and committed to social reality.
- Partner entities that reach a greater European dimension and strengthen transnational cooperation.