Active participation through YEU Academy
In the beginning of February YEU Academy preparation meeting was held in Faro, Portugal. There are 10 partner organisations from 5 countries participating in this project: YEU Cyprus, Cyprus Youth Council, CIM Horizons (Poland), CAT (Poland), TOG (Turkey), GGD (Turkey), Viimsi Youth Council (Estonia), noOR (Estonia) and ARCA and of course YEU from Portugal.
The project has 3 phases: a 2-day international training course in all participating countries, online activities and the final meeting for the most active participants. The training courses will be held in each country in June 2010 and for the trainings an international team of trainers will be travelling to every country to do the training there. The participating countries will be visited in the following order: Portugal (7-12/06), Cyprus (13-16/06), Turkey (17-21/06), Poland (22-25/06) and Estonia (26-30/06).
The topic of the training course is to increase youth participation by using new media tools for intercultural dialogue. The aim of the project is to share the experience about different ways how to include young people by using various online tools and to learn to use some new methods how to promote intercultural dialogue and cooperation. 16 participants in the age of 18-30 will be taking part in the training course in each country.
During the same time when the project activities will be carried out, a documentary film will be made by a media team fro m Faro, Portugal. The aim of this movie-making is to show and compare different youth realities across Europe. The media team will be travelling together with the trainers and use the time they have in each country to shoot the film. They will be helped by local volunteers.
As YEU Academy is a democracy project, it carries the aim of increasing youth understanding of democracy and democratic participation and promoting democratic values in different societies. The project is largely funded by the Youth in Action programme 1.3 and is coordinated by YEU International. .
Viimsi Youth Council, Estonia