YEU goes YO!Fest
YEU is participating for one more year at European Youth Forum’s (YFJ) annual youth festival, YO!Fest, which gathers every year thousands of young people to promote the values of youth participation, create the opportunity for dialogue and raise societal issues. The event “Generation Maastricht- YO!Fest2017”, will take place in Maastricht on February 7th, with its main focus being on creating a space for young people to discuss their vision for Europe, as part for the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Maastricht Treaty. In the event will participate 37 YO!Fest partners (15 international youth organisations and 22 local partners) which will carry out activities. YEU is taking part with two activities, “Do it yourself (DIY) Europe!” and “The European House”.
The activity “Do it yourself (DIY) Europe!” is an ongoing creative workshop aimed at promoting European awareness and values by asking participants to reflect on their own idea of Europe. Each young people passing by the venue will have the chance to create a 3D origami paper house. On the walls of the house, they will be writing their idea of Europe while they will fill in the roof with their visions, hopes and dreams for the future of Europe. The final result will be a colorful and creative patchwork Europe that will bring together young people’s ideas and feelings towards Europe. The activity was used during YEU 35th Convention “Europe from Scratch”, where a group of 35 participants from 10 different European countries discussed and reflected on the past, present and future of Europe, finding common visions for the Europe of tomorrow.
The second activity, the European House is a joint project planned by AEGEE, ESN, WOSM and YEU. The stand will be one of the largest spaces in the South Hall of the YO!Fest 2017. The European House itself is divided in five main spaces: living room (formal education), kitchen (non-formal education), garden (self-expression/suggestions), bedroom (informal learning/ debrief), bathroom (feedback/evaluation). During the activity the house will work in periods of one hour or longer and every participant will be invited to join the full cycle. In the course of the cycle they will interact and discuss a specific topic related with the activity going through three types of learning.
The participants will enter the house and face the garden. There they will read the list of the activities and topics proposed at the house throughout the day and check the suggestions left by previous participants. More explanation about the garden is given at the end. After checking the garden, if they wish to join the activities, they will be redirected to the Kitchen.
- The Kitchen will be a space for interactive reflections on the proposed topics using techniques of non-formal education. There they will be introduced to the topics in a way in which all can learn despite their differences, showing the potential of non-formal education among young people.
- After an introduction to the topic the participants will be ready to discuss them with a relevant decision-maker in the Living Room. A big table with chair around it will be the center of the space to give it a more formal setting.
- Once the discussion is over the participants will proceed to the Bedroom. This will be a relaxed space with some coffee, puffs and pillows for the participants to rest and hang with each other. This will give them time to discuss the previous experiences and learn with each other’s impressions.
- Once they are ready, the participants that attended the whole cycle will proceed to the Bathroom. The aim of this space is to give feedback on the activities and to suggest future actions related with the topic discussed. They will give their suggestions in two ways: with post-its and with jars and beans. The post-its will be the “toilet paper” of the bathroom and will be then hanged in the tree of the garden.
- The Garden will consist of a “tree” made with recycled materials. The branches of the tree will be related with the topics discussed throughout the day and the outgoing participants will post their post-its on the respective branches. As the day passes by the tree will get more and more post-its, ending the YO!Fest with many colourful “leafs”.